Advantages and disadvantages of fasting

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Benefits of fasting

The deliberate denial of food would maintain good health (as much as a healthy diet, as exercise or a balanced psychology). The strongest advocates of fasting believe the practice used to “clean” the body to prepare it perfectly self-healing (by doing rest and regenerate).

Allow fast (many tests say the following phrases with no real serious and independent control group) to:

Relieve rheumatoid arthritis (to decrease pain and increase functional capacity)
Contribute to treatment of hypertension and acute pancreatitis (to reduce abdominal pain)
Improve sleep quality (by reducing the number of awakenings during the night)
Relieve other ailments: allergies, asthma, rheumatism, sinusitis, eczema, constipation, digestive problems, liver disease, etc.
Raising the soul, brightening the spirit and the 5 senses,
Reduce stress by taking rest,
Lose weight quickly. No need to test course, this claim is based but is also based disadvantages, as we shall see below.


Fasting for therapeutic purposes is subject to controversy. Some health experts denounce a health hazard or at least strongly advise not practice with the assistance and supervision of a doctor or a nutritionist. Supposed to eliminate toxins from the body, many specialists believe that it is better to prefer a diet high in dietary fiber instead (especially because fasting causes the creation of waste associated with the burning of reserves of protein and fat) .

Food deprivation has real limits. The human body young and healthy, can support a complete fast, but not excluding taking drink for a long time, up to three months (as evidenced by the history of prisoners of 9 Prison Cork, Ireland in 1920 who had fasted for 94 days, there was also that of Bobby Sands died in Belfast 5 May 1981 after having engaged strike back without hunger March 1) if the person is in good health and well fed when starting to fast. Physiology adapts quickly mobilizing internal reserves, but fast enough (on average after 3 to 4 weeks), fasting may involve significant risks, especially towards the end, the heart rhythm. Medical monitoring is vital at least from the 4th week (more or less according to health status, conditions of deprivation and nature reserves at the start).

Fasting is not recommended for people with diabetes treated with insulin, in poor mental condition with kidney disease, tuberculosis, heart or liver as well as pregnant women and children.

Weight loss induced by deprivation alone does not seem effective in the long term. It should also change your lifestyle, adopt healthy eating habits and do physical exercises, otherwise you return the weight lost through this practice, sooner or later, with the yo-yo effect.

Numerous deficiencies remain, especially because you will not only lose kilograms of fat (70% of the weight lost) but also those muscles (30% of the weight lost). Protein loss (due to the melting of the muscle mass) is very important. It is dangerous because when you use your body as a protein source, you generate waste that uric acid. But high levels of this acid in your blood can cause gout if you are part of susceptible individuals.

Vitamin deficiencies (B and C) and trace elements (minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium …) are important also. They can lead to anemia (abnormal blood count characterized by a decrease in intra-erythrocyte hemoglobin concentration and a lack of red blood cells resulting in poor oxygen transport in the blood) in case of repeated fasts or too long.

If you have not correctly followed the preliminary preparation stage to a fast, you risk strongly to experience discomfort: dizziness, visual disturbances, seizures, low blood pressure, fatigue, bad breath, sweating, dehydration, migraines, insomnia, nausea, dizziness, skin irritation (rash buttons, etc.), muscle aches, bone decalcification or even shock …

Financially, consulting fees of health professionals before and during fasting (essential) can be relatively expensive. It becomes downright expensive if you decide to follow your voluntary starvation in a specialized institution (eg. Specialized clinics), dedicated to advice, assistance and follow-fasters.

Fasting marginalizes socially and professionally you since you will not participate in the group or family meals and fatigue will be so important that you can not exercise care professional activities.

The remaining water diet recommended (unless you have a very important obesity, and your health specialist prescribed you) if you clean the sole purpose of weight loss (even limited to one day per week) for reasons above but also because it will tire you tremendously, damaging your health (especially by lowering your immune system, increasing the risk of viral or bacterial infections) and does not prevent the yo-yo effect (because your body will have memorized low energy requirements during fasting and then stores any new energy supply – after necessarily become excessive deprivation compared to almost zero contributions during the fast – very easily). You may resume strongly kilograms lost, and even more.

Also, be sure to recharge very particular phase that can cause cardiac arrest if done wrong. Indeed, by reinstating bad carbs in your diet, the effect of potassium on your metabolism can cause cardiac arrest. This is one reason among others for absolutely consult a health professional before, during and after a water diet.

Advantages and disadvantages of fasting

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