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We know that intermittent fasting can help us get lean, but it may also improve our nerve cells.
The health of the body depends heavily on the communication between billions of cells, and this interdependence is based on the hormonal cascade that has a close relationship with the nervous system. Our health relies on our nerves.
Studies show that, in a wide span of animal models, intermittent fasting helps to prevent degeneration of nerve fibers, as well as regenerate them. This may help protect against conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, and even against the potentially damaging effects of stroke.
Intermittent fasting also enhances synaptic structure, which may improve communication between nerve fibers. A large contributor to age-related loss of physical and mental function is diminishing communication between nerve fibers; healthy communication between nerve fibers is, thus, the ultimate fountain of youth.
Intermittent fasting also introduces low-level stress to cells, causing an adaptive response that leads to beneficial resistance against injury and disease. In mice, this also has a protective effect for the brain.
Another benefit of intermittent fasting is improved mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are organelle structures (within the cells of the body) that provide energy and regulate cellular metabolism through aerobic respiration — a process which requires glucose, protein and fatty acids, along with oxygen.
Excessive calorie intake over time can promote heart disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, and weight gain. Intermittent fasting, by which calories are comfortably restricted for short periods, can prevent or reverse these conditions.
Intermittent fasting, it’s not just for a flat stomach.