Sunday, 5 July 2015

Fasting Benefits

Fasting is an integral part of many religions including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Many of us consider this as a religious ritual, unaware of its physiological impact on our health.

Fasting technically commences when the carbohydrate stores in the body begin to be used as an energy source. The fast will continue as long as fat and carbohydrate stores are used for energy. Once protein stores begin to be depleted for energy (resulting in loss of muscle mass), a person is technically starving.


Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph glands, and skin. Fasting enhances this process. Undesirable chemicals (like DDT, BHA, Sodium Benzoate, Polysorbate-80 etc.) which body absorbs through environment or through consumption of various food items are stored in fat reserves of body. During fasting the body turns to fat reserves for energy. In the process it releases these chemicals from the fatty acids into the system, which are then eliminated through the aforementioned organs.

During fasting energy is diverted away from the digestive system and towards the metabolism and immune system. Abnormal growths within the body, like tumors, cyst, fibroids etc. do not get the necessary support of the body's supplies and therefore are more susceptible to autolysis, body’s resource for energy. Production of protein for replacement of damaged cells occurs more efficiently. A higher efficiency in protein synthesis results in healthier cells, tissues and organs. Efficiency in hormone production significantly improves during fasting, hence releasing growth hormones and anti-aging hormones.

A study performed in 1930’s on earthworms demonstrated the extension of life due to fasting. The experiment isolated one worm and put that on a cycle of fasting and feeding. The isolated worm outlasted its relatives by 19 generations, while still maintaining its youthful physiological traits. The life-span extension of these worms was the equivalent of keeping a man alive for 600 to 700 years.

There are many reasons to consider fasting as a benefit to one's health. Globally, societies have come to view fasting as essential to Homo-sapiens survival, spiritually or physiologically.

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Contribution: Mohammed Hussain Naseem – CEO |
2mpower Health Management Services Private Ltd.

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