Healthy Habits To Live By – The 12 Hour Fast
Today we are going to bring you the latest in our series of healthy habits. You may or may not do this without knowing why but do you follow a 12-hour fasting recommendation from your last meal at night to your first meal the following morning? If not then we will explain why you should and why following this daily habit could be so rewarding, restorative to your health, ultimate youth, and beauty!
After reading several studies and books on detoxification from different experts I now understand it takes about 8 hours for your body to completely digest its meals from the day. If you add in another 4 hours to that without introducing more food to digest, the body actually enters into detoxification mode and has more time to remove dead and dying cells from the body. During this “idle” time, the body also stimulates the development and regeneration of new cells. “Aging occurs when we have more cells die than are being produced.”.
Allowing your body sufficient time each and every single day to digest, eliminate dying cells and develop new cells is a habit that will get you closer to ultimate health and energy.
More Incredible Benefits of the ’12 Hour Fast’
Among the many great things I began to notice after I adopted this habit was that I got up with more energy and was felt a lot better rested. If you’ve ever gone to bed with a full stomach, you know what I mean!
Improved Fat Burning – When you fast for 12 hours, your body needs to consume stored glucose for fuel, burning excess fat off your body.
The Brain Can Fight Stress Better – 12-hour fasts give the brain a chance to combat the chemical byproducts of stress. They also help the mind to re-focus and improve memory and sensory perception. Also, short fasts promote the production of a protective brain chemical that can make you less sensitive to toxins like MSG.
Promotes Heart Health – 12-hour fasts lower the body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate and can increase your good cholesterol.
Following this habit was extremely easy for me to implement and will be easy for you too – I try to keep my last meal time somewhere between 8 pm and 9 pm, hit the hay around 11 pm, then get up early to train clients and after that, I “break the fast” at or about 8:30 am or 9 am. I usually have an amino acid drink before work at 6 am and something I advise most early risers.
Finding the correct time frames could be different for you according to your schedule – but if you are eating great deals of whole non-processed foods this habit should be sustainable forever.
I would love your feedback if you do this already or if it’s new to you and you will start doing it. Post your comments below and I will personally reply if I can help you.
To your health