Intermittent Fasting


Contributing Writer
Jeffrey Barkstrom

Human beings up until recently have always experienced times of feast and famine. As Americans, we are very lucky in that we don’t have to worry about too little food or starvation anymore. Instead we have the opposite problem now. We are dying from excess.

Scientists believe that the human body’s digestive tract needs times of rest. The rest is now what we call fasting, but in the old days was simply a lack of food.

Resting the digestive tract has been found to lower inflammation, lower blood pressure, increased alertness, increased energy, appetite suppression, increased growth hormone, and increased testosterone.

Hey, this sounds great! Sign me up! Why isn’t everyone doing this?

Well first of all it takes a little discipline. Though, there are ways of dipping your toes in to try it out. The research is not fully in on which way works best, but an easy place to start is cutting the hours you eat per day.

For example, Joe eats breakfast at 7am, lunch at noon and finishes dinner around 7pm. The rest period for his body is 12 hours. What Joe needs to do is extend the rest period. So a simple way is for Joe to eat two meals per day rather than three. He just eats lunch and dinner. His rest period is now 17 hours.

Now if you are exercising, try to exercise after your last meal. Doing the above, most people are able to lose one or two pounds per week. There are other dietary tricks to make it easier such as increasing your fat and cutting back on sugar intake as well.

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it! Well, it is. Cutting the hours cuts the amount of food you are able to intake and gives your body time to repair. Try it out and let’s start losing that weight that you gained over the holidays.

Jeffrey Barkstrom has been helping people with health and weight loss issues for more than 12 years. He has spoken at colleges, businesses, non-profits, national conferences and on television about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. He currently practices at Barkstrom Acupuncture PC, Natural Health Improvement Center in Jamestown, NY. Learn more at or at