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What is Intermittent Fasting?

Dr. Uche Odiatu
GP Dentist and Certified Fitness Instructor

Fasting is not a new concept. Humans have been fasting for thousands of years, be it out of necessity or for religious and ceremonial reasons. But recent studies in nutritional science now point to intermittent fasting as an effective way to manage body weight, promote overall health and prevent certain forms of disease.

In this episode of CDA Oasis Live, Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, talks to Dr. Uche Odiatu, GP dentist and certified fitness instructor, about the benefits and practicalities of intermittent fasting. Dr. Odiatu outlines the physiological benefits of fasting, including lower GI inflammation, reduction in visceral body fat, and a slowdown in age-related muscle loss. He also discusses the different types of intermittent fasting and highlights the importance of experimenting to find a schedule that works for you.

“Grazing six meals a day is not good anymore. We are meant to miss a meal now and then. It is good for us. It gives the body a break from digestion.”

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Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team

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  1. Kathleen Schenk February 12, 2021

    Thank you for this timely post. I have benefited form intermittent fasting for the last 2 years and have had some conversation with patients about it. I have recommended to my patients if they wish to try it to start by eliminating snacking between meals and after dinner; then don’t eat carbs for one meal; then try a 16 hour fast and see how you feel before attempting something longer. “walk before you run a marathon'”
    There is interesting literature that shows that reduced simple carbs. and sugars, both the frequency and the total amount, can reduce gum inflammation, even in the absence of oral hygiene. I suggest that we have this conversation routinely with patients that are not responding to routine sanative procedures.


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