Fasting is the abstinence or reduction from some or all meals, drink, or both, for a period of time.
- Absolute or a quick fast is generally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a specified interval.
- Tea and black coffee can be consumed
Water fasting means abstinence from all food and drink except water.
- Fasts can be intermittent or may be partially restrictive, limiting substances or particular foods.
- In a physiological context, fasting can refer to the status of a person that has not eaten or to a Metabolic state.
- Metabolic changes occur during fasting.
Ex: a person is believed to be fasting after 8-12 hours have elapsed since their last meal.
Metabolic changes from the fast state start after absorption of a meal usually 3-5 hours after eating.
- Promotes Blood Sugar Control
- Fights Inflammation
- Enhances Heart Health
- Cholesterol Levels
- Prevents Neurodegenerative Disorders
- Increases Growth Hormone Secretion
- Weight Loss
- Muscle Strength
Types of Fasts:
- A diagnostic fast means prolonged fasting from 8-72 hours (depending on age) conducted under observation to facilitate investigation of health complications, such as hypoglycemia.
- Most types of fasts are performed over 24–72 hours
- Health benefits increased weight loss
- Better brain function.
- People may also fast as part of a medical procedure or test, such as colonoscopy or operation.
- Finally, fasting can be a part of a ritual.
Diagnostic tests are available to determine a fast state.
Intermittent fasting has been practiced for centuries and has gain popularity in recent years. It involves abstaining from consuming foods for at least 12 consecutive hours by turning the fat cells into energy for the body to function.