Fasting has been practiced since the ancient times. It has been a part of our dietary and healing culture. Even animals fast in order to survive and heal from injuries. Studies show that fasting helps eliminate harmful toxins in the body. Medically, fasting is conducted to prep a patient for a procedure.
But did you know fasting has a lot of beauty benefits too? In today’s post, we go in-depth on the advantages of fasting on the skin:
Prevents Contact Dermatitis
Fasting reduces skin inflammation caused by contact from specific object or substances. According to a report published in Toxicologic Pathology, those who suffer from contact dermatitis will benefit from occasional fasting. Contact dermatitis is a skin condition caused by sensitivity to soaps, jewelry, plants, and cosmetics. The same report found that short-term fasting (48 hours) reduces swelling, irritation and other discomforts from contact dermatitis.
Soothes Nettle Rash
A report published in the Journal of Dermatology found that fasting also relieves a specific type of hives called chronic urticarial or nettle rash. Usually, nettle rash will persist for up to six weeks. The same report highlighted the case of a 28-year-old woman who suffered from nettle rash. The patient fasted for 11 days and the hives disappeared. Three days after breaking the fast, the hives returned.
Short-term fasting can also help clear up persistent skin conditions, including eczema. According to experts, fasting works by freeing the body temporarily from digestion. This shifts the body’s energy to regenerate other systems.
When you force your body to take in less processed foods, you are able to regulate your appetite. This leads to healthy food choices. Fasting will eliminate bad dietary habits. It cuts down sugar and processed food consumption. This gives more room for healthy food items – like whole grains, fruits, and veggies – to your everyday meals. Fasting also trains the body to eat better.
Detoxifies the Colon
Detoxification is the process of expelling toxins from the body. Fasting does this and more. When the colon is cleansed, the body is able to absorb more nutrients from the food we eat. And when the body is at its best, it’s able to repair damaged cells and regenerate skin tissues more efficiently. When the body is free from toxins, it translates to better skin.
Are you prone to acne? Then consider fasting for short term once in a while, it’s good for the skin. Most times, acne breakout is caused by irritants or hormonal imbalance. Fasting flushes out toxins that cause irritation. It also re-calibrate the body to offset any imbalance. This leads to reduced breakouts.
Promotes Cell Regeneration
Is your skin looking particularly dry, dull and rough? The body needs enough time to repair itself. But environmental pollution and stress can lead to lackluster skin. Fasting speeds up the body’s ability to heal itself. It will help accelerate cell turnover, leading to radiant, luminous skin! Faster cell turnover also means healthier hair and nails.