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Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

The biggest challenge that most of us face after the holiday season is the holiday weight. How to lose holiday weight quickly without losing on energy and feeling weak seems like an endless battle. However, the best way to win this battle is intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is not just a kind of diet, I’d say it is a lifestyle that enables you to lose weight, cleanses the body of impurities and toxins; and offers a plethora of amazing health benefits.

Let me walk you through the great health benefits of intermittent fasting. You’ll be amazed at how good it is:

Detoxification

As the typical fast time range of intermittent fasting is around 6 to 18 hours, it gives the body ample time to remove toxins from the body which is much needed to keep the body healthy. Detoxification helps the body to function more efficiently and, simultaneously it gains resilience too. Moreover, detoxification also helps suppress inflammation by keeping the body well-protected from free radical damage.

Facilitates Cell Regeneration

Intermittent fasting facilitates the cell regeneration process of the body. It does this by triggering autophagy. Autophagy is a natural process that helps renew the damaged cells. Furthermore, it also inhibits chronic disease development and cancerous growth.

Puts the Body in Fat Burning Mode

By limiting food intake during intermittent fasting, the body gears into the fat burning mode (ketogenic). It burns fat to produce energy instead of relying on glucose. This further promotes weight loss and improves body processes primarily because fat is a better and efficient fuel.

Keeps Insulin and Leptin Level Normal

Did you know that leptin and insulin resistance are some of the factors that trigger chronic diseases such as diabetes? However, you can easily keep these factors intact and in range through intermittent fasting. This is because intermittent fasting helps your body overcome the dependence on glucose by stopping the body’s sugar craving. And this really helps in normalizing leptin sensitivity and insulin level.

Boosts HGH Production

Research studies show that when combined with high-intensity exercise, intermittent fasting can help increase HGH (Human Growth Hormone) production rate.  This hormone is essential for maintaining good health, and also plays a vital role in fitness and slowing down the aging process.

Improves Cognitive Functioning

Aging puts us at higher risk to cognitive diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. However, if your lifestyle includes intermittent fasting, you can easily lower this risk because it helps boost cognitive functioning. It does this by providing the brain with fat that helps boost BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotropic) factor. This is a protein that stimulates the brain and simultaneously provides neuro-protection.

To learn more benefits of intermittent fasting or how to incorporate intermittent fasting to aid in fat loss, get in touch with me.  I can provide you with a proper intermittent fasting plan and a weight loss program to fit your health needs and weight loss goals.

Dr. Hoch (pronounced Hoke), is a 1988 Graduate of Peotone High School and a 1990 Graduate of Joliet Junior College. She Received both her B.S. in Human Biology (1991) and her Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) (1993) from The National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL. She also received her graduate and post-graduate certifications in Acupuncture from NCC. This article is copyrighted and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without prior written permission of Dr. Hoch.

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