OK, who wants to live a longer, happier, healthier life with tons of energy and vitality? Who wants to be active and energetic well into their 80s and late 90s? Who wants to reverse and prevent signs of aging? These are the proven methods that not only reverse and slow down the aging process, but also protect and restore healthy brain and immune function, growth hormone production, fat loss, lean muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity Not only that, but this proven method significantly lowers your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, inflammation, and cancer
anyone interested? I thought so! This is exactly what intermittent fasting does Fasting has been scientifically proven to slow down the aging process, reduce age-related chronic diseases, and extend lifespan Scientists have figured out that the cells in our bodies react to intermittent fasting in the same fashion as they do to exercise
So fasting, like exercise, is a stressor to our system When we place our bodies under a healthy type of stress, regardless of if it is in the form of exercise or fasting, we create changes at the cellular level that enable us to extend our life span In the journal Aging Research Reviews, it states that intermittent fasting increases lifespan and protects the various tissues against disease When our bodies are placed under a healthy form of stress like intermittent fasting, we enable our bodies to become stronger and respond to negative stressors in a more productive manner Exercise does the same thing
When we expose ourselves to the stress exercise provides, we are able to withstand more physical stress as a result We build up tolerance to lower intensities of exercise, and are able to tolerate ever-increasing workloads as a result To really understand the potential that intermittent fasting has for increasing our life span, we have to look at the physiological effects of transitioning our bodies from burning carbohydrates as fuel, to burning fat as our primary fuel Fat is a cleaner form of energy than carbohydrates and improves insulin sensitivity Burning fat also generates far less free radicals
Glucose is known as a more dirty type of fuel because it produces a lot more free radicals Free radicals are responsible for cellular and DNA damage and are linked to increased potential for illness and disease Although adding a lot of anti-oxidant foods into your diet to help combat free radicals is good, the best thing to do is to reduce them in the first place This happens when your body starts burning a clean fuel like fat instead of the dirty fuel consisting of an abundance of carbs In addition, when your caloric intake is greater than necessary, or when you consume food at times when you're not physically active, this also increases the number of free radicals produced
This is especially true when you eat immediately before you go to bed You are building up fuel when it is not needed! This is why I recommend not eating at least a couple hours before bedtime Your body uses the least amount of calories when sleeping, so the last thing you want to do is consume excess amounts of calories right before bedtime This will generate an abundance of free radicals that can damage your tissues, accelerate aging, and contribute to chronic disease The bottom line is that intermittent fasting has very promising evidence that shows its anti-aging and longevity properties
It improves your immune system, and reduces the inflammation process and the free radicals in your body It slows down the aging process significantly, especially when you add in a large amount of healthy fats Going without food now and then will not kill you…In fact, it's one of the keys to living a longer and healthier life!