Intermittent Fasting - health Benefits

Intermittent Fasting - health Benefits

Fasting is good

The positive health effects of intermittent fasting are no longer disputed. They are well-known, and often talked discussed in health circles.
It is an ancient principle.

Benjamin Horne, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology atIntermountain Healthcare system in Utah, who recently published research on the effects of intermittent fasting, says “ it’s a reasonable approach for people who don’t like daily restriction of their calories.”

When we eat, more food energy is ingested than can immediately be used. A percentage of this energy is be stored by the body. If we start eating non-stop stop until we go to bed, we spend almost all our time in the fed state. And so, in this state, we will gain weight. Our body needs time to burn food energy.

To restore balance or to lose weight, we can just increase the amount of time we burn food energy (fasting). Basically, fasting allows the body to use its stored energy, that's what storage is for.

Taking that break from food allows your gut time to rest and inflammation to taper down,  producing some amazing benefits to your overall being and health:

If your health practitioner gives you the go-ahead,  You can jump right into it, it may be easier if you start off with just one day a week - try it for a month. Expect to feel hungry and irritable for the first few weeks. You might also have headaches. By the end of the first month, most everyone adapts.

Some then go over 24 hours or even several days without any food at all—often even more beneficial. “There’s some evidence that the longer you do a complete fast, the more benefit you get,” Ben Horne says.

FASTING Benefits are said to include :

- Reduction of Cancer potential

- Heart health

- Improves blood sugar

- Increases brain function

- Curbs cravings

- Gut Health Weight Loss

- Weight Loss

Fasting is an area to proceed with caution. Talk with your Health practitioner to make sure it's right for you

Women should be especially cautious as there are some mixed opinions on whether or not certain fasting protocols are healthy for female hormone balance. Also, if you have adrenal issues or gut health issues you'll want to proceed with caution. Check with your health practitioner.

Stress

Fasting improves your body’s resistance to stress. It helps with the Oxidative stress. Free radicals react with other molecules in your body and change the dynamics of certain cells, leading your body to have more stress.

Fasting causes your cells to work by pulling energy from other sources than it would if you had a normal food supply in your body. When this happens, your body goes into a special mode and replaces bad cells with healthier ones. If you have cells that are constantly restoring themselves to have optimal performance, it is going to have anti-aging effects.

Fasting is Control

Fasting differs from starvation in Control. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food. It is uncontrolled. Fasting, on the other hand, is the voluntary withholding of food for different reasons  : spiritual, health, etc

It's still important to stay hydrated. Make sure to still drink enough water. You can also have herbal tea.

Intermittent fasters can eat whatever they want, of course keep it healthy , without the usual limits on carbs, fat, etc. In general, most intermittent fasters stick to their normal diet; all they change when they begin the eating plan are the time frames during which they eat

It might seem complicated at first, once you get into the habit of fasting, it will feel like second nature. The benefits are worth the discipline. Try it for a day.

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