Sunday 15 June 2014

Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Fasting has a number of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced cancer risk, gene repair, and increased longevity.

Research shows that you can get most if not all of the same benefits of severe calorie restriction through intermittent fasting, where you feast on some days and cut calories on others.

One of the primary mechanisms that makes intermittent fasting so beneficial for health is related to its impact on your insulin sensitivity.

Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to burn fat for fuel.

Mounting evidence shows that when your body becomes adapted to burning fat instead of sugar as your primary fuel you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease.

People that would be best served to avoid fasting include those living with chronic stress (adrenal fatigue), and those with cortisol deregulation. Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting.

Dominick Hussey
Osteopath and Functional Medicine Practitioner  

Ottawa Holistic Wellness

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