Everyone is aware of the word fasting whether he/she follows or not depending on the personal way of thinking. Here we are going to discuss the facts of fasting and benefits of it.
The science behind FASTING: What happens to our body?
Fasting helps our body to increase the immune system and brain capacity by affecting the factors mentioned below-
- Cells (effects on the immune system)
- Glucose and glycogen (Effects on body fat)
- Ketosis (Effect on the mental state)
- Proteins (Effects on the brain)
- Neurons (Effect on the brain)
Cells (effects on immune system):
Study shows Fasting for 3 days can regenerate the entire immune system. It breaks down the significant portions of WBC. It triggers the stem cell-based regeneration of New Immune cells. In other words, while fasting cells just cannibalize themselves but works the same as fully functional cells.
Tips(After fasting eat): Eat healthy food (avoid junk food) and drink lots of water. It will flush out the bad immune cells keeping the new immune cells in the body.
Glucose and glycogen (Effects on body fat):
What actually happens with the sugar?
At 1st day of fasting, the Body start burns stored sugar for energy. Every time you eat a meal the energy goes in the liver and stored in the form of glycogen. So basically if you skip 2-3 meals then you are exhausting the glycogen stored in the liver. When we exhaust the glycogen in the liver then we start burning fats and produce Ketone bodies which are very good for our brain.
Ketosis (Effect on mental state):
It is very good for the brain. While prolong fasting our body stops using glucose keeping it for emergency and starts burning fats generating Ketone bodies from fat metabolism. The ketogenic diet is even used for Epilepsy treatment.
Proteins (Effects on brain):
Exercise and intermediate fasting both increase the production of protein in the brain that is called Neurotropic factors.
Neurons (Effect on brain):
BDNF- Brain-derived Neurotropic factors promote the growth of neurons which is very good for the brain. It also increases the number of Mitochondria in our nerve cells. With these factors, brain communication becomes stronger than usual. We can call it a brain fertilizer. It forms and maintains Synapsy which improves learning ability, and focus.
Above mentioned factors are gets affected by fasting or prolonged fasting which helps our body to increase its immune systems and brain capability.
So I hope you have understood the basic idea of fasting which is maintained in almost every religion for the kind of human being. If you like the article then please spread the knowledge.
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