Intermittent Fasting and Cognition

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Intermittent Fasting and Cognition 🍽 & 🧠

Intermittent Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years by many cultures. Usually, it’s done for medicinal purposes, as Hippocrates said: “To eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”

Socrates and Plato would routinely fast for 7-10 days to gain physical and mental sharpness.

Benjamin Franklin said: “The best of all medicines is rest and fasting,” and “To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.”

Mark Twain wrote in his book Appetite Cure how he discovered fasting and stuck with it because of the improvements in his health, digestion and mental clarity.

What does the science really say about intermittent fasting and cognitive functioning?

When in a fasted state, your physiology goes through several adaptations:

🔶 Human growth hormone skyrockets, which builds muscle, burns fat and maintains the youthfulness of the entire organism.

🔶 You raise norepinephrine and cortisol, which will hone your alertness and make you more focused. It puts you into hunting mode.

🔶 The liver will start producing ketone bodies, which are a much better fuel source for the brain than glucose.

🔶 IF increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which increases the resistance of neurons to dysfunction and degeneration.

🔶 You trigger autophagy, which is a metabolic pathway responsible for cellular detox and repair. Even just a short fast has an effect on the brain’s neuronal autophagy.

Why is this relevant?

🔷 Taking care of your brain’s health is essential for increasing longevity and promoting every cognitive function.

🔷 You have to reduce inflammation throughout the body, especially the gut because your microbiome directly affects your mood and thinking. (BRAINFOG 😱😱)

🔷 You have to protect yourself against neurodegeneration. Treasure your brain cells and don’t get Alzheimer’s.

🔷 You want to promote neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells.

Digestion and Cognition

Have you ever went into a “food coma”? You eat lunch and the only thing that could prevent you from passing out on the floor is a large shot of espresso or running away from a lion or tyger. 🏃‍♂️🐅

♦️Eating stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the “rest and digest” mode. Digestion requires a lot of energy. Absorbing the nutrients from food itself burns some calories. Because calories are a whole lot more important for survival than cognition, it’s much higher on the list of priorities for the body.

Eating and digestion take away energy from the brain. It’s only after you’ve absorbed the nutrients and shuttled them into the blood stream, you’ll be able to use those calories for cognitive functioning.

Does intermittent fasting make you smarter? 🤔

Not directly. Even though it improves the brain and cognitive functioning, it’s not enough to actually become more intelligent. You can have the most magnificent brain cells, but the magic isn’t as much in the hardware as in how you use it. 

But still… Intermittent fasting facilitates a better environment for neurogenesis and increases the capacity for intelligence, the ability to focus and it stimulates creativity as well.

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