Extraordinary claims have been made about fasting, from cancer and cardiovascular diseases prevention to increasing lifespan… What does science have to say about this?
Fasting refers to the willful restriction of calories for periods going from 12 hours to 3 weeks (2), is commonly practised in many cultures such as during Ramadan, during which individuals fast, pray and reflect during the day and feast after the sunset. In animals, fasting correlates with impressive benefits, going from increased lifespan, fat loss, muscle gain, improved insulin resistance and improved brain health (2). …
The bacteria in our gut contribute are key regulators of health and disease… But what is the gut microbiome, and how does it impact us?
In 2016, an article in Harvard Health stated that “In many ways, your gut bacteria are as vast and mysterious as the Milky Way. About 100 trillion bacteria, both good and bad, live inside your digestive system. Collectively, they’re known as the gut microbiota. Science has begun to look more closely at how this enormous system of organisms influences — and even improves — health conditions, from heart disease to arthritis to cancer” (2)…
I’m a student researcher (MSc) in cardiovascular physiology at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.