Should we fast?
Shoulder we go through all the hunger pains and stresses, deprive ourselves of food and our life source?
The answer is yes yes yes….
But hold on, how long should we fast for, 12, 24 or 36hrs?
Is it just a case of restricting our daily calories or do we just delay our first meal of the day?
There are so many different ways to fast, but here are a few reasons why we fast.
When we fast or restrict our calories the body releases growth hormone. Growth hormone is the fountain of youth for the body. It promotes muscle growth, repair and anti aging. Unfortunately it declines as we get older.
Fasting will also use up all our blood sugars and then tap into our fat storage for energy. Great for weight loss and controlling blood sugar levels.
When fasting for long enough the body will go into a catabolic state. Although this seems scary, a bodybuilders nightmare, it actually has great health benefits and could be life saving.
When the body enters into a catabolic state it will use all the old and damaged cells first for its energy.
This is good news as not only does it make way for new cells to be produced it eliminates the damaged cells which have the potential to turn cancerous.
Fasting has been around for centuries and many religious beliefs have embraced it. It is also part of the Mediterranean diet and life style which we fully embrace.
A good entry level way to fast is time delayed eating. This is where your first meal is at 10am and your last meal is at 6pm with only water in between, any other fluids will affect the fasting process.
From there you can experiment with a longer fast from once a week to every 3months.
The other beneficial side affect of fasting is how mentally strong you become and surprisingly how much energy you have. So give it a try, it’s a great way to kick start your healthy habits, become mentally strong and trigger off some natural anti aging.
Fast Facts about Fasting;
- Improves function of cells, genes and hormones
- Induces loss of body fat
- Controls blood sugar levels & type 2 diabetes
- Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation
- Induces cell repair
- Increases levels of endorphins
- Induces detoxification process
- Recalibrates your hunger demand signals
- Increases growth hormone