Does fasting develop new neurons?

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Does fasting develop new neurons?

Postby SarathW » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:42 am

Michael Mosley discuss how fasting help to create new neurons. Very interestin documentary.

Eat, fast and live longer with Michael Mosley.


http://video.pbs.org/video/2363162206

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Re: Does fasting develop new neurons?

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:38 pm

Yes, I was watching the documentary on TV tonight.
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Re: Does fasting develop new neurons?

Postby SarathW » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:45 pm

I was trying to fast for many years without much success. Technically I have never fast in my life.
Now I am more convinced and reason to do it. I have no doubt that fasting will improve my health and perhaps intelligence.
This is the reason I like science :idea: which gives an extra boost to my faith in Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.

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Re: Does fasting develop new neurons?

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:35 am

I think its an interesting idea. There seems to be other health benefits of intermittant fasting which are also encouraging.
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Re: Does fasting develop new neurons?

Postby cooran » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:47 am

Just watched the video. Very interesting - probably worth a try.

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Re: Does fasting develop new neurons?

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:11 am

cooran wrote:Just watched the video. Very interesting - probably worth a try.

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Ah yes, but I still reserve the right to eat icecream while watching "The Biggest Loser"!!
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Re: Does fasting develop new neurons?

Postby corrine » Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:12 pm

Just a personal observation. Way back when, in my twenties when I was doing a macrobiotic diet, I did a thirty day water and juice fast. After the fast I developed several issues that the doc said were a result of the fast. My metabolism sank like a rock - from then I cannot eat more than 1200 calories a day without gaining weight - doc said the fast made my metabolism super efficient because it had gone into starvation mode. And I developed some severe digestive issues that lasted for a very long time. I might add that I did the fast for health, not spiritual, reasons. I would not do it again. I did not see any positive results, from a health perspective. I have done shorter fasts for spiritual reasons, without obvious health problems resulting.

That is just what happened to me. I eat carefully and healthy now. I am lacto vegetarian, emphasis on organic fruits and veg and whole grains. I eat three times a day as I tend to develop very low blood sugar and faint if I go more than a certain number of hours without eating. Maybe because I am old.

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