Fasting may be good for your health and your brain? Curiousity piqued by the BBC Horizon program
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
There was an interesting TV programme by the BBC on whether fasting may be a good at delaying certain illnesses, managing weight and helping you retain cognitive function as you get older. I thought originally that there was no way I would ever consider fasting a good option (don't like deprivation and been known to faint if I go too long without food) but have to admit that towards the end, it did partly persuade me! I could never do a proper long fast but maybe intermittent eating pattern, like calorie cycling, has some benefits. See what you think - this is the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/e
You can watch it on iPlayer (the BBC online programme watcher) but it's only available for the next 5 days or so since they only keep things online for 1 week after the programme airs on TV. It's 58 minutes.
I'm not sure if I could try fasting, especially while trying to get fit by weight training and working out as much as I can, but who knows? Maybe one fasting day a week may be worth it? This programme is aimed more for those approaching middle age and worried about the onset of certain diseases but it's useful to watch I think and consider.