Fasting is extremely common in many religious groups, and some people even do it as a part of their diet. What happens to your body during this time? Trace breaks down some of the short and long-term effects of fasting.
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What Happens to the Body During Fasts
“Matthew McConaughey lost 30 pounds. Hugh Jackman lost at least 20. Anne Hathaway lost 25.”
Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system
“In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of the Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.”
How Fasting Works
“Eating is an essential part of life. Of course, it provides nourishment for the body, but it also brings people together and helps establish a cultural identity.”
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“Water is the fundamental building block of all known life forms.”
Benefits of fasting and how to do it safely
“People have been depriving themselves of food on purpose for millennia.”
Fasting and food choices
“I talk to people about weight loss several times a week. People often tell me they skip meals.”
Is Long Term Fasting Safe?
“Long term fasting can be safe, even healthy, if supervised by a trained physician. There are several types of fasting used to both prevent and treat disease.”
Is Ramadan fasting safe in type 2 diabetic patients in view of the lack of significant effect of fasting on clinical and biochemical parameters, blood pressure, and glycemic control?
“The study objective was to determine if Ramadan fasting was safe in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), based upon a determination of the effect of fasting on a broad range of physiological and clinical parameters, including markers of glycemic control and blood pressure.”
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