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Here’s How Fasting Benefits Your Mental and Physical Wellbeing

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Last Updated: September 30, 2022, 14:46 IST

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Fasting is becoming more popular among fitness enthusiasts as a valid method of controlling weight.(Representative Image: Shutterstock)

Fasting is becoming more popular among fitness enthusiasts as a valid method of controlling weight.(Representative Image: Shutterstock)

Fasting is becoming more popular among fitness enthusiasts as a valid method of controlling weight.

In India, many people keep fast for spiritual reasons on different occasions throughout the year. During Navratri festival most of the Hindus keep fast. Fasting is a deliberate reduction or cessation of all food, liquids, or both for a set period of time. Short-term fasting can have considerable health advantages, despite occasionally being perceived as unhealthy. Fasting is becoming more popular among fitness enthusiasts as a valid method of controlling weight and preventing disease. Fasting also provides some rather potent physical and mental health advantages.

Here are some important physical and mental advantages of fasting:

Physical Benefits:

· Fasting helps to improve immunity and lowers blood sugar levels.

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· It aids digestion and reduces bloating.

· It also helps to get a sound sleep.

· With a conscious appetite, it can help you break through weight-loss plateaus.

· According to a 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study fasting improves stem cells’ ability to regenerate. This can help in reducing the impact of ageing and increase longevity.

· It stimulates Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and regulates hemoglobin and insulin levels.

· Fasting revitalises the body as it helps diseased cells to degrade, leaving healthy tissues behind.

Mental Benefits:

· Fasting enhances focus. The brain can use the energy normally required for digestion during fasting. It safeguards the brain against mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

· It energises neurons, which increases brain power and as a result it improves clarity of mind.

· Helps in improving your thinking by reducing pollutants in your blood and lymphatic system.

· Fasting fosters a sense of spiritual and psychological well-being.

· It brings peace and contentment by inculcating positivity. Keeping fast helps you to alleviate stress and depression.

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first published:September 30, 2022, 14:46 IST
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