Researchers note that intermittent fasting can help people combat obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, illnesses that are risk factors for age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's. Periodic food restriction lowers brain inflammation and protects nerve cells, according to animal studies. It also activates autophagy, a cellular process by which the body breaks down and recycles worn-out cell components. IF promotes the secretion of human growth hormone, which helps preserve lean muscle mass and boost fat burning.
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