- Intermittent fasting can help in effective weight loss
- Intermittent fasting is good for your hear health as well
- Young children or older adults should avoid intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting is a popular weight loss diet which is loaded with amazing health benefits other than weight loss. When you consume fewer calories you lose weight. Intermittent fasting also reduces your calorie consumption along with time management. It is a quite popular diet which involves a cycle of fasting and eating. Intermittent fasting makes you follow a protocol that helps you fast in the proper way. Intermittent fasting has been widely used for weight loss. Following this diet is associated with more health benefits. A recent study has highlighted that intermittent fasting may lead to a longer and healthier life.
Intermittent fasting may sound like another diet fad but researchers have conclusively found that the practice of routinely not eating and drinking for short periods of time resulted in longer life in heart patients.
"It's another example of how we're finding that regular fasting can lead to better health outcomes and longer lives," said Benjamin Horne, principal investigator of the study.
Fasting affects a person's levels of hemoglobin, red blood cell count, human growth hormone, and lowers sodium and bicarbonate levels, while also activating ketosis and autophagy - all factors that lead to better heart health and specifically reduce risk of heart failure and coronary heart disease.
Intermittent Fasting: Health benefits of fasting other than weight loss
1. Reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes
Type-2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes which is affecting a huge population. Intermittent fasting has shown improvement in insulin resistance which lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes.
2. Help you fight inflammation
Many studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help in naturally fighting inflammation. Inflammation is a part of many health conditions. Intermittent fasting also helps in reducing oxidative stress.
3. Improves heart health
As per the study mentioned above, intermittent fasting can help in reducing the risk of heart diseases and it can help you promote a healthy heart. It controls various risk factors which can lead to heart diseases like high blood pressure, bad cholesterol levels, inflammation and many more.
4. Boost brain functioning and reduces the risk of Alzheimer's
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help in boosting brain health. It also reduces the risk of Alzheimer's.
Who should avoid fasting?
Fasting is not for everyone. Researchers cautioned that pregnant and lactating women should not fast, as well as young children and frail older adults. People diagnosed with chronic diseases - especially those who take medications for diabetes, blood pressure, or heart disease - should not fast unless under the close care and supervision of a physician.
(With inputs from IANS)
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