NEWS FLASH: Resolutions for a Peaceful, Healthy New Year, and Intermittent Fasting for Longevity

Happy New Year.

Let’s jump into this decade, fully informed with the best advice to move you forward to the results that you want.

Every week, we’re bringing you a roundup of the latest health and wellness news to hit the wire. This week, we look at the resolutions that therapists would recommend for more peace and satisfaction in 2020, as well as the life-extending perks of intermittent fasting.

Beyond weight loss: Consider these goals for greater well-being in 2020

While you’re launching on those health and fitness resolutions this year, you might also want to consider some self-care goals to boost your overall well-being. NBC News asked over a dozen therapists what resolutions they are setting for 2020. Here’s a sampling of what they shared.

“By listening attentively to another person, we convey our love to them,” Sweitzer says.

Live “fast,” live longer?

Intermittent fasting has become the darling of the diet world, but a new review published in the New England Journal of Medicine posted on ScienceDaily has found that it’s not just a way to shed pounds, but also a powerful tool in the fight against chronic disease.

The new article by Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist Mark Mattson, Ph.D., which reviewed years of animal and human studies, says that alternating between times of fasting and eating supports cellular health, probably by triggering an age-old adaptation to food scarcity called metabolic switching. When a switch occurs, cells use up their stores of rapidly accessible sugar-based fuel and begin converting fat into energy in a slower metabolic process.

This switch, Mattson says, improves blood sugar regulation, increases resistance to stress, and suppresses inflammation. Because most Americans are constantly snacking, they do not experience the switch or the benefits that come with it.

The article also points out that studies in both animals and people found intermittent fasting also decreased blood pressure, blood lipid levels and resting heart rates. And preliminary studies show it might benefit brain health too, as evidenced by improved memory in a group of more than 200 study participants who followed this type of restricted eating.

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