1. Your Body Is Unique
We are all biologically and genetically unique and we are all impacted by a myriad and diverse range of life experiences and exposures. Two individuals can suffer similar life obstacles such as – trauma as a child, or exposure to something toxic at work – yet respond distinctly different from one another. The same applies to a new diet for example – one individual will feel amazing and the other will feel worse than before.
Whatever the trend is, you’ll hear about all the benefits, so much hype, the influencer you love does it and they seem to be happy and healthy. Yet the one relevant question doesn’t get asked. Is it right for YOU?
Another question we should ask is does it really work for them or are they just paid to say so? Many of these images are photoshopped or the influencers are actually unwell but hide this from the public. Never take a snapshot and think it’s reality. Health is a process and not an event.
Let’s look at intermittent fasting for a moment. Intermittent fasting, also known as time-restricted eating or cyclic fasting, simply means eating at certain times and allowing the body to rest for 12-18 hours. Among it’s benefits, studies show that correctly executed intermittent fasting diets can support healthy immune function, improve insulin levels and insulin resistance, improve blood glucose levels, stabilise cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, normalise hormones such as leptin – a hormone which decreases your appetite… sounds to good to be true!
Well, it might be. Intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone as fasting can actually cause too much stress on your body, which in turn may lower thyroid functioning, cause leptin resistance or overstimulate cortisol. For some of you it might be the ideal solution and for others it can be the cause of disease.
While there isn’t usually any harm in trying out new things, you need to be conscious and observant on how your body responds. What might work for someone could cause more harm for yourself.