6 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent Fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. Countless studies show that it can amazing benefits to the brain and body.

Intermittent Fasting can help you lose weight and fat

Intermittent fasting will make you take in fewer calories (unless you cheat!!). Additionally, intermittent fasting increases hormone function to ease weight loss. Lower insulin levels, higher growth hormone levels and increased amounts of noradrenaline all increase the breakdown of body fat and facilitate its use for energy.

Summary: Intermittent fasting helps you eat fewer calories while boosting metabolism slightly.

Intermittent Fasting changes the function of cells, genes, and hormones

When you fast, your body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible. Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning. Secondly, the blood levels of growth hormone may increase as much as 5-fold. Higher levels of this hormone facilitate fat burning and muscle gain and have numerous other benefits. Additionally, the body induces important cellular repair processes, such as removing waste material from cells. Finally, there are beneficial changes in several genes and molecules related to longevity and protection against disease.

Summary: When you fast, insulin levels drop and human growth hormone increases. Your cells also initiate important cellular repair processes and change which genes they express.

Intermittent Fasting can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body

If you don’t know what oxidative stress is, it is one of the steps towards aging and many chronic diseases. It involves unstable molecules called free radicals, which react with other important molecules (like protein) and damage them. Several studies show that intermittent fasting may enhance the body’s resistance to oxidative stress. Studies also show that intermittent fasting can help fight inflammation, another key driver of all sorts of common diseases.

Summary: Studies show that intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. This should have benefits against aging and the development of numerous diseases.

Intermittent Fasting may be beneficial for heart health

Heart disease, as we know, is the world’s biggest killer. It is known that there are several risk factors that are speculated to increase or decrease the risk of heart disease. Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve numerous different risk factors, including blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers, and blood sugar levels.

Summary: Studies show that intermittent fasting can improve numerous risk factors for heart disease.

Intermittent Fasting may help prevent cancer

Cancer is a terrible disease, known for the uncontrolled growth of cells. Although human studies are needed, promising evidence from animal studies intermittent fasting may help prevent cancer. There are also some studies on human cancer patients that fasting reduced various side effects of chemotherapy.

Intermittent Fasting is good for your brain

Intermittent fasting improves various metabolic features known to be important for brain health. This includes reduced oxidative stress, reduced inflammation and a reduction in blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Several studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting may increase the growth of new nerve cells, which should have benefits for brain function. Animal studies have also shown that intermittent fasting protects against brain damage due to strokes.

Have you tried Intermittent Fasting?

If not, would you consider doing it?

Leave a comment down below!

-Tahmid Islam

Co-Founder and Editor of StemTalksNC

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