Looking Through the Daily Window of Feeding: where less may mean more

One of the most controversial aspects of nutrition is the practice of not eating, at least for a limited or moderate amount of time.  While this has served our species well over the course of evolution, it has always been enforced by seasonal or environmental pressures causing limited food availability and, until more recently, has rarely been self-imposed.  In addition to those benefits observed in humans, improvements in the health of all mammals ever studied have also been observed.  Limited fasting provides the body with an improved immune function, an ability to discard the metabolic clutter that is hindering cellular function, and ways to recycle those aspects of our metabolic hardware that need to be replaced.  These processes require a shortage of calories, carbohydrates, and/or protein to be switched into the “on” position and if we are constantly in a “fed” state we miss out on one of the true physiological feats of evolution. Continue reading