Boost Your Brain Power - What I'm gonna tell you today is that fasting does good things for the brain. One thing that happens when you fast that does not happen when you eat three meals a day is that your energy metabolism shifts so that you start burning fats. And you produce what are called ketone bodies. Now it turns out, ketone bodies are very good for your brain and I'll talk about that in a minute. So what do I mean by intermittent fasting or intermittent energy restriction?
Why Does Fasting Booster Brain Power?
Fasting is a challenge to your brain and your brain responds to that challenge of not having food by activating adaptive stress response pathways that help your brain cope with stress and resist disease. Why is it that way?. Well, if you're hungry and haven't found food, you better figure out how to find food. You don't want your brain to shut down and in fact, that's what we find in the animals - nerve cells circuits are more active. Some of the changes in the brain that occur with intermittent fasting also occur with vigorous exercise.
Exercise and Intermittent Fasting
Exercise and intermittent fasting both increase the production of proteins in the brain that are called Neurotrophic Factors. We found that these neurotrophic factors such as FGF and one called BDNF, brain derived neurotrophic factor, promote the growth of neurons, promote the connection of neurons and strengthening of the synapses. Recently we discovered that fasting by increasing BDNF levels in the brain, this neurotrophic factor, can increase the number of mitochondria in your nerve cells. I mentioned ketones which come from burning fat and that happens during fasting. We're doing.