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Intermittent fasting helps colitis and IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)

I’d tried fasting for up to 3 days before in my life and didn’t like it. The hunger was just too intense and I would dry heave wretch several times a day. I had tried long fasting hoping it would help or heal me of blood in my stool, which I get every few years. When it flares up I usually go running to the acupuncturist for a couple of treatments and that’s always fixed me up (where western medicine did nothing). Then recently it flared up but the acupuncturist was closed due to covid-19, so I started looking for other options and discovered intermittent fasting. For short here I’ll call it IF.

IF can mean several things, from 1-2 full day fasts every week or month or so, to fasting just hours during a single day. I read from one source that the best IF, for the best results, was to eat only during a 6-8 hour window every day. I decided to try it. The author of the article chose to fast early in the day, skipping breakfast and not eating anything until about 3 p.m., then another big meal at about 9 p.m. Myself I love breakfast and my morning coffee so I chose to eat breakfast and then a big late lunch/dinner at about 4 p.m.
Basically this type of IF comes down to eating 2 meals a day rather than 3.

I was just hoping it would stem the bleeding because I knew things could get a lot worse if I did nothing. The results were astounding. Bleeding totally stopped within a few days. My stools are now consistently more solid and healthy than they’ve been in decades. They smell better too, more like when I was a kid.

I’ve only been on the IF…diet…for about 3 weeks so I can’t say for certain it’s going to be a long term healing, but man, it’s for certain doing something good inside my guts. No question. Modern science has proven that animals who are slightly starved every day, live longer. It’s just a fact, and it’s also a fact that many religious texts talk about the benefits of fasting.

It used to be that I’d feel a hunger pang and think, “I need to eat soon”. But now, knowing the difference between severe hunger and the first minor pangs, I feel those pangs and think, “That’s nothing, it’ll go away soon and it’s doing me some good”. My system is used to my eating schedule now too, so I don’t experience hunger at the same times of day that I did early on. I don’t like going to bed hungry though, so if I feel hungry at bedtime I’ll allow myself a little something to take the edge off. Rice crackers do the trick.
Anyway if you have stomach problems that need fixing, maybe give IF a try. Just pick any two meals and stick with them. You’ll be amazed.

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