Intermittent fasting is the process where you fast for a specific period of time during the day. Some fasts are 14 hours, some are 48 and there are health benefits to IF such as a reduction in obesity and inflammation. When you fast you eat less simply due to having a shorter eating window and it helps clean out damaged cells and digest food better. Fasting can also boost your mitochondria and help energize us. There are many different ways that you can fast, and weight loss, better cardio health and better cognitive health are some of the things that can come from it.
- Intermittent Fasting (IF) — the practice of periodically leaving 14-48 hour gaps between meals — can have significant health benefits.
- Even the short fasts involved in IF can make the body more sensitive to insulin while curbing inflammation.
- While the exact mechanisms at work in IF need more research, it appears to act as a form of healthy stress that reduces insulin levels.
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