Intermittent Fasting: Is it worth the hype?

Intermittent Fasting:

Intermittent fasting is quickly becoming a great way to improve your overall health, decrease inflammation, and reduce insulin resistance.

water-1585192_640Basically intermittent fasting is when we push off eating breakfast until later in the day giving our body a more extended “fasting” period that started then night before after dinner was consumed.  Start with fasting 12 hour between dinner the night before and breakfast. Once  you get that down work up to 14-16-18 hours before eating.

This extended period of fasting allows are body to have a reduction in inflammation. Every time we eat, its an inflammatory process so decreasing the amount of times we are eating per day can greatly reduce our inflammation.  While we wait to eat, our body gets the chance to heal itself rather than work to digest food.  Our immune system can go to work looking for things to heal while it is resting from food. It is truly amazing how much energy it takes for the digestive process.  Intermittent fasting can also help reset your gut microbiome and make it harder for salmonella and other bad bacteria to live very well.

Intermittent fasting also helps to stimulate autophagy which is the process of our body breaking down old, weak cell components and recycling them for energy.  This is a natural detoxification process that can slow down with age. Think of autophagy as cleaning house and recycling trash. This is an amazing clean up process that allows our cells to have more room to function much more efficiently.  We all know how great it is to have a clean space to live in.  This is like cleaning up our internal space.

Insulin resistance is becoming a huge problem today and intermittent fasting can help improve insulin resistance dramatically.  Over the past few years our bodies have become so reliant on burning sugar fuel and this has created many metabolic disorders like diabetes, inflammatory diseases, and insulin resistance.  Fat as a fuel source is actually better for our bodies and is a much more efficient way to burn energy.  When we teach our body to burn fat for fuel it leaves the blood sugar alone and it doesn’t fluctuate much because it is burning fat for fuel.

So, one of the biggest takeaways here is the fact that using intermittent fasting is a great way to eat “less often” and therefore massively reduce our inflammation. Reducing inflammation from different angles can really help us get to a place of better health.  Inflammation is usually the root cause of illness and then going deeper to find the root cause of the inflammation is where magic can happen.

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