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Go on a fast to improve brain health and live longer

Posted March 10, 2014

Mention the word, “fasting” and it’s bound to raise eyebrows. Some say it’s a great way to recharge our system and put our bodies on track while others are adamant that it’s harmful, suggesting that it throws our bodies out of whack. Where do researchers at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore side? They shun the latter statement, saying that fasting is good for us. So good, in fact, that it benefits our brains and promotes longevity. Take that, naysayers.

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Exploring health benefits of fasting two days a week

Posted January 14, 2014

At the time of year when many people have resolved to lose a few pounds, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are recruiting volunteers for a study to determine whether fasting from food a few days a week provides some of the same health benefits as severely limiting calories every day of the week.

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Alternate day fasting for weight loss in normal weight and overweight subjects: a randomized controlled trial

Posted November 15, 2013

Alternate day fasting (ADF; ad libitum “feed day”, alternated with 25% energy intake “fast day”), is effective for weight loss and cardio-protection in obese individuals. Whether these effects occur in normal weight and overweight individuals remains unknown. This study examined the effect of ADF on body weight and coronary heart disease risk in non-obese subjects.

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Intermittent Fasting May Help Those With Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, Study Suggests

Posted April 27, 2013

Intermittent fasting is all the rage, but scientific evidence showing how such regimes affect human health is not always clear cut. Now a scientific review in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease published by SAGE, suggests that fasting diets may help those with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, alongside established weight loss claims.

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Intermittent Fasting Finally Becoming Mainstream Health Recommendation

Posted January 22, 2013

It is nice to see the intermittent fasting approach that I have recommended for some time now is starting to catch on. This is no surprise to me as it is one of the most powerful interventions I know of to move your body into fat burning mode and have your hunger nearly magically disappear. It is a powerful tool to help you keep a healthy weight.

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Fasting may benefit patients with epilepsy, study suggests

Posted December 7, 2012

Children with persistent and drug-resistant seizures treated with the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet may get an added therapeutic benefit from periodic fasting, according to a small Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study.

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Intermittent fasting may hold the key to longevity

Posted October 9, 2012

In a culture that feasts 21 times a week, fasting is almost a heretical idea. Yet amidst escalating rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer, emerging research on animals and humans suggests that planned, regular fasting may decide whether your twilight years are long and healthy or cut short. The crux of the issue is surprisingly simple: insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1, levels of which largely determine the rate at which the body ages.

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New Discovery May Safeguard Your Brain from Dementia

Posted June 8, 2012

New research suggests fasting triggers a variety of health-promoting hormonal and metabolic changes that may help prevent age-related brain shrinkage and other chronic and debilitating diseases.

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Extended Daily Fasting Overrides Harmful Effects of a High-Fat Diet: Study May Offer Drug-Free Intervention to Prevent Obesity and Diabetes

Posted May 21, 2012

It turns out that when we eat may be as important as what we eat. Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that regular eating times and extending the daily fasting period may override the adverse health effects of a high-fat diet and prevent obesity, diabetes and liver disease in mice.

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How Happiness Is the Key to Good Health

Posted April 30, 2012

We should all be receptive to feelings like happiness, peace and love. Why? Because were all human beings with serious needs when it comes to feelings, and these positive feelings are essential to our health and well-being.

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