Intermittent Fasting Creates True Longevity
Intermittent Fasting is one of the latest fad diets, but it actually stems from practices that are ancient, in the ways of letting the body re-set on its’ own. It is a super beneficial addition to a healthy lifestyle system, and can result in creating a true metabolic reset, decreasing hunger, promoting weight loss, improving blood sugar, keeping the heart healthy, reducing inflammation, protecting the brain, reversing disease, and ultimately creating true and lasting longevity.
As far back as the 1930s, scientists have been exploring the benefits of reducing calorie intake, by skipping meals. During that time, one American scientist found that significantly reducing calories, helped mice live longer, healthier lives. More recent studies have also shown that decreasing calorie consumption by 30 to 40 percent, regardless of how it’s done, can extend life span by a third or more. Plus, there’s data to suggest that limiting food intake, may reduce the risk of many common diseases. Some believe a regular fasting routine may also increase the body’s response to insulin, which regulates blood sugar, helping to control feelings of hunger and food cravings. Intermittent Fasting could be a long term addition to a daily routine, and a foundational solution to upgrading ones health and life.
Intermittent Fasting is not as much about WHAT we eat, but more about WHEN we eat it.
Intermittent Fasting is where 90-95% of what you eat is done only within a window of 6-10 hours. What you eat doesn’t matter as much as the window of when the food is consumed. We eat too much food in this country, and it is typically not even healthy food, which is why obesity and chronic degenerative diseases are at an all time high. So cutting down on the amount of foods, and the times they are eaten, is a game changer in healing and an over all health picture. Intermittent Fasting is not actually about what we eat, although that is important, because the quality of the food we eat, is the quality of the life we live, but Intermittent Fasting is about when we eat it. Also it is not about changing everything we are eating like in keto, paleo and veganism, so it can reach more people for the long term, because of the flexibility. This is not a fad or a phase, believe it or not, and it welcomes everyone, no matter what food philosophy we subscribe to. The science backs up this style of eating, as being stellar for true health and longevity, which is what really matters. We want to keep our gains, for the long term.
Intermittent Fasting is just about keeping a schedule. This schedule spells out when we start consuming for the day. Where 90-95% of all calories are eaten during either a 10, 8 or 6 hour window. Meaning we will restrict eating to an either 10, 8 or 6 hour window. The 10 hour window is a great starting place, and then we work up towards the 8 or 6 hour window, as the most ideal, best version. The reason why is really important. There is a type of metabolic reset that happens. It is actually like a reprogramming of the body, that takes about 30-90 days of doing this, for it to take place, but it can be felt right away, and start to make big differences on just day 1. Here is the way it works. We have insulin in our liver, and that is where we store energy, ATP Adenosine Triphosphate. The energy that is ready to be used right now, is stored in our liver. We have about 10 hours worth of insulin in our liver. If we have really efficient stores in our liver, we could have as much as 12 hours worth of insulin stored in there. Now that alone, tells us that we have a lot more energy than we realize. It also tells us that the energy is there for a reason. The reason the energy is there, is to carry us through a time of fasting, which is usually between the time we stop eating and the time we start eating. So if we stop eating at 8pm and start eating at 8am in the morning, then we will have for sure drained all the insulin that is in our liver, out. So if we go at least 12 hours without eating, we will have drained all of the insulin from our liver, and probably have at least 2 hours of detoxing and resetting and that is a good thing. Every bit of time beyond that 10-12 hours, our body naturally detoxes. Isn't that amazing?
A lot of people don’t even go 12 hours without eating. So this is a really great starting point. Try to go at least 12 hours without eating. But let’s push it beyond that. Because once we have gone a 12 hour window without eating, guaranteeing that all the insulin is drained from the liver, now we will begin to burn fat. We begin to tap into our fat stores as a source of energy, but we will also lengthen our telomeres, and stabilize our insulin levels. Telomeres are the parts of chromosomes that control aging. Without telomeres, important DNA could be damaged or lost, every time a cell divides. As we age, they naturally shorten. So by extending beyond the 12 hours, we are guaranteeing that we will be burning fat for the number of hours beyond that 12 hour time, that we have not eaten. Say that we go 14 hours, we know that we will be burning fat for 2-4 hours. If we work up to a 16 hours, we know that we will be burning fat for 4-6 hours, each and every night. But we are not just going to burn fat, we will be resetting our insulin levels, we will reset our hormone levels, and we will have a significant amount of time to evacuate toxins, and clear away that which needs to be eliminated, if we do this every day.
Now let’s take it to the next level, the 6 hour window. When we consume 90-95% of our calories in a 6 hour window, we will get the maximum benefits from the Intermittent Fasting lifestyle. This means that life extension is possible, this means reversing chronic conditions are possible, and stabilizing a number of the body processes, becomes possible. So to sum it up, if we consistently consume 90-95% of our calories in a 6, 8 or a 10 hour window, we will guarantee that insulin drains from our liver, that we are actually changing the way we use and produce our insulin, that we are turning on our fat burning metabolism, that we are changing our telomeres, and that we are balancing our hormones, all in very positive ways. When we advance and can do this in a 6 hour window, then we will also see even more extreme balancing, getting the maximum benefits, with true life extension, reversing chronic conditions, and stabilizing a number of the body processes. A true perfect balance. Intermittent Fasting is not just for weight loss, it is for longevity, and extending our lifespan. It is not just getting more years out of our life, it is for getting more life out of our years. This is a very serious subject, because the health of many people are at huge risk.
The 2 meals that are eaten in this window should look something like this; Make sure to focus on filling the diet with healthy whole foods and superfoods, to get into the body, as many nutrients as possible. Make sure to always eat organic, as many plant based options as possible, and good fats. If dairy and meat proteins are a part of that, make sure they are good quality, and no more than 3 ounces a day. Eliminate non organic foods, processed foods, GMOs, preservatives, colorings, and low quality foods, water, oils, and fats. Additionally, always listen to the body. If weakness or fatigue is common, when going so long with no food, try increasing the intake a bit, and have a light meal or snack. Your body will talk to you. But remember much of it is in our head. Our habits of thinking we need to eat are sometimes disconnected from what the body really needs.
Although intermittent fasting benefits many different aspects of health, it may not be ideal for everyone, and some people may actually want to avoid IMF. If low blood sugar is an issue, for example, going without eating all day, may lead to dangerous drops in blood sugar, causing symptoms like shakiness, heart palpitations and fatigue. If diabetes is present, it is best to work with a doctor to determine if intermittent fasting is right. If severe adrenal fatigue is a problem, IMF is not the best choice, until the adrenals are supported and balanced. It could make the situation worse. If there is a history of eating disorders, this may also not be ideal, as it may encourage unhealthy behaviors and trigger symptoms. If a child, teenager or still growing, intermittent fasting is not recommended. Those who are sick may also want to reconsider intermittent fasting, as it can deprive the body of the steady stream of nutrients that it needs to heal and get better. Pregnant women should also avoid intermittent fasting, and focus instead on a nutritious diet, rich in vitamins and minerals. And certain women may encounter hormonal imbalances, if they intermittent fast for days on end. They may benefit from intermittent fasting only a few days a week, rather than every day.
This is a powerful tool to jumpstart the body into remembering how to burn fat for fuel, and repair the insulin and leptin resistance, that can be so harmful to cognitive and overall health. And remember, we don’t need as much food as we think we need. Eating is a habitual thing and oftentimes is driven by emotions and bad habits. So when we cut down our eating time, like in intermittent Fasting, to a window of 6-8 hours, and a fasting time of 16-18 hours, the system resets.