Fasting is completely natural, and one of the oldest dietary interventions in the world. Modern science confirms it can have a profoundly beneficial influence on your health and longevity.
THE FASTING AND HORMONE CONNECTION
Eating all day doesn’t allow your body the time to clean out and regenerate, or for your insulin levels to reset. Insulin is the hormone that knocks on the door of each cell requesting that the gates are opened to allow glucose in to be utilised by the mitochondria for energy production. In some cases of chronically high blood glucose due to high carbohydrate dietary intake or constant snacking, the insulin must constantly knock on the doors of each cell until the cells become fed up with insulin harassing them, and start to ignore insulin as they do not need any more glucose. This can become a dangerous cycle driving both insulin and blood glucose higher, as the glucose cannot get into cells for utilisation - resulting in excess sugar being escorted off to be stored as fat.
The easiest and safest way to reset both insulin and glucose and to lose unwanted body fat, is to release all of our stored glucose through the use of regular intermittent fasts. Our bodies starts to run out of glycogen stores when we go without food for a period of around twelve hours, then our bodies flip into more of a fat burning mode. As fat is a slow-burning fuel, you not only have a more balanced energy supply, but food cravings start to disappear which makes it easier for you to make healthier food choices – it’s a win win!
Prescribed diets often mean following a strict set of rules with calorie restrictions. With the Brave Method you dictate when you eat and what you eat within a certain window of time, and fast when the window is closed. In fact, it’s something we do each night while we sleep.
Intermittent Fasting is the ancient secret. This is the cycle of life. Fasting follows feasting. Feasting follows fasting.Dr Fung MD – The Complete Guide to Fasting
However, we encourage everyone to follow the Brave Lifestyle food recommendations, which is in accordance with an ancestral way of eating. This is an optimal approach if you are looking to experience all the incredible health benefits of intermittent fasting.
Can everyone fast?
Whilst fasting is appropriate for nearly all adults, there are exceptions or cautions to be taken. Pregnant women and children should avoid fasting for more than 12-14 hours as their bodies are prepped for growth mode. Anyone suffering from circadian rhythm issues such as adrenal exhaustion and/or severe hypoglycemia should also not fast for more than 12 hours and should eat breakfast if they’re hungry. Fasting is backed by science to show that it is an important strategy for countering diabetic conditions, and anyone who is pre-diabetic type 2 or diabetic type 2 has been shown to achieve great results from this strategy. However we recommend anyone with such conditions works with a healthcare professional when doing so, as it may affect existing medication.