Water fasting benefits

Overview

Water fasting is one of the hottest diet trends that gained massive traction over the past few years. This way of dieting revolves around the restriction of all foods and drinks except for water (hence its nomenclature) for a specific period of time.

Generally speaking, people fast for a duration of 24-72 hours during the week. However, longer fasting may require medical supervision to avoid unnecessary complications.

In this article, we will briefly discuss the pros and cons of water fasting.

Pros of water fasting

Obviously, the most wanted benefit from water fasting is the resulted weight loss. This process is mediated by caloric deficit where the body is burning more calories than your daily intake, forcing the liver and muscles to break down stored forms of energy (e.g., glycogen, fatty acids).

Another benefit of water fasting includes the control of blood pressure in hypertensive individuals, which reduces the risk of heart disease, strokes, and aortic dissection.

Moreover, the low caloric intake and the consequent decrease in insulin spikes will reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Other benefits may include enhanced metabolism and detoxification processes, as well as lowering the risk of oxidative stress-induced ailments.

Cons of water fasting

The most common complication of prolonged water fasting is dehydration, which can lead to serious adverse effects if not promptly treated.

Nutritional deficiencies, binge eating, and hyponatremia (low sodium serum levels) are also feared complications of water fasting.

Takeaway message

Water fasting is a fantastic diet that yields several health benefits, especially when done in a reasonable, supervised fashion.

Hopefully, this article helped you appreciate the value of this diet, but if you still have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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The current status of COVID-19 – July 15th 2020

COVID is an acronym for ‘Corona Virus Disease’ that is caused by the virus named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus-2 (SARS-COV-2). COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory illness that outbroke in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and then spread epidemically all over the world. Now every country globally is affected by it.1

COVID-19 patients initially present with a flu-like illness. Most of the cases present with fever and body aches. The early symptoms also include loss of taste and smell, fatigue, and muscle pain. As the disease becomes severe, patients develop pneumonia in their lungs and become short of breath eventually. Diarrhea and abdominal pain also commonly occur.2

As per latest records, more than 13 500 000 have been infected with this disease worldwide, and the active cases are greater than 5 000 000. The graph of the number of cases isn’t stopping and the number of cases are increasing day by day. 213 countries are affected by COVID, and the most affected country having the highest number of patients is the USA.

Regarding the number of deaths reported, the up-to-date number is greater than 580 000. The lucky patients that have been recovered from this disease are greater than 7 900 000. 3

You might be thinking why are the exact numbers not being mentioned. The reason is simple – the numbers are increasing day by day. We are not even sure about the extent of their increase.

This disease is quite an alarming one as it has infected the whole world. Scientists and biotechnologists are working hard day and night to find a specific treatment or invent a vaccine against this disease. Although no cure is currently available, yet there is a ray of hope that we will surely develop a vaccine against this disease, and when that day arrives, it would be added to the victorious events of human history. As for now, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

 

References

  1. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.
  2. COVID-19 Health Advisory Platform by Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination . http://covid.gov.pk/.
  3. Worldometer. Coronavirus Cases. Worldometer 1–22 https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ (2020) doi:10.1101/2020.01.23.20018549V2.

 

The World Medical Card-blog consists of content written by both in-house and independent doctors, hired to write specific content for World Medical Card. It is advised to do your own research and always contact a doctor directly if you are having symptoms.

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