Intermittent Fasting – Is It Right For You?
Intermittent fasting is a growing practice amongst the populace, and it’s benefits are numerous, but it is not the right protocol for everyone. It could be hugely beneficial or it could be disastrous for your health.
While it is true that humans have practised fasting since time immemorial, either due to limited availability of food or for religious reasons, our lifestyles today and disease states are very different.
The reported benefits on studies of Intermittent Fasting include weight loss, lowering of metabolic markers such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and subsequent increased heart health, and the lowering of blood sugar. It also helps reduce your risk for various chronic diseases. Digestive health benefits due to a reduced burden over a relatively short period.
If you have no chronic illness, cope well with stress, sleep well and are in relatively good health, then intermittent fasting could be hugely beneficial, especially if you need to lose some weight rapidly.
However, if you have chronic infection of any kind, have some level of adrenal exhaustion (not coping with stress like you used to), have difficulty falling off to sleep and remaining asleep until morning, or experiencing afternoon energy crashes, it is not a good idea for you while these symptoms persist. The first thing to do would be to support those areas and bring them into balance.
Additionally, if there is a hormone imbalance present, or you are trying to conceive, or you have a newborn, especially if you are breast feeding, it certainly would not be a good idea to introduce intermittent fasting, and could even be detrimental to your health.
In conclusion, intermittent fasting could be hugely beneficial or it could be disastrous for your health depending upon your personal circumstances. Take professional advise if you have health problems from a qualified Nutritional Therapist. Your personal situation must be considered before embarking on an intermittent fasting regime.