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What You Should Know About CBD & Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a very popular way of staying in shape. Here’s how CBD can help that process. 

Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular ways to stay in shape right now, most of it due to the fact that it’s an easy method to follow. When fasting, all you have to do is spend 16 hours or more without eating; you set your schedule according to your demands and have free rein to eat whatever you want. Of course, the healthier you eat, the better your results. Still, sixteen hours is sixteen hours, and the fatigue and cravings for meals can make even the strongest-willed people break their fast. Here’s where CBD comes in. 

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Before diving into the reasons why CBD’s capabilities might make for better fasts and might help manage people’s hunger, it’s important to understand what the fasting process is about and why it’s been so embraced as of late. 

We’ll focus on the most popular and common methods: the 18/6, 16/8, and Eat-Stop-Eat. In the first method, 18 represents the hours spent fasting, and 6 represents your eating window. By following the 18/6 you’ll spend 18 hours fasting and have a window of 6 hours to get your necessary calories. The 16/8 is the same thing, with slightly different windows for each. For some people, this method works perfectly since all they have to do is avoid snacks past their bedtime and either skip breakfast or eat it later in the morning. 

For those who are stronger willed, there’s the Eat-Stop-Eat method, which is a little more extreme, increasing the amount of time you spend fasting and the amount of time you have to eat. People can spend 24 hours without eating, only ingesting liquids without calories, like coffee and tea, and then have a day to eat with no limitations. Then they get back to fasting and so on and so forth. This method produces more effective intermittent fasting results, preserving lean muscle mass, promoting hormone levels and cutting calories. 

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Intermittent fasting is built upon the knowledge that once the body spends over 16 hours without eating, it automatically begins to break down fat as a replacement for glucose. This is a process called ketosis. Aside from burning fat, ketosis also makes your body work harder to repair damaged DNA and replace old cells, some of which have been correlated with Alzheimer’s disease. There’s a lot of promise for fasting and a lot of good stuff associated with it. 

According to CBD Clinicals, CBD can enhance the fasting process by reducing your appetite, contributing with hormone regulation, fighting inflammation and even preventing diabetes. While THC is known for increasing people’s hunger, CBD doesn’t share these same capabilities. Most of the time, people eat when they’re bored or anxious; CBD makes for a good option for these types of people, keeping their brains focused and relaxed and preventing snacking. 

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CBD also boosts the health capabilities of fasting, producing larger and more impacting results. CBD can be consumed as oils, topicals or capsules while fasting – as long as these don’t have calories – or as edibles once people have broken their fasts. 

While there’s no studies that prove that CBD oil makes for better fasts, the evidence that exists suggests that it might help people who have a hard time wrapping their heads around such a long period of time spent without eating. In any case, it sounds like a good supplement if you’re looking to give intermittent fasting a shot.

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