There has been a lot of information on Intermittent fasting in the last couple of years. It has been fulfilling and exciting to see many people all over the world, getting exposed to Intermittent fasting and all of its benefits.
Intermittent fasting has a whole lot of benefits that are much deeper than being able to lose weight or reduce blood sugar levels. Studies have already shown that Intermittent fasting reduces inflammation, increases autophagy, and can even reverse type 2 diabetes.
These are just the already known benefits of Intermittent fasting. As the days go by and more research is dedicated to understanding how Intermittent fasting helps us develop the body we need, more benefits are discovered.
Intermittent Fasting For Hormones
One new benefit of Intermittent fasting has come to light, and it is centered on how Intermittent fasting affects our hormones. We get so focused on how we can wield intermittent fasting as a weight-loss tool that we forget that there are other things we need to look out for.
Intermittent fasting isn’t just a weight-loss tool; it’s a lifestyle that can transform our lives when done wholesomely.
Be sure to keep reading because some of the information I’ll be sharing in this article might be the key to understanding what you need to tweak in your intermittent fasting routine to get optimal results.
Hormones are essential proteins in our body because they activate most if not all of our body processes. So, that means autophagy, inflammation, and blood sugar regulation are all under hormonal commands. Knowing this, it makes a whole lot of sense to control other processes by regulating your hormones.
The 6 Hormones You Want To Consider
Six hormones in the body affect the bulk of our body processes, and they are in the order of importance,
These hormones are arranged in the right hormonal hierarchy. Oxytocin has a noticeable reduction effect on cortisol, while cortisol affects insulin and so on.
Oxytocin is the happiness hormone secreted when we feel loved or happy, while cortisol is the stress hormone. Increased oxytocin means reduced cortisol. Cortisol also affects the blood sugar-regulating hormone known as insulin. High stress levels impair food absorption in the body and increase blood sugar levels. Increased or reduced insulin levels can affect estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. It’s almost like a chain reaction.
So How Do You Control It?
Many people complain that they are intermittently fasting and following the keto-biotic diet but aren’t seeing results. That’s because your hormones are out of sync and messing up your results.
With intermittent fasting, you can regulate all of your body processes by regulating these six hormones. While fasting, don’t worry about results like losing weight. Treat Intermittent fasting as a lifestyle change and try as much as possible to keep your oxytocin levels up.
Play with your pets, watch a comedy, give and receive hugs from your loved ones. Whatever you do, be happy so that your cortisol levels would drop. Only then will you see the changes you want to experience.
For estrogen and progesterone, know when and how to fast based on your cycle. Women are sensitive to fasting, so you have to watch how much and when you fast within their cycle.
Intermittent fasting can give us a better grip on our hormones and help us meet our goals for fasting in the first place.