5 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
If you like to stay up-to-date on the latest health trends then you have probably already heard the whispers and the shouts about ‘intermittent fasting.’ But what is it exactly? Intermittent fasting is when you alternate between eating and fasting with extended periods of fasting in between the periods of eating. In general, the rule of thumb is that you fast for sixteen hours and then eat during an eight-hour period but there are various ways to perform intermittent fasting like not eating for twenty-fours once a week. For the sake of this article, though, we will focus on the benefits of not eating for sixteen hours and then eating for eight. If you have been thinking about trying this, here are five benefits of intermittent fasting.
Please always remember to consult with your healthcare provider before trying a new diet plan.
Releases Human Growth Hormone
A study has shown that fasting boosts Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production by 2000% in men and 1300% in women. Some of the benefits of HGH include increased fat burning, anti-aging, enhanced immune system and maximized exercise capacity to name a few. To benefit from a boost in HGH it is also advisable not to eat before bed so you can really capitalize on increased HGH production while you sleep and your body repairs itself.
Aids Weight Loss
Intermittent fasting can improve hormone function within the body while lowering insulin levels, which can lead to weight loss. It also increases the hormone norepinephrine, which aids in the breakdown of body fat. A study also concluded that fasting in short spurts can increase your metabolism by 3.6-14% while reducing the amount of food you consume on a daily basis. A 2014 study showed that intermittent fasting results in a 3-8% weight loss over a 3-24 week period.
Enhances Resistance to Oxidative Stress
Studies have illustrated that intermittent fasting can improve the bodies resistance to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress leads to free radicals damaging other molecules in the body, which can lead to chronic diseases and aging. Fasting can also help to reduce inflammation in the body, which is another lead cause of chronic pain and disease.
Aids Waste Removal From the Cells
Studies have shown that when we fast it triggers a process in the body that leads to waste removal from the cells. This process of waste removal from the cells is referred to as ‘autophagy’ and it can help to protect against various diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Improves Brain Health
Not only can intermittent fasting reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s but it can also increase the growth of nerve cells, which aid brain health and function. Studies on animals have also shown that fasting can help protect against brain damage related to stroke.