Abstaining from certain foods in an effort to purify mind and body is an ancient therapy. Ancient philosophers like Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates encouraged fasting as do Ayurvedic and yogic practices, founded thousands of years ago.
Three square meals a day is a very modern phenomenon -- and may help explain why returning to ancestral methods of eating, including plant-based intermittent fasting has powerful benefits for both your body and brain.
Weight Loss When you fast, insulin levels drop,1 and norepinephrine production increases, both encouraging the breakdown of body fat and its use for energy.2 Fasting helps you eat fewer calories, while boosting metabolism.
Protection Against Disease Intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative damage and inflammation in the body, both key drivers of many common diseases.3,4 It’s also been shown to improve numerous risk factors, including blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, and blood sugar levels.5,6
Brain Health Intermittent fasting improves various metabolic features known to be important for brain health, including reducing oxidative stress, inflammation, blood sugar levels, and insulin resistance.
We Do Mean Cleanse Finally, fasting triggers a metabolic pathway called autophagy, which removes waste material from cells.7 Increased autophagy may provide protection against several diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.8,9