If you are tapped into health and wellness you have probably heard a lot of buzz about Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent fasting is one of the hottest topics in the health and wellness space. Whenever something is really trendy and has tons of hype - it’s good to be skeptical (many of you have heard my thoughts on eating keto 24/7, but that’s a blog post for another day). I firmly believe that Intermittent Fasting (IF) is worth the hype! I have experienced so many benefits from fasting but I’ve also heard from so many of you who have experienced great things too. So here are the basics on IF:
1) What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is fasting from food for a set amount of time. The fasting window varies depending on your health and various factor (i.e. are you nursing?) but most believe that the health benefits kick in when you have been fasting for about 12 hours. Your digestive systems has two modes - digesting or fasting. When you’re digesting your system is constantly in motion to break down what you are eating. When you are fasting your body switches from breaking down the food you digested to now regulating your body. This is why fasting is so effective for pre-diabetics - the fasting state allows your body to balance out your sugar levels.