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.