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Periodic and Intermittent Fasting 

Perhaps there is a reason why most of the world’s major religions call for periodic fasting. Intermittent hunger clears the mind, awakens the senses, and improves brain functioning. Plus it lowers your blood sugar, reduces your insulin levels, and helps you lose weight by reducing total calories. What’s not to love?

Periodic vs intermittent

Periodic fasting is any protocol that has the participant restrict food for a period of hours, even days, sequentially. The most common and easiest to achieve would be a 24 hour water wash. But this can be done for much longer periods, and with other nutritional support such as bone broth or other supplementation. Large worldwide communities practise 60-72 hour fasts monthly.

Intermittent fasting is reducing your daily feeding window so that you offer your gut and digestive system more time to rest inside a 24 hour clock. The most popular protocol would be the 16:8. You would eat inside the 8 hour feeding window and rest without food the remaining 16 hours. Of course, this is easiest to achieve if part of your 16 hours digestive rest is while you are sleeping.

Important disclaimer – Please consult your Doctor before starting any new dietary or fitness programs.

Who has been doing this?

Well here is just some of the list of religions that promote fasting:

  • Jainism
  • Islam
  • Buddism
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism
  • Catholicism

Some of the reasons to insight fasting were: Medical – therapeutic // Religious – spiritual //Politically or as a form of protest.

The who and why on fasting today 

I started intermittent and periodic fasting 6 years ago. I was entering CrossFit competitions and found it way to restricting starting the day with a full belly of food. Along the same time, other elite level athletes were reporting better performance with some sort of pre-competition fasting, along with using intermittent fasting within their training cycles? In 2018, Pruvit launched their first fasting program called the 60 Hour Keto Reboot, and earlier this year, the 5 Day I-Fast, to which our websites products and programs are derived from.

Did you know that going without food for even a day increases your brain’s natural growth factors, which support the survival and growth of neurons. Many scientist suggest that that this is part of human evolution, and during time of famine, allowing our bodies and brains to perform at their peak as hybrid vehicles. 

Metabolic switching between glucose and ketones is when cognition is best and degenerative diseases are kept at bay. A recent paper in Nature Reviews Neuroscience put it: “Metabolic switching impacts multiple signaling pathways that promote neuroplasticity and resistance of the brain to injury and disease.” Fasting and hunger but will actually improve cognition, grow the connections between neurons, and stave off neurodegeneration.

Studies show that a long term pattern of intermittent fasting gives significant improvements in learning, memory and cognitive functioning.

In Ancient Greece, fasting was meant to prepare athletes’ bodies for physical training ahead of the Olympic Games. It was also a means of developing intelligence; Pythagoras, for instance, fasted for 40 days before his exams at the famous Alexandria School. ….He passed. Later on as a teacher, Pythagoras noticed such an increase in lucidity and physical strength that he later prescribed fasting to his pupils. If there was so much as a crumb on their face, no test for you!

Having fun, but if all of the science supports better focus and cognition while fasted, why is there a Subway beside every high school. Things to make you go hmmm.

Just saying. 

– Coach John

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