Can fasting really do all the things is says in the list below?? We will be addressing all of these items in our classes that begin January 6th to April 27th! But there are many ways fasting does benefit us and maybe more than what is listed below.
FASTING HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT. … which is the number one reason we see many people trying fasting but:
- FASTING PROMOTES LONGEVITY. …
- PROMOTES DETOXIFICATION. …
- SPEEDS UP METABOLISM. …
- BOOSTS YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION. …
- IMPROVES YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. …
- FASTING REJUVENATES THE SKIN AND PREVENTS ACNE. …
- IMPROVES INSULIN SENSITIVITY.
These are just a few benefits. It does decrease inflammation. I can reset the gut when we are not doing well and can help us get well more quickly when we are sick. It may also improve hunger and eating patterns. We often don’t go long enough between meals to feel hungry. The hormones that control our hunger are not always activated properly for good health. It has also been shown to be a benefit when one is going through chemotherapy for cancer.
There are several ways to fast and I do not recommend it unless you are being followed by your doctor. Some doctors do not know much about fasting so do find someone who can help you correctly. When someone is on a lot of medicine you must not fast unless you talk to someone who understands more about how to do this. Pregnant women and children who are growing should not fast!
A great book to read is: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Fasting-Intermittent-Alternate-Day/dp/1628600012/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=fasting&qid=1574619768&sr=8-4
I have read several but the author Jason Fung, I feel, is very thorough at teaching what one needs to know on how to be safe and they whys behind fasting. He has several good books that we teach in our classes.
Remember you can make comments in our forum/community by clicking on the menu to the left on our home page. Let me know if you have fasted and how it has worked for you! Most of us can easily fast safely for 12 to 16 hours from dinner until the next morning for breakfast.
Below is an article and link you can go to that has been written by an MD who also has a public health degree from Harvard.
Intermittent fasting: Surprising update
There’s a ton of incredibly promising intermittent fasting (IF) research done on fat rats. They lose weight, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars improve… but they’re rats. Studies in humans, almost across the board, have shown that IF is safe and incredibly effective, but really no more effective than any other diet. In addition, many people find it difficult to fast.
But a growing body of research suggests that the timing of the fast is key, and can make IF a more realistic, sustainable, and effective approach for weight loss, as well as for diabetes prevention.
The backstory on intermittent fasting
IF as a weight loss approach has been around in various forms for ages, but was highly popularized in 2012 by BBC broadcast journalist Dr. Michael Mosley’s TV documentary Eat Fast, Live Longer and book The Fast Diet, followed by journalist Kate Harrison’s book The 5:2 Diet based on her own experience, and subsequently by Dr. Jason Fung’s 2016 bestseller The Obesity Code. IF generated a steady positive buzz as anecdotes of its effectiveness proliferated.
As a lifestyle-leaning research doctor, I needed to understand the science. The Obesity Codeseemed the most evidence-based summary resource, and I loved it. Fung successfully combines plenty of research, his clinical experience, and sensible nutrition advice, and also addresses the socioeconomic forces conspiring to make us fat. He is very clear that we should eat more fruits and veggies, fiber, healthy protein, and fats, and avoid sugar, refined grains, processed foods, and for God’s sake, stop snacking. Check, check, check, I agree. The only part that was still questionable in my mind was the intermittent fasting part.
Intermittent fasting can help weight loss
IF makes intuitive sense. The food we eat is broken down by enzymes in our gut and eventually ends up as molecules in our bloodstream. Carbohydrates, particularly sugars and refined grains (think white flours and rice), are quickly broken down into sugar, which our cells use for energy. If our cells don’t use it all, we store it in our fat cells as, well, fat. But sugar can only enter our cells with insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas. Insulin brings sugar into the fat cells and keeps it there.
Between meals, as long as we don’t snack, our insulin levels will go down and our fat cells can then release their stored sugar, to be used as energy. We lose weight if we let our insulin levels go down. The entire idea of IF is to allow the insulin levels to go down far enough and for long enough that we burn off our fat.