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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Intermittent Fasting Benefits

Not many decades have passed since India was ravaged by a number of natural calamities, like famine and floods. And when these calamities would occur, one aftermath that would follow invariably was the acute scarcity of food. In order to take on these frequent challenges, the body had very adaptive response of putting some fats during good time and burn it when there was unavailability of food.

But, as there has been sharp decline in these calamities in recent decades, and food are now available in abundance, the glycogen stores in the body do not get depleted. Or, before they get depleted, we move to a situation of putting on or adding more fats. And in this way, the problem related to fat deposition or obesity keeps on increasing that gives birth to a number of health-related complications and diseases.
Intermittent fasting is the best way to counterattack all these health menaces. Suppose a person fasts around 16 hours, after 8 hours, the glycogen stores in the liver of that person will start getting depleted. And the fat will start burning. In the recent past, intermittent fasting has been gaining not only the popular attention, but also scientific endorsement.

Comprehensive study was conducted at the University of Southern California on fasting effect in mice. Its findings showed that the biomarkers for heart disease, cancer and diabetes reduced in those mice that were subjected to two to five days of fasting every month. The study then expanded to people, and the scientists saw a similar reduction in these life-threatening diseases. The recent findings have also suggested that fasting lowers insulin and another hormone called insulin-like growth factors, which is associated with cancer and diabetes.
                                                                                ---Ashish Jha

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