Fasting your way to gut health
This article is about something that is crucial to good health, but that many people still seem to be unaware of. That is daily fasting. Fasting is simply going for a while without eating.
It is not a complex thing, but if you want to take it seriously (and by that I mean fasting for an extended period of time), are diabetic, pregnant, or have autoimmune issues, it is a good idea to get advice and understand how to do it safe.
In fact, we fast every day without realizing it, because we fast during the night while we sleep.
Fasting is said to help boost your immune system, lower blood sugar, and control weight, among others. You are actually being kind to your gut when you fast because you are allowing the wastes that are currently in your system to pass out before you start eating again.
Basically, you are giving your entire digestive system a break, so the body can go back to what it does naturally, which is to heal and repair.
However, what we often do is graze. So we can have a hearty breakfast first thing in the morning when we wake up because that’s what we think we should do. We may have a snack around 11.00. Then we will have lunch probably around 12.00-1.00 p.m. M. We may have a snack around 4:00 pm, then we will probably have dinner around 6:00 am to 7:00 pm We can even have a small snack before bed.
What that means is that we are constantly eating, which means that our digestive system rarely rests. The consequence of this is that our bodies constantly use energy to digest our food instead of burning fat, which is what it is designed to do when we do not eat.
Also, when we snack we don’t always know if we are really hungry and, over time, eating between meals becomes a habit. Sometimes we eat when we are not even hungry, we are actually dehydrated and thirsty.
If we adopt the following seven simple strategies, essentially, we will not only give our body a chance to rest our digestive tract, we will also be strengthening our immune system:
1. Eat breakfast later than before
2. If you must have an early breakfast, make it fruit-based whenever possible, as your body is still in cleansing mode first thing in the morning.
3. Eat when you’re hungry
4. Drink water between meals instead of snacking
5. Don’t eat after 8 pm
6. Take your last meal no more than 4 hours before bedtime.
7. Fast intermittently every day for 12 to 16 hours between the last meal and breakfast.
Thinking about how you eat, what you eat, and when you eat is the beginning of taking control of your own gut health. Consider what you eat first thing in the morning when our body is still cleansing itself; In the same way that you would not feed a newborn baby solids, your stomach first thing in the morning needs to get a little nourishment.
Finally, you can train your body to intermittently fast every day for a period of time until your body gets used to it. Start without eating overnight for 12 hours and gradually extend it. Not only is intermittent fasting great for your gut, it is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help your body begin to function optimally and improve your overall health.