Life is unpredictable and full of ups and downs, but there are certain things that never change. Taxes are one of those things. Another is aging, which humanity has been attempting to avoid or slow down for a very long time.

Many diets have been advertised as having anti-aging benefits, and intermittent fasting is becoming more popular by the day. Intermittent fasting appears to have anti-aging benefits, according to growing scientific research.

This article seeks to explain what fasting does to your body, as well as the potential anti-aging advantages of fasting and some fasting advice. Let’s get started. 

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What does fasting do to your body?

Carbohydrates provide a lot of energy to the body. Fasting throws the body into a starvation state (through calorie restriction), and access to the usual level of carbohydrates and consequently glucose is reduced. As a result, the body is forced to seek out alternative energy sources. This starts the gluconeogenesis process, which produces glucose from non-carbohydrate sources like lactate, lipids, and amino acids.

Ketosis is another mechanism that occurs during fasting. During ketosis, the body consumes fats to make ketones, which are used as a source of energy. 

Fasting and anti-aging: What’s the correlation?

Now you know what happens in your body during fasting. However, how does all of this make fasting reverse aging? 

Vascular aging, in which blood vessels become more delicate and prone to injury as we age, is one of the most fundamental components of aging. Ketones created while fasting decrease vascular aging in animal models, according to studies. The ketones also aided in the division and proliferation of blood vessel cells.

Fasting raises antioxidant levels by releasing purine and pyrimidine, two substances that are released as a result of fasting. Antioxidants have also been shown to protect against aging-related disorders like diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular issues. 

Fasting slows the aging process through a variety of processes. It should be noted that the majority of fasting and anti-aging studies have been conducted on animal models. The findings are encouraging, because they provide insight into the possible anti-aging advantages of fasting in people. Several human studies have already demonstrated other health benefits of fasting.

Fortunately, human trials on the anti-aging effects of fasting are increasing, and it’s only a matter of time before we have more information. As further studies on the possible anti-aging advantages of fasting are completed, we’ll update this article.

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Other benefits of fasting

Fasting has several health benefits, some of which you may already know. It can be challenging and even uncomfortable to add intermittent fasting to your lifestyle.

There are several physical and mental benefits that come with fasting; they are:

  • Increased cognitive performance. 
  • Reduced susceptibility to metabolic diseases.
  • Support weight loss. 
  • Improved overall fitness. 
  • Improved immunity. 
  • Reduced inflammation. 

Final Thoughts

Fasting has a growing body of research supporting its numerous benefits, one of which is anti-aging. Fasting can be difficult to incorporate into your daily routine, but the Lasta app can help you. Health experts recommend that you visit your doctor before starting your fasting journey. People with certain disorders or physiological problems may not be able to fast.

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Kimberly Tytyk is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC) and a Certified International Health Coach (CIHC). Following decades of personal experience transforming her personal health and achieving remission of autoimmune thyroiditis and PCOS, Kimberly completed her formal coaching training in 2021 at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her passions include deep nutrition, holistic and balanced living practices, regeneration, community-building, and finding bliss — usually in a cuddle with her husband and dog.

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