In recent years, intermittent fasting has become a buzzword in the health and wellness community. The promises stemming from this style of diet include activating the metabolism and significant weight loss; yet these are only amongst the best-known reasons to start intermittent fasting. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the benefits go far beyond weight loss and an activated metabolism to include improved glucose regulation, blood pressure, heart rate, and more.
The story of intermittent fasting goes back thousands of years, to the traditional periods of feeding and fasting humans and other animals long followed. However, in these modern times the traditionally spaced three meals a day, plus snacks, typically does not allow enough time for fasting to occur. But what happens during intermittent fasting in the first place? During fasting, cells are activated to combat oxidative and metabolic stress in the body, prompting the removal or repair of damaged molecules. On the other hand, the periods of feeding result in the growth and increased plasticity of cells. Combined, the systems of the body are activated.
Specifically, on the subject of aging, intermittent fasting can work to slow the clock both inside and outside the body. Overall, an appropriately reduced caloric intake “robustly increases the life span.” By including exercise and engaging in intermittent fasting, long term benefits including resistance against disease and general bodily resilience is possible. In short, intermittent fasting has the ability to improve comprehensive health, which unsurprisingly improves longevity in individuals. An enhanced cognition as you age is always essential, which intermittent fasting has shown to aide in a variety of ways such as spatial memory, associative memory, and working memory. Regarding physical appearance, a decrease in the appearance of fat is commonplace. Further studies are being undertaken, but the current data and scientific evidence is promising.
So, how can you effectively include intermittent fasting in your own lifestyle? Before making any radical diet change, it is prudent to discuss so with an expert. The experts at Pria Wellness can successfully guide you in deciding on eating and fasting windows, what to eat during your feeding time, and expectations surrounding the process. Call (410-565-6552) or book an appointment online with Pria Wellness to begin your journey today!
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