Since I started my 5:2 lifestyle three weeks ago with 24 hour fasts on my fast days Ive noticed something quite strange and (to me) fascinating. I have a badly arthritic foot in 7 joints due to playing football in my younger days. A few weeks ago I was taking powerful anti-inflammatory's every day and really the pain was severe each and every day being worst in the mornings but would ease during the day from say a 7 in the AM to maybe 5 in the PM. For the last week or so the pain is significantly better, at its worst maybe a 2 - 3 and Ive stopped taking my pills. I have a theory its due to the cell repair and regeneration that occurs with fasting and I would be really interested to hear of anyone else that has enjoyed any health benefits that they claim to be from interval fasting other than weight loss. I know its been proven to lower cholesterol and blood sugar etc, but what about anything else, like my foot?
Its all anecdotal of course, but four weeks ago Id never even heard of fasting for health, living longer and weight loss, so Im trying to learn everything I can, and I think its an interesting forum topic.
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