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Health Tip of the Week: Intermittent Fasting

More evidence that intermittent fasting is not only an excellent way to lose weight, but is actually good for your overall health.  Intermittent fasting is a form of calorie restriction where all eating is only done in a 6 to 8 hour window.  The clock starts after you put your last morsel of food in your mouth in the evening.  The intermittent fast continues until the literal break fast.

Breakfast is called breakfast because after a night of sleeping, usually 6-9 hours, you are breaking the fast by eating a morning meal.  With intermittent fasting, the fast is extended from 6-9 hours to 15-17 hours.  This means after dinner at 7pm, the next meal would be at noon for a total of 17 hours without eating.  Once that occurs the window for eating is now 6-9 hours, which means eat normally from 12pm to 7pm.  Normally means, eating is not a Thanksgiving feast, but your normal lunch and dinner, maybe a healthy snack if needed.

The 17 hours without eating is calorie restriction window.  Over the course of a week you will have saved yourself from an excess of calories which results in weight loss.  The health benefits come from changes in body temperature which positively effects metabolism and other bodily functions.  In the time span of not eating, your body temperature will drop. Eating requires fuel for the digestive process.  This raises body temperature.  Not eating lowers body temperature as this is nature’s way of conserving energy until food is available again.

The metabolic effect on our body from not eating for 15-17 hours is what causes the health benefits such as increasing lifespan, lowering our risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  The side benefit is weight loss.  Intermittent fasting can be done daily as a weight loss tool for those with a weight issue.

For health benefits, intermittent fasting (also called time restricted eating) should be done 2-4 days per week.

Children and Chiropractic News

Once that baby is born, it is time to check their cervical spine for stress from the delivery process.  As the baby is born, rotation of the neck with upward pulling force from the doctor can casue sub-occiptal stress and tension in the babies upper neck.  This can cause breast feeding latching issues and also lead to colic, acid reflux and ear infections.

Gentle sub-occiptal massage and very light touch pressure on the upper neck can restore the function and health to that area of the babies spine. Children and the chiropractor, a safe, natural and effective fit!


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