so if you have been doing insulin
fasting just for a few weeks maybe a few days or a few years and you definitely
know that it has some pretty profound cognitive benefits right you may be
finding that you’re doing much more work you’re more productive I have some
mental clarity that you lacked before and in general you feel better
psychologically so in today’s video I’m gonna speak about three ways in Simon
fasting actually does directly impact your cognitive health so the human brain
is really susceptible to oxidative damage and when you have too many
reactive oxygen species that can cause some big problems for the brain enzmann
fasting reduces oxidative damage in the brain right and thus is really good for
the brain similar to how certain foods such as blueberries are tied in to being
important for brain health because that may be because of very high
in antioxidants right which help reduce and ameliorate oxidative damage
um so reducing oxidative damage reducing these reactive oxygen species is super
important intermittent fasting seems to do that it doesn’t mean that you have to
do intermittent fasting to do this like I said certain foods have a lot of
antioxidants and foods are very healthy for you exercise not smoking these are
all examples of ways you can reduce these reactive oxygen species and you
can do that without intamin fasting but it certainly helps just because of its
simplicity and I mean it’s quite fun to do as well if you ask me at least um so
the next way the second way you can help improve your brain through intimate
fasting is through increasing your trophic factor right brain derived
neurotrophic factor or BDNF this basically is a protein encoded by the
BDNF gene which helps to increase neurogenesis or the growth of new brain
cells it’s quite important for memory for short and especially long-term
memory and it increases through a number of different ways in the body such as
even like sunlight exposure has been shown to do that exercise particularly
cardiovascular exercise our cold exposure and temperatures have been
shown to have an effect on that but many voluntary discomforts and hormetic
stressors seem to have a positive effect on increasing BDNF and fasting really
does increase speed enough quite a lot especially
you do prolonged fasts you’re fasting over 24 48 72 hours so that’s another
way how sentiment fasting can increase brain power by a more BDNF is generally
linked to more intelligence more lessen symptoms of depression hence why
antidepressants work on increasing form of BDNF so the third way is going to be
by hell intamin fussing increases Auto Fuji auto Fuji is like the self eating
and self recycling process in the body units that’s quite a recent discovery
something that a Nobel Prize was awarded for and there are a number of ways to
actually increase or topher G in the body many things do it the ketogenic
diet may potentially do it different things like coffee having even been
shown to exacerbate or tofu G um but intamin fasting it definitely has an
effect on this so the really cool thing is that when or tofu G is kick-started
when you’re fasting this really does occur in the brain and what happens is
old and weak and kind of dying cells a recycled through the self eating process
and then more energy is able to be given to the to the growing and the new cells
so this really ties together with things like increased BDNF in it and it really
puts the brain in a good place to to clean itself right and detoxify itself I
don’t like to use that word but basically yeah you self eat and you
recycle all the junk in your body and this is no different for the brain and
enzmann fasting is one of the best ways to kick-start otha G you know some of
these auto Fiji studies when in relation to the brain have been exploring rats
lovey’s but as we know rat physiology is quite um similar in many ways to humans
hence why we test on them so much but that’s that’s about it for the three
kind of scientific reasons intimate and flossing walks if you look at it from an
evolutionary perspective as well it makes sense because if you don’t have
food right your body especially your brain is going to have to kind of
kickstart and work better so that you can find animals you know you so you can
find ways to survive and thus increase your chance of passing on your genetic
materials the successive generations so I think it’s when it comes down to it
it’s for a very simplistic evolutionary reason but that’s not to say that we
can’t take advantage of that in the modern world to use it for them to just
improve our quality of life so that’s a three ways that intimate
fasting helps boost and improve cognitive power and and why it may
eventually be a really really important treatment in the future for things like
Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive debilitating disorders which are quite
difficult to treat so until next time guys I’ll see you later and don’t forget
to subscribe and also leave a comment down below telling me what you think
about intermittent fasting in the brain see


  1. Friday: fasted lifting. Eating after training (1-2pm)
    Sunday:eating at 1pm. This is my plan, what do you think should i do that ? I both want to build muscle,burn fat.

  2. I had Gamma Knife 5/2/17…. love taking care for my brain with IF and Keto….the docs NEVER tell you about the eating part. Thank-you for your videos Happy 2018

  3. The whole reason I started intermittent fasting, specifically OMAD, is depression. It works. It's not the only thing I do. But it is one of the three things that produced very noticeable effects. Running, stopping all added sugar, and one meal a day.

  4. I went from 163 to 127 lbs using Keto & Intermittent Fasting together. I have 1 meal a day around 2:00–3:00 pm & am not hungry again till 24 hours later. Beyond weight loss,my mind is much sharper,better memory,restful sleep & a very mellow calm mood instead of the stress & anxiety I felt when eating the Standard American Diet.

  5. Hey Philip, great videos! I was wondering if intermittent fasting would lead to lower blood glucose levels, as I've read that this can cause reduced cognitive function (ie. when skipping breakfast)?

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