A recent study published in 2019 in the prestigious ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ suggested that Intermittent Fasting has so many benefits to offer that it can soon be on doctor’s prescription for various ailments.
The New England Journal of Medicine is the most prestigious medical journal which is followed like a Bible in medical science. The journal studied the prolonged effect of Intermittent Fasting and confirmed the following results:
- Reduced free radical production: Our ancestors always lead a very active lifestyle and ate only once or twice in a day. They were not used to three large spaced meals with multiple snacking in between. And, see how healthy their bodies used to be. Of course, a lot has deteriorated over the years – the food, the air, and the water. But, human bodies are the best invention of nature, and thankfully we are blessed with immense healing capabilities.
We are able to tab this healing power of the body only when we get out of its way by practicing fasting for 14 to 16 hours a day. Intermittent Fasting not just boosts fat loss, but it also reduces the free radical production in the body.
- Stops cancer: Intermittent Fasting surpasses the growth of cancerous tissue and prevents the body from developing cancer altogether. Medical science is currently engaged in testing intermittent fasting a bit more, for it believes that it can be on prescription for therapy of cancer.
It is believed that due to malfunctioning of the body, the damaged cells, instead of being wiped out, get multiplied uncontrollably to form cancer. When a person fasts for a long time, these cells die off due to hunger and the body’s efficiency to cleanse and heal itself is improved tremendously due to various hormones like Growth Hormone, that are secreted in long fasting hours. The process is technically called ‘autophagy’.
- Prevents Diabetes: Intermittent Fasting improves insulin sensitivity to a great extent. It improves glucose metabolism immensely. People who have diabetes running in their families can be significantly be benefitted by following intermittent fasting as a permanent modification to their lifestyles.
- Promotes cell reparation: Intermittent Fasting has immense benefits to offer in terms of great antioxidant defenses, mitochondrial regeneration, DNA repair, higher antioxidant defense, and better protein quality control. Intermittent fasting also reduces inflammation in the body.
- Promotes Weight loss: A study conducted by scientists at University hospital at South Manchester indicates that Intermittent Fasting gives much better results than calorie restriction. One set of women were made to follow intermittent fasting, whereas the other group was put on the same calorie deficit diet to see the difference in the outcome. Women from both the groups lost equal amount of weight, but the ones who fasted saw greater reduction in belly fat.
. Promotes Ketosis: In fasting, the fatty acids or fat molecules are converted into ketone molecules. These ketones nourish the brain cells and many other vital tissues of the body. It is found that ketones rise in the body in 8 to 12 hours of fasting.
Intermittent Fasting is seen to have given positive results in the case of multi-sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinsons’ disease, etc. Very soon, you may find intermittent Fasting on doctor’s prescription for lifestyle disorders like diabetes, obesity, to severe illnesses like cancer. Many medical researchers even believe that Intermittent Fasting will be a significant breakthrough to heal faster post-surgical procedures.
So, what are you waiting for? With so many benefits in hand, intermittent Fasting is undoubtedly something that you must try for sure (provided you do not have any medical conditions; otherwise you may have to seek your health care provider’s guidance on this matter).
Rafael de Cabo, Mark P. Mattson. Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Health, Aging, and Disease. New England Journal of Medicine, 2019; 381 (26): 2541 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1905136