How to Avoid Losing Your Period When You Intermittently Fast
Have you heard of intermittent fasting? It's when you skip meals or eat on a strict schedule. Doctors are discovering that it's actually healthy for you. But, you need to be careful if you're female – drastic intermittent fasting can make you lose your period!
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is when you starve yourself for repeating periods of time. Skipping lunch everyday is a form of intermittent fasting, for example.
There are many types and variations of intermittent fasting. One is the Indonesian Obsessive Corbuzier's Diet (OCD Diet). Here you're only allowed to eat during set intervals, like only eating every six or eight hours. Many juice detox diets incorporate intermittent fasting too – like the Werewolf diet.
Is Intermittent Fasting Healthy?
Many religions impose intermittent fasting. The religions of the Middle East have many revered days when believers' diets are restricted. These days are considered holy and supposedly bring believers closer to their deity. Does science back religion up here?
Yes! Studies show that fasting lowers disease factors, like lowering inflammation and blood pressure. It also lowers the amount of free radicals in your body, which are responsible for causing chronic diseases. They also found it preserves memory and learning functions.
Why? Scientists found that intermittent fasting has a similar effect on your cells as vigorous exercising -- in terms of stress. When you intermittently fast, your body reacts the same as after you work out. It's far-fetched to say that intermittently fasting is like exercising, but you do get some of the same benefits. For example, participants with moderate asthma lost about 10 percent of their extra weight and had an improvement in their symptoms after intermittently fasting for eight weeks.
Other studies discovered that intermittent fasting makes you live longer and protects you from cancer and heart disease. They've even found it boosts your metabolism!
Women's Health and Intermittent Fasting
If you're female, intermittent fasting can harm your health if you do it wrong. Studies show that female athletes with low body fat levels who weren't eating enough calories experienced abnormal menstrual cycles. Some of them stopped getting periods altogether!
Follow this golden rule: Don't starve yourself! Research shows you need to keep a level of 22 percent body fat to stay healthy and keep your menstrual cycle normal. You can skip meals a few days a week, but don't go overboard!
Intermittent fasting can give you some of the benefits of exercising. It can also be a fulfilling spiritual practice. But, don't overdo it – you could mess with your monthly cycles!