How To Fast

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How To Fast | A Quick Guide

The number one question we ask ourselves when it comes to fasting is, “How to fast?” Some people do it for health reasons, whereas some do it for religious (or spiritual) purposes. Regardless of the reason, fasting could have excellent health benefits.

There are various forms or styles of fasting. Some fasting methods include:

  • Intermittent
  • Water-fast
  • 24 hour fast

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There are many other forms of fasting, but for now we will focus on intermittent fasting (IF). The idea behind IF is to eat and drinks foods within a specific time window. For example, starting your day eating at 12 PM and ending at 6 or 7 PM. This method allows your body to digest, absorb, and eliminate from your last meal of the day to the next day at noon. It is not always necessary to begin at noon. As long as there is a window of about 12-14 hours after your last meal, it would be considered IF.

The benefits of IF are tremendous. Some people swear by it. Others, will do IF when they are feeling a certain way (bloated, uneasy, or emotionally-drained). By doing IF, you allow the body to tap more into its fat-stores. The body uses and holds fat as energy and for other hormone-related functions. If you are looking to use the fat your body hangs onto, IF may be for you. A simple analogy for intermittent fasting would be: a refrigerator. The idea behind a fridge is to store food and keep it safe for a period of time. It would not make any sense to repeatedly fill up a fridge without emptying it out (i.e. eating leftovers). The fridge would become full after some time and food would begin to spoil. Intermittent fasting is somewhat similar to that analogy. Use the “food” or fat-stores you already have by fasting.

Fasting also has benefits such as increased energy. While the physiological process is for another conversation, using your body’s fat and carb stores can allow one to feel a sudden increase in energy. You are no longer as dependent on the food/drink you are currently consuming to perk you up. The popular saying, “It’s a gut feeling,” could not be any more true.

The gut and brain are, in fact, connected by many pathways – one being the vagus nerve. The most complex nerve of all, cranial nerve 10, innervates or goes through many organ systems. The gut is highly innervated by the nerve. It also supplies the brain. Ever felt off after you ate something? Perhaps eating too much made you feel sleepy or a certain way? The brain processes these emotions/feelings and the vagus nerve has a huge part to do with it.

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In conclusion, IF may be an excellent, systematic way of eating for you. It is not always for everyone and I recommend you ask your medical doctor if it is great option for you. It has helped many people lose weight and feel better about themselves. To learn more, visit our website by clicking on: www.mariettagachiropractor.com. Upper Cervical Specific care is advance form of Chiropractic care that helps individuals with complex health conditions as well as wellness. Learn more by clicking here! You can schedule your personal consultation with Chiropractor Marietta, Dr. Milan Modi. See what others are saying about our practice by reading and clicking on Google Reviews!

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