Fasting may reduce the risk of heart disease

Researchers don’t know exactly why, but it seems that intermittent fasting, which involves severely restricting caloric intake, i.e. high-rich food and drink, for a period of hours one or two days a week, may improve risk factors for heart health.

It is difficult to say what effect fasting has on heart health, as many people who fast regularly often do so for health or religious reasons. These people generally tend not to smoke, which can also reduce the risk of heart disease.

Intermittent fasting: better heart health

However, at least one study has shown that people who practice intermittent fasting have better heart health than those who don’t. This may be because people who fast regularly show better control over the amount of calories they eat and drink, and this behavior may translate to weight control and better food choices when eating and drinking. ‘they don’t fast.

Better metabolized cholesterol and sugar

Regular fasting and better heart health may also be linked to the way your body metabolizes cholesterol and sugar. Regular fasting can lower your low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol levels. It is also believed that fasting can improve the way your body metabolizes sugar. It may reduce your risk of gaining weight and developing diabetes, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.

Don’t rush headlong fasting

However, the potential side effects of intermittent fasting for some people or in specific circumstances raise concerns.

People with eating disorders may overeat after fasting.

Fasting and exercising at the same time can lead to hypoglycemia (too low blood sugar), which can cause dizziness and confusion .

Fasting by people taking diabetes medications can cause severe hypoglycemia and can lead to serious health problems.

Skipping breakfast may be considered fasting by some as it can translate to several hours without food, but skipping breakfast can be unhealthy and has been linked to obesity.

If you plan to fast regularly, discuss with your naturopath, therapist or doctor of the pros and cons. Remember that a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise can also improve your heart health.

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