- Occasional fasting can boost human metabolism
- Metabolism uses food-derived calories to convert it into energy and helps prevent aging
- 19659005] According to a study conducted by scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Kyoto University in Japan, occasional fasting can increase people's metabolism. This study examines how fasting is beneficial to human health.
Metabolism is the process by which the body uses the calories it derives from food and converts it into energy. A high metabolic rate facilitates the immediate use of calories and reduces the likelihood that excess calories will be accumulated as fat.
This study found a link between fasting and metabolism. The study suggests that occasional fasting produces antioxidants and helps to reduce aging. For the study, experts analyzed the changing amounts of metabolites (substances that were formed during the chemical processes that give organisms energy) in four people who wanted to fast.
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The team found 44 metabolites in these individuals within 58 hours of fasting. They found numerous metabolites whose levels decreased with age. In the four subjects, they found that fasting led to an increase in these metabolites, increased longevity, and reversed signs of aging.
The study also suggests that fasting increases the metabolism of purine and pyrimidine chemical substances that play a key role in gene expression and protein synthesis. This change can also promote homeostasis in cells that serve to alter their gene expression according to environmental factors.
How does it work?
When the body does not draw enough energy from outside, it uses alternative energy stores. When you fast, your body uses every cell in the human body.
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Written by: Arushi Bidhuri
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Staff February 11, 2019