Welcome to the third in our series about the mental benefits of fasting.
We’ve given you an overview of fasting and how it can help to keep you healthy for longer, and explained the physical benefits.
In this article, we'll go into more depth on the mental health benefits of fasting.
- Here is the first article: Fabulous Fasting - An Introduction to Fasting
- Here is the second article: Fabulous Fasting - The Physical Benefits
Fasting Has Mental Benefits Too
The power of fasting and its link to longevity is now being researched worldwide.
Scientific studies have suggested that intermittent fasting can help to slow the onset of brain diseases and age-related mental problems such as Alzheimer’s.
Fasting is suggested to help slow down Alzheimer’s.
Fasting And Alzheimer’s
Studies by the National Institute of Ageing have revealed the positive effects of intermittent fasting on the brain.
The tests have involved mice placed in a small maze with food being left in the same location each day.
The results showed that when the mice are not given food for periods of time, they seem to have a better memory of where to look for the food.
The memory of where food is located lasted longer in their life than for mice who were fed every day.
Mice who were fed daily appeared to lose the ability to remember the location of food much earlier in their life.
The extension of brain health, according to these studies, suggests that in humans, intermittent fasting and calorie restriction could mean that a person would develop Alzheimer’s a lot later in life, around age 80.
People who eat every day could be more likely to develop the brain disease as early as 50.
Professor Mark Mattison of the National Institute of Ageing says that calorie restriction really does help to keep the brain healthy, but simply reducing food intake won’t provide the best results.
Optimal results are obtained by intermittently fasting for a day or two per week, then eating normally for the rest of the time.
How Does Fasting Help Keep The Mind Healthy For Longer?
Many studies into the mental effects of fasting have shown astonishing results.
It would appear from brain scans that mice, who fasted or took in very little or no food at all for a day or two a week, actually have much better cognitive function than mice who were given food daily.
The brain scans show that during bouts of hunger, there are also bouts of brain cell growth, and if this continues on throughout the life of the mouse, brain cells continue to grow and this can lead to a healthier brain for longer.
Scientists believe that the reason for the results of increased cognitive function when fasting is down to evolutionary development.
If food is sparse, the body has learned to spend its energy on developing the brain and cognitive function so that the person or animal can use their brain power to find new sources of food, or to remember where food can be found.
As mentioned in our last article, juice fasting is a really safe way of fasting, as you will vastly reduce your calorie intake while still taking in highly nutritional foods, and for ultra-safe fasting it’s a good idea to do it monitored.
One way of doing this is by visiting us for one of our detox retreats where juice fasting is part of our regime, and you are monitored by Personalised Health Practitioners and other experts in nutrition and diet.
Talk to your GP to fast safely
You can still do fasting yourself at home, but just remember to consult your GP first to check that you are healthy enough to do so, as it’s not for everyone.
Don’t attempt to fast if you are ill or pregnant.
Diabetic patients can fast too and we’ll do a separate article on this, but again this should be done with monitoring so ensure you always consult a doctor before fasting, as you could be putting yourself in danger.
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