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Intermittent fasting: Fasting reduces the risk of intestinal infections

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Religiously, everyone knows the importance of fasting, but if seen from a scientific point of view, fasting keeps the body healthy and balanced. Many Bollywood stars do fasting to keep themselves fit. Recent research has shown that intermittent fasting reduces the risk of infection. Due to food poisoning, there is a problem in digesting food. Therefore, eating during this time is prohibited.

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Actually, intermittent fasting is considered effective in reducing weight. In this diet one has to stay hungry for a long time. This not only helps in preventing weight gain, but also improves metabolism.

When it came to locating the infection responsible for food poisoning, it was a bit difficult to say whether intermittent fasting is completely beneficial or not. To get more information about it, a group of scientists from the University of British Columbia in Canada did research. In this, a group of rats fasted 48 hours before and during contact with their mouths exposed to Salmonella bacteria.

According to research, fasting prevents infections. In addition, it reduces gastroenteritis, which is a common cause of vomiting and diarrhea. According to experts, more research is still needed on this. You can reduce your calorie intake compared to daily. This will improve your digestion and reduce the risk of infection in the gastrointestinal tract to a great extent.

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According to the scientists, no risk of infection was found especially in the group of fasting rats. Whereas Salmonella spreads rapidly in rats that are not on fasting. According to scientists, Salmonella bacteria did not cause any damage to the intestines of fasting rats. Because the bacteria were unable to invade the intestinal wall.

After this, when groups of fasting rats were fed again a day later, a rapid increase in the number of Salmonella was observed. An increasing number of Salmonella began to invade the wall of the intestine. However, these increases were seen less in comparison to the normal-eating rats.

The scientists also examined the ability of fasting in a group of mice that “depleted the microbiome. Overall, similar results have also been observed with the food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter jejuni. This may suggest that these findings are only for Salmonella.” Not limited to bacteria, scientists say that fasting reduces the risk of intestinal infections to a great extent.

According to scientists, more research is needed on whether fasting or consuming limited amounts of food can reduce the risk of infection.

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