Can Fasting Help Your Heart?

Empty BowlA recent study of people who fast for 24 hours one day each month has found that they a 58% lower risk of coronary heard disease, compared to people who don’t fast.  Another study showed that people who fasted for 24 hours, while only drinking water, experienced an increase of human growth hormone (HGH) of to levels 13-20 times the normal level.  During a fast, human growth hormone is released by the body to protect lean muscle mass and trigger the the burning of fat stores.

Intermittent fasting (IF), which often takes the form of Alternate Day Fasting (ADF), fasting for 24 hours, then eating normally for the next 24 hours, has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Some people have used intermittent fasting as a diet program to lose weight. There are several different types of intermittent fasting programs, from the Fast-5 program which calls for fasting for 19 hours each day (and eating only during the remaining 5 hours) to a single 24 hour fast once a week or once a month.

Fasting can result in some health problems, so you shouldn’t try it without talking to your doctor first. 

Have you tried fasting?  What program have you used?  What were your results?

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