Intermittent Fasting and the Brain

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There is a lot of debate in the health and wellness sphere about the best diet for your health. Where some swear by low carb, high fat diets, others insist that high carb, low fat is the only way to eat. With so many conflicting opinions, it’s really difficult to know whom to trust or what to listen to. Fortunately there is a way you can eat that may help you lose weight, improve your brain health, and increase your longevity, all without dietary restrictions.

Intermittent fasting is quickly building up steam in the dietary community. Unlike fad diets, fasting is more than just a passing trend because it’s as old as humanity itself. Our bodies are designed to fast and you already do it every single day. From the time you eat your last meal at night to the time you eat breakfast in the morning, you’re fasting. Intermittent fasting is about gradually pushing out this window until your brain and body start reaping the benefits. Intermittent fasting is an eating style that involves alternating between periods of eating and periods of fasting. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

You’re in charge of your own meal plan and you can customize it to your liking. Just make sure that you’re making healthy food choices and it’s approved by your doctor. Try to avoid artificial ingredients or overly processed foods. So long as you meet all of your nutritional requirements within your eating window, just about anything goes. Although conventional advice would have us believe that we need to eat every two to three hours to sustain ourselves, our evolutionary history paints a very different picture. Our hunting and gathering ancestors didn’t have regular access to food like we do, so their bodies had to develop a way to operate without a consistent source of glucose. That’s where fasting comes in as a survival mechanism.

In the same way that you might clean your home and throw out things you don’t need, fasting is our body’s way of cleaning up shop. Fasting for extended periods allows your body to cleanse itself and use up leftover nutrients from the previous day’s meal which triggers a process called metabolic switching. Metabolic switching slows the aging and disease processes and promotes weight loss in obese individuals.

Studies suggest that it may also improve longevity. Intermittent fasting is amazing for maintaining brain health as well. In addition to slowing the aging process, metabolic switching increases neuroplasticity in the brain. This helps optimize brain function and increase the brain’s resistance to injury and disease. Intermittent fasting also triggers a process which works toward off Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Fasting can also clear brain fog and help sharpen the mind. Many people who fast report clearer thinking and improved moods which can benefit your brain-gut connection and increase your overall happiness. But perhaps fasting’s biggest benefit is that it allows you to put the joy back in eating.

When you don’t have to worry about weighing, and counting, and measuring, you can focus on eating foods that not only nourish your body, but also your soul. Wanna learn more about your brain and how it functions? Call and schedule your Brain Map today.

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May 17, 2023