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Benefits of Intermittent Fasting 14 March 2016

I have written a lot about intermittent fasting recently. I’ve talked a lot about what I do. We will be training others to do it on our courses in Queenstown. For the 23 people who liked my Podcast yesterday (smile), even the New York Times is getting on board.

Salient points from this article:
1. “Fasting to improve health dates back thousands of years, with Hippocrates and Plato among its earliest proponents.”

2. “humans are well suited for it: For much of human history, sporadic access to food was likely the norm, especially for hunter-gatherers. As a result, we’ve evolved with livers and muscles that store quickly accessible carbohydrates in the form of glycogen, and our fat tissue holds long-lasting energy reserves that can sustain the body for weeks when food is not available.”

3. “From an evolutionary perspective, it’s pretty clear that our ancestors did not eat three meals a day plus snacks,”

4. “Two to five days of fasting each month reduced biomarkers for diabetes, cancer and heart disease in mice. The research has since been expanded to people, and scientists saw a similar reduction in disease risk factors.”

5. “One benefit of fasting is that it forces the body to shift from using glucose for fuel to using fat. During this process, the fat is converted to compounds known as ketones, a “clean” energy source that burns more efficiently than glucose, like high-octane gasoline.

The same process, known as ketosis, occurs when people go on extremely low-carb, high-fat diets. Ketones seem to have unique effects on the brain. High-fat diets, for example, have been used for years to treat people who suffer from epileptic seizures.There are extensive reports of children who had debilitating seizures who were cured on ketogenic diets. If it benefits the brain to prevent seizures, then maybe it benefits the brain in other ways.”

6. “It takes a very disciplined person to skip a couple meals every day,”
Agreed…but I kind of think that discipline is useful in life. Call be crazy.


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Dr Emerson was recently interviewed on ‘Know the Cause’, the most popular health television programme in the US.

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