By: Dr. Keith Kantor
I am a supporter of intermittent fasting simple because the science supports the health benefits. Eating all throughout the day causes fluctuations in insulin levels and it does not give the body a chance to learn how to use its own stored fat for fuel and energy. People who graze on mini meals may suffer from headaches; feelings of low blood sugar and intense hunger cravings, these symptoms are a result of training the body to use the food as a fuel source as opposed to fat stores.
The benefits include increased longevity, improved brain function, increased insulin regulation, stronger resistance to stress, improved satiety, benefits of endogenous hormone production and increased mental clarity. In addition to these benefits, The NeuroChem Journal released a study that linked intermittent fasting to improving the success rate of those in substance abuse rehabilitation programs, due to its ability to suppress the opiate receptors.
It is no coincidences that after you go off of a “mini meal or grazing diet plan” you gain weight or feel hungry all of the time. Instead, adopt a new way of eating by experimenting with intermittent fasting. This will train your body to use it’s own fat stores as its primary fuel source, resulting in less effort and more weight loss. Fasting works best when it is coupled with quality whole unprocessed foods and hydration with alkaline hydroxide water (my favorite is AQUA-OH!). This water decreases inflammation, (this is done by the OH- from the water combining with H+ ions in the body (H+ ions causes acidity) forming water, eliminating the acids which cause inflammation), clears the detoxification pathways which of course helps detoxification which will help a little with weight loss.