Intermittent fasting has been studied and shown to have tremendous benefits to our health. Including:
A great boost to our immune system,
Improved brain function
Extend life-span and decrease risk of age related disease
Reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases
Allowing our bodies to remove damaged cells and excess weight.
However many doctors are afraid to recommend fasting to their patients as it can be harsh and extreme for those with certain health issues, and people who have never tried before. Recently a study was conducted to try and find a more gentle alternative to fasting that still provided all the benefits. After months of research they discovered a simple solution that had promising results.
According to the Washington Post:
“The results are so promising that the University of Southern California researcher who helped develop the regimen is already talking about trying to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration so that it can be recommended for patients.”
Over the course of three months the participants were asked to eat their normal daily diets for 25 days. At the end of the month began the fasting diet alternative. For day one of the diet, participants would eat 1,090 calories: 10 percent protein, 56 percent fat and 34 percent carbohydrates. For days two through five, 725 calories: 9 percent protein, 44 percent fat, 47 percent carbohydrates. The calories came mainly from vegetable soups which provides carbs with phytonutrients and vital minerals. The participants also ate kale chips and drank lots of chamomile tea.
I am definitely going to try this simple, gentle alternative to a hardcore fast, are you? Let me know what you think and your experience if you give it a try!
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