Intermittent fasting is when you go without food for a certain amount of time.
The benefits of intermittent fasting.
Giving your body a break from food allows your gut time to rest and inflammation to cool down, thus producing some amazing benefits to your overall health:
1. Lowers cancer risk.
Multiple studies have shown a link between intermittent fasting and a reduced risk of breast cancer.
2. Enhances heart health.
Intermittent fasting is thought to lower heart disease risk due to its ability to lower triglycerides and blood pressure and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol.
3. Improves autoimmune conditions.
A fasting-mimicking diet under 1,000 calories a day for three-day cycles has been shown to improve symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis as well as lupus.
4. Improves blood sugar.
Intermittent fasting has the proven ability to lower insulin resistance and increase metabolism.
5. Encourages weight loss.
Weight-loss resistance can often be due to an underlying hormone imbalance. Leptin resistance occurs when your brain stops recognizing leptin’s signals to use your body’s fat stores for energy. This causes your body to continually store fat instead of using it. Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve chronic inflammation that can dull the brain’s leptin receptor sites.
6. Curbs cravings.
Intermittent fasting decreases your hunger hormone ghrelin, which in turn can increase dopamine levels in the brain. Fasting can also help free people from emotional eating and kill cravings by transitioning your metabolism from unstable sugar-burning to steady fat-burning.
7. Increases cognitive function.
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can improve degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
8. Improves lung health.
One study showed intermittent fasting’s ability to decrease asthma symptoms as well as reduce oxidative stress.
9. Helps heal the gut
Lowering inflammation in the gut with intermittent fasting improvesinflammatory gut problems such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.