Fast Forward to a Healthier You
Back when we were a society of hunter-gatherers, food was scarce and we would follow a feast with hours or even days of fasting. We have since evolved, but intermittent fasting is still common in many religious or health-conscious circles. Unlike typical weight-loss diets that restrict how much food you eat or what food you eat, intermittent fasting focuses on when and how often you eat.
Research has shown that intermittent fasting is good for you – lowering blood sugar levels, increasing insulin effectiveness, and reducing inflammation and cardiovascular risk. Just like exercise puts your muscles, heart and cells under mild stress, so too does intermittent fasting, ultimately strengthen your body and making it more resistant to disease. Studies also suggest you keep more muscle and lost more fat when fasting occasionally, in comparison to other diets, because after about 12 hours of fasting, you run out of stored energy from carbs and start burning stored fat instead.
A Mind Body Experience
Intermittent fasting isn’t just good for your body, but also your mind. Along with physical exercise and sufficient mental activity, fasting can increase the production of a brain-derived neurotrophic factors, a chemical that supports the formation of new connections and even new brain cells.
It may also reverse symptoms of diabetes. Fasting has been found to trigger pancreas regeneration, which restores the function of the organ and helps control blood sugar levels. Though this study has only been conducted on rats and mice so far, it holds promise for future human successes as well.
As more research is conducted on the effects of intermittent fasting, we find its benefits far outweigh other diets. Those who try it could enjoy more energy, less illness and even potentially longer lives. Before fasting, speak with a medical professional to find out if it is right for you. And always remember to treat your body as kindly as possible by only using products with all natural, organic ingredients, like Edye’s Naturals.