Day 11 of my 30 day cleanse
The end of the rainbow, Kona, Hawaii
This will be last Drink Yourself Healthy blog, because I am officially not fasting anymore. I have started adding in fruits and vegetables as of yesterday. I feel as if I accomplished what I set out to do. I will admit, today I am not one hundred percent congestion free, but I have realized that it is allergy related. There has been some days where I was completely congestion free, but when I went back into a triggering situation the congestion came back. I do plan on finishing out the 30 days drinking my 2-3 liters of water and only consuming fruits and vegetables; no dairy, alcohol, meet, sugar or preservatives for the next 20 days.
But as promised, I do want to finish the topic of intermittent fasting. Let’s talk about why you should eat on a schedule when intermittent fasting. Your body is prepared at certain times to receive food, and when you eat at various time periods it throws your body off, because it’s not prepared for food hormonally or enzymatically. So let’s say you eat right before you go to bed. Guess what? Now your digestions system has to start breaking down that food by producing digestive juices. Not to mention the fact that it disrupts your hormones like ghrelin, insulin and leptin. The disruption of these hormones will definitely affect your appetite and how you store and use the energy in your body. The key of thumb: your hormonal cycle should align with your sleep-wake cycle to give your body the energy that it needs to get you through the day.
There are many wonderful benefits of intermittent fasting. If aging slower sounds good, then how do you feel about improving your longevity? Or how about the fact that it boosts brain growth, repair and function. Here’s another big one, it improves blood composition, which can also help sustain healthy blood sugar levels, cholesterol, insulin levels and you guessed it… blood pressure. Intermittent fasting is also said to regulate hormone levels, decrease oxidative stress, enhance fat burning and mimics the benefits of exercising. These are some serious health benefits!!
Example of different intermittent fasting schedules.