As you know, if you read my blogs on the reg (which you should), I just recently started intermittent fasting and LOVE it. I’ve been doing a lot of research on all the benefits of ‘IF’ and found out that one of the many benefits has to do with our ability to learn and retain information and memories. Since one of our core values here at Third Eye Performance is “Always be learning”, I thought it was the perfect way to start talking about IF with you!
Intermittent fasting increases Synaptic Plasticity. I know big words! Don’t stop reading yet. . . let me explain.
Before understanding what synaptic plasticity is you have to know what a synapse is.
A synapse looks like this:
A synapse is a little space in between two nerve cells that allows electrical or chemical signals move from one nerve cell to another. Basically, like a little bridge connecting one neuron to the other so the message can get passed along.
FYI: Transferring signals between neurons (nerve cells) is pretty important.
Synaptic plasticity is the ability of synapses to strengthen or weaken over time, depending on how much they are being used. There are a lot of things that can change synaptic plasticity; one being Intermittent fasting!
One of the benefits of IF is the increase in the amount of BDNF (Brain-derived Neurotrophic factors) in our brain. BDNF is a protein that helps not only create new neurons but strengthen existing neurons and their bonds too!
Memories are assumed to be represented by a lot of interconnected synapses in the brain. This means that synaptic plasticity plays a really important role in learning and memory! Which also means Intermittent fasting can be HUGE as far as preventing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease and can be helpful when trying to retain new information! That is pretty freakin’ cool if you ask me.
Blue skies and tailwinds,
Sierra (AKA: Little Miss Gains.