Intermittent fasting has incredible benefits beyond weight loss.

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Intermittent fasting can initiate tissue regeneration while boosting the immune system and reactivating the hunger-satiety mechanism.

Intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is highly recommended for everyone, but especially for chronic patients. Intermittent fasting is an incredible tool for slowing the metabolism. When the digestive system rests, the body can initiate tissue rehabilitation. The benefits of intermittent fasting are far beyond slimming.

 

Intermittent fasting - introduction. Fasting as a healing method has been known for thousands of years.

People today tend to eat late, including at night. (Not recommended) 

  • The immune system can repair it when the digestive system does not operate at a high load. 
  • There is no need for a Zero calorie diet during fasting days. The starvation diet causes a decrease in the entire metabolism, including mechanisms designed to protect the brain.
  • Drinking hot soup with natural fat is recommended because the bowels require lubrication. Natural fat helps to replenish the bowel tissue.

Intermittent fasting results in weight loss, but intermittent fasting benefits far beyond slimming.

  

What are the two types of intermittent fasting?

Recommended link: Intermittent fasting (Wikipedia)

Both methods have health benefits and are combinable.

  1. The more familiar and comfortable diet is the 16:8 diet, only eaten during the daytime. (It is also essential to eat natural and unprocessed food.)
  2. The second method is fasting for several days intermittently. This method is more challenging to perform.

 

Eating natural foods only during the day is a recommended method that strengthens the immune system and leads to weight loss.

The 16: 8 trendy diet of eating during daytime only.

The 16: 8 diet is a version of intermittent fasting, 

This diet which is relatively easier to follow, has significant health benefits beyond weight loss.

  • The 16: 8 diet is based on 16-hour fasting and 8-hour feeding.
  • There are no restrictions on the 8 hours you can eat, so the diet has become very popular.
  • The diet may be excellent for those who eat varied, non-industrial, and unprocessed foods during the daytime.
    • Eating industrialized and processed foods for hours of the day loses all the benefits of this diet.

 

My experience with intermittent fasting.

I did many intermittent fasts during my extended stays in China. I often did 3 or 4 intermittent fasting sessions in a row.

  • I did a 4-day diet consisting mainly of vegetables, followed by a 4-day low-calorie diet consisting of only two big cups of chicken soup per day.
  • I drank water and tea (without sugar) whenever I was thirsty.
  • Surprisingly, it was not very difficult, mostly since I walked a lot.
  • Usually, after four days of fasting, I did a liver flush. It takes a lot of energy from the body and involves pain and discomfort.
  • During the fasting days, I felt better. I lost weight quite rapidly. But the low-calorie diet was combined with daily 8-10 km walks.
  • I practiced intermittent fasting in autumn and winter. It is easier to adhere to this regimen in cooler weather than during the hot summer.

You can find several studies on the subject on the internet. Most of them refer to intermittent fasting as a technique for fast weight loss.

 

Benefits and side effects of intermittent fasting. 

  1. It helps empty the digestive systems of food leftovers and lots of toxins. It enables the replenishment of good bacterial flora in the gut.
  2. It regulates insulin, glucagon, and other hormones and enzymes secreted by the pancreas. Allowing the pancreas to rest from these hormones and enzymes' constant production will enable it to regenerate.
    1. It can be an excellent rehabilitative treatment for diabetes patients. (Types 1 and 2)
  3. Initialization of the hunger-satiety mechanism.
  4. When the entire digestive system rests, the liver and kidneys also can regenerate damaged tissue.
  5. All bodily organs (Including the brain) regenerate damaged tissue when not overloaded.
  6. Regeneration of bodily organs is the key to good health and rejuvenation. (Regeneration requires nutrients, so it is essential to give bodybuilding on non-fasting days. (I ate one egg daily with plenty of vegetables, roots, sprouts, and fruit.)

Intermittent fasting risks & side effects.

  • Intermittent fasting is safe without any significant side effects. (When following the Guidelines.)

 

Safe Intermittent fasting guidelines & recommendations.

General recommendations concerning intermittent fasting.

  • It is advisable to start with a single fast and continue with an additional fasting series if there are no significant side effects.
  • The number of days of fasting and respite with days of eating depends on personal preference; however, it is advisable not to overdo the continuous amount of fast days.
  • It is not advisable to fast on and off during a boiling period of the year.
  • Intermittent fasting is desirable to perform without any hard-physical effort.
  • Regular sleep of 7-8 hours will help achieve optimum results. Regeneration of damaged tissues takes place mainly at night.

What is recommended to eat and drink?

  • On the days of fasting, there is no need for a Zero calorie diet. I recommend drinking hot soup. Organic chicken soup with a small bowl of moist starches such as rice is preferred. 
  • In the days between one fast and the next, it is essential to reasonably consume food and beverages; eating fresh vegetables and fruits with natural oils will allow the regeneration of the bowel tissue and better absorb nutrients. It is advisable to reduce animal protein consumption significantly; you can eat deep-water fish (Preferably caught in the wild) or goat milk yogurt.
  • Drink a lot, preferably lukewarm or hot water, tea, or black coffee. (Without sugar or milk.)

Avoid or Minimize.

  • It is advisable to avoid processed and industrial food and beverages.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption will dramatically reduce the inherent benefits, so avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol during intermittent fasting is desirable.

 

I wish everyone who does intermittent fasting a secure and beneficial fast. Intermittent fasting is beneficial for triggering tissue regeneration.

 

Frequently asked questions and answers:
Why is it not necessary to consume zero calories on fasting days?
The main goal of intermittent fasting is not weight loss but the rehabilitation of the digestive system and the immune system and the resetting of the hunger-satiety mechanism that goes wrong in the current consumption of abundance.
Why is it advisable to drink hot soups on fasting days? (Such as chicken soup)
The hot soup contains fat that lubricates the digestive system and activates the gallbladder and liver to produce bile.
Does intermittent fasting have to be accompanied by rest?
During fasting days, it is advisable to avoid strenuous physical activity, but it is advisable to exercise the body by walking. Intermittent fasting is easier to do in cool weather.
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