Well, Shut My Mouth…for 24 hours!

by DavalosMcCormack on December 21, 2009

Hey, there’s a new twist on an old idea – and I mean really, really old – that claims you can be healthier in just 24 hours, and all you have to do is keep your mouth shut. Well, not completely, you do need to drink plenty of water. Anyway the idea has been around since Biblical times that a quick short fast or a partial fast is good for you, and will give your digestive system a little rest.

You can think of it as meditation time for your organs because by fasting for this short amount of time, every once in a while, your body will begin to burn stored sugars. This in turn will cause insulin secretion to slow down because less insulin will be needed to digest the food you didn’t eat.

What’s the benefit of that you ask. If you burn up the sugars and decrease insulin, you have less taste for sweets and we all know if we harness that sweet tooth our body fat will decrease too.

The sugars in our body are called glycogen and they are necessary for energy and thinking. However, Dr. Naomi Neufeld of UCLA says we have a store of these sugars throughout our body, so fasting won’t cause a problem and it may even help the body to get a 24 hour rest from eating. The key is to drink lots of water during that 24 hours, to help flush out the toxins that have built up. Drinking fruit juice doesn’t work, because they contain more of the same sugars you are trying to get rid of.
Partial fasting may have beneficial effects on the brain too because there’s good evidence it protects against diseases of aging like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke. There’s also evidence that lowering glucose levels can help prevent diabetes and lower blood pressure, according to Mark Mattson with the National Institute on Aging.

So when Spain’s King Juan Carlos told President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to shut up, he may just have been thinking about his health!

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