People fast for a variety of reasons. Most people would do it for religious reasons. Others would try it, thinking it would allow them to quickly shed the excess pounds. Some might have to go through it for a medical procedure. And then there are those who commit to it for political purposes.
But did you know that you could also fast to improve your health?
Intermittent fasting, it turns out, has a positive impact on asthma sufferers. This has been proven through different studies, conducted by various parties. One study was done by the National Institute of Aging in Baltimore while Dr. James Johnson, who wrote a book called “The Alternate Day Diet,” conducted another study.
The National Institute of Aging took 12 overweight people with asthma. After going on an intermittent diet, which had the patients eating only 600 calories every other day, their airways opened up. Dr. Johnson’s study also focused on obese people with asthma. After putting 20 people on alternate day fasting for eight weeks, the subjects showed improvement in asthma symptoms as well as weight loss and increased energy.
Alternate fasting has demonstrated an anti-inflammatory effect with each study. Since asthma is a disease of inflammation, it could prove to be the most natural and one of the more effective approaches to alleviating the condition. Moreover, alternate fasting isn’t limited to decreasing inflammation but it has also been found to help cells produce antioxidants, decreasing free radical damage and fighting age-related diseases, like heart diseases and Alzheimer’s.
If you scour the Web, look up reviews and read personal blogs of asthma sufferers, you will find multiple entries and posts on the astonishing benefits of alternate day fasting. Some have ecstatically proclaimed not needing medication any longer while others have shared being healed. And to think that all you have to do is to restrict what you eat every other day.
Of course, before you set off on this asthma-healing journey, it would be best to get your physician’s recommendation on the number of calories you should be on for the fast. In Dr. Johnson’s book, the guide indicates going on 500 calories one day and eating what you want the next day. Checking with your doctor before trying the alternate day diet to alleviate your asthma will ensure that you do not put your other systems at risk by eating certain things at certain times.
Being diagnosed with asthma should not have to define your life. You can fight the disease. And you can do it in the most natural and effective way. Look into fasting every other day, and see how well this approach works for your condition.