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To improve brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s Disease… stop eating?

It may sound counterintuitive, but intermittent fasting offers a number of benefits to brain health, according to Expert MRI’s own Dr. Sana Khan in a recent article written for Brain Health Magazine.

“We have been told that nutrition is important to brain function and health… and it certainly is,” says Dr. Khan. “But there are also many benefits to fasting, and it should be considered as part of a good and healthy brain diet.”

Khan asserts that a process called “metabolic switching” occurs when we go for prolonged periods of time without eating. It forces the body to use its stored glucose, fatty acids and ketone bodies for energy, which effectively prevents high blood sugar, reduces blood pressure, reduces inflammation, generates new brain cells and improves resistance to brain injury and disease.

“There is now sufficient body of research and clinical evidence to show a correlation between intermittent fasting and brain health,” Khan adds. “While we are not sure of all the reasons why this occurs, fasting appears to enhance the ability of nerve cell networks to control their activity. This results in improved brain function and may keep neurodegenerative diseases at bay.”

According to research, fasting kick-starts a process to clean and detoxify the brain, as well as rid itself of damaged cells. This process—called autophagy—results in an extra boost in energy and brain power. Research has also shown a link between problems with autophagy and Alzheimer’s disease, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other brain disorders.

To read the full article, click here.