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How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Live Healthier, Longer

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  • Fasting has a number of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced cancer risk, gene repair, and increased longevity
  • Research shows that you can get most if not all of the same benefits of severe calorie restriction through intermittent fasting, where you feast on some days and cut calories on others
  • One of the primary mechanisms that makes intermittent fasting so beneficial for health is related to its impact on your insulin sensitivity
  • Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to burn fat for fuel
  • Mounting evidence shows that when your body becomes adapted to burning fat instead of sugar as your primary fuel you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease
  • People that would be best served to avoid fasting include those living with chronic stress (adrenal fatigue), and those with cortisol dysregulation. Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting

By Dr. Mercola

In the featured documentary, Eat, Fast, and Live Longer, British author and journalist Dr. Michael Mosley documents his journey as he decides to try fasting, to see if it might improve his health.

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