There has been a lot of talk lately about the benefits of intermittent fasting, Chinese medicine would agree. In acupuncture school while learning about nutrition from a Chinese medicine perspective we actually were taught techniques of fasting. Intermittent fasting is a gentler version of not eating at all which is what many people consider fasting to be. There are many ways to intermittently fast and you can look online and try one are more that appeals to you. My favorite is really quite easy. It is just taking 1 or more days a week (I recommend starting out with only 1 or 2 a week) and eating a light and early dinner (emphasis on the early) and eating a late breakfast the next morning. So if you usually eat dinner at 7, move it to 5 or even 4. If breakfast is usually 8 move it to 9 or 10. That's it. I prefer to do the fast after dinner and overnight because it's more beneficial to let the digestion rest while you are sleeping, plus its just easier to do most of the fast while you are asleep. I won't go into all the benefits here but one of the best is that it seems to really cut inflammation levels, which of course is on its own enough of a reason to do it.
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Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond