A growing number of medical studies have shown that fasting may have a variety of benefits for people. However, you may not be aware that these benefits apply to you if you are living with chronic lung disease.
While neither fasting or any other known procedure can currently cure chronic lung conditions, it may have three key benefits for you that may help you to improve your quality of life.
What Is Fasting?
Fasting is a term that refers to a period where you decide not to eat, drink or both. There are many different types of fasting, which includes dry fasting, water fasting, juice fasting and partial fasting.
While all of these types of fasting may have benefits for you, it’s always a good idea to consult with your primary care physician before beginning a fast to ensure it will be safe for you.
Fasting Benefit #1: Detoxification
We are all exposed to a variety of toxins every day in things like the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Some common toxins that you may come into contact with daily include things such as fluoride, lead and chlorine.
Toxins like these are typically stored in the fat deposits in your body, and over time, they can lead to all sorts of negative issues. However, when you are fasting, your body breaks down these fat deposits and is able to flush toxins out of your body.
Fasting Benefit #2: Improved Mental Health
When dealing with your lung condition, you may experience negative emotions, such as depression. These emotions aren’t ones that you likely enjoy feeling, even though such emotions are perfectly natural for you to have when experiencing serious health issues.
Fasting may be able to help you deal with these negative emotions by helping you to improve your mood. This may be possible for you because fasting has been shown to increase your levels of endorphins, which are one of the feel-good hormones your body produces.
Fasting Benefit #3: Boosts Your Immune System
Since your body doesn’t have to worry about digesting your food while you’re fasting, it tends to focus on other vital body functions, including revamping your immune system.
In fact, your body is more likely to remove damaged cells while you’re fasting because it’s looking for sources of energy. Additionally, some studies have shown that fasting leads to increases in important immune system components such as human growth hormones and white blood cells.
The Benefits of Fasting Are Included in Lung Health Institute Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI² ™)
At the Lung Health Institute, our team has put together three levels of Wellness Plans that may help you to improve your quality of life while living with a lung condition. These plans are designed to bring together the benefits of good nutritional practices, such as fasting, and other beneficial components into an easy to follow plan you can use every day. For additional information about our Wellness Plans, contact a friendly and helpful patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute today.