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Have you ever wondered why your doctor asks you to fast before a blood test? While fasting, your body can lower its glucose and insulin levels, improve its blood pressure and rate, and improve lipid levels [*]. Fasting has been shown to slow or prevent the onset of many diseases, from cardiovascular to respiratory. For example, in one study individuals with asthma who experimented with intermittent fasting not only lost weight, but showed improved symptoms of their asthma[*].
It seems intermittent fasting can help your mind as well as your body. Fasting has been shown to help improve memory your memory, reduce oxidative stress, and preserve learning function[*]. Some researchers believe that because humans went thousands of years where food was not readily available, they adapted to function at a high-level (both mentally and physically) while in a food-deprived state[*].
Most religions employ fasting as a means of spiritual purification and showing devotion to God. Different religions prescribe different forms of fasts. For instance, in the Catholic faith, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday are obligatory fast days. In Hinduism, fasting is done on certain days such as “karva chauth”. Similarly, Islam employs fasting in the month of Ramadan from sunrise to sunset which involves abstinence from food, drink, sex and smoking during the 30-day fast.
Physiologically, calorie restriction has been shown in animals to increase lifespan and improve tolerance to various metabolic stresses in the body. [4] Although the evidence for caloric restriction in animal studies is strong, there is less convincing evidence in human studies. Proponents of the diet believe that the stress of intermittent fasting causes an immune response that repairs cells and produces positive metabolic changes (reduction in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, fat mass, blood glucose). [3,5] An understandable concern of this diet is that followers will overeat on non-fasting days to compensate for calories lost during fasting. However, studies have not shown this to be true when compared with other weight loss methods. [5]
Restricting calories by eating less food, and changing the types of foods that one is eating, are methods that people usually use to achieve weight loss.  While these methods may work for many, they can frequently leave others feeling hungry, frustrated, and ultimately at the same (or sometimes even higher) weight.  Another method of eating, called intermittent fasting, has been getting a lot of attention in the past several years.  Not only are people using this technique for body fat trimming, but also for mental stimulation, anti-aging effects, anti-cancer effects, even spiritual enlightenment, and more.
But the psychological or spiritual effect can't be discounted, says Dillard. "People love the idea of cleansing, of purification rituals, going to the Ganges, to the spa. It has powerful psychological, religious, spiritual meaning. That has its own positive effect on health. But we need to separate that from saying this is science or good medicine."
Have you ever wondered why your doctor asks you to fast before a blood test? While fasting, your body can lower its glucose and insulin levels, improve its blood pressure and rate, and improve lipid levels [*]. Fasting has been shown to slow or prevent the onset of many diseases, from cardiovascular to respiratory. For example, in one study individuals with asthma who experimented with intermittent fasting not only lost weight, but showed improved symptoms of their asthma[*].
Having trouble finding an affordable pinot noir? Blame Hollywood! According to economists, the 2004 movie Sideways completely reversed the wine’s falling price, with the most dramatic increase in $20 to $40 wines. Also contributing to the hype: Multiple studies have demonstrated that pinot noir consistently contain the highest levels of resveratrol among wines— and resveratrol has been shown to blast fat. One study found that pinot had more than five times the amount found in California cabernet sauvignon.
The SHRED Power Cleanse If you have two weeks to commit, this program by Dr. Ian a great one to consider. Why? Because it's filled with whole, nutritious, fiber-rich foods, a common sense approach to eating and an exercise program that is based on smart science. It is not designed to be a weight loss program, but you're likely to lose weight while you're on it. And during the program, you learn healthy lifestyle habits (like planning ahead and journaling) that you can use for long-term weight loss and weight maintenance. 
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