One of the benefits of IF is the fact that when you give your stomach a break, you allow it to rest and recharge its batteries. The same applies to your liver, and to your entire digestive system. You give them the nutrients required for your body to function, and then you let them do their job. As the digestion process finishes, your organs will take a pause. This is when they have a chance to regenerate, giving your metabolism a boost.
As you don’t put a burden on your digestive system by giving it food every few hours or so, your body enters a process of cellular repair, removing waste material from cells and eliminating it from your system.
Intermittent fasting also reduces insulin resistance and lowers your fasting insulin levels by as much as 20-30 percent. It can lower your blood sugar as well. This means it can offer you some protection against type 2 diabetes. Lowering insulin also helps to stop your body from storing fat.
Intermittent fasting can also help you lose weight. According to some studies, this habit helps you eat fewer calories, while also giving a boost to your metabolism. The result is an accelerated weight loss. In the above-mentioned studies, subjects lost between 3% and 8% of their body weight over 3-24 weeks.
Other studies have shown that intermittent fasting helps reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in your body. Since oxidative stress is the cause of many chronic medical conditions, it’s easy to understand how lowering it can benefit your overall health and well-being.
There is some evidence that this practice may be also beneficial for the health of your heart, due to the reduction of several heart disease risk factors such as bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and inflammatory markers.
Although some of these studies have been done on animals, there’s hope that future research will prove the health benefits of intermittent fasting. Meanwhile, you can search for more information online, on the blogs of renowned nutritionists and medical doctors, or in scientific magazines.
If you want to give intermittent fasting a try, you can do so, but as with any diet or eating regimen, you should consult your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to take your health to the next level. If you already suffer from chronic ailments that require you to take medication, always make sure you discuss your fasting intention with your doctor.
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