New health trends become common each year and often these trends drift into public consciousness via celebrities. Things like vampire facials, cupping, polenta smoothies, and the like are mentioned by a public figure on social media and then become widespread. In recent years, intermittent fasting is a trend that’s been adopted by celebrities and non-celebrities alike, but the buzz started before celebrities got on board. For those who aren’t aware, according to Healthline, intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting; and everyone is trying it. 

In the world of entertainment, celebrities discussing ways to stay healthy and fit is commonplace. So it is not surprising that celebrities have adopted this healthier alternative to dieting. Jennifer Anniston implements intermittent fasting into her life by not eating breakfast and only having liquids in the mornings. While Vanessa Hudgens does the 16:8 variant where she eats between eight hours a day and fasts for the other 16 hours. These methods may sound extreme to some, but even those outside of the entertainment industry are adopting these practices

After watching family members try intermittent fasting, I can say that the results are real. Now that the discussion around intermittent fasting has strayed away from losing weight and is focused on its other health benefits. I realized it may be more than just a trend. There are multiple positive benefits that come with it and surely, as people continue to worry about their health during and after the pandemic, this information could come in handy.

So how is intermittent fasting beneficial for you?

Reduced Blood Pressure

According to every-day-health, reducing blood pressure is beneficial when it comes to preventing a cardiovascular event or cardiovascular-related death. Outside of being beneficial to heart health, reducing blood pressure can also prevent kidney disease. It has been found through studies that this benefit of intermittent fasting is seen more significantly for those who do the 16:8 variant. If you are someone who deals with these health issues, intermittent fasting may be a feasible change to make in your life, but of course, talk to your doctor first.

Cellular Repair 

Intermittent fasting can be beneficial on a cellular level. According to Healthline, when you fast your cells start a repair process called autophagy. Autophagy is “a key homeostatic process in which cytosolic components are degraded and recycled through lysosomes.” To break it down, this means that your cells are digesting and getting rid of old, dysfunctional proteins that have collected in your cells over time. This is especially helpful when it comes to preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. 

Sleep

If there’s one thing people are constantly looking to get it’s a good night’s rest. Luckily, intermittent fasting can actually help with this. According to every-day-health, intermittent fasting can help regulate your circadian rhythm. This means that you could have a better sleep pattern which leads to you waking up and actually feeling rested.



Through research, you will find that there are various benefits to intermittent fasting. For those struggling with issues related to heart health, it is often encouraged to try it. If you are someone who does not have a specific health issue and wants to try it as a way to prevent certain diseases, give it a try.

Remember, there are three main variants of intermittent fasting: 16:8, 5/2, and eat-stop-eat.

Make sure to figure out what works for you before diving in headfirst.


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Carol Wright

By Carol Wright

Editorial Fellow