The Daily Five with Top 5 Reasons to Fast with Dr Will Cole

Dr. Will Cole – a leading functional-medicine expert and New York Times-bestselling author – specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems.

Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional-medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is a health expert and course instructor for the world’s largest wellness brands, such as mindbodygreen and goop. Dr. Cole advises people around the world via webcam and locally at his offices in Pittsburgh. Today, he is joining us at Daily Five to give us his top 5 reasons to fast.

1 Increased energy

Intermittent fasting puts your body into ketosis, which means you start burning fat for fuel instead of sugar. As an added energy benefit, a state of ketosis develops an additional and more efficient energy source: ketones.

2 Simplicity

If you're only eating between 6-12 hours per day, life becomes simpler as you're thinking about and prepping less meals. In most cases, intermittent fasting doesn't mean you're eating less calories, but more calories per meal.

3 Digestive siesta

When you are constantly eating throughout the day, your digestion isn’t given much of a break. Talk about burn out. But fasting gives our gut the rest it is craving. And not only that, fasting works to repair your gut at the very cellular level. Think of fasting as a digestive siesta.

4 Mood control

Studies have shown that fasting can have antidepressant effects, which may be explained by an increase tryptophan, serotonin and, endorphins (which are two important feel-good chemicals in the brain), and BDNF, which is one of the factors involved in the activity of antidepressants. Achieving more metabolic flexibility can help reduce blood sugar ups and downs, which can cause shakiness, crankiness, and “hanger.”

5 Food freedom

Once you’ve established metabolic flexibility, everything changes. Healthy eating becomes more effortless, intuitive, and you don’t have to think about food all the time.

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