An easy, relatively painless 12-hour fast several times a week may be a key to preventing Alzheimer's disease — or at least delaying the onset of symptoms.Maybe a good idea to kick start over Lent.
Several studies have suggested that fasting can have health benefits. A recent study from the National Institute on Aging found that fasting one or two days a week eases the symptoms of those suffering from Alzheimer's, and other studies have shown that fasting increases life span as well as being protective of the brain.
But most formal fasts usually last 24 hours. That's too long for most people, who don't want to deprive themselves of food or experience hunger pains for an entire day once a week or once a month.
Neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, author of "The Alzheimer's Diet," says that fasting can be much easier — a 12 or 14 hour period that takes place mainly when you are asleep. He suggests that you use the "early bird" technique to modify your diet.
"Some restaurants offer an 'early bird' special, where they offer special pricing early in the evening," he said. "But saving money isn't the only benefit. There may also be a brain-boosting effect associated with early dinners."
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