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Why Modern Humans Need to Fast,Why Fasting Bolsters Brain Power: Scientists Explain

The world has never been fatter – although the obesity epidemic seems to have leveled off, a huge percentage of humans are now severely overweight.Humans keep scratching their heads, unable to find a reason for the huge rise in weight gain across the world, many people think that they live relatively ‘healthy’ lifestyles and don’t eat too much.

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But the sad fact of the matter is that most people today are ruled by food, it has occupied a space in every part of their life.The money spent on food marketing is huge, whether you realize it or not, most of the food choices you make every day have been payed for in subliminal messages from food companies.

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The way we eat has changed – the world is now on the ‘grazing’ diet, meaning instead of set meal times, feeding time is a free-for-all and this has led to some people’s meal ‘time’ being all the time.In the past however, humans did not eat like this, it is an invention of modern man. When early humans used to hunter-gather, they would eat when they had food, but the rest of the time they would go hungry.via(itrustnaturalcures).

The body has excellent mechanisms for storing and using food, and as long as there is a supply of water, human can survive for ling periods of time with only minimal food.But as a society now, we have been programmed to never feel hungry, to see hunger as a weakness that must be abolished. This could not be further from the truth and more damaging.


An obese person starting a new diet will feel irrationally hungry if they limit their calorie intake, as they have trained their body to expect food all the time. To feel hunger is a natural human response, it is necessary to understanding your surroundings.

Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.