Harvard study on intermittent fasting

What’s intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting refers to an eating pattern that cycles between a period of fasting and eating. The most common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hours fasts, or fasting for 24 hours. twice per week. 

Or maybe the Muslim way of fasting, from dawn to sunset.

The Harvard Study

The intermittent fasting was published in the journal Cell Metabolism reveals that intermittent fasting slows down the aging process.

The research study examined the biology involved in cell’s declining ability to process energy over time, which is what causing aging and age-related diseased and how embracing periods of fasting promotes healthy aging.

In the study, the researchers demonstrated a causal link between dynamic changes of mitochondrial networks and longevity. They do so by studying C.Elegens (nematode worms) which live just 2 weeks, enabling the studying of the aging process to take place. They restricted the worm’s diet and concluded that this restriction maintained the mitocondrial networks in a fused or ‘youthful’ state.

“Low-energy conditions such as dietary restriction and intermittent fasting have previously been shown to promote healthy aging. Understanding why this is the case is a crucial step toward being able to harness the benefits therapeutically,” Said Heather Weir, who is the lead author of the study.

“Our findings open up new avenues in the search for therapeutic strategies that will reduce our likelihood of developing age-related diseases as we get older”

Intermittent fasting has numerous benefits in addition to slowing down the aging process, including weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol level.

What if I’m hungry?

Hunger is our friend. 

Feeling full all the time only makes our body grow older and being hungry is helping our body to maintain its youthful state.

I’m definitely want to give it a try. Hopefully.

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