Something rather interesting caught my eye this week whilst I was browsing the internet….
Apparently…….fasting is good for you.
Yes, that’s right; starving; tummy rumbles; being grumpy cause you need cake… it’s all good for you.
Fasting has allegedly been found to have real health benefits. I’m not just talking ‘getting skinny for a night out’ benefits either. I mean like real life proper ones.
So I got to thinking, as a (not so silent) sufferer of IBS, currently going through a bit of an argumentative patch with my tummy; Could fasting help me?
To help me answer my own question, I did a little research and here, in a nutshell, is what I found;
Fasting in general is allegedly good for a whole host of things;
- Boosting metabolism
- Reducing insulin resistance and lowering blood sugar levels, at least in men.
- Reducing oxidative damage and inflammation in the body, which should have benefits against ageing and development of diseases.
- Improving numerous risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Removing waste material from cells.
- According to animal studies, helping to prevent cancer.
- Intermittent fasting may have important benefits for brain health. (by increasing the growth of new neurons)
- Studies in animals suggest that intermittent fasting may be protective against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
This information alone sounds like a bloomin’ good reason to give fasting a go, but I also came across claims of fasting curing IBS.
One lady commented in a chat forum that after only 2 weeks of doing 5:2 fasting, her tummy had lost its bloat and her other symptoms had decreased; less pain and better toilet habits.
So I’ve decided, instead of just keep moaning about my tummy, I’m going to try and do something about it myself.
I am going to ‘fast’.
There, I’ve told everyone now so I’ll have to do it!
It’s not going to be easy. I am what is nicely referred to as a ‘grazer’, or what is otherwise known as ‘a bit of a piggy’. I’m not big on massive meals but I can happily graze all day.
Having made the decision, the first thing I’ve had to decide is what type of fasting I’m going to do. Some people fast by just drinking juiced fruit and vegetables; some just eat a vegetable soup and some just restrict their calorie intake. I’ve decided that putting the temptation of a little food in front of me could well be my down fall, so I’m going for the full on ‘water fast’.
The advice is to drink nothing but purified water ,but before I rush out spending my hard earned cash on a fancy purifying system, I’m going to do it with tap water.
So here is my plan;
- Once a week I shall be completing a water fast for a 24-hour period
- I shall not even drink coffee!!!!!!! – not easy for an addict like me.
- I shall complete my fast every Wednesday (because today is Thursday and Wednesday is the furthest away day).
- I shall not be weighing myself before I start because this is not about losing weight. But I am going to note my mid-body measurements to allow me to check on my tummy bloat (no – I am not sharing my actual measurements – even I have blogging limits)
- I solemnly swear to consider increasing the frequency / duration of the fast in a few weeks
- I shall keep you all updated with a weekly (I intend to share my pain)
There that’s it. Plan in place ready to execute next Wednesday 12th October 2016
Please drop me a comment if you have any personal experiences with fasting (or controlling IBS?) And / or if you fancy joining in