Fasting Benefits it’s not only for losing weight
If you are an Evolved Health client, I’m sure you’ve heard the term “intermittent fasting” a handful of times during your once a week visits. It seems excessive to hear this term so often at a weekly 20 minute appointment, but it really just is a reflection of how much we love it. We talk about it so much because we truly believe it can help you reach your 2019 wellness goals sustainably – whatever they might be.
So what exactly is it, and why is it so trendy right now? Though fasting is actually one of the oldest dietary interventions, it has recently received a lot of attention because of its effectiveness as a healthy lifestyle change that is much more sustainable in its results and upkeep than any other fad diet. Fasting does not require the self control of a robed Tibetan monk, but is actually quite simple for the average person to implement. As digesting food demands a lot from our bodies, fasting allows our bodies to rest and heal different areas that may not get as much attention as they need. All fasting means is restricting or eliminating your food intake for certain periods of time to allow your body to digest, reset, and rebuild without having to digest the food we are constantly consuming. Below is a table from the Bulletproof Blog of how you may introduce fasting into your everyday life!
For now, let’s focus on the benefits that intermittent fasting can bring.
According to dietary and wellness leaders such as Dr. Mercola and Dave Asprey, fasting boosts both your mental and physical performance to noticable levels. You may feel stronger in your physical activities, as well as quicker on your feet at work. Here are five other benefits that fasting brings:
- Weight loss – a #1 for a lot of people. Fasting depletes your body of its glucose reserves. Thereby forcing your body to burn fat for fuel.
- Lowers risk for disease – fasting boosts your brain health, and lowers the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
- Slows down aging – by strengthening particular cellular fusions, fasting promotes extended cellular life.
- Increases energy and improves memory
- Encourages intuitive eating – reset your hunger hormones and be more aware of when it is necessary to eat, and not just convenient.
Intermittent fasting yields these benefits, as it gives your body the chance to heal, repair, and strengthen areas that might not get as much attention when your body is focused on digesting. Allow your body a reset to introduce cellular regeneration and intuitive eating