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Fasting Linked to Living Longer

More and more research is pointing to fasting as a key to better health and a longer life, as indicated by another study reported in the latest issue of the journal Cell Metabolism. Although this study was with mice rather than humans, it still showed that eating one meal per day was associated with a longer lifespan and better outcomes for common age-related liver disease and metabolic disorders. Researchers told Newsweek their findings “lay the groundwork for future studies” with humans as they explore ways to control weight and metabolic disorders.

I don’t know how many more studies scientists need to confirm that fasting is an effective antiaging strategy, but one thing I do know is there is already practical proof that it works. What’s most interesting about fasting, should you choose to try it, is that it doesn’t mean starving yourself. Rather, you engage in it in a planned manner that, if done properly, doesn’t leave you feeling hungry at all. This is one reason I advocate intermittent fasting, or cycling between fasting and feasting.

If you do it right, the results can be amazing. Coupled with a ketogenic, fat-for-fuel diet that includes eliminating excess sugar and restricting protein intake, intermittent fasting can simply make you feel better. And the systemic results are astounding, such as:

  • Fasting induces metabolic signaling that reduces your potential for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers
  • Fasting reduces the numbers of free radicals in your body and renews your immune system through the regulation of stem cell production
  • Fasting triggers autophagy (mitophagy in the mitochondria), a process that cleans up damaged cells and reduces the inflammatory response

What this all adds up to is fasting can possibly add years to your life. While much of the research is on intermittent fasting, the newer term for this is often referred to as time-restricted feeding, which promotes eating in a narrow window of time, typically six to eight hours.

The bottom line is, even though it may seem daunting and challenging at first, intermittent fasting can give your body time to clean up and remove toxins, thereby recharging itself. By promoting cellular regeneration, normalizing insulin and leptin sensitivity and burning fat-for-fuel, your body can become your best antiaging tool. Not only that, it actually minimizes cravings and hunger pangs, with a bonus of boosting cognitive function, too.

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