Not long ago, when the topic of fasting would come up most people would think of fasting for religious purposes or think of incredible people throughout history like Gandhi, whose longest fast lasted 21 days!
Fasting is pretty popular these days, with celebrities like Terry Crews and Jennifer Lopez reportedly hopping on the fasting bandwagon to maintain their incredible figures. (We recently discussed three types of fasting and how they may be beneficial to your health if practiced with the advice and guidance of a competent healthcare professional).
The three methods, time-restricted feeding, intermittent calorie restriction and periodic fasting, are extensively discussed in this report. For each method of fasting described, very credible doctors stand behind the method he or she believes in. And each of the doctors came to the conclusion to support a certain method through his or her own research. These doctors are basically fasting experts.
There is an old adage that you should follow: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
Diet trends come and go. You can’t miss them on the front pages of grocery store magazines and Google. You may have seen the story of a Massachusetts doctor that shed an impressive 125 pounds over the course of 18 months. Dr. Kevin Gendreau had life-changing results and attributes his success to the 16:8 intermittent fasting diet.
Fasting has been a part of many religions’ traditions for a long time, but some people are fasting for health reasons. Since at least the 1970s, researchers have studied the effects of occasional or "periodic" fasting, or reduction in daily caloric intake, on animals and humans. Now we know that fasting may increase antioxidant activity and help to lower blood sugar and insulin levels. The consensus on the topic is growing, and indicates that fasting can have many health benefits.
Fainting – It can happen to otherwise healthy people! You may feel faint and light-headed and then suddenly lose consciousness or pass out. The most common cause of fainting (especially among children and young adults) is neurally mediated syncope, which is also commonly referred to as vasovagal syncope or a vasovagal response. In a vasovagal response, your blood pressure drops and the heart does not pump a normal amount of oxygen to the brain. The response is often triggered by anxiety or emotional distress, sometimes even from the sight of blood during a blood draw. This type of fainting can lead to minor injuries, like cuts or bruises from falling, but it is considered to be relatively harmless in most cases.
People fast for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s religious, other times it’s to lose weight or to rid the body of toxins. And there are different types of fasts too. Some people don’t eat or drink anything for a period of time, while others partake in a limited amount of food or drink, like only juice or teas. There’s also intermittent fasting, which is kind of like interval training your diet – you go through intervals of fasting and not fasting, on and off. One common approach to intermittent fasting is following a pattern of eating only during an eight-hour window of the day, and fasting the rest of the day. But is it healthy to go without eating for a period of time? Let’s be proactive and examine the potential benefits and risks.
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