|FASTING CAUSES REDUCTION IN CLOGGED ARTERIES|
According to a new study presented at a conference of the American Heart Association, fasting for one day each month may reduce the risk of clogged arteries by 40%.
Researchers originally got the idea to study fasting when a health registry analysis indicated that significantly fewer Mormons than non-Mormons in Utah suffered from the clogged arteries indicative of heart disease, even after different smoking rates were taken into account.
The researchers then conducted a survey of 515 people, 92% of whom were Mormon. Participants were asked about a number of habits associated with the practice of the Mormon religion, including fasting one day per month, avoidance of caffeine and alcohol, observance of a day of rest, church attendance and donation of either time or money to charity.
Of the five religious practices, only observance of the monthly fast showed any correlation with heart disease rates, with 59% of regular fasters developing heart disease, compared with 67% of those who did not fast. The difference between fasters and non-fasters remained even after the researchers adjusted for age, weight and health status, including high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure.
Fasting has a long history of having a positive impact on health. So this effect on coronary arteries should not be a surprise. But you'll probably never hear your medical doctor recommend fasting to improve your heart health. Why? It takes a thorough knowledge of fasting and it's physiological effects to determine whether or not it's appropriate for an individual. Whereas licensed NDs typically receive such medical training, it's not part of conventional medical training.
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