Is fasting part of your diet regimen? Have you considered the effects of fasting? Maybe fasting is related to your religion? True fasting is the free action of abstaining from food intake for a specified period. Some individuals or groups consider partial fasting by abstaining from certain foods or meat. However, complete fasting will distance itself from all food. The term “fasting” generally offers connotations that exceed several days. However, in the medical world, a person can be considered fasting if they abstain from food for eight to twelve hours because of that many fasting nights with medical terms. Giving the body time to digest all the food that has been digested generally takes eight hours or more to be considered fasting.
When fasting, most people do not consider the influence on the body outside of the potential for weight loss. Because weight loss is a desirable goal in American culture, the immediate effect of fasting from weight loss usually welcomed. What people don’t consider is what’s happening in the brain and the invisible parts of the body. Glucose is the body’s primary fuel source. Glucose can be found in food sugars and also carbohydrates. If a person is fasting (total fasting), he does not consume sugar or carbs. In this case, the body’s natural resources kick in, and the brain tells the body to look for glycogen in the body. Glycogen is a molecule which is a form of energy that is created and stored mainly in the liver and muscles. In general, there are higher glycogen concentrations in the liver than in tissues. After eating, including carbohydrates, glucose levels increase in the body. Ultimately, insulin stimulates enzymes and glucose is then added to glycogen, and the liver absorbs more glucose than it should release.
After the meal has digested, the body’s glucose levels start to fall, there is less insulin output, and glycogen reserves must be tapped. So, for example, fasting glucose levels do not rise from food intake. So, when energy is needed, the body looks for stored glycogen which the body breaks down and turns into glucose to fuel the body. Because more time passes during fasting, blood sugar levels drop below average, which stimulates the breakdown of glycogen. Low blood sugar levels can cause anything from just feeling unwell to seizures, fainting or fainting, the potential for brain damage or even death. In general, there are no worries in the first few days of fasting because the body only reacts naturally by switching to fat reserves as fuel vs. continuing to feed the muscles.
There are additional problems that arise if a person is fasting for a long time and are taking certain medications (amphetamine poisoning). There is a certain point that there are no or little fat reserves to rely on. The body will give increased encouragement to people who fast at that point and usually people who fast will cancel the fast. If fasting not broken, the body will turn to protein for fuel when the starvation process begins. Fasting has an effect on hair loss at this time. Besides, people can experience cardiac arrhythmias or even kidney failure.
Researchers have found that by reducing calorie intake, individuals can benefit by having less chance of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain immune disorders. However, without complete knowledge of what is happening in the body and brain, specific fasting can hurt the individual. Also, there are certain conditions that someone might not know such as anorexia that might not allow them to give up on the body’s impulses during the process of starvation. Therefore, it recommended that the fasting diet be carried out based on strict doctor consultation.