When inflammation goes unchecked, it can contribute to DNA damage and cause some types of cancer. In a recent published study, cancer researcher Dr. Miriam Merad concludes that intermittent fasting can reduce the amount of inflammation in one’s body.
There is not one thing a person can to do to absolutely prevent contracting all types of cancer. However, there are a number of simple things we all can do to lower our probability of getting some types of cancer. For example, many studies suggest that getting regular exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, stopping the drinking of alcohol, taking a daily low dose asprin, are among a few.
How Long and How Often Should You Fast?
It is difficult to find generally accepted guidelines of how often and how long you should fast. Two of the most popular fasting programs are 1. The 16/8 fasting program where you fast every day by going 16 consecutive hours without eating (This does not include going without water.) You should drink as much as you feel like you should to maintain proper hydration.) Fasting should count the amount of time you sleep. It is recommended that you eat two meals during the eight hours when you eat, and you should eat healthy meals.
And the 2nd most popular way of fasting is fasting two days a week and eating regular healthy meals the other five days a week. During the period you are fasting for two days a week, you are permitted to eat between 500 to 600 calories per day, so you are not entirely going without some type of food.
Please remember, it only makes sense that when you are on a fasting regime to eat healthy meals that consist of high amounts of different types of fruits and vegetables. When eating meat, try to limit your beef consumption to one time or less per week. Fasting programs should not convey that you are given a license to eat anything you want or to binge eat when you are in the non-fasting period. (Although, that would be nice!)
Other Benefits of Fasting
Many people who have adopted some type of fasting program have seen significant desired weight loss and increased energy. It not surprising, but it can be a great benefit to people who intermittently fast that they often see an improvement in their blood sugar. In addition, participants in a fasting program experienced improvements in their Type 2 Diabetes which can be at least partially attributed to their weight loss.
Most people begin to feel better when they lose weight, so it again it is not surprising to see improvements in people’s moods, and thus they are not as depressed as they were before they started their fasting. According to Mark Mattson, who is a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Department of Neurosciences, fasting can “…help ward off … diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s…”
And another great benefit is that we may live longer, and who doesn’t want that?
Everyone should not practice fasting. People who have diabetes, those who are pregnant or have types of eating disorders should definitely consult their doctor before entering into a fasting program. To be on the safe side, all of us should talk to our medical doctor before venturing into such daily activities as intermittent fasting. The old saying of “Better Safe than Sorry” is all too true!