I am doing my first 36 hour fast from food. I am allowed to have unlimited water which I can add my supplemental BCAA’s to when desired, my cleansing morning drink (recipe given below), and my one cup of coffee in the morning. I started 6 pm Saturday night and will break my fast 6 am Monday morning. Why do this you may ask? When our bodies go for an extended period of time (30-36 hours seems to be the accepted standard I found in my research) without food several things happen to the body.The following is a list of evidence-based changes that happen to the human body during an intermittent fast.
- Levels of insulin in the blood drop which facilitates fat burning
- Blood levels of growth hormones can increase to up to 5 times normal levels. High levels of this hormone facilitates fat burning and muscle gain. There are also numerous other benefits.
- Cellular repair processes are launched. One of those processes is that waste materials are removed from cells
- Processes in the body that involve changes in genes and molecules related to longevity and protection against disease.
The results of intermittent fasting assists the body to basically cleanse and repair itself. A few additional benefits are, weight loss, fat loss, reducing insulin resistance linked to Type 2 Diabetes, reduce inflammation and stress within the body, reduce risk factors to heart disease and stroke, and induce multiple cellular repair processes.
It must be noted that an intermittent fast is only effective if you are maintaining healthy and appropriate eating habits overall. It is certainly not effective to fast for 36 hours and then gorge on Twinkies for three days following. Maintaining a healthy, balanced eating regiment is essential to being healthy overall and intermittent fasting is a process to enhance a healthy eating plan and facilitates increased positive healthy outcomes.
My Morning Cleanse Drink (I drink this everyday)
Juice of 1 lemon, juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp raw honey, 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with mother, dash turmeric, dash cayenne pepper, 2 drops of each (DoTerra Essential Oil/oil blends) lemon, slim and sassy, wild orange, zendocrine, digestzen, and cinnamon bark., hot water. Mix all like a cup of tea and drink.
NOTE: I only use Doterra oils as they are the most pure on the market.
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