Wellness trend; Intermittent Fasting
Last year’s ketogenic trend is still going strong, but a growing body of research is showing that intermittent fasting (IF) is one of the best, proven ways to improve health in the short- and long-term. While many people have success losing weight with IF, its benefits go much deeper. IF is linked to better blood sugar balance, decreased inflammation, and increased cognitive function, too.
IF—much like the Paleo diet—somewhat mimics the way our ancestors ate and lived. At revitalize this year, Steven Gundry, M.D., renowned cardiologist and author of The Plant Paradox, explainedthat "our ancestors didn’t crawl out of their cave and say ‘What’s for breakfast?’ There wasn’t any refrigerator or even any storage system." And it’s true, sometimes our ancestors didn’t find food until lunch or even dinnertime. Scientists are now discovering that this period without food may be quite therapeutic for the body and brain.
One of the common misconceptions about IF is that it’s all about cutting calories, deprivation, or weight loss. Amy Shah, M.D., integrative medicine physician and mbg class instructor, often suggests a fasting regimen to her patients in order to fight inflammation, improve digestion, and improve their longevity. "By modulating your hormones (insulin and growth hormone) and increasing cellular repair, intermittent fasting is a multitasking anti-inflammatory powerhouse."
According to Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., and integrative neurologist who uses fasting as a brain-boosting tool before big projects, "IF is beneficial because it slows the regular transport of glucose into the brain cells and allows the existing glucose and glycogen stores to be converted to energy. This energy can then be used to focus on brain cell metabolic processes, enhancing brain function and allowing one to gain greater energy and mental clarity." The conditions that can most benefit from fasting are obesity, type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and fatty liver disease, according to Jason Fung, M.D., fasting expert and author of the book The Complete Guide to Fasting. He says, "The most exciting benefits of fasting are for the prevention of cancer and Alzheimer's disease."
Basically, fasting is like decluttering for your brain, a restorative timeout for your gut, and gives your cells the time to clear out old proteins and other material so they can properly rebuild and regenerate. And so, from the ProLon 5-Day Fasting-Mimicking Diet—developed by Valter Longo, Ph.D., a biochemist at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Longevity Institute—to a simple 14-hour window between dinner and breakfast a few times a week, fasting is looking like the next great way to improve overall health.
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