Benefits of time-restricted eating in seven health conditions as a new medicine and preventative measure for metabolic diseases
Imagine a single pill that can reduce the risk of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, some cancers, and even that can melt our bulging belly fat. More interestingly, the genie says this pill is free, costing us nothing. Would you buy it? I don’t know about you, but I will accept it immediately. It is not a dream. I did it in real life several decades ago.
Interestingly some medical professionals in my circle say that selling fasting is tough. Of course, medical people are not salespeople. They invested their valuable time to learn critical information in medical school, and as soon as they graduated, they got so busy supporting people suffering from pain and debilitating diseases. They have no skills and time to sell.
Another misconception is doctors are healers. In my opinion, no one is a healer. Only the body can heal itself. Physicians, mental health professionals, or spiritual leaders are only guiders. They guide people to do the right thing for their bodies and minds to heal naturally. Understanding this reality is essential.
Why do I imagine fasting as a healing pill? It is because fasting allows the body to naturally heal itself by reducing visceral fat, balancing hormones, and activating autophagy. Emerging experimental and clinical studies show the benefits of fasting in lowering the risk of metabolic diseases.
However, convincing the patients to fast looks like a difficult job to physicians. Fortunately, many scientists and medical doctors have started understanding the therapeutic value of fasting. Of course, a few still do not believe, but they will see the light when more and more people naturally heal themselves with fasting. Theoretical research is behind experimental and clinical studies.
It is inspiring to observe cardiologists, oncologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists exploring the therapeutic benefits of time-restricted eating.
My sincere wish is to get rid of the nonsense of the six meals a day concept causing unnecessary suffering of millions of people that contributed to the growth of the obesity epidemic globally. Recent prospective research has “demonstrated a significant increase in disease risk with a high meal frequency as compared to a low meal frequency.”
There might be, of course, exceptional use of this approach, but it is not typical for healthy people in normal conditions. Our body is not designed to eat six meals a day. It needs some break to digest the food and use it as energy. Constant feeding the body looks to be nothing but a disaster making healthy people sick.
We evolved with time-restricted eating. Therefore, many religions and cultures learned the value of time-restricted eating and made fasting an essential practice. However, in the 21st century, we ignored these thousands of years of precious knowledge and manufactured snacks and offered patients to eat six times a day to stay healthy. And we blatantly suffer the consequences as a society. Obesity is preventable.
Simply understanding the role of insulin gives so many clues on the importance of time-restricted eating. Insulin resistance is a known and proven cause of many metabolic diseases. It is now known as the elephant in the room. We know about it, but little talk about it. Many bright and brave medical doctors have started talking about this elephant and investing their precious time to fight against it. They all see the solution in time-restricted eating.
In summary, time-restricted eating is a paradigm shift in medicine. Traditionally, doctors gave more things to do for healing like more medication, more food, more exercise. But in fasting, they don’t have to offer more but remove the burden from excessive food consumption, empowering the patient for self-healing.
After this brief background portraying our dire situation globally, I’d like to touch on the remarkable health benefits of fasting on seven health conditions. I have written several articles with literature reviews. I will not repeat them. Those who are interested in detail may check the linked articles.
Thank you for reading my perspectives. I wish you a healthy and happy life.
Please note that this story is not health advice. I shared my reviews, observations, and perspectives for information purposes only. If you have any disease symptoms please consult your healthcare professionals.
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January 2022 Updates from Euphoria: Selected articles from health, mental health, fitness, lifestyle, and self-improvement topics