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Benefits of Fasting

People might think that ‘fasting’ is only for people who live a life
dedicated to God – priests, nuns, monks, etc.
 
They undertake fasting in order to do penance and focus on God; it helps
them to live out their vocation to serve God.
 Fasting has come under close scrutiny from the
research doctors who are studying ‘brain damage and dementia’.
   Their study found that fasting is good for
our brain: It stops our brain from shrinkage and cures dementia.
 So, next time you go to a doctor complaining
about your brain health issues, he/she might very well recommend ‘fasting’.
 
Fasting is not only good for our normal brain function, it also lowers the
risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and several other diseases.
 It just about tackles every disease that
originates from our vital organs.
In those days, fasting was recommended by doctors to cure certain disease.  Even though the medical science wasn’t much
advanced in those days, doctors had found the health-benefits of fasting and recommended
it along with their prescribed medicines. 
We don’t know how the doctors in those days found out, but recent
research shows that fasting stimulates metabolic and hormonal changes in our
body, and this change corrects all the imbalances in our body that are
responsible for illnesses.
When we fast, the free radicals in our body that causes sicknesses and expedites
aging become less and less active, and over a period of time, these free
radicals weaken and their activities curtailed to a great extent.  
Professor Mark Mattson from the United States National Institute on Aging
says that when we drop our food intake dramatically, this stimulates a
protective process in our brain, similar to the benefit we get from exercising
everyday.   Fasting and cutting down on calories,
especially animal calories are very, very beneficial.  The more we reduce our calories, the longer we
can live.  
In an experiment conducted for a week last year to study the effect of
cutting calories, Professor Mark selected a group of obese women and divided
them into two groups: One group received a diet of 1,500 calories and the other
were given 500 calories for two days, and was increased to 2000 calories for
the remaining days of the week.  They –
both the groups – were made to eat healthy foods, but with less calories.  The result, professor Mark said was
astounding.  He found that both the group
of women lost about the same amount of weight and their risks of developing
cancer dropped dramatically.  The
biomarkers that could trigger both weight gain and cancer dropped as the doctor
hoped.
The professor says that fasting two days in a week and reducing calorie
intake in our food will help to live a more healthy life.  Adults who maintain a healthy diets and
lifestyles can live long and disease-free.  However, the professor says and his team of
researchers has to undertake more experiments to study this more closely to
rule out any side effects. 
If you want to fast, go ahead but consult a dietitian first.  Fasting and indiscriminately cutting down on
the calories, essential vitamins, proteins and minerals on your own can lead to
osteoporosis, 
Infertility, and loss of weight.

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