Day 8 | Health Benefits of Fasting


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“Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God,” 1 Thessalonians 4:4 (MSG) .

“You know the old saying, ‘First you eat to live, and then you live to eat?’  Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food…Since the Master honors you with a body, honor Him with your body!” I Corinthians 6:13 (MSG).

Good morning fellow fasters! While our 21 Day Fast at New Life is a spiritual discipline, medical science has begun to find that intermittent and long-term fasting have exciting physical benefits. Some people do not fast for fear of the physical consequences. I want to share some of the physical benefits of fasting with you in order to encourage you that what God has ordained for His people to do is very good for us!

  1. Fasting promotes blood sugar control by decreasing insulin resistance. This allows our body to transport glucose from the blood stream to our cells more efficiently. It indicates a new way to treat diabetes, and even prevent or reverse it!

  2. Fasting helps our body fight inflammation. Chronic inflammation can have serious health responses, such as causing heart disease, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. Fasting decreases these responses.

  3. Fasting enhances heart health by improving blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death WORLDWIDE with 31.5% of deaths globally attributed to it. Fasting has been found to decrease the LDL (bad) cholesterol by 25% and triglycerides by 32%!  

  4. Fasting may boost brain function and prevent neurodegenerative disorders. Animal studies have shown that fasting could improve brain function by increasing nerve cell generation and protecting against disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It may even be a cure for these debilitating diseases of the brain.

  5. Fasting can delay aging and extend longevity. Again, mostly animal studies have been conducted so far, but in 1 such study, rats that fasted had a delayed rate of aging and lived 83% LONGER than rats that didn’t!  

  6. Fasting may aid in cancer prevention and increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy. In animal studies, conducted at the University of Virginia and University of Kentucky, fasting has been found to block tumor formation, and to be as effective as chemotherapy in delaying tumor growth! It has also been shown to increase of chemotherapy drugs in cancer treatment.

Even though fasting has been shown to have a long list of health benefits, be sure and talk with your health care provider if you have underlying or chronic health conditions or are on medications. Stay well hydrated. Minimize physical activity as best you can and get plenty of rest.

Fasting is not harmful to your body. It may actually help prevent cancer, treat and possibly reverse diabetes, cause you to live longer, and prevent Alzheimers and heart disease. It benefits both the body and the soul!  

Stay strong and keep going!

Pastor Beth Beadle