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Intermittent Fasting is recently becoming a major buzzword in health circles. Since it involves limiting one’s eating, it naturally, if not obviously, helps in the weight loss process. However, there’s so much more beyond intermittent fasting.
There are a few ways to practice intermittent fasting, including the 16-8 method, where one only eats within an 8-hour window, there are other ways as well, such as fasting for a whole day once or twice a week.
Since our bodies are designed to be able to withstand some period of time without food, evident from how our hunters and gatherers of ancestors lived in the past, constantly eating actually may cause our body more harm than good. Here are a few benefits of Intermittent Fasting aside from weight loss:
Intermittent fasting has been discovered to have major benefits for insulin resistance and lead to an impressive reduction in blood sugar levels. Lowering insulin resistance naturally reduces the risk to Type 2 Diabetes.
The cells in the body initiate a cellular waste removal process when in a fasted state. This involves the cells breaking down and metabolizing broken and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside cells over time. This helps the body protect itself against several diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
First, let us be clear that the studies that prove this were only conducted on rats, and these studies show that rats’ lifespan increased by 83% when they were fasted intermittently.
Although yet to be proven in humans, intermittent fasting is becoming very popular among the anti-aging crowd. Knowing its benefits in our metabolism and other health markers, it is very likely for intermittent fasting to also help us live longer and healthier.
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