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  • Writer's pictureCourtney LeVesque

What's the Deal with Intermittent Fasting?

In a world with so many outside influences, it comes as no surprise that both our mental and physical body can get bogged down.

If you’re already following a training regimen, working with a coach, or spend time in a gym, you probably hear people talking about taking ‘rest days.’ But what can you do for your brain, the true super human-computer, to get that reboot time and come back to your game more focused, as well as benefit the rest of your body? Enter intermittent fasting into the conversation.

Intermittent fasting isn’t a new theory or practice. It dates back to the beginning of time, although back in the day, you wouldn’t hear the term shrunk down to IF, or used at all. Intermittent fasting is used all around the world, and although it has many different versions and reasons for being used, there are some significant benefits.

Before I tout all the rewards for your IF effort, I first want to give you a better idea of what intermittent fasting is. IF is commonly used in a 16/8 structure, meaning you will fast for 16 hours and eat in the remaining 8-hour window. This is more easily achieved if you stop consuming after dinner, around 6 pm, and then fast until the next morning around 10 am. If you move dinner to a later time, your first meal the next day will move as well.

So, now that you can see a fundamental idea of the fasting outline, why would it benefit you to add it to the routine? Here are some health benefits from intermittent fasting:

Reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation

Regulation of hunger and satiety signals

Lowered blood pressure

Increased insulin sensitivity

An increase in human growth hormone

Lower risk factors for heart disease

Improvement of the cellular repair process

Weight loss and improved body composition

And if these highlighted benefits don’t leave you curious about implementing IF into your weekly routine, you should also know there are studies into the benefits of IF for brain detoxification, possible Alzheimer’s prevention, and easing the aging process altogether.

IF can be incredibly easy to follow, and as you can see, the benefits carry an enticing variety of benefits. Although intermittent fasting may not be for everyone, and you should consult your physician first, intermittent fasting may be the ticket to some major health benefits.

Of course, I know some of you want to take it a bit further to add to the weight loss and body composition benefits. I see you over there! Add a scoop of the Wild C8 MCT powder into your first meal of the day and increase your brain power, fat burn, and energy - you'll have everyone wondering who the superhuman in the room is.

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