Fasting has been an integral part of multiple cultures and traditions over time. Many religions have incorporated fasting as part of different traditional festivals and practices. The reason behind these traditional practices is to provide a way of purifying the body and strengthening the mind. The human body has an amazing ability to withstand deprivation from food. It cannot, however, manage sleep deprivation!
Can you survive without food? Not only can you survive, but you can also actually heal. Adapted starvation during fasting creates physiological changes in the body that help you benefit from the fast afterwards. What actually happens within your body when you fast? Glucose is a nutrient that is required by your brain, nervous system and blood cells. When you fast glucagon is released. It stimulates glycogen breakdown and release of muscle protein for gluconeogenesis, which is the production of sugars from no carbohydrates.
Excerpted from YS Weekender