RESTRICTING MEAL INTAKE IN
10-HOUR WINDOW MAY BOOST HEALTH
Following a simple lifestyle such as eating all food within 10 hours can restore balance, stave off metabolic diseases and maintain health. The study, conducted over mice, suggests that the health problems associated with disruptions to animals’ 24-hour rhythms of activity and rest — which in humans is linked to eating for most of the day or doing shift work — can be corrected by eating all calories within a 10-hour window. “For many of us, the day begins with a cup of coffee irst thing in the morning and ends with a bedtime snack 14 or 15 hours later,” said Satchidananda Panda, Professor at the Salk Institute. “But restricting food intake to 10 hours a day, and fasting the rest, can lead to better health, regardless of our biological clock,” he added.
The researchers demonstrated that the circadian clocks strikes a balance between suficient nutrition during the fed state and necessary repair or rejuvenation during fasting. When this internal clock is disrupted, as when humans do shift work, or when it is compromised due to genetic defects, the balance breaks down and diseases set in.