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8 Benefits Your Brain and Body Receives From Intermittent Fasting

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is currently one of the world's most popular health and fitness trends.

Besides assisting with weight loss, IF has many additional health benefits I will share in this article.

By definition, intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves regular, short-term fasts — or periods of minimal or no food consumption. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting.

Here is the most common way IF is performed:

You start your eating at noon and your last meal at 8 pm.

You are technically fasting for 16 hours every day and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window. This is the most popular form of intermittent fasting, known as the 16/8 method.

The following are 8 evidence-based health benefits of intermittent fasting.

  1. There is a significant positive impact on insulin levels and human growth hormone (HGH) levels. While IF has been found to decrease insulin levels, HGH will increase. This all facilitates fat burning. IF in turn has a positive impact on reversing insulin resistance. Studies indicate that fasting can help boost your HGH levels. One such study found that after a 3-day fast, your HGH levels increase by more than 300%. A week later, they go up by a whopping 1,250%.

  2. IF has been found effective in helping you lose weight but even more important is losing visceral fat. Visceral fat is the harmful fat in the abdominal cavity that causes disease. Short-term fasting actually increases your metabolic rate, helping you burn even more calories.

  3. Several studies show that intermittent fasting may enhance the body's resistance to oxidative stress.

  4. Intermittent fasting has been found to be effective in reducing inflammation. Mount Sinai researchers found that fasting reduces inflammation and improves chronic inflammatory diseases without affecting the immune system's response to acute infections.

  5. Intermittent fasting has been found to be beneficial for heart health. Lowering triglycerides, LDL and lowering blood pressure are just few of the cardiovascular benefits.

  6. Promising evidence from animal studies indicates that intermittent fasting or diets that mimic fasting may help prevent cancer.

  7. IF shows promise in improving brain health. There is strong evidence that forms of intermittent fasting can delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease in animal models. "In animal studies, intermittent fasting has been shown to increase longevity, improve cognitive function and reduce brain plaque as compared with animals fed a regular diet,” said Allan Anderson, MD, Director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Tucson.

  8. One of the most exciting applications of intermittent fasting may be its ability to extend lifespan. In the one study researchers zeroed in on how fasting impacts life span. About 2,000 people who had undergone a cardiac catheterization procedure were followed for an average of 4.4 years, including 389 "routine fasters" who had been fasting regularly for at least five years. After adjusting for various factors, researchers discovered the routine fasters had a 45% lower mortality rate than the non-fasters during the follow-up period.

Summary:

Besides intermittent fasting having value in weight-loss, its benefits extend beyond that. It can help you live a longer and all-around healthier life too, according to studies involving animals and humans. 

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References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6832593/

https://clindiabetesendo.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40842-020-00116-1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC329619/

https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-nutr-071816-064634

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S193152441400200X

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0891584918324389

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4403246/

IF and Inflammation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7415631/

https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article-abstract/30/Supplement_5/ckaa166.216/5914370

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7476366/

Alzheimer's and IF

Lifespan and IF

https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/212538

Fasting and Lifespan

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Topics: Oxidative Stress, Brain Health, Prediabetes and diabetes, Healthy Lifestyle, Intermittent Fasting, Shed Weight

Hyperactivity & Attention Deficit Disorder: Do We Have Options?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Attention-deficit disorder affects a startling 17 million people and seems to be gaining ground every year.

As a parent of child suffering with this disorder... what are you to do?? Attention-deficit disorder is the most frequently diagnosed childhood psychiatric condition in America. In the past most medical journals described this disorder as minimal brain damage, hyperactive child syndrome & minimal cerebral dysfunction.

The common symptoms include brief attention span, poor concentration, difficulty keeping track of things, making careless mistakes, impatience, difficulty waiting or taking turns, blurting out answers when not asked, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, failure to finish things off, lack of perseverance & poor organizing. These characteristics are frequently associated with difficulties in school, in both learning and behavior. Task that require concentration are nearly impossible causing frustration, irritability, agitation and often recklessness.
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Topics: Brain Health, Neurofeedback, nutrient deficiency, brain based therapy, attention deficit disorder, ADHD Treatments, Nutritional Help, ADHD Medication, drug-free ADHD Help

10 Prevention Steps To Take to Minimize Alzheimer's Disease Risk Due To Poor Sleep

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Sleep is what most of us look forward to at the end of a long day, and something many of us feel we don’t get enough of. While there’s still a lot to learn about sleep and why we need it, we're now beginning to understand that sleep greatly impacts the health and destiny of our brains.

Aside from impacting your energy level, sleep seems to play a unique role in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Whether or not you get enough quality sleep on a daily basis can dramatically increase or decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s. This is a major reason why it’s so important to do everything you can to get the best sleep possible, as frequently as possible.

In addition to impacting your Alzheimer’s risk, sleep has the power to influence how hungry you feel and how much you eat, how fast your metabolism runs, whether you become overweight or stay slender, whether you can fight off infection, how creative you might be, how insightful you might be, and even how compassionate you can become.

With the hectic pace of modern day life, sleep might feel like a luxury you can't afford. However, from a medical perspective, it's absolutely essential to get good sleep if you want to keep your body and brain healthy.

Experts explain poor quality sleep is linked to Alzheimer's disease, so it's important to understand specific ways you can achieve better quality sleep. Here are 10 simple steps you can take to improve your sleep starting today:

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Topics: exercise, Brain Health, Sleep, Alzheimer’s disease

Beyond Medicating The Brain: Why We Need a New Approach

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Mar 01, 2018

What’s the generally accepted medical practice for treating someone with clinical depression, anxiety, ADHD, migraines, seizures, or many other “brain” problems?

The usual answer is to prescribe a pill, such as a stimulant, an anti-depressant, an anti-anxiety medication, or in some cases, a mood stabilizer/anti-convulsant, or an anti-psychotic

Disadvantages to medicating the brain are becoming more widely known. Many people who take medications still struggle with symptoms. For many others, stopping a medication causes the problems to reappear or even get worse. In addition, there can be side effects ranging from mild to severe.

Further, it is common to take medications for a very long time period, which is not only problematic as dependence can develop, but there are also growing concerns about the long-term use of medications and for good reason.

The pills don’t TEACH you how to change your own brain. They just temporarily help manage symptoms.

For certain “brain problems”, such as autism, Asperger’s, learning difficulties, PTSD, and even stroke and traumatic brain injury, there are no medications that really work well or work at all. Yet, these are clearly brain problems.

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Topics: ADHD, Brain Health, Neurofeedback, Medication, ADHD Medication

Are You Spaced Out All The Time? 5 Reasons for Brain Fog

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Are you spaced out all the time? 5 reasons for brain fog:

Do you feel spaced out all the time? Like you’re moving in slow motion through a fog and can’t snap out of it?

Though it’s not considered a disorder worth a doctor’s visit, brain fog is nevertheless distressing, disorienting, and difficult to cope with.

It’s also a red flag your brain is aging too quickly and that you should take action right away.

When your neurons, or brain cells, don’t communicate well with another, this causes brain fog. This poor communication causes overall brain function to slow down and diminish, giving you symptoms of brain fog. The trick is to find out why those neurons aren’t communicating well with one another.

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Topics: brain fog, Brain Health

Three Keys To Brain Health And Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Jun 16, 2014

When it comes to brain health, one thing is nearly certain; we can all state we know an adult with the top 4 signs of neurodegeneration:

1.  Anxiety
2.  Depression
3.  Insomnia
4.  Brain Fog

Decreased brain health=nuerodegeneration=poorer quality of life and increased stress on ourselves and those that love us. 

Make no mistake, your brain health is one area of your health you don't want to leave to chance or to emergency care. My own mother had dementia as did my maternal grandmother which worsened during the last decade of their life. Waiting until this late stage will leave you with little to no options.

Fortunately for me, my insatiable desire to discover the underlying factors to ill health in my family tree led to the discovery of several helpful preventative measures that you can use too.

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Topics: Hypothyroidism, LGS, stress, leaky gut syndrome, Adrenal, Brain Health, Neurofeedback

The Amazing Brain: 10 Facts About Your Brain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Oct 11, 2011

  1. Did you know that your brain accounts for less than 2% of your body weight, yet uses roughly 20% of our daily calories?
  2. Your brain is a picky eater. It demands a constant supply of glucose, primarily obtained from carbohydrates like fruits, veggies and grains. Sugary snacks provide the wrong kind of glucose, and damages cells everywhere in the body – including the brain.
  3. A study at Aston University in England suggests that more frequent, but smaller meals help the brain work best. They found that the brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the system – about the amount found in a banana.
  4. The brain is 60% fat. Essential fatty acids – the Omega 3’s are brain food!
  5. 20% of our blood circulation is devoted to the brain.
  6. Don’t eat too much! A study at the University of Wisconsin found that there is an immune response to too much food and may cause cognitive deficit.
  7. Rats that gorged themselves on highly saturated fats for several weeks showed damage to the hippocampus – a brain area critical to memory.
  8. The frontal cortex is the CEO of our brain and particularly sensitive to falling glucose levels. When the glucose level drops, confused thinking sets in.
  9. Keep building your brain. Your brain continues to develop new connections through learning throughout your life.
  10. Exercise daily! Physical exercise helps the brain by improving circulation and memory, and balance, coordination and reflexes are all improved with exercise. Mental exercise can help the brain by building new neural connections, boosting memory and offsetting the debilitating effects of age and disease.
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Topics: D'Adamo, exercise, brain, Glucose, Brain Health

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