Low energy, swelling and stiffness, sore joints, back pain, low mood, anxiety and overwhelm - what do all of these seemingly unrelated symptoms have in common? They are all often triggered and exacerbated by systemic inflammation. In my clinic, I see a variety of clients that struggle with symptoms of inflammation - where and when appropriate I support them to introduce intermittent fasting into their routine. Intermittent fasting has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body. In this article, I discuss what intermittent fasting is and how it works to reduce systemic inflammation - helping to quell those aches and pains, restore your energy and feel on top form once again.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting involves not consuming anything which adds to energy intake (including drinks such as milky tea and fruit juices) in a set period of time – in other words, abstaining from consuming anything other than water (black tea and coffee). There are many methods of intermittent fasting – in this article I am going to concentrate on time restricted feeding. Time restricted feeding involves eating within a ‘feeding window’ (typically 8-12 hours a day) and fasting for the remaining time (1). For example, if using an 8-hour feeding window, you might choose to eat between 10:00-18:00, then fast between 18:00-10:00 the following day.
How can intermittent fasting reduce inflammation?
Here are three ways intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation...
So, there you have it – three great reasons to try intermittent fasting! In my next article I’ll discuss how to apply the principles of intermittent fasting to your own lifestyle and how you can best benefit from it, as well as some practical, nutritious meal ideas to break your fast.