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Apr 10 2017

LCKL 072 – Biohacks 101 – Fasting – Other Benefits…

Within this episode you will discover 5 other benefits of fasting, including digestive health, inflammation, energy, skin health and lifespan extension.

SHOWNOTES
  • How Fasting Improves Digestive Health;
  • How Fasting Decreases Inflammation;
  • How Fasting Increases Energy;
  • How Fasting Improves Skin Health; and
  • How Fasting Extends Lifespan.
TRANSCRIPT
Other Benefit #1 - Digestive HealthOther Benefit #2 - Lowered InflammationOther Benefit #3 - Increased EnergyOther Benefit #4 - Better SkinOther Benefit #5 - Promotes Longevity
  • Fasting has been used by many celebrities as a way to detox your body for many years.
  • Fasting gives your digestive system a rest from breaking down and absorbing the food.
  • Fasting has also been shown to help restore the cyclical fluctuations of gut microbes and therefore may have a protective effect against obesity and metabolic syndrome.
  • Our bodies are designed to go for a period of time without food.
  • Fasting allows time for bacteria to reset the environment. Digestive microbes are active in the process of digestion, and therefore by giving gut bacteria time without food, it sets off a mechanism that forces the bacteria to work on their own populations.
  • It is during this period that the health and diversity of the gut bacteria is maintained.
  • Fasting has been shown to be effective in treating IBD according to a research study done on patients doing Ramadam. In this study that was published in the Indian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2008 men with ulcerative colitis had a mean score of colitis activity index of 3.5 before Ramadam and this decreased to 1.7 after fasting.
  • Fasting has been shown to be a powerful therapy for treating inflammation.
  • In a study that was published in the Nature Medicine Journal described how Beta Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) directly inhibits a powerful inflammasome known as NLRP3. This inflammasome has been directly linked to several disorders such as autoimmune disorders, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, alzheimers disease and other inflammatory conditions.
  • Studies have found that inhibiting NLRP3 also reduced inflammation in the body. The three main ways that have been found to lower this inflammasome are fasting, the ketogenic diet and high intensity exercise.
  • There are many reasons why it is suspected that fasting can help with energy levels, however I am going to go over 2 of them.
    • Fasting initiates the production of beta hydroxybutyrate (i.e. Ketones). Ketones are a by product of burning fat and your brain absolutely loves them. These ketones will make you feel energetic and more alert. Once your body starts burning fat while fasting, the body will also start producing ketones and therefore make you feel good.
  • Orexin – This is a very important neuropeptide that does two important things. The first thing it does is keep you awake and then it also increases your appetite if you don’t eat. As long as you don’t eat, these levels of orexin in the brain will spike, keeping you awake and increasing mental energy. When you sleep your brain uses melatonin to help put you to sleep. The orexin system and melatonin system interact. If Orexin levels are high during the day and then you go to sleep the melatonin levels will be really high at night, therefore causing you to sleep deeper than normal. Fasting will expose you to higher orexin levels during the day, increasing energy and therefore exposing you to more melatonin at night. This will cause your sleep to be deeper and the deeper your sleep the less sleep is required.
  • Water fasting can improve skin tone. Since the skin is well hydrated it may heal itself and renew itself faster.
  • Water fasting has also been shown to help speed up scar healing and help with skin conditions like acne.
  • Some findings indicate that short term fasting may inhibit certain skin conditions and detoxify skin impurities.
  • Contact Dermatitis – Fasting has been shown to benefit Contact Dermatitis, which is a type of skin irritation that has resulted from a specific object or substance. They found that in studies with mice, the dermal swelling reduced after a short fasting period of 48 hours.
  • Hives – A study that was published in the Journal of Dermatology found that a fasting period of only 11 days was able to alleviate chronic urticaria. However, the hives returned within 3 days of breaking the fast.
  • Acne and Eczema – Studies have shown these conditions may clear up much more quickly with short term fasting. When the body is able to properly filter and eliminate wastes through the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, the quality of the skin secretions will increase, therefore helping to prevent and treat acne.
  • There are a number of ways that fasting can promote longevity:
    • Firstly, by reducing the incidence of chronic disease;
    • Secondly, by reducing free radical damage. When more fuel is consumed than what is needed then the cells leak electrons which react with oxygen, therefore producing free radicals. These free radicals damage your cells and your DNA and are linked to an increased potential for illness and disease. Studies demonstrated that fasting in mice with lymphoma reduced the amount of free radicals, increased their longevity and reduced the death rate.
    • Thirdly, because of its autophagy and mitophagy response. This is a critical process that happens when your body begins to eat itself in an orderly pattern to remove damaged parts from your body. This process allows you to clean house and keep your body healthy.
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