Reduced food intake approach to health
Caloric restriction or calorie restriction is
used as one of strategies for improving wellbeing, strenthening immunity, and extending lifespan. A number of
studies seem to indicate that malnutrition or caloric restriction, delays the onset of age-associated disorders
and increases longevity.
This reduced food intake approach seems to have its roots as a
survival mechanism, by allowing species to survive on scraps when food is scarce. When there was a seasonal famine,
calorie restriction response was evolved by different species, including humans, as means to survive
these periodic food shortages.
Calorie restrictions increase
Research has indicated that when life-long calorie restriction
was applied to rodents or rats, it resulted in up to 40% increase in maximum lifespan. This increase was roughly
proportional to the scale of calorie restriction imposed in animal studies.
However, the benefits to humans are on a more modest scale than
those of mice. Nonetheless, it's believed that calorie restrictions approach can extend human life 5-10 years
longer. It can also slow the development of many age-related chronic diseases.
There are though other health benefits experienced by humans,
which result in overall improved health and wellbeing. One of the most important benefits recently researched and
reported is the improved immunity system.
This approach to improving one's health and potentially
living longer should not be used without a well-informed consultancy with an accredited health professional and of
course by consulting your doctor before taking any steps. Restricting your calorie intake can result in lesser
intake of life-essential vitamins and minerals, risking your health and wellbeing.
One of the best and most original
books on the subject of calorie restriction is Maximum
Life Span, by Roy L.
Walford, M.D. It can be found on Amazon:
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