You’ve definitely heard of intermittent fasting before. However, do you know when you actually need to start using it? We’ll be sharing the 10 signs that you need to start using intermittent fasting in this article. If you’re new to this website please subscribe to our newsletter.
Intermittent Fasting, what is it?
Intermittent Fasting is simply taking a break from eating. And then kind of restrict the eating hours to one time period per day the most common schedule.
Intermittent Fasting is not a diet, what you’re doing is focusing on a specific period of time. In which you are abstaining from food and abstaining from calories. And then you have a set period of time in which you consolidate all of your food.
All right let’s jump straight into the first sign and that’s constant:
1 – BLOATING
At first, what causes bloating?
A few things can cause it, but typically it’s from bacterial fermentation. A common misconception, is that salt causes bloating, but what an electrolyte balance can actually cause? the answer is more of that feeling a puffiness that you can get in your skin.
But not the belly bloat. The belly bloat that we’ve all experienced is really just from bacteria taking the food that’s in your small intestine. Breaking down fermenting it which basically just means, like little bacteria farts and causing you to feel bloated.
Now, you’re not really supposed to have bacteria in your small intestine, it’s supposed to be a fairly sterile environment. When we talk about good healthy gut bacteria, we’re talking specifically about the colon, not the small intestine.
So, if you have bacteria in the small intestine. This could lead to a lot of bloating because it is directly fermenting the food that’s coming into your body. And the body of the system for actually clearing out that left behind bacteria.
That’s in your small intestine and it’s called the Migrating Motor Complex. But, you need at least 3 hours and 45 minutes of ZERO eating, to be able to activate this process.
If you eat or drink anything during this time, it completely shuts off the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC) pathway.
That means the bacteria are not shuttled out. Therefore, it just can continue to gobble up the food and keep doing little bacteria farts.
So, if you’re constantly bloated, then this would be a really good sign to start stimulating your (MMC) pathway, to get that bacteria out of your small intestine.
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2 – General Feelings of Low Energy
Now, low energy could be a sign that your mitochondria (which is where your body produces energies within its cells) are not working efficiently, and this typically happens from constantly eating.
Just like with the (MMC), the body actually has a natural system called AUTOPHAGY. On how it actually deals with these broken down mitochondria.
Therefore, AUTOPHAGY just means it is cellular clean up, and it is where it will get rid of that dysfunctional mitochondria. And allow healthy mitochondria to take its place, this means that your cells will have the systems to produce energy so that your energy levels can go back up.
But, just like with (MMC), AUTOPHAGY is triggered by not eating and typically around at least 12 hours of not eating.
By utilizing intermittent fasting you’re also taking advantage of the AUTOPHAGY. The cellar cleanup and the increase in energy levels.
3 – Acid Reflux
One of the causes of acid reflux is a buildup of pressure in the small intestine that pushes up the stomach.
So, that it can cause a splashback of stomach acid into this alpha case, and this pressure is typically caused by that gas that’s being built up in the small intestine from the bacteria that is fermenting your food.
Moreover, remember This gas that is produced by the bacteria in your small intestine, is not supposed to be there so by stimulating the (MMC) through intermittent fasting, this can also help to make it so that it will reduce that pressure in your small intestine.
4 – Constipated
One of the great benefits of stimulating your (MMC) pathway just stimulates a bowel movement, and remember that (MMC) pathway is only stimulated by not eating for a certain amount of time.
So, if you’re eating consistently you’re shutting off that (MMC) pathway, and therefore not able to stimulate a bowel movement.
5 – Hungry
Hunger’s typically caused by sudden drop near blood glucose levels, and the main reason why our body would typically experience that really rapid drop in your blood glucose levels is if your body’s relying on blood glucose as its fuel source.
We don’t have a lot of glucose in our blood supply, even if you do have elevated blood glucose levels, so if you’re relying on it as a fuel source you’re going to quickly run through that and experience that rapid drop in blood glucose.
And therefore hungered, now the flip side if your body’s using fat as fuel it doesn’t even have to tap into that blood glucose that will leave it extremely stable, because you’re using that alternative source of fuel as fat instead, and with that fasting period with intermittent fasting that’s one of the most effective ways to start training your body to use fat as fuel, versus that blood glucose, and get rid of that hunger.
6 – Energy Crashes
Specifically, around 3 p.m. this also coincides with that unstable blood glucose levels, and that crash in the blood glucose, this can lead to you feeling like you need another cup of coffee or knob or some sugar.
Instead, if we address if you the same means as the hunger, and really go to stabilize those bug glucose levels that can help with reducing the 3 p.m. crash that many people experience at.
7 – Brain Fog
Remember how we talked about mitochondria, and how your cells use that in order to create energy for literally everything. Well, the same goes for your brain, so if you have that inefficient or just plain dysfunctional mitochondria. Even, in your brain.
The Mack can mean that your brain isn’t running at the capacity that you normally would or that at least it should, but by cleaning out those dysfunctional mitochondria with the stimulation of AUTOPHAGY through intermittent fasting. This can provide more of that energy-producing Mitochondria to make your brain function of that higher level.
8 – Low Testosterone
Constantly eating throughout the day has been found to really suppress testosterone production, and what’s really great is that intermittent fasting has been found to naturally increase testosterone levels.
In fact, the doctors had given Amara (one of the AM peeps) testosterone medication, because she diagnosed with low testosterone. And it made it go lower in them, but when she stopped the medication and started using the complete intermittent fasting bundle guidelines, she actually was able to reverse that diagnosis.
9 – Difficulties in Weight Loss
If you’re always relying on using your blood glucose levels as fuel, you’ll never be able to tap into the fat-burning mechanisms. And, eating small meals or having snacks throughout the day really promotes this utilization of blood glucose. So, Intermittent fasting advocates fat burning by being able to give that gut rest and the cellular rest.
In fact, growth hormones and testosterone needed for muscle repair and fat burning that increase by intermittent fasting. And helps to shift your body away from using blood glucose and more toward using fat as fuel. Therefore, tapping into your own fat stores.
10 – High Insulin Levels
insulin is the storing hormone that effectively shuts off fat burning, it literally physically lock up the fat within yourself. And high levels of insulin is pretty dangerous, it can lead to issues like PCOS or Type 2 DIABETES.
In this, chronically high levels of insulin can result from just eating a high Carbohydrate Diet. Especially, refined flours and sugars.
Also, from eating consistently throughout the day, because you’re constantly requiring a surge of insulin. In order, to store the food that you’re eating.
Insulin is secreted in response to food, and very specific response to Carbohydrates and very slightly to Protein as well. And using intermittent fasting actually helps to decrease the insulin response and improve insulin sensitivity. As often, your body doesn’t have to secrete it as much either.
If you’re needed and fasting a higher menu. Check out this video on how long it takes for intermittent fasting to work.
source: Autumn Bates Youtube Channel.