Fasting for a Healthier Tomorrow

“I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.”

-Plato

With all the advertising money being funneled into new diets and health crazes, it can be difficult to find pure truths in it.  I find the best thing one can do at any point to find what’s healthiest for them, is to check-in with the animal living inside of each and every one of us.  It can be difficult to remember in this day in age, that we weren’t always the well-groomed beauties that we are today, and weren’t nearly as well fed either.

As our origin lays within nomadic hunters and gatherers, we use to sometimes go days without food if the conditions weren’t right, so why are we under the assumption that our body requires more than it does?  Well, that one is simple, it’s more profitable that way, if people knew they could be healthier by eating less, then what would that mean for the pharmaceutical or food production industries?  Ancient scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers were well understanding of this fact, and many of them credit their high intellect on it as well.  Where does modern science fit in though?

Well, recent research has been showing intermittent fasting or caloric intake drop to improve the efficiency of the body and the mind.  It has been known for some time now that once the body begins to burn off its stored fat, it begins to release ketones.  Ketones released from the fat then go on to strengthen neuron connections.  It’s all part of our bodies natural system to help the animal within us get food for the day, but now that we have no real necessity for hunting we can just fast regularly to reap the benefits.  It has already been shown to fight mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy; it also has been shown to promote healthier utilization of Epidermal Growth Factors and their receptor, the body uses these to repair damage to dna throughout its entirity.

There is much we can learn about ourselves from looking to the past we often forget. Our animal and plant counterparts still have much they can teach us about ourselves and the way we operate.  The lesson they are teaching us today in The Garden of Knowledge being that of the tortoise and hare, slow and steady wins the race; lower caloric intake, longer life.

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