10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting – Part 2

Fasting is not only good for spiritual reasons but studies show that it’s healthy too.

 

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Below are Health reasons we should also honor our body in doing a fast:

  1. Intermittent Fasting Induces Various Cellular Repair Processes

  • When we fast, the cells in the body initiate a cellular “waste removal” process called autophagy
  • This involves the cells breaking down and metabolizing broken and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside cells over time.
  • Increased autophagy may provide protection against several diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
  1. Intermittent Fasting May Help Prevent Cancer

  • Cancer is a terrible disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells.
  • Fasting has been shown to have several beneficial effects on metabolism that may lead to reduced risk of cancer.
  • There is also some evidence on human cancer patients, showing that fasting reduced various side effects of chemotherapy.
  1. Intermittent Fasting is Good For Your Brain

  • Several studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting may increase the growth of new nerve cells, which should have benefits for brain function.
  • It also increases levels of a brain hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) a deficiency of which has been implicated in depression and various other brain problems.
  1. Intermittent Fasting May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the world’s most common neurodegenerative disease.
  • There is no cure available for Alzheimer’s, so preventing it from showing up in the first place is critical.
  • A study in rats shows that intermittent fasting may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or reduce its severity.

And finally:

 

  1. Intermittent Fasting May Extend Your Lifespan, Helping You Live Longer

  • One of the most exciting applications of intermittent fasting may be its ability to extend lifespan.
  • Studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting extends lifespan in a similar way as continuous calorie restriction.
  • In some of these studies, the effects were quite dramatic. In one of them, rats that fasted every other day lived 83% longer than rats who weren’t fasted.
  • Given the known benefits for metabolism and all sorts of health markers, it makes sense that intermittent fasting could help you live a longer and healthier life.

For more information be sure to give us  a call and ask us about our COR:6 health and wellness program. Our phone number is 1-888-244-3839. If you missed part 1, you can view it here.