advertisement





Print this page Bookmark and Share


Should You Fast - At Least Briefly?
Published: 7/30/2012

Intermittent fasting, or IF, refers to repeatedly going without solid food for longer periods than is typical on a daily breakfast-lunch-dinner schedule. Variations are endless. Some proponents skip breakfast; others dinner. Others fast all day every other day, every third day, once per week, or once per month.

Fasting periods accelerate the clearing out of waste left by dead and damaged cells, a process known as autophagy. A failure of autophagy to keep up with accumulated cellular debris is believed by many scientists to be one of the major causes of the chronic diseases associated with aging.
Positive effects of IF suggested by animal and human studies include:

 

  • Decreased cardiovascular disease risk.
  • Decreased cancer risk.
  • Lower diabetes risk (at least in animals, data on humans were less clear).
  • Improved cognitive function.
  • Protection against some effects of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

I don't recommend IF for everyone. Children under 18 should not fast, nor should diabetics, nor pregnant or lactating women. Some health conditions - such as severe gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD - are easier to manage when food intake is more regular. But I do think that getting hungry now and then is clearly a healthy thing to do as long as overall caloric intake stays high enough to maintain a healthy weight. If you do fast, be sure to drink water or other fluids to stay hydrated.

Confused About Vitamins?
Not sure how much, when or why to take vitamins? Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor takes the confusion out of supplementing your diet with our Vitamin Advisor Questionnaire. A few minutes are all it takes for a customized, evidence-based supplement recommendation. Get yours now - visit today!

Find out which vitamins are right for you.
Everyone's dietary needs are different based on a number of factors including lifestyle, diet, medications and more. To find out what vitamins you need, take the Weil Vitamin Advisor. This 3-step questionnaire requires just minutes to complete, and generates a free, no-obligation vitamin and nutritional supplement recommendation that is personalized to meet your unique nutritional needs.

Enjoy the Benefit of Whole Grains
The Dr. Weil Healthy Kitchen Whole Grain Cooker uses smart technology to self-adjust to all types of rice grains for consistent cooking. This easy-to-use machine features an electronic timer with keep-warm and reheat functions. Learn more…


A Yoga Pose For Relaxation 9/14/2014
Acupuncture Part 1: What To Expect 9/13/2014
3 Reasons to Eat Eggplant 9/12/2014
Are Medicinal Magnets Safe? 9/11/2014
Thinning Eyelashes: Why It Happens and Addressing the Issue 9/10/2014
                        
Subscribe to Dr. Weil's channel on Vimeo for great health-related videos.
Become a fan on Facebook and join our lively conversations.
See what Dr. Weil is tweeting about today on Twitter.
Watch and subscribe to Dr. Weil's YouTube channel.
What's on the blog today? Dr. Weil's daily health tips and more.
Visit our Multimedia Library for videos and photo essays.
Find Dr. Weil's travel, pet, food, and other photos at Flickr.
Read vitamin-related information from the Vitamin Advisor"s Facebook page.
See all of Dr. Weil's pins on Pinterest.
     Click here to subscribe. Or check out our other offerings! Manage your profile!


Copyright © 2014 Weil Lifestyle, LLC
Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

Ad Choice
Advertising Notice

This Site and third parties who place advertisements on this Site may collect and use information about your visits to this Site and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like to obtain more information about these advertising practices and to make choices about online behavioral advertising, please click here