Fasting Can Help You Live Longer
Intermittent fasting is how primitive humans consumed their nutrition. There were periods of feasting and periods of famine.
Would you be surprised to know that cells in your body react to fasting in much the same way as they do to exercise? In other words, when placed under stress, by either exercise or by fasting. the reaction creates changes at the cellular level that helps to extend your lifespan.
I think that most of us realize that the types of food and the quality of food that we eat, influences more than just how much we weigh.
Food impacts your metabolism, insulin production, leptin release and a number of other hormonal and chemical balances.
But it isn’t just what you eat that has a great impact on your health, it is also when you eat.
Primitive humans burned fat as their primary fuel. Modern humans burn sugar (glucose) as their primary fuel. Fasting shifts your body from using glucose as its primary fuel, back to fat. Being an efficient fat-burner benefits your health way 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 a day.
Time restricted feeding means that you will probably eat only 2 meals a day rather than 3. You may have heard that you should eat a number of times a day, to keep your blood glucose stable. This may seem logical and eating only twice a day as counter-intuitive, but what appears to be logical is not always true.
Efficient Fat Burning Promotes Health:
Fat is a far cleaner burning fuel than carbohydrates and generates far less free radicals.
Glucose is an inherently “dirty” fuel as it generates far more reactive oxygen species (ROS) than burning fat does. But to burn fat, your cells must be healthy and normal. Cancer cells for example, cannot burn fat. This why a healthy high fat diet appears to be such an effective anti-cancer strategy. Read More