Fasting - skipping breakfast - linked to great benefits

August 2, 2019

 

 

A few years ago, in teaching a message on Ecclesiastes 10:16 ("Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!..."), I documented how people, in much of human history (especially in the Bible, and Bible cultures), ate a very late "breakfast" (really a lunch) after rising early.

 

The Wall Street Journal has an article (8-1-19) showing how modern research is, once again, pointing to the great health benefits of fasting (e.g., skipping breakfast). Notice: 

 

"The Fasting Cure Is No Fad - New research is showing the profound benefits - for weight, longevity and fighting disease - of eating only during limited hours...At the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, I’ve employed what’s called intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating, to help patients with an array of chronic conditions. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatism and bowel diseases, as well as pain syndromes such as migraines and osteoarthritis.There are different ways to go about it, but I advise patients to omit either dinner or breakfast, so that they don’t ingest any food for at least 14 hours at a stretch. That makes lunch the most important meal of the day. It also reduces the time spent each day processing food and lengthens the period devoted to cleansing and restoring the body’s cells, both of which have positive health effects.Adopting this technique is not as difficult as it may seem. If you sleep from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., you’ve already fasted for eight hours. Now you only need another six. It’s healthy to avoid eating late in the evening to let your body burn energy from food rather than store it, so if you eat dinner by 7 p.m., that’s another four hours. For breakfast, you can limit yourself to coffee or tea (maybe with a small piece of fruit) and make lunch your first proper meal. By that time, you’re clearly beyond the 14 hours and don’t need to restrain yourself: You can eat until you are full...Fasting also can contribute to brain health and happiness. The neurobiologist Mark Mattson, who retired this year from the National Institutes of Health, has demonstrated in experiments for two decades that nerve growth factors contribute significantly to brain health and positive mood...Test animals in Dr. Mattson’s laboratory that fasted intermittently even showed a significantly lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s...Many of us have heard the saying: 'Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper.' Scientific evidence for the glory of breakfast is scarce, however, and realistically, it’s easier to sustain skipping breakfast than skipping dinner. Instead of breakfast, we should eat lunch like kings...Fasting might even be effective in preventing the recurrence of cancer, as suggested by initial results of an epidemiological study conducted by researchers at the University of California at San Diego, published in 2016 in the journal JAMA Oncology..."

 

God's Word is always centuries (or even thousands of years) ahead of modern research!

 

 

 

 

 

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