Since I started intermittent fasting, I’ve noticed a big improvement in my physical and mental health.
It is indeed a practice which enjoys particular attention in the world of integrative medicine🌱 and which has been the subject of numerous scientific researches, to the point where its enormous health benefits are no longer in doubt.
I am showing you today the incredible virtues of intermittent fasting and how it has affected me positively on all levels.
Better Concentration since I practice Intermittent Fasting
The digestion process in humans sometimes requires up to 15% of the total energy available in the body.
When fasting, this energy normally used for digestion is directed to other organs, mainly the brain.
This brain stimulation by intermittent fasting is no accident. It is enough to go back a little to realize that it is even quite logical to be more alert and more productive on an empty stomach.
Indeed, our ancestors used to go through long periods of intermittent fasting when plants and animals were scarce in cold weather. They then had to show more concentration and vigilance so as not to miss the few prey available.
Mark Mattson, head of the neuroscience laboratory at NIH, explains: “When you are hungry and have not eaten for a long time, your nerve cells are more active and, in terms of evolution, this is perfectly logical. Let’s pretend you’re an animal in the jungle and have not found food for a long time, it’s best to keep your brain cells active so you can get food. ”
So to stimulate your neurons, giving your digestive system a little vacation would be a good idea, the two will thank you 👍!
Intermittent Fasting allows to regulate insulin rate
Ah, insulin! This powerful hormone that makes us see it in all colors.
To explain the role of intermittent fasting in the regulation of insulin, let’s first make a short summary of the science courses of yesteryear.
In fact, as soon as you eat a meal, insulin is automatically secreted by the pancreas in order to lower the glucose level in the blood.
Once it spreads through the body, its role is to order the muscles to open their doors and let in the sugar that is around. It is thus stored in muscle cells for later use as the main energy source.
Once these cells are full, the rest of the glucose is sent to the liver, where it is stored as glycogen, creating a second backup fuel.
When you eat all day long, there is always blood sugar in addition to all these reserves. 👎
As a result, the pancreas continues to produce excess insulin, but this time the muscles and the exhausted liver begin to resist storage signals. ⚠
And when the body no longer knows where to put the excess glucose, it keeps it as fat, mainly in the belly.
And here you are, you now know where the puffy little belly that bothers you comes from!
Of course, this insulin surge does not go unnoticed and generates an avalanche of negative effects on our physiognomy in the long term, and this is where intermittent fasting comes to the rescue.
Since it gives our body long breaks without glucose, it succeeds in restoring the natural balance of insulin and completely dissipating the harmful effects of this disturbance, for example:
Regulation of other hormones
Several hormones affected by insulin and our eating habits rebalance during intermittent fasting. Here are some examples:
Ghrelin: Also known as the hunger hormone, ghrelin is the main reason why you feel hungry at specific times of the day.
Once you get your body used to eating four or six times a day, it starts to understand these moments and automatically secretes ghrelin to encourage you to eat at these precise intervals, even if you have just eat.
After only a few days of intermittent fasting, this hormone rebalances and we rediscover a real feeling of hunger and satiety.
Testosterone: In normal-weight men, a study has shown that intermittent fasting boosts secretion of the hormone LH by 67%, which in turn stimulates testosterone production by up to 180%! Incredible but true results that I have also personally experienced.
Hyperandrogenism: In women too, scientific research today claims that intermittent fasting plays a positive role in reducing the risk of breast cancer.
In addition, Dr. Jason Fung, nephrologist and founder of the Intensive Food Coaching Program, strongly advises fasting to relieve the symptoms of several other hormonal conditions, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Weight stabilization and fat loss with Intermittent Fasting
I’m lucky. 🙏 I never needed to lose weight, but intermittent fasting is a real prevention in my view as regards obesity and overweight diseases.
Calorie deficit: It is clear that when you fast, you automatically consume fewer calories, and several studies have actually shown the effectiveness of intermittent fasting in people suffering from obesity.
It would even be more effective in weight loss than permanent calorie deficit diets, since it helps maintain muscle mass at the expense of excess fat 💪, while continuous diets negatively affect muscles. What more ?
Ketosis: It’s only after you’ve drained the glucose stores in your muscles and liver that your body will start using fat.
But by eating every three hours, you are not giving your body the opportunity to exhaust its resources.
Intermittent fasting is an effective way to do this process, known as ketosis, since it robs your body of its main fuel, sugar, and forces it to burn excess fat to create energy.
This breakdown of fat by the liver produces what are called ketones, new warriors that will take over and serve as plan B for your body once it is out of glucose.
Ketosis is therefore an excellent alternative for producing energy while targeting resistant fat cells.
Prevention Of Several Diseases
We all want to stay fasting for as long as possible, and currently, research on cell aging clearly states that intermittent fasting is one of the best ways to fortify cells, on several levels:
What The Intermittent Fasting brought me: Physically 👌
The benefits of intermittent fasting on our vital organs are countless. Here are some examples:
The brain: An article in The journal of neuroscience claimed that intermittent fasting would improve risk factors for heart attack as well as biological markers of memory.
It would also stimulate the creation of new neurons, while reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
Interestingly, all of these benefits are based on a simple mechanism: imposing stress on our brain cells by fasting to “spoil” them a bit and forcing them to regenerate and rebuild with more resistance.
As if we were training our neurons in fact!
The heart: This same study demonstrated that the benefits of intermittent fasting on cardiovascular cells were similar to those of regular physical activity, such as reducing blood pressure and the risk of coronary artery disease, for example.
What the Intermittent Fasting brought me: Mentally ❤️
Whether it is anxiety, depression or mood swings, intermittent fasting is a preventive but also a curative method against these mental illnesses, thanks to the neuronal regeneration mechanisms mentioned above, its reduction in inflammation and its repairing effect. on brain cells damaged by oxidation.
This is why since I started to fast, my state of mind has improved fundamentally and I have gained a lot of serenity and joie de vivre.
And There you go ! Isn’t it surprising that this long list of benefits only costs a few hours of abstinence a day? So what are you waiting for to integrate intermittent fasting into the healthy habits of your life too?