October 3, 2019
If you asked the average person what their greatest fear is, I guarantee death would be near the top of their list.
We’re obsessed with it. The fact we only have a certain amount of time on this planet is a source of great existential frustration for many people.
So people often try to find ways to prolong their lives as long as possible. While we haven’t found the elixir of life quite yet, you know there are certain things that can help.
You quit smoking…
You attempt to eat ‘healthily’…
You start to exercise…
You avoid pollution…
And these are all well and good. But there’s one secret way that you can extend your lifespan and its quality that I bet you often gloss over.
And that’s the way you eat.
It’s not something you think about a lot. Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you’ll be fine, you tell yourself.
But the truth is completely different. The way you time your meals has a massive impact on the way your body works.
After all, your entire body relies on food for its composition, so why does this come as such a surprise to so many?
Intermittent fasting has three main benefits that can improve your quality of life and how long you live, and they’re all completely free!
Lab animals on intermittent fasting diets live up to 30 percent longer
This is one of the coolest parts of intermittent fasting. Aside from the weight loss and the health benefits, the fact that intermittent fasting can boost your lifespan is huge.
It all comes down to aging. You see, it’s not just apoptosis, where our cells are pre-programmed to die off eventually, which causes death by natural causes.
It’s the fact our cells become less efficient over time. In particular, it’s the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell.
When they decline, you become more susceptible to age-related diseases.
In 2017, a study in Cell Metabolism restricted the calories over short-lived worms called nematodes. They found it kept the mitochondria in their ‘youthful’ states and indeed increased their lifespans.
A year later, a study from the same journal repeated the experiment in mice, and they noticed an overall increase in health and a 30 per cent increase in longevity.
Think about it… the way you eat can influence how your cells work, and how they communicate and regulate chemicals in your body. That’s fascinating stuff.
Fasting boosts your metabolism
It’s just a fact of life that your metabolism slows down as you get older. Part of the reason is you have less muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so you’ll end up with less energy generation and more sluggishness.
This makes your body lazy and lethargic –it’s not awake and ready for action. It invites disease and weight gain too, which isn’t good for a high quality of life.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make your bodily furnace burn again through intermittent fasting.
How does this work?
First, it’s similar to keto in the sense you have a period with low insulin levels in your body. This causes your body to actually wake up and search for alternate sources of energy to use as fuel.
Contrast that with how we usually eat. When we eat throughout the day, our body continually secretes insulin. This puts our body into ‘storage’ mode, and it will get lazy and not burn that energy properly.
Picture a couch potato with an insulin drip feed, not doing anything. That’s your body when you constantly eat! And that’s not a good quality of life.
But don’t take it from me, take it from science. A 2019 study in Scientific Reports found that intermittent fasting reversed the biological markers that suggested an age-related metabolic decline. Cool!
Intermittent fasting raises levels of HGH
Human growth hormone (HGH) sounds like some sort of freakish injection you’d give to Frankenstein’s monster, or something only bodybuilders take at the gym.
But it’s not that scary. In fact, it’s an essential component that keeps your muscles and bones healthy and your fat reserves at bay.
But HGH declines with age, which makes our bodies look older and more decrepit.
The good news is intermittent fasting increases HGH secretion. Part of it is because it has an inverse relationship with insulin. When you do intermittent fasting, your insulin levels are lower throughout the day as you don’t eat.
This isn’t just good news for athletes, it’s good news for anyone who wants their body to remain strong, supple and ready to take on the world!
It’s hard to overstate the impact intermittent fasting can have. We preoccupy ourselves with expensive, fancy treatments to stave off age and disease, but sometimes the solution is incredibly basic, easy and free.
Intermittent fasting doesn’t just reduce inflammation and help you lose weight, but it has a variety of holistic benefits. It fundamentally alters the way your body works and makes it feel more alive. Try it today if you want to live a long and healthy life.