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Let’s get real. Not all of us can go for an extended period of time without eating, especially if you suffer from low blood sugar or reactive hypoglycemia. I am definitely one of those individuals. Yet, I am very intrigued with the concept of autophagy that is a primary result of intermittent fasting.
Autophagy is a process which allows the body to break down weakened, damaged, and old cells and their components to recycle them for energy. This process makes room for the production of newer, healthier cells. Think of autophagy as an evolutionary self-preservation by recycling dysfunctional cells and restoring smooth cellular function, which enhances your lifespan.
What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is a way of eating (and not eating) which has become popular over the past few years. That’s because when done correctly, fasting is incredibly effective for weight loss, and improving immune health. The benefits of fasting also include better digestion, longevity, stress resistance, and increased glutathione levels. Regular intermittent fasting can also lower the incidence of diseases, including cancer and obesity. And intermittent fasting flushes accumulated toxins from your body on a cellular level, which helps combat the effects of aging.
Studies show that eating within 6 hours and fasting for 18 hours can trigger a metabolic switch from glucose-based to ketone-based energy. Even during a short-term fast, your body turns to fats for fuel, boosting your intestinal stem cell function because of the strong connection between your intestines and your immune system. According to MIT researchers, this one dietary change is enough to reverse age-related stem cell decline!
So how do I make intermittent fasting work for me, a lifelong hypoglycemic?
It’s simple. I supercharge the intermittent fasting non-eating times by adding a scoop of the purest, most bioavailable protein on the planet, Fat Flush Whey Protein, which is a premier detox powerhouse.
It has all the necessary precursors to making the master antioxidant glutathione, which assists in the body’s detoxification pathways and helps reduce oxidative stress and cell damage. Not only does it help with my detoxification, it also increases my metabolism by a whopping 25%!
During the fasting hours, I simply take a scoop of the protein powder in water (I don’t make it into a smoothie), which gets me through an additional four hours without any hunger or blood sugar dips. And it also allows me to go for a longer period of time without eating because it stabilizes my blood sugar levels which is one of the downfalls of intermittent fasting.
Another reason I like to include whey protein in my intermittent fasting protocol is because after the age of forty, we can lose up to 6 pounds of muscle every ten years. Sarcopenia, or age-related muscle loss, is a common, reversible condition. Lack of adequate protein (as well as lack of exercise) is primarily the reason our muscle mass decreases. So it is critically important to make protein a priority as we age and adding a scoop of 20 grams of Fat Flush Whey Protein makes it easy to ensure we are getting the protein we need on a daily basis.
This simple hack has worked very well for me. And I know it will work for you if you want all the benefits of fasting without the blood sugar lows and hunger pangs setting in. Intermittent fasting with the inclusion of whey protein also allows our body to repair and regenerate itself from a cellular level. So what’s not to love about that?
What I also really appreciate about intermittent fasting is that it is quite adaptable because it doesn’t have to be done every day to see positive results. Doing it for just 2-3 times per week will show improvement, but obviously, if you can do more, you will find healthy results more quickly. Fat Flush Whey Protein makes that possible and oh, so much more palatable.