History of intermittent fasting

The truth is humans have been intermittent fasting since we evolved. Back in the days of your early ancestors, there wasn’t a Walmart or Safeway right around the corner. If people wanted food, they had to hunt for it—and often, they came up empty. A feast-or-famine lifestyle was the norm, and the human body adapted to it by using the “down time” between meals for healing, cleansing, and rejuvenation. Thus, intermittent fasting isn’t abnormal. It’s a natural healing process. Think of it as getting back to normal, because it’s exactly what your body is engineered to do. And don’t just take my word for it. Many of the great philosophers and early healers, including Hippocrates, Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates embraced fasting as a healing tool and spoke highly of its benefits. According to Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine, “fasting is the greatest remedy–the physician within.”