Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years, documented as far back as the ancient Greeks, with Pluto saying “I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.” Natural practices are vital to the future of human health and more people are rediscovering the power of ancient traditions and natural remedies which can help us to live healthy and happy lives. As such, fasting has recently been restored as a popular method to help lose weight and improve health for the body, heart and brain.
In recent years, scientists across the world have been carrying out research into the benefits of intermittent fasting. Clinical studies have found it to be an effective weight management strategy and although it is not considered to be more beneficial than other calorie restricted diets, it is thought to be easier to stick to. It is important to remember, however, that intermittent fasting is not implemented solely for weight-loss, but also for its vast range of health benefits which we will explore in more depth here.
Intermittent fasting is a deliberate eating cycle that includes a period of fasting, most typically between 12 and 16 hours.
Don’t be put off by the word “fasting.” Think about the fact that you are already fasting while you sleep. And if you don’t eat after dinner, you may already be fasting for around 10-12 hours anyway as part of your normal day.
So it is really not that hard to add a few more hours to your natural sleep fasting in order to reap the benefits.
Add Matcha into the mix
Matcha green tea contains a concentrated number of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds, much higher than regular green tea, which have multiple benefits to your health.
Many people are now incorporating a Matcha drink into their cycle to enjoy during their fasting period. Matcha does not break the fast as it has a low enough calorie content to be negligible and as such does not reignite your metabolism.
More so, it has actually been shown to increase the effectiveness of all the benefits of intermittent fasting.
The perfect couple
With their powers combined, you get a double whammy impact of benefits to your health.
Easy peasy weight loss helpers.
With intermittent fasting,not only will you likely be eating fewer calories because of a longer fasting period, but your body’s cells are under mild stress. So your body begins to release stores of energy and results in weight loss since your body is using more calories than it’s taking in.
Matcha The catachins in Green tea exert a thermogenic effect which means they help speed up your metabolism and drive fat burning processes within the body making Matcha a valuable aid in weight loss.
IMPROVED HEART HEALTH
Full of love in the heart.
Intermittent fasting can lead to a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol, all contributing factors in maintaining cardiovascular health.
Matcha green tea also reduces levels of cholesterol and prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol, which helps to decrease these heart disease risk factors.
IMPROVED BRAIN HEALTH
What is good for the body and heart is good for the brain.
Intermittent fasting can suppress inflammation in the brain and may also increase growth of new neurons, helping to protect against diseases like Parkinson’s and brain-damage from strokes.
Also, when you fast, a process is triggered to start the breakdown and removal of waste from cells. This process can help protect the brain against diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Matcha contains caffeine, which helps to enhance brain function; with improvements in attention, reaction time and memory.
It also contains L-theanine, which increases alpha wave activity, helping to induce relaxation and decreased stress levels. It also helps to avoid the crash in energy associated with caffeine on its own.
REDUCED RISK OF DISEASE
Fighting friends out to defend you.
Intermittent fasting leads to changes in metabolism, and research suggests that this can help fight diseases. It is thought that fasting creates an environment in the body that deprives the diseased cells of nutrients, thus reducing their ability to adapt and survive.
Matcha is very high in antioxidants, these disease fighting heroes mop up free-radicals, the unstable atoms in our bodies which can cause damage to our cells and are thought to cause many major diseases.
REDUCING CHRONIC DISEASE
Live long and healthy.
Intermittent fasting has become very popular among the anti-aging crowd. It is thought to enhance the body’s resistance to oxidative stress, reducing damage and inflammation in the body, helping against aging and many chronic diseases.
Matcha’s concentrated number of antioxidants may reduce cell damage and early signs of aging.
Who Does it Benefit?
Intermittent fasting is most popular with, and has most direct advantages for, those aiming to lose weight.
The advantage of including Matcha with Intermittent fasting is that it can help suppress hunger and still deliver nutrients to the body during the fasting period. It also gives you that sustained energy boost to keep you going until the fasting period is over.
Take Care of yourself
All in all, studies suggest that you are going to be healthier and live longer with either Matcha or Intermittent fasting, on their own or as a compatible pair.
Always remember to approach any new change in your life and diet with caution. Both intermittent fasting and Matcha green tea are generally safe to implement for most people. But if you have any doubts about your health or whether something is right for you, speak to your healthcare provider or dietitian.