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Fasting has been shown in recent research to help you live longer, control your weight, improve your mood and concentration, increase your energy level, and improve the quality of your sleep. We've listed a few of the many advantages of Ramadan fasting below.
According to a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, short-term intermittent fasting can help reduce hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. This study adds to growing evidence that intermittent fasting can improve heart health and lower the risk of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.
Fasting has also been shown to have a variety of brain benefits, including increased levels of nerve growth factor (NGF). This protein is involved in the regulation of neuronal growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival. NGF is required for neurons’ growth and normal function in both the peripheral and central nervous systems. Fasting also increases the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that helps existing brain cells survive and encourages the growth of new ones. Low BDNF levels have been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Body composition can be improved by fasting. This means it can lower a person's body fat percentage while increasing muscle mass and overall health.
That is correct! Fasting can help you lower your cancer risk. But how exactly? When fasted, cancer cells are unable to process ketones produced by the liver from fat and fatty acids. Simply put, fasting starves cancer cells, making them more vulnerable to the immune system.
Fasting increases autophagy, the process by which cells and tissues recycle damaged components. It is what allows your cells to regenerate and survive without going hungry. Autophagy promotes longevity and aids in preventing aging-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
Fasting reduces inflammation, which is a major cause of aging. This is due to fasting causing changes in your gut microbiota.
Fasting increases the abundance of bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties in the gut microbiome.