Intermittent fasting is gaining grounds by the day. Over the years, we have been told by HCP to eat all day long: 3 meals a day plus snacking in between. Well, according to research by top nutritionist, that is totally wrong. When you eat all day long, you are over tasking your pancreas and digestive system so much.
And if that continues, it will get to a point where you cannot properly absorb your food or the nutrients in that food. Meal timing and the frequency we are eating is absolutely important.
What is Intermittent Fasting:
- Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting.
- Numerous studies show that it can have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
IF Facts (culled from Cleveland Clinic)
- While fasting, your body uses insulin more efficiently, to take glucose from the blood. Overall, intermittent fasting can lead to a significant reduction in blood sugar levels.
- Fasting increases the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neural health. This powerful protein can help protect your brain cells from neurological changes associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
- When you take a break from eating, your body is able to focus on other regenerative systems. This allows the body to clean up toxins and regulate the functionality of other organs, including your kidney and liver, which in turn can help clear your skin.
- Intermittent fasting can be an effective method for weight loss, in combination with a healthy diet. The percentage of weight loss will vary depending on age, gender and overall calorie intake.
- Some studies have shown that different methods of intermittent fasting can decrease blood pressure, increase insulin sensitivity, increase heart rate variability, and decrease cholesterol levels, all of which consequently decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
Given the known benefits for IF, it makes sense that ii could help you live a longer and healthier life. Don’t forget to consult your HCP to accertain that IF is okay for you.