Intermittent Fasting – Probably Your Most Powerful Tool For Healing Yourself
If you think I’m exaggerating then check out the 2016 Nobel Prize for Medicine (links below)
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Without going into too much detail fasting regularly improves your body’s ability to get rid of its ‘sick’ cells, and encourage new ones, and it does this through various mechanisms.
One is that it stimulates a process as autophagy or ‘self-eating’ – think of this as self cleaning and recycling. (See the 2016 Noble Prize).
Another is that it lowers sugar (glucose). Sugar is a very ‘dirty’ energy, but it is easy to burn. Think of it like kindling that gives off lots of foul black smoke.
Another is that it raises the really good energy source, made from fats, known as ketone bodies. Ketones are a really clean energy source, but less easy to produce than sugar. Think of it like solar energy. A lot of installation needed, but once set up it’s much, much easier with no smoke.
And this is the problem. Because sugar is so much more ‘easy’ our body will burn it in preference to fat, no matter how much fat we have.
We can only store 12 hours’ worth of sugar (about 2000 calories), after which our body is forced to break down fat into ketone bodies. Even lean people have 60-80,000 calories of fat they can burn, so you cannot actually ‘starve’ to death for quite some time.
The trouble is, with the myth of ‘breakfast’ having to be early, many of us rarely go more than 10 -13 hours without eating more food that contains sugar. Sugar means any carbohydrate or starch – so the typical breakfast cereal, even muesli or porridge oats, is sugar. Pasta is sugar. Potatoes and rice are sugar. Even proteins from meat and fish, nuts and seeds can be turned to sugar.
Intermittent fasting can be practiced in a number of ways, but the one I focus on for patients is daily, trying to have at least 13, and really at least 15 or 16 hours, from your last intake of calories on one day, before breaking your fast the next day. In reality this often equates to skipping breakfast and eating 2 meals a day. You don’t have to jump right into this, and if you do have a medical condition then you should really consult us first, so we can help ease you into it.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting can be profoundly beneficial to your health
- efficient weight loss,
- reversal of type 2 diabetes
- improved cardiovascular health
- reduced cancer risk, gene repair
- increased longevity
- protects muscle
- protects the brain and nervous system
- decreases inflammation
- helps reduce autoimmune diseases
- improves mode
- decreases stress
- improved endurance and athletic ability (see the Running on Fat movie – link below)
- and more
- People that would be best served to avoid fasting, unless they are being supervised by a specialist, include those living with chronic stress (adrenal fatigue), and those with cortisol dysregulation. Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting
For more information
Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Canada, has written an important book:
“The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting,” co-authored with Jimmy Moore. It details how to implement fasting and overcome some of the most common challenges that might arise, including persistent fears and myths associated with extended water fasting.
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The Running on Fat movie:
The 2016 Nobel Prize:
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