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What Are the Benefits of Fasting?

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition and exercise are often the core pillars. While this is undoubtedly true, we can consider more about our relationship with food and healthy living.

Fasting is the willing abstinence from food, drink, or both for some time. Although it can be viewed as unhealthy, depriving, or reserved for religious reasons, short-term fasting can offer excellent health benefits. Fasting puts the body under mild stress, making our body adapt by enhancing its ability to cope. In other words, our bodies become strong. This process is similar to what happens when we stress our muscles during exercise. As with exercise, our body can only grow stronger during these processes when there is enough time to rest and recover. At the same time, it is crucial that fasting is done healthily.

Health Benefits of Fasting

Although fasting can be challenging and sometimes complicated, the mental and physical benefits can:

  • Increase cognitive performance
  • Protect from obesity and associated chronic diseases
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve overall fitness
  • Support weight loss
  • Decrease the risk of metabolic diseases

If you are interested in trying fasting, please consult your doctor.

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