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If you’ve been thinking about trying out intermittent fasting but aren’t quite sure if it will work for you – fear not! Because intermittent fasting does in fact change your menstrual cycle. The science behind what happens when you fast is still rather unclear and the implications of this are far-reaching.
What is known is that if you practice intermittent fasting (aka “fasting” for brief periods of time each day) consistently over a period of time, your body eventually adapts to burning calories through a process called “cellular response drinking.” This means that your body naturally burns off excess fluid during low-calorie meals, thereby making these eating intervals less common.
In fact, because your body was able to burn off excess fluidified blood as it ate during the fasted periods, which would otherwise have accumulated due to menstruation, this resulted in a prolonged period being eliminated.
What does intermittent fasting do to your period?
A period is a biological cycle that occurs in women. This is what happens when a woman’s body produces estrogen and a natural hormone called “ progesterone” at the same time as it is carrying out other functions such as laying-off breast tissue and preparing the body for childbirth. Your period is a normal and physiological part of your cycle.
It is not a sign of disease or illness. However, your period can change your life. It’s normal to feel nervous, excited, or frustrated during your period. This is part of the change that happens during your cycle.
What are the benefits of intermittent fasting for women?
Here are some of the benefits of intermittent fasting for women ; increased focus and clarity, improved mental clarity, reduction in risk of developing high blood pressure, increased metabolism, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of certain cancers, increased energy, reduced risk of high cholesterol and less likely to develop insulin resistance.
Does intermittent fasting actually work for women?
This is a really hard one to answer because there is really no concrete evidence that proves that intermittent fasting works for anyone. There are many websites and books that claim to show that intermittent fasting works for many conditions like cancer, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and even liver disease.
But there are no long-term studies that prove that. Nevertheless, there are some positive anecdotes and case studies about people who have used intermittent fasting to achieve some of these benefits. You can find them in the “benefits” section below.
The downsides of fasting for women
Here are the main downsides of intermittent fasting for women ; increased heart rate and stress, lower sex drive, lack of concentration, weight gain, increased risk of developing high blood pressure, increased risk of certain cancers, increased risk of heart disease, less muscle mass, increased risk of certain chronic diseases, and increased risk of early death.
How to intermittent fast for women
There are many intermittent fasting variations out there. The most popular one is the “5:2” diet, where you eat normally for five days and then for two days you eat a “fasting” diet – consisting of only water and a “lightly flavoured” drink. You can also do the “8:1” diet where you eat only on the “fasting” day and alternate eating normal food on the other days. There are even special “Alternate Day Fasting” diets that let you fast on one day and eat normal food the next.
Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight, improve your health, and increase energy levels. It can also help you lose your period and get a healthier womb. Although, the benefits definitely outweigh the risks and you should only use intermittent fasting as a last resort because of that, so proceed with caution.
However, if you think that intermittent fasting could work for you and your cycle, there are a few things you can do to make sure it happens. Make sure you’re hydrated and eating a balanced, healthy diet.
Consume natural, healthy fats instead of refined, processed foods. Sleep enough hours during your daytime hours so that you’re not too fatigued for the next day. And last but not least, don’t smoke while you’re on a fast.