by Conscious Reminder
We often think about stopping the overindulgence or resting our digestive system. In this way, we allow our body to repair cells, organs, and tissues, and also detoxify, which then results in better emotional and mental health.
Some ancient traditions such as Jainism, Buddhism, and a lot more, follow fasting practices as the way in which they can purify their minds, bodies, spirits, and also instilling self-control and discipline.
Currently, scientists are working on discovering the several benefits that fasting can have on our bodies; from reducing the risks of diabetes and heart disease, or protection against brain diseases to efficiently treating different types of cancer in the human cells.
How fasting works?
Our bodies are able to heal on their own, but they just need an opportunity and time to do that. At the time of fasting, our body starts utilizing the fat that is stored as the source of all energy.
Well, in the start, our body is going to remove diseased tissues, accumulated toxins and waste, and excess nutrients, in a natural way. The process of cleansing is going to create the environment for our body to start the healing process – it will start repairing, and regenerating different body organs.
Just like when we are sick, our appetite decreases, but for example, for animals, it is typical to lie down without eating or drinking. Energy is going towards healing the bodies rather than digesting foods.
Here are some of the benefits that fasting provides us with, which were scientifically proven:
Fasting protects our immune system from crushing and failing.
According to a study from recently, conducted by Southern California University’s researchers, prolonged fasting will not only protect against damages of the immunity, which results from chemotherapy, but it will also induce its regeneration. In fact, fasting is shifting the stem cells from their dormant state to the state of self-renewal.
One clinical trial which involved patients that received chemotherapy, scientists discovered that when they didn’t eat for prolonged time periods, the number of white blood cells was significantly lowered. This then induces changes which trigger the regeneration process of new immunity cells, based on stem cells. Basically, fasting cycles may generate a brand new immunity.
Fasting aids the process of treating cancer.
According to a study which was about discovering the fasting effects on treating patients who have cancer, discovered that those that included fasting in the therapy experienced several side effects, which resulted from chemotherapy. So, it also showed the spread and growth of tumors or even removed the chances of cancer appearing in several patients.
“What we are seeing is that the cancer cell tries to compensate for the lack of all these things missing in the blood after fasting. It may be trying to replace them, but it can’t. The cell is, in fact, committing cellular suicide”. – Researcher professor Valter Longo, University of Southern California.
Fasting protects our brain from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Fasting is said to be the restraining process from short-term sensory pleasures or channeling our energy to serve a higher aim. Fasting may also protect our brains against some degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or other ailments.
Cutting down our everyday intake to about 500 calories or more for several days a week will boost neurons’ growth in our brain, which is a process which is going to counteract the effect of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Fasting lowers the chances of diabetes and cardiac illnesses.
According to some studies, fasting will trigger a remarkable surge in the growth hormone, which is credited with burning off the fat and increasing metabolism. At the time of fasting, our bodies pull the LDL or bad cholesterol out of fat cells, after that utilizing it like energy.
This is a natural process which may help in the process of reducing any risk of diabetes development. According to medical evidence, fasting may limit inflammation, reduce the levels of blood pressure, and improve fats and sugars levels in circulation.
What are the spiritual benefits provided by fasting?
Fasting for several days may make us feel rejuvenated, have our mind clearer, and also re-energized. When our mind is completely clear, there is a possibility of attaining higher states. We will even feel better connected with our inner selves and with everything around us.
Before shamanic rituals, people are advised to practice fasting – fresh fruits or salads, and liquids – as this process is not only going to detoxify their bodies but purification is the key to easier healing experiences.
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