10 research based intermittent fasting benefits in 2016

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10 {Research Based} Intermittent Fasting Benefits in 2016With the rise in interest towards gyms,fitnessand weight loss, in the first month of this new year we have also seen a spike in interest towardsintermittent fasting. So we wanted to bring to you 10 Research based intermittent fasting benefits in 2016 so that you actually get to know what Intermittent fasting means to your body.

1. Intermittent fasting benefits on cellular and overall body functionalityAlright so this is nothing very new. Intermittent fasting has had its predecessors right from the advent of human beings(the Cave Man). It was very common amongst hunters, gatherers that they might go 3 days without food. Itssame with the animals, because they dont have food available every day.Imagine you are in such situation or in such times, what would happen to your body when you fast like this?Well we can see this in Cells if you put them in culture[Artificial environment] and starve them for 3 days.What happens?The cells just shrink in size.All of these cells they cannibalize themselves and they shrink in size but they are stillfully functional soeverything a larger cell can do, a smaller cell can do that too and that is how we maintain full functionality.Our bodies after a fast are designed to cannibalize ourself, shrink our bodies, but we retain full functionality so we can still go out and hunt, fight or whatever we need to do.This is very basic to biology.Its also very crucial for ourhealth to go through this fasting and feeding cycle because when we arefasting we are cannibalizing thats actually a very smart process.What happens is our body looks around for everything inside us that we dont need like bacteria, viruses, damaged mitochondria & other damaged things.We dont cannibalize the healthy tissue we cannibalize the unhealthy tissue.Thus it leads to this internal and very natural cleaning process of unhealthy and unwanted materials present in our bodies, and when you feed your body the next time it can rebuild all that tissue and cells that shrunk earlier.

2. Intermittent fasting benefits on loosing weight and belly fatThat extra flab you think you have around you its just unused fat or energy sitting around.This is what happens every time you eat.Your digestive system converts your food into energy which goes to your liver and is stored there in the form of glycogen.This is the first go to source of energy for your body in any case of energy deficiency.It takes about 10-12 hrs before you deplete the glycogen stores in your liver. So if you eat 3 meals a day you never deplete glycogen stores in your liver although if you exercise you can.One thing that when you fast and does not happen when you eat 3 meals a day is your energy metabolism shifts so that you start burning fats.Only once youve burnt the glycogen reserves in your liver you start burning fats and you produce what is called ketone bodies. It turns out ketone bodies are very good for your brain too.Intermittent fasting helps you loose those extra belly pounds by letting you to switch on the fat burning mode present in your body by default.Simple steps to turn this fat burning mode on:Step 1: Have your dinner 2-3 hrs before you sleepStep 2: Have a good 7-8 hrs of sleepStep 3: Slowly and gradually delay your time of breakfastwhat these 3 simple step do is create a fasting window for your body by tapping into the 8 hrs sleeping(no food) time that already exists.

3. Intermittent fasting benefits for people with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of those ailments that just never got the tag of the epidemic that it is.Majority of the health community believes that type 2 diabetes is chronic and progressive, but according toJason Fungboth bariatrics and fasting proves them wrong.The fact that fasting can help in curing diabetes has been known for the last 100 years approximately.According to Dr. Elliot Joslin- one of the most famousdiabetologists in the history of the world, The fact that fasting can help in curing diabetes has been known for the last 100 years approximately.He wrote about this inCanadian Medical Association Journal in 1916. Not only this he thought it was so obvious that this fact didnt even need any researching.and just to give you context of the magnanimity of this guy Harvard University has a Joslin Center for Diabetes, and yes you guessed it right its after this guys name.On a general outlook Type 2 diabetes can be cured and reversed with, in technical language Ketosis (discussed in point 2), in nontechnical language Intermittent fasting which is a combination of carb negative diet and exercise in this case.Most of the prescribed drugs for Diabetescan get your HbA1c down to 6.5% at best (which is well managed but still diabetic). Where as intermittent fasting with a carb negative diet can it down to 5% which is non diabetic.

4. Intermittent Fasting benefits on reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the bodyWhat exactlyis oxidative stress?In the simplest language the imbalance between production of free radicals and the ability of the body to neutralize their harmful effects with anti oxidants is called Oxidative stress.Now what the hell are Free radicals?A free radical is a highly reactive molecule containing oxygen. Its reactive because it has one or more unpaired electrons.Why they are bad?Well technically not all reactive oxygen molecules are bad, some are used to fight pathogens and microbes.But the free radicals can be nasty.They have the ability to chemically interact with cell components like DNA, lipids and proteins.They steal one of their electrons to stabilize themselves, and force them to steal from others causing a free radical chain reaction.Coming back to the topic.There is evidence not only from the animals but from the humans that fasting helps the body.It will reduce inflammation &It will reduce oxidative stress in organ system throughout the body.

5. Intermittent Fasting benefits for heart related issues

Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 BC- Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the three-quarters lives their doctor about 6000 yrs agoWith a sharp increase in cardiovascular diseases over the past decade, looking at this situation with a new perspective is a dire need of the day.Let Intermittent Fasting Light the path.A lots of research on animals showlower total cholesterol and triacylglycerol concentrations, a lower heart rate, improved cardiac response to myocardial infarction, and lower blood pressure using intermittent fasting.If you did not understand half the terms given above dont worry, this is all you need to know. Test on animals show Intermittent fasting is good for their health.The limited data on humans showsHigher HDL-cholesterol concentrationsLower triacylglycerol concentrationsDecreased LDL-cholesterol and TAG concentrationsPeak LDL particle size increasedProportion of small LDL particles decreasedproportion of large LDL particles increasedAll these evidences suggest that Intermittent fasting can be used to improve your cardiac conditions

6. Intermittent Fasting Benefits for Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis: the disease of the bones and old age. Causing you or your loved ones pain in their joints, especially in the winter season.Well we have some good news for you here too.According to a study, some healthy patients of rheumatoid arthritis had shown significant improvement by practicing prolonged fasting for 7-10 days.The logic behind this can be the anti inflammatory effect(talked in point no. 4) that Intermittent fasting brings along with all the benefits it comes with.When reviewing these test subjects many showed reduced pain, stiffness and overall discomfort, similar to the effects ofconsumption of analgesics, several clinical variables, and serum concentration of orosomucoid.

7. Intermittent Fasting Benefits for Cancer and its prevention.

Alright time to enter the big league. The bad boy of all diseases. Cancer: simply put, is the overgrowth or uncontrolled growth of cells in a particular part of the body.Chemotherapy is the most prominent cure for this disease, but with it brings lots of side effects and other discomforts to the patients.According to a 2009 case study Ten cancer patients underwent fasting prior to and after chemotherapy treatment. With fasting times ranging from 48-140 hrs prior to and 5-56 hrs after: all were successful in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy.Round 1 : A woman of 51 yrs of age suffering from breast cancer went through chemotherapy in a fasted state of 140 hrs. She felt well enough to go to work and continue with her daily activities.Round 2: In this case she underwent 2 chemo therapies but with her regular diet and suffered from really pronounced side effectsRound 3: This time she fasted again and the effects were minimized again

8. Intermittent Fasting benefits to your BrainIntermittent Fasting does good things to the brain, according to studies, in the animals we have seen some neurochemical changes happening in the brain which makes us say this.Everyone knows in certain religion people will fast periodically. Down through history many famous people with good brains have fasted regularlyPlato- i fast for greater physical and mental efficiencyWhy does Intermittent fasting bolsters brain power?During development of your brain but also during adulthood neurons are developed from stem cells.They grow out their axons and dendrites , they form connections with each other(synapses) and communicate with each other. During aging many peoples brain ages successfully, the stay cognitively intact whereas unfortunately others develop disease.Take home bit: Fasting is a challenge to your brain and your brain responds to that challenge of not having food by activating adaptive stress response pathways that help your brain cope with stress and risk resist di