THE BENEFITS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING

Intermittent fasting may be the most under-rated, yet one of the most important tools for upgrading your longevity, health and wellbeing.

It reduces inflammation, improves autophagy (cleaning up of dead and sick/ tumor cells). It turns on several longevity genes.

 

It acts like a reset button for the body. During times of not eating or digesting, our body can do its ‘cleaning up’: it can get rid of any old or sick cells, and also any of the small mutations that we all have every day, but that the body is perfectly capable of getting rid off if only we give it the opportunity and space to do so.

 

When the body is digesting, it cannot do this cleaning process, and old or sick cells can accumulate, ultimately leading to chronic degenerative conditions and ‘aging’.

benefits of intermittent fasting

The benefits of Intermittent Fasting include, but are not limited to:

Increasing lifespan. 

Increasing insulin sensitivity, which has many health benefits in and of itself. 

Lowering blood lipids, triglycerides and other markers of metabolic syndrome.

Fighting/preventing cancer.  There is also some evidence that fasting before chemotherapy treatments can help reduce the negative side effects. 

Increasing growth hormone secretion (which builds muscle, burns fat and is the “anti-ageing hormone”).

Normalizing expression of the hunger hormone ghrelin, thereby reducing appetite.

Promoting brain and peripheral nervous system health by increasing neuronal plasticity and promoting neurogenesis, which has a large variety of effects such as boosting mood, memory, and mental clarity.

Increasing dopamine production, thereby boosting mood and increasing anticipation and response to rewards (meaning we get more enjoyment from less food). 

Increasing energy through regulating metabolic hormones.