Prolonged fasting. What is it and how it´s different than intermittent fasting?
You might already be familiar with intermittent fasting. If you’re not I recommend you to read more about it here.
Prolonged fast provides you more (even more important?) benefits than “just” fat burning and weight loss.
Of course it’s a super effective way to burn fat, I won’t argue against that fact at all!
But I think deep inside of us there is a wish to live a healthy long life. And for most of us, this matters more than how we look.
Prolonged fasting provides huge health benefits and you can definitely utilize it even if you don’t need to lose weight.
When you do prolonged fasting your body gets to rest and then the “magic” starts to happen.
The benefits of the prolonged fasting
During your fast you will produce high levels of ketones. Especially after 24 to 48 hours.
Ketones are providing you energy during your fast. And more importantly they will reduce inflammation in your body.
If you eat all the time your digestive system needs to work very hard. It never has time to rest and heal.
When you don’t eat your digestion system gets a well deserved break.
Prolonged fats help you to grow new brain cells. This can increase your memory. (Dr.Berg, 2018).
Prolonged fast provides you other cognitive benefits.
The study published in The Journal of Applied Physiology found out that fasting over 48 hours will make your brain develop more neurons in your brain. This will give you more focus during your fast. (DeLauer 2019).
Prolonged fasting Increases your mitochondria. Mitochondrias are the energy factors of the body .
You will have lots of energy while fasting!
Fasting enhances your stem cell production. Stem cells are important for you.
They are cells without any particular job in your body and your body will use them to create new specific cells wherever they are needed.
Your stem cell reserve reduces when you age. Also stress, constant eating and sugar decreases them. (Dr.Berg, 2018)
According to DeLauer (2019) The University of Southern California study shows that “White blood cells are broken down during fasting, which in turn forces the stem cells in the body to produce more”.
Autoimmune diseases and immune system
Autoimmune diseases create inflammation in your body.
Since prolonged fast decreases inflammation it’s a good way to relieve your autoimmune symptoms.
Prolonged fasting makes your immune system stronger. Who would you not want to benefit from that?
Autophagy means “self eating”. Sounds bad right? But don’t worry it’s not!
Actually autophagy is really beneficial for you if you want to stay healthy.
When you do prolonged fasting, the body goes into a self -cleaning recycling mode. It cleans dead, bad, infected, old proteins and fats in cells. Body can recycle them and use them as fuel.
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In my next post I will give you tips how to start prolonged fasting!
DeLauer, T. (2019) Beginners Guide to Prolonged Fasting | 24-72 Hour Fasting Instructions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5W1XBf8d-I
Dr.Berg (2018). Amazing Benefits of Prolonged Fasting – Dr.Berg. Amazing Benefits of Prolonged Fasting – Dr.Berg – YouTube