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What is fasting?

Fasting

Fasting is not a new concept, people have been fasting since the days of the hunter gatherer. It’s only throughout the progression of the human race and advances in technology and modern agriculture has fasting become less and less common in our everyday lives.

Food culture

Consider what it would have been like to live in prehistoric times, the men would leave the village in search for food (often other animals) while the women stay home with the children and forage for whatever berries, nuts, or roots and any food they could find. 

Often a village could go for days without food and weeks without protein. Essentially our bodies had been conditioned to fast, it’s only through consumerism and the lifestyle of the modern world has eating every few hours become the norm. In many cultures food is what brings us all together and is celebrated.

Lunch gathering with friends.

In 2020 most of us do have access to a variety of different foods, with that comes good nutrition and it is definitely one of the factors to why we are living much longer then our ancestors did thousands of years ago. There is something to be learned from our ancestors and the pros of fasting more outweigh the cons.

what is fasting?

Our bodies enter a fasting state every time we are asleep, it gives our bodies a chance to recover and our digestive system gets a break. When the body is in a fasted state it is using stored nutrients and stored energy in order to make the body continue to function normally. When you’re ‘starving’ your body, it will begins to break down vital organs and muscle in order to draw energy. Fasting done correctly though is something our bodies are more than capable of handling.

Different kinds of fasting

There are many different ways to start a fasted diet. Intermittent fasting is probably the most commonly used phrases today. Picking the right one for you is important. To keep the body in a fasted state, it is only recommended to drink water (to stay hydrated) but, no other foods or drinks should be consumed during this time. Learn more about the benefits of staying hydrated. 

Benefits of fasting

Unfortunately, there’s not hard and fast rule to say which way is the correct way but, through trial and error and testing each of these methods out to see which works best for you and your lifestyle. Either way, when the body is in a fasted state there are many health benefits. Although, the results may differ from person to person, some of the benefits include:

  • Improved Mental Sharpness.

  • Decreased Inflammation within the body.

  • Decreased risk of certain diseases within the body.

  • Optimized and balanced hormones.

  • Weight Loss.

Click here to read about 8 health benefits of fasting, backed by science. 

Intermittent fasting is a great concept with some promising medical research. You don’t have to jump straight in to a 5:2 fasting diet, if you are able to skip meals here and there it’s not going to do any harm. Especially in today’s society where we are prone to overeating.