Fasting for Health: The Closest Thing We Have to the Fountain of Youth

Jennifer Merchant
Jennifer Merchant

Intermittent fasting is one of the most overlooked health tools that we have available to us. Fasting can be a great addition to your health goals as long as you don’t overdo it. Here is how to tap into the greatest benefits of fasting without putting too much stress on your body.

Benefits of Fasting

Fasting allows your body to tap into Autophagy, which is basically your body’s natural process of disposing damaged, unhealthy cells, in order to create healthier, new cells. In order to tap into this process, the body must have a break from processing food. Fasting also allows your body to regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and break down unwanted body fat which are all things that will contribute to your long-term health.

Concerns with Fasting

If you decide to add fasting into your health regime, it is important that you don’t over-do it. Fasting for too long and/or too often can place additional stress on your body, lower your metabolism over time, and hinder you from getting all the benefits of healthy whole foods into your body.

My Recommendations

For someone new to fasting, I recommend starting by simply fasting for 3-4 hours between each meal. This will allow your body to regulate your blood sugar throughout the day and digest your food much easier.

The next step is to complete a 12-hour overnight fast every night. The simplest way to do this is to stop eating after dinner around 7pm and not eat your breakfast until at least 7am the next morning.

Once you are comfortable with the first 2 steps, you can experiment with incorporating a 24-hour fast into your schedule once per week. This longer fast will help your body clean out damaged cells and encourage a healthy renewal process but should not be done more than one time per week as it can add additional stress onto the body.

Tips When Fasting

If you decide to experiment with fasting, you can give your body some extra support by drinking lots of water, getting extra sleep, and refraining from doing strenuous exercise on fasting days.

If you can add in some relaxing activities such as yoga, meditation, or an Epson Salt bath, that would be even better. Be sure to break your longer fasts with easy to digest foods such as a smoothie.

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Jennifer Merchant is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Nutritionist at Barkstrom Natural Health. Jennifer is trained in Functional Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Nutrition Response Testing. She recently moved back to her hometown in Chautauqua County and is excited to help you and your family regain your health.