For centuries we humans have known about the superhuman high potency benefits of fasting.Fasting switches off the metabolic 'noise' in your body. This helps one think at a higher level than those who are constantly in a state of digestion. Fasting also clears out old cells and increases stem cell production (new cells). The bodies way of saying out with the old in with the new and improved. Even Mr Franklin was aware.
'The best of all medicine is rest and fasting' - Benjamin Franklin
Let's get into into our complete guide on fasting.
Who should fast?
Fasting has all kinds of health benefits but it is not for everyone. It can interfere with the effects of certain medications for things like type 2 diabetes so it's always worth consulting your doctor if you take regular medication. It's also not the right lifestyle change if you are pregnant/breastfeeding or are considered underweight.
What’s the principle behind fasting?
When you eat a meal, you are ingesting more food energy than your body requires to use immediately. Therefore you body stores this for later, in the form of fat both in the liver and around the body. How much energy is stored is controlled by insulin, a hormone you release when you start to eat.
When you don’t eat for an extended period of time, the levels of insulin in your blood decrease, therefore stimulating the body to burn stored energy or fat to provide energy to maintain the function of your cells. By fasting, you increase the time spent using stored fat and decreasing the time spent building it.
How it affects your body
What health benefits can you gain from fasting
The different types of fasting
What you can do on a fast
You are allowed to drink water and black coffee during your fast. The basic idea is that you don’t eat anything containing calories during your fast, and in your eating window you can eat how you want.
'To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals' - Benjamin Franklin
Now bring that forward to the present day. Heres a quote from the leading longevity professor in the world Dr David Sinclair.
'Out of all the research I have been involved with for the last twenty years, the single best way to live longer is to eat less' - Dr David Sinclair