In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the health benefits and risks from fasting.
A recent study presented at the European Society of Endocrinology meeting found that three months of alternating 24-hours of fasting on one day and eating unrestricted food on the next day caused rats to eat less total food and lose total body fat, but the rats also developed signs of becoming diabetic.
The data showed that extended fasting periods increases free radical production that damages cells that can increase risk for diabetes.
Intermittent fasting, fasting for less than 24 hours, produces no cell damage and also works for weight loss.
After fasting for more than eight hours, you start to lose body fat because your body is forced to change temporarily from its main energy source of the sugar, glucose, to the fat in your body.
Alternate-day partial fasting has been shown in many studies to help people lose more weight than just restricting calories everyday.
Fasting overnight, by avoiding eating in the evening and overnight, is an effective way to lower high blood sugar levels, and high insulin levels, promote weight loss, and reduces your chances of heart attacks, strokes, and certain cancers.
If you are thinking about integrating fasting into your life, check with your doctor if you are diabetic, have low blood pressure, take medications, are underweight, have eating disorders, or are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding an infant.
Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor. It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.
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