A specific diet has been shown to improve memory, reduce cardiovascular disease, and help stave off the aging process.
There are promising studies showing that restricting the diet, including caloric restriction and intermittent fasting, may extend a healthy life and delay disease and aging. It does this by preparing senescent cells for cellular recycling, which can ultimately improve aging tissue function.
During the fasting process, cells undergo an adaptive stress response that may account for its many health benefits.
Intermittent fasting improves markers of oxidative stress and is a measure of longevity.
By adopting this eating method, it has been shown to protect against many age-related diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The process of fasting puts the cells of the individual in a protective state and stimulates the healing process of the body.
Fasting helps give the digestive system the much-needed relief and thus increase energy levels.
Hence, alternating fasting and eating improves cellular health.
Researchers from the University of Alabama conducted a study on a small group of obese men with prediabetes.
They compared a form of intermittent fasting called “early restricted feeding,” in which all meals were appropriate for eight hours early in the day or spread out throughout the day.
After five weeks, insulin levels decreased dramatically in the eight-hour group and significantly improved insulin sensitivity, as well as significantly lowered blood pressure.
Interestingly, the eight-hour group also had a significant decrease in appetite.
In a review of previous studies on animals and humans in the New England Journal of Medicine, she recommends adopting an eating method known as intermittent fasting that can help lower blood pressure, lose weight and improve longevity.
And alternating fasting and eating can help improve cellular health.
Professor Mark Matson, from Johns Hopkins University, said the way you eat can help stimulate a metabolic shift.
In metabolic transformation, cells use up their fuel stores and convert fats into energy, which in turn helps fats switch from storing fats to preserving fats and has many health benefits.
Professor Matson says studies have shown that this switch improves blood sugar regulation, increases stress resistance and stops inflammation.
The professor notes that four studies, conducted on both animals and humans, found that intermittent fasting also helped lower blood pressure, blood lipid levels and resting heart rate.
And preliminary studies indicate that intermittent fasting can benefit brain health as well.
A clinical trial at the University of Toronto found that 220 healthy adults who maintained a calorie-restricted diet for two years showed signs of improved memory on a set of cognitive tests.