My Experience of a 30hr Fast! How Might it Impact Alzheimer’s Disease?

We know there are so many factors in our health that we can’t control. At the same time, we know that lifestyle plays a huge role in the health of our bodies and brains. Let’s take a look at how intermittent fasting might play a role in Alzheimer’s prevention. 

Perhaps you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Or maybe you are just wanting to do everything you can to preventatively boost your brain health. If you’re interested in exploring Alzheimer’s and dementia research, this article is for you! 

Evidence-based care is a huge priority for us at Bay View Assisted Living in Point Loma (as well as at our sister sites, Mesa View Senior Assisted Living and Harbor View Senior Assisted Living) and we hope you will appreciate diving into the research with us! 

What Do I Love about Intermittent Fasting?

I am currently 26 hours into a 30 hour fast! I have done 24 hour fast regularly but never one this long. At the 24 hour mark, I started to feel a little shaky and fatigued, but so far, it’s nothing that I can’t power through!

Why would I do this to myself, you might ask? Is it healthy to deprive yourself of all food, even foods that are good for you? There is a TON of research coming out about the benefits of intermittent fasting for cellular regeneration and to reduce inflammation in the body. 

On a personal level, I feel like fasting helps me become more aware of my hunger cues (ie: being able to identify when I’m actually hungry, not just wanting to eat because I’m bored or it’s 12 o’clock and time for lunch). Plus that first meal after a fast just tastes AMAZING! 

Basics of Intermittent Fasting For Brain Health 

If you are interested in health research, you’ve no doubt seen all of the articles in the last few years about intermittent fasting. Let’s look at how you go about intermittent fasting and what its connection might be to brain health, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

  • How to Intermittent Fast: The basics – pick a window of the time (minimum 16 hours to get health benefits) and don’t consume any calories during that time! Make sure to drink plenty of water and keep your electrolytes in balance. Though some articles suggest that you get the same cellular regenerative benefits of intermittent fasting if you eat under 50 calories in your fasting window, most of the research would say to consume no calories at all during your fast for it to have maximum benefits.
  • Neurodegenerative Disease: Animal studies of intermittent fasting have habitually indicated neurodegenerative disease modifying benefits. Research on animals shows that intermittent fasting enhances cognition in a variety of areas of learning and memory.
  • Brain Inflammation: Animal studies also indicate that intermittent fasting reduces brain inflammation. There is emerging evidence that intermittent fasting can postpone the onset and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in animal models. As more testing is done with human studies in the coming years, we’ll get a clearer picture of just how impactful this health trend might be on cognitive health. 

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