Top Fasting Health Benefits: Not Just a Fad
Fasting: the Facts on the Fad
Fasting, also known as Intermittent Fasting (IF), is a popular trend in the fitness, health and nutrition world now and some may think it is a fad. Popularity aside, Dr. Anita Wang believes fasting is here to stay because of its many health benefits. Contact Dr. Wang today to discuss if fasting is for you. Together we will explore the different methods of fasting and select the one that is best for you.
How Does Fasting Repair the Body?
Did you know when you fast you are repairing your body? Fasting stimulates a protective gene to stimulate cellular repair, reduce inflammation, and increase anti-oxidative defenses which benefits our brains and bodies, at a biochemical level, including:
- Increasing human growth hormone
- Reducing insulin resistance
- Reducing Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, which are a key indicator of heart disease
- Increasing our brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which protects against Alzheimer and Parkinson disease
- Preventing cancer by eliminating the damaged cells that lead to cancer
- Stimulating the longevity gene
- Increasing beta-hydroxybutyric acid, a key fuel for the brain
- Activating the Nrf2 gene pathway, which helps to detoxify and battle inflammation
Physical Benefits of Fasting
Because of these biochemical changes due to fasting, the most significant positive effects you may experience from fasting are weight loss and less joint pain due to reduced inflammation in the body. This explains why many people in the fitness industry swear by this practice in some form or another.
Who Should Not Fast?
Fasting is not for everyone. Certain people should avoid fasting, especially those who:
- Have a history of amenorrhea
- Are breastfeeding
- Have blood sugar regulation issues
- Are pregnant
- Have diabetes
- Are unable to conceive
- Have low blood pressure
- Are on certain medications
- Have an eating disorder
- Are underweight
- Have an ulcer
Consider booking a free 15 Minute Explore The Practice telephone appointment with Dr. Anita Wang to learn more.