Ramadan and dawn to dusk fasting

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It’s intermittent fasting but done during a different time scale. During Ramadan Muslims eat a meal before dawn, called suhoor, and eat a meal again after sunset, called iftar. In essence they have two fasting cycles. One while they sleep and the other during the middle of the day. This is similar to a 20:4 or 22:2 cycle for fasting depending on how long their time is for eating their meals.

I think this shows more and more that the advice we’ve been given for so long regarding eating multiple meals a day is wrong. We are animals at our core and our bodies are designed to eat as we would if we were not civilized. That means most of the time we would not be eating. Wild animals don’t have refrigerators and pantries stocked with food. They have to catch, kill, and/or find what they need to eat.

The timing of these two meals and the fast itself may hold the key to a healthier life, said Mindikoglu, who is board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.

The study, led by Mindikoglu, found that dawn-to-sunset fasting was associated with proteins protective against cancer, as well as obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammation and some neurological disorders.

“Intermittent fasting has become very popular in the treatment of many chronic diseases, including cancer,” said Mindikoglu, who began designing the research in 2014.

houstonchronicle.com

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