Intermittent Fasting Benefits
Intermittent Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years
Fasting has a been used throughout history most often being used for religious or spiritual purposes but recently it has become increasingly popular in fitness and health communities. Many health and weight loss claims have been touted by fitness professionals and the benefits do look very promising for not only weight loss but also aging and health. Currently, most of the studies have been done with animals. There have been limited studies done on humans to prove the benefits as well as the safety of intermittent fasting.
Diets or nutritional programs can have vastly different results depending on the individual. Significant changes to diet or changing a diet for specific health conditions should always be approached with caution. Always consult a health professional if you are unsure how significant nutritional changes will affect your health.
Potential Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Increased Insulin Sensitivity
Supports the body's ability to process glucose more efficiently
Lower Blood Pressure
Studies have shown the ability to lower blood pressure and maintain blood pressure levels when fed higher calorie diets
Cognitive Benefits and Brain Health
Potential to support improved brain neuron production and reduce cognitive decline when aging.
Increased and Sustained Energy Throughout the Day
Intermittent fasting may result in a more sustained source of energy daily. It may prevent afternoon "crashes" or reduced energy after eating throughout the day.
Cancer Prevention or Reduction
Fasting can possibly reduce cell proliferation which may reduce or slow the growth of some cancers.
Adherence and Convenience
Intermittent fasting is a fairly simple protocol. Allows for some flexibility and does not have very strict rules. Does not require very specific foods or supplements.