Fasting for Health

fastingDo you fast—that is, do you give up food periodically?  If you don’t, you should probably consider changing your habits.

Why?  A variety of researchers have begun studying the health benefits of fasting, and they’ve made some interesting discoveries.  When you skip eating for a day or two, your brain seems to respond by adopting new pathways, and also producing beneficial proteins that promote the growth of neurons and the strength of the synaptic connections between them.

The researchers also found that fasting stimulates the production of new nerve cells from stem cells, and may also increase the number of mitochondria (the energy-producing part of cells) in neurons.  That raises the neurons’ ability to maintain strong connections with each other, improving learning and memory ability.

Additional studies by researchers at the University of Southern California showed that cycles of prolonged fasting—such as our cave-dwelling ancestors endured between successful hunting expeditions—induced the regeneration of the human immune system.  Fasting seems to shift stem cells from a dormant state to a state of renewal, and meanwhile recycles damaged immune cells.  The effect is to replenish the human immune system against diseases.

But don’t you get hungry when you don’t eat for a day or two?  Some researchers have suggested that you can get most of the health benefits of fasting simply by cutting down your food intake to one-fourth of your normal daily calories for two days a week, while eating normally on the other days.  Another possibility that seems to work is to restrict your food intake to between the hours of 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM each day— not eating during the hours outside of that time.  Or you can simply not eat one day a week and get the benefits directly.


About Objectively Speaking

Tom Batterman, founder of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy and Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is in the business of representing the best financial interests of his clients. Having provided objective, fee-only financial management services for over two decades, he specializes in managing the investment and related financial affairs of individuals and mutual insurance companies who do not have the time, interest or expertise to manage such matters on their own. As an objective, unbiased professional who takes on a fiduciary responsibility to his clients, he guides clients to the financial decisions they would make themselves if they had years of training and experience and the time and expertise to fully research and understand all of their options. Founded in 2010 as an outgrowth of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is a financial management solution for individuals and mutual insurance companies who recognize they do not have the time, interest or expertise to properly attend to their financial matters on their own. While there are many financial “advisors”, most of them have investment products to sell and the “advice” they provide is geared toward getting their clients to engage in a purchase. As one of the rare subset of advisors known as “fiduciary advisors”, Financial Fiduciaries does not sell any investment product so its guidance is not compromised by conflicts of interest which plague ordinary advisors. Prior to his employment in the financial industry in financial advocacy and trust positions, he worked at a private law practice in the Wausau area in the areas of estate planning, tax, retirement planning, corporate organizations and real estate. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Law School and has during his career held Series 7, 24 and 65 securities licenses. A longtime resident of the Wausau, Wisconsin Area, Tom is active in the community. He enjoys golf, curling, skiing, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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