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Intermittent fasting

I wonder if anybody have ever done intermittent fasting? And if you experienced any benefits?
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Re: Intermittent fasting

I do it every day. I don't eat any solid foods (only sip on herbal infusions) after 8:30 p.m., and upon waking, I hydrate with lemon water, warm herbal infusions, and fruit/veggie juice and don't eat any solid foods until at least 11 a.m. or later.

I began doing that after totally changing my consumption habits to whole food plant-based vegan after a medical emergency. It's greatly benefited many areas and has helped me reduce and better manage many symptoms I was told I'd just have to get used to. Not so much in the specific adhd arena, but in overall wellness, which helped a little bit of everything.
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Re: Intermittent fasting

Is fasting really healthy though?
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Re: Intermittent fasting

Thank you for your post.
I read a few articles and it should increase brain function because your body has a longer period of time to rest and because of eating less calories. Now i'm very curious what kind of effects it have on people with ADD/ADHD.
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Yes it's supposed to have all kinds of health benefits.
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Re: Intermittent fasting

It's quite healthy to give your inner systems, namely the digestive one, a break every once in a while.

If someone starts a particular fast without thorough research and/or guidance from an already experienced someone who healthily knows the ins and outs, it can become dangerous.

Extended dry fasting and water fasting (beyond like 48 hours) are the two I've heard the most horror stories from.

I greatly benefited from working directly with someone who had been practicing intermittent and juice fasting for approximately 6-8 years, and who also had been surviving very healthily on a whole foods plant-based vegan diet for most of those years, including eliminating lyme disease symptoms she'd been unsuccessfully trying to resolve allopathically for 12 years..

The only other time I'd ever heard the word fasting, or ever actually heard of someone partaking in a fast, was among those who heavily practice certain religious beliefs that require fasting.

No medical professional ever discussed its potential in helping to heal our bodies...but then I noticed animals naturally fast when they feel ill and then start eating again once they recover...yet we seem to be conditioned to continually feed our dis-ease...ultimately creating more of it.
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Re: Intermittent fasting

You can water fast safely for up to 40 days if you know exactly what you're doing. It's the ultimate cleanse and you'll feel like you've been reborn again.
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Re: Intermittent fasting

In intermittent fasting you normally don't fast for more than 24h usually less. Eg you might fast from breakfast to breakfast or breakfast to dinner in a 12h fast. The 5:2 which is also considered intermittent fasting proposes eating normally for 5 days and having reduced calories eg 600-800 on 2 days.

There's been quite a few studies lately that had mostly positive results if I remember right.

I used to fast fairly regularly when I was younger usually for about 36h (so dinner on let's say Sunday evening, then nothing on Monday till breakfast on Tuesday morning). For a while I did it once a week and it made me feel really good, I also list lots of Weight without the stress and hunger associated with dieting and it doesn't trigger my eating disorders unlike calories restricted diets.

The longest fast I did was 5 days where I had only water and peppermint tea. I was 16 and food never smelled or tasted as good as it did when I started eating again.
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Re: Intermittent fasting

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You can water fast safely for up to 40 days if you know exactly what you're doing. It's the ultimate cleanse and you'll feel like you've been reborn again.

You're right. The bolded part added by me for emphasis.
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Thank you for your post.
I read a few articles and it should increase brain function because your body has a longer period of time to rest and because of eating less calories. Now i'm very curious what kind of effects it have on people with ADD/ADHD.
On the days I fasted the first things to go out the window were always attention and clarity. I rarely felt physically tired it my cognitive abilities definitely suffered. Though maybe it's because I didn't do.it regularly.
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Is fasting really healthy though?

It works well for people who are basically healthy. Not so good in chronic stress states though.

With time it should make you healthier.
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Is fasting really healthy though?
I've already made one comment, but I was meaning to say that there are many activities that are best done intermittently. Exercise-- for instance bursts of high intensity exercise (interval training for aerobic fitness0 or bursts of near capacity weight lifting, work much better than steady, unchanging routines.
It looks like the same applies to diet- and that there is much less insulin resistance with this routine.
The stress system (sympathetic0 is well overactive in us ADHD individuals, and that in itself is a long term risk for obesity, leading to Insulin resistance and diabetes.

Intermittent fasting (which much more closely resembles our ancestral dietary patterns) from hunter gatherer times (99%+ of our evolution) reduces that risk.
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Re: Intermittent fasting

I've fasted for spiritual reasons and it was very satisfying. I have heard about mental clarity after time spent fasting. I don't recall specific things about it as it was a long time ago.
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