Fasting is a simple way to eat less and live longer. By incorporating one of the most badass health hacks available your body can regenerate, find it’s ideal weight and lessen your chances for diabetes.
Intermittent fasting and fasting for health burn up Facebook and the internet in general and have been for about 10 years.
Fasting is no longer considered a fad but rather a health strategy. Those entering into a state of “nutritional ketosis” will accomplish many things, from controlling seizures to altering genes’ behavior.
In conjunction with those mentioned above, you could also reverse damage to pancreatic beta cells while enhancing immunity and, of course, absolutely crushing weight loss.
Fasting to Reset Your Hunger Hormones
If you experience frequent hunger, fasting helps normalize insulin, leptin, and ghrelin hormones, all of which play a role in hunger and satiety. Done correctly, you may even benefit from reducing oxidative stress and increasing antioxidant activity.
Cellular damage is reduced while simultaneously, you are making new cells.
It’s one of the best “antioxidant” strategies humans have. And it’s built-in. All we have to do is access it by refraining from food. We also see surges in HGH (human growth hormone) during periods of extended overnight fasting.
Fasting is one of the best anti-aging strategies you incorporate.
Research has shown that HGH (human growth hormone) can increase by as much as 1,300 percent in women and up to 2000 percent in men by fasting for brief periods. Typically only 16- 24 hours overnight will begin to transform your health.
Intermittent Fasting (I.F.)
Many recently practice intermittent fasting because of the dramatic effects on fat loss and weight loss. Typically this is combined with higher fat, low carb, moderate protein diet. But, fat loss and weight management is just a side benefit. Fasting correctly signals our DNA in many profound ways.
And, there are several ways it can be done. One does not necessarily have to go without food for days on end to see benefits. C.R. or “calorie restriction” helps us to live longer and still allows for the body to receive the benefits of a fast.
A century-old understanding can quickly help us see how our “supersize me” culture got itself into metabolic hot water.
Fasting for Anti-Aging
It seems one of the mechanisms behind the aging process is due to the effects of the signaling mechanism called “mTOR.” I will not “mind melt” you, but suffice to understand that mTOR levels will raise on a diet of too much animal protein bringing us one step closer to the grave.
When I understood the ramifications of too much protein I quickly took steps to reduce my protein consumption. Additionally, fasting will quickly solves that problem short-term. Limiting animal protein overall will help you manage your levels and extend your life.
The presence of ketones in the blood and fewer calories overall helps us stay younger at the DNA level. When burning our fat as fuel, we raise our insulin LESS. Combined, it is these two things that help us stay younger at the level of our DNA.
Fasting-Mimicking Diets | The 21st Century Fasting Solution
FASTING MOVIE is a fantastic piece on the benefits of a fast. Make no mistake that done incorrectly, “fasting can be deadly.”
That is the message from Dr. Valter Longo. Author of “THE LONGEVITY DIET.” In this book, Dr. Longo discusses his research on what he calls the “fasting-mimicking diet.” FMD allows for eating food during the fast. Not surprisingly, protein during his fast is omitted.
He claims that without certain nutrients, fasting is not only less effective but also dangerous. His research shows that the benefits of fasting can be achieved by just eliminating certain foods such as soy, gluten, wheat, legumes, and animal protein.
While I will admit trying to do this on your own with food is quite challenging, it is possible. The food list is quite limited, but worth the effort. A better and easier “done for you” option is to use the PROLON kit with everything you need to undergo the 5-Day FMD protocol.
If you don’t cook – no worries. PROLON is a company that uses Dr. Longo’s original protocol and provides the foods you need for the five-day diet. His program/protocol help new and seasoned “fasters” alike. You must use the code ProMiller9 on the right side to purchase Prolon because it is only available through a provider.
Seek the supervision and approval of your healthcare provider prior to purchasing the Prolon System. Provide this documentation HERE to your doctor. PubMed studies are the gold-standard ,white paper information resources.
What the Studies Show
Have a conversation with your doctor today.
Studies show regrowth of pancreatic beta cells – meaning that Dr. Longo’s protocol is reversing diabetes. Studies also show that the FMD protocol slows the growth of cancer.
Healing the gut and improving the microbiota was the focus of yet another study with extremely positive results.
Improving Brain Health
If you are keen on activating brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, then fasting might be a good idea.
A protein called BDNF – “brain-derived neurotrophic factor” activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, and triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health. You might ask why regular intermittent fasts, water fasts, or juice fasts work differently.
What About Water or Juice Fasts?
“Juice fasts” are cleansing, but they may never get you into the proper state of ketosis and autophagy where all the magic happens. The juices of fruits contain sugars. Those sugars will not allow for deep nutritional ketosis, nor will the rise in insulin levels which follow allow for autophagy.
While it may FEEL like you are fasting, the mechanics are not in place for your body “clean house.”
Autophagy is a process wherein your body uses old tissues for fuel. In other words, your self-cleaning mechanisms.
Water fasts are very popular and made even more so by Dr. Jason Fung in the last four years. While Jason Fung is a doctor and I am not, I cannot speak against a doctor of this caliber; however, Dr. Longo’s studies prove that you must have certain nutrients to properly fast.
Suffice it to say that THIS health coach does not condone water fasting for more than 24 hours. The Prolon system is the best and most scientifically based method to date.
Fasting with Permission
While doing any cleanse or fast has tremendous health benefits, you would always want to speak to your doctor prior to undertaking any fast.
If you want the best chances to regrow beta cells and reverse diabetes, speak with your doctor today and show him the research. Fasting can be one of the best health hacks on the planet.
Perhaps soon we will come to value the lack of food more than the food itself in our efforts to regain health and extend our life span.