Join us today as we take a deeper dive into fasting, our personal experiences with fasting, six solid reasons to consider fasting, things to look out for to ensure you fast safely, and some other good tips and tricks to help you on your journey to health.
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What Is Fasting?
Fasting is the abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fasting is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period. See our previous episode, Fasting: Healthy or Harmful? – Episode 40, on fasting for more information.
Jonathan’s Experience with Fasting
Tried different fasts. NOMAD – No Meals A Day OMAD – One Meal A Day Extended water fasts Intermittent fasting Initially motivated by wanting to lose weight. Didn’t initially know all the benefits of fasting. First extended water fast was early 2019. “I ran the most miles I’d ever ran in a week the same time that I did that water fast, and kind of pushed my body to some new limits.”
Words of Caution
Women may want to start with short fasts as extended fasting may wreak havoc on female hormones. Listen to your body. If you have health issues, or you’re concerned about fasting or what it will do to your body, consult your physician. Each person is unique, and you need to do what works best for you, and that’s going to look a little different from the person sitting next to you, or maybe it will look a lot different than the person sitting next to you. You really have to get in tune with your own body. Women who are pregnant or people who have diabetes, hypertension or other serious medical conditions, should be very cautious and careful when considering a fast. Always consult with your doctor or your health practitioner first.
Fasting Is Also Psychological/Mental
Psychologically, I’m hungry. Psychologically, I need food. Psychologically, you’re getting “hangry.” Consider just drinking some water. It may will fix all of that. It’s being present in your mind.
Benefits of Fasting
Reset the internal clocks. We have clocks in our bodies, and originally, we knew of the circadian rhythm clock that controls our wake/sleep cycles. Each of the trillions of cells in our bodies have a tiny internal clock as well. Fortunately, there may be a simple way to reset those clocks if they get off rhythm: fasting. Fasting increases gene expression for longevity and health span. Research has found that short bouts of fasting increased lifespan up to 100% across multiple organisms (bacteria, yeast, worms, mice). Fasting flips a lot of switches, and this can affect aging and longevity pretty drastically It’s an efficient way to lose weight. Research has found that in almost every organism, short bouts of fasting increases the life span. Studies show restricting calories increases life span. We have an insulin response every time we eat. As that happens, it does slow down our base metabolic rate over time. It’s a great way to lower insulin. * Diabetics should consult their physician before fasting. If there’s no food coming in, there is no need for insulin to rise. Insulin will stay at its low, steady basal rate, and there will be no elevations or spikes. Purges cancerous and pre-cancerous cells. Cancer cells get their energy from lactic acid, essentially from a breakdown of carbohydrate into glucose into pyruvate into lactic acid, also known as sugar. They are starving little monsters that need to eat and divide constantly. If you take away their food supply, they die. It promotes autophagy. Definition: the cellular self-cleansing process that breaks down and recycles damaged molecules and cellular organelles During the fasted state, as insulin drops, autophagy increases dramatically, perhaps 5-fold. A high rate of autophagy