Fasting 2 Days A Week Preventing Dementia

I have a read a lot of articles about fasting and detoxes, but how often do people do this? A new study has shown that fasting two days a week – involving 500-800 calories during these days – has been shown to help lower your risks of cancer, diabetes, help lower inflammation levels, and protect the brain as well.

Fasting has been a common medical treatment in the past and now new research suggests there may be good reason for this method to come back into the picture. It seems to trigger all different healthy hormonal and metabolic changes. Researchers have known that cutting back animals’ calories over an extended period can make them live up to 50 per cent longer but it’s been harder to prove benefits in humans because few people can stick to this restrictive regimen.

Fasting days involve eating between 500 and 800 calories. This intake appears to cause a drop in levels of growth-factor, a hormone linked with cancer and diabetes, as well as a reduction in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in the blood. Meanwhile, free radicals — the damaging molecules linked to disease — are dampened down. Studies also suggest that levels of inflammation can fall. And now there is the suggestion that fasting protects the brain, too.

Last year researchers at Newcastle University reported that they had reversed diabetes in a small number of overweight people by putting them on an 800-calorie diet for eight weeks. It’s possible that eating small amounts of calories every other day, is not only more bearable, but may be particularly effective at getting diabetics’ blood sugar under control.

Comments? Questions? Thoughts?

Would you be willing to try to restrict your calorie intake for two days a week? I think I might have to test this out..
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