Usually, when people are advised of how to improve their health, they are told what to do. This list of actions to take usually includes adding exercise to a person’s lifestyle, changing the diet to certain foods or food combinations, and/or taking certain supplements. But there is a non-action with very real health benefits that you may want to consider adding into your life:
That’s right: not eating for a period of time. The reasons why are pretty straightforward. Dr. Mercola writes,
“For starters, fasting shifts your body from using glucose as its primary fuel to fat, and being an efficient fat-burner benefits your health beyond weight loss.
“Although much of the research is on fasting or intermittent fasting, the newer term is sometimes referred to as TRF (Time Restricted Feeding) which promotes eating in a narrow window of time, typically 6-8 hours.”
How does intermittent fasting help? Again, Dr. Mercola:
“We’re now starting to realize that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of virtually all diseases, and nutritional intervention — not only what you eat, but also when, and how often — is of key importance.
To summarize, mitochondrial health is promoted by eating real food; avoiding food at least 3 hours before bedtime; and intermittently fasting.”
To add more support, research has indicated that intermittent fasting helps to normalize insulin and leptin sensitivity, help increase Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production, and cause the regeneration of stem cells.
Any one of these would make this practice worthwhile, but, with the prevalence of diabetes in Western society and the large number of related health issues, the benefit to the body’s ability to use insulin is a huge reason to intermittently fast.
Additionally, the potential health benefits stem cells regeneration are huge. To give an idea of the positive health impact adult stem cell regeneration, adult stem cell research…
“…has produced treatments for more than 73 medical conditions, including brain cancer, breast cancer, type I diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, osteoporosis, and stroke damage. ASCR [Adult Stem Cell Research] does not destroy human life, is ethical, and effective.”
The possibility of prevention of any of the diseases noted above should make a person consider intermittently fasting.
Our recommendation is that you check with your doctor and consider implementing this practice into your life.