Recently researched diet patterns could lead to healthier living
By: EVAN CARLEN
Instead of eating three square meals a day, an eating schedule that involves “intermittent fasting” could help fight not just obesity but many related diseases of modern life, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease — diseases mostly combated with drugs.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is not a diet, but rather a dieting pattern. In simpler terms, it’s making a conscious decision to skip certain meals.
When you eat a meal, your body spends a few hours processing that food, burning what it can from what you just consumed. Because it has all of this readily available, easy to burn energy in its blood stream (thanks to the food you ate), your body will choose to use that as energy rather than the fat you have stored.
During the fasted state, your body doesn’t have a recently consumed meal to use as energy, so it is more likely to pull from the fat stored in your body rather than the glucose in your blood stream or glycogen in your muscles and liver.
Now that you know about IF, did you notice there are no drugs involved? According to PRWeb, that means losing weight without dipping into your pockets to buy those pills the pharmaceutical companies spent $61 billion developing last year alone.
But IF benefits don’t stop at weight loss. According to the website www.livescience.com, IF benefits include Immune cell recycling and rejuvenation, promoting healthy digestion, preventing cancer, and many more.
The way IF promotes a healthy Immune system is fascinating and closely related to how it combats cancer. According to www.medicaldaily.com, in a study after the test subjects went without food for two to four days over the course of six months, the hematopoietic system killed older and damaged immune cells and generated new ones.
That is just two to four 24 hour fasts over the course of six months. Plus, these new white blood cells are better equipped to fight the illnesses your body is subject to today — not yesterday — which means you won’t get sick nearly as often.
This is closely tied to cancer prevention because when you fast, not only are cells in your blood recycled, but cells are found in the tissues.
It is now known that cancer is caused by one cell gone wrong through mutations in it genes. If these newly mutated cells could be broken down before proliferating and becoming invasive, then the risk for cancer would be dramatically reduced.
Well, that’s exactly what IF can do. As if that weren’t enough, now you won’t have to spend your hard earned cash on the nearly 400 drugs dedicated to immunology and oncology.
Boy all this health talk is making me full, it is great to give my digestive tract a rest. This rest can be great for you as well because it is proven to reduce the inflammation in your bowels making those some 200 constipation pills in your cabinet obsolete and cleaning your system of all the toxins lurking within fecal matter.
So, put the pills down and fast — feel energetic knowing fat stores keep you plenty alert and aware of all the great benefits.