Tag Archive: fasting

Jul 21 2017

LCKL 075 – Biohacks 101 – Fasting Series – Working Out The Details

The next portion of this Fasting Series is going to be helping you figure out the details prior to starting the fast…

  • What Type of Fast You Are Going To Do;
  • How to determine if a short fast or a longer fast is best for you;
  • When should you start your fast;
  • When should you not start your fast;
  • Importance of doing Keto first;
  • Why determining your purpose of the fast is important; and
  • More…
Question #1 - What Type of Fast Are You Going To Do?Question #2 - How Long Are Your Fasts Going To Be For?Question #3 - When Should You Start Your Fast?Question #4 - Have You Given Yourself 2 Weeks To Enter Ketosis?Question #5 - What Are Your Intentions With The Fast?
  • What type of fast you do will depend entirely on your reason behind doing it.
  • There are many different types of fasts you can do but I generally only recommend 2 and possibly 3.
  • I recommend you start off with intermittent fasting to get your body used to eating at lesser frequencies. Once you have worked your way up to an 18 hour fast then you can move on to a 24 hour water fast.
  • Once you have started off with a 24 hour water fast then you can gradually work up to longer ones. I recommend 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14, 21 and 30.
  • If you are suffering from issues with your electrolytes you can add some homemade bone broth or just take some celtic salt in some water.
  • However, this is just what I would do. Once I have done intermittent fasting for a couple of weeks (on keto of course) then I would move on to a 1 day fast, leave it for a week or so and then progress to a 3 day fast, leave it for another week or so or maybe 2 weeks and go on to a 5 day fast. This is what I will be doing for my experiment which will be coming up once the kids go back to school.
  • However, if you feel like intermittent fasting would be better for you than full water fasting then great results can be achieved with it.
  • The length of the fast will depend on a number of factors. The first factor you need to take into consideration is whether this is your first fast or not.
  • If this is your first fast then I would recommend you start off with a 24 hour one and then work upwards as I will be doing in the next couple of weeks when I start my Water Fasting Experiment – 1 Day all the way up to 30 Days (over a period of 6 months).
  • However, although I think starting off with a shorter fast and then moving up to a longer one is a better way of getting your body used to fasting, some actually prefer to just go straight into the longer fasts. They believe that if they are going to be going through all the side effects or “keto flu” associated with fasting then they might as well keep going. It takes a good 3 days to really lose that appetite so many believe that if you have already gotten to that stage you might as well keep going. There is definitely some truth to that.
  • How long a fast you do is a completely personal decision but remember that although you have specified a time that you would like to do the fast, it is not set in stone. Therefore, if you begin to feel unwell or like you need to break the fast earlier, don’t be afraid to do so.
  • When you start a fast is of critical importance, especially during the first few days of the fast.
  • If you are doing a longer fast then make sure the first few days are during a time of little stress or social engagements. It will take this length of time to lose your appetite so that you can look at food again.
  • When I do a longer fast, my kids and my husband will cook for themselves and prepare their own lunches for the first few days so that I don’t have to look at food.
  • It is definitely not an ideal time to start your fast when there may be social engagements. For instance, do not start a fast when your kids are about to go on holidays or when you are going away for a family vacation. Do not fast when you have work parties or birthday parties coming up and also I would not recommend fasting at a time when you have a very heavy workload.
  • I would also recommend that you get your sleep in order prior to starting a longer fast. Therefore, if you are sleep deprived, it is a good idea to start getting your schedule sorted as fasting can in some instances increase cortisol output which can worsen the effects of sleep deprivation.
  • I always recommend prior to starting a longer fast that you have entered ketosis.
  • This will limit the symptoms you experience at the start of the fast and it will also allow you to enter fat burning mode a lot quicker.
  • If you are not yet sure of how to start your own ketogenic diet so that you can begin to enter ketosis before fasting then please see the shownotes because I have many different resources that you can take advantage of, including my Keto 101 Free Mini Course which is available to you.
  • It is important when deciding to complete a fast the you figure out your reason for wanting to do it.
  • Are you wanting to fast to lose some weight or do you have blood sugar issues that you are hoping to solve.
  • Maybe you want to improve athletic performance and have heard that fasting increases human growth hormone secretion and so will help with this.
  • Or maybe you are dealing with a chronic health issue such as autoimmunity or cancer which fasting is known to heal.
  • It is very important that you figure out exactly why you are fasting and what you are hoping to achieve so you can track your progress as you go along.
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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.

  • How Fasting Improves Digestive Health;
  • How Fasting Decreases Inflammation;
  • How Fasting Increases Energy;
  • How Fasting Improves Skin Health; and
  • How Fasting Extends Lifespan.
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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Apr 03 2017

LCKL 069 – Biohacks 101 – Fasting – How Fasting Impacts Cardiovascular Disease

If you are dealing with Cardiovascular Disease, High Cholesterol Levels, High Blood Pressure or Inflammation then Fasting has been shown to be very beneficial. This episode will explain why…

  • The impact fasting has on LDL Cholesterol, the different types of LDL cholesterol you may be manufacturing and the dangers of each type of LDL.
  • The impact fasting has on HDL Cholesterol.
  • The impact fasting has on Triglycerides.
  • The impact fasting has on Inflammatory Marker #1 – NLRP3.
  • The impact fasting has on Inflammatory Marker #2 – Homocysteine.
  • The impact fasting has on Inflammatory Marker #3 – IL-6/CRP.
  • The impact fasting has on Inflammatory Marker #4 – Fibrinogen.
  • The impact fasting has on Blood Pressure.

Unfortunately most of the research that has been done on fasting and cardiovascular disease is that of intermittent fasting or alternate day fasting and not actually extended water fasting. However, I assume that if these results appear after short periods of fasting then they would be even better with extended fasting.

Fasting Lowers Cholesterol LevelsLDL CholesterolHDL CholesterolTriglyceridesNLRP3HomocysteineIL-6/CRPFibrinogenBlood Pressure
  • I have done a podcast specifically on Cholesterol in Episode # 009 so if you would like to learn more about that then it is a good place to start.
  • However, I am going to state a few small overly simplified facts about cholesterol…
    • LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) are labelled as “bad cholesterol” and high amounts are often linked to cardiovascular disease. However, there are different types of LDL which will determine how dangerous they are. The small, dense LDL is the most dangerous type as they are able to seep through the walls of the arteries and lead to CHD. However, the large, fluffy LDL is much less dangerous as it is unable to get through the walls of the arteries.
    • HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) are labelled as “good cholesterol” and high amounts are often linked to lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. We do not want to see HDL decrease.
    • Triglycerides is the type of fat which is used to store excess energy from our diet and high levels have actually been associated with cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance. Our ultimate aim is to lower triglyceride levels and what is interesting is that it is not actually fats which cause high triglyceride levels but actually carbohydrate consumption. Therefore, by lowering your carbohydrate level you can reduce the risk of triglyceride levels.
  • Alternate day fasting has been found to lower LDL Cholesterol by up to 25% when done for 70 days.
  • Remember that it is the number of small dense LDL which will determine your risk factor for heart disease.
  • IF has been shown to not only decrease total cholesterol, but also the number of small, dense LDL particles.
  • In fact, a research article in the Lipids Health Disease Journal in 2011, titled “Comparison of Effects of Diet versus Exercise weight loss regimens on LDL and HDL particle size in obese adults”, showed that although only exercise actually increased the levels of HDL cholesterol, Alternate Day Fasting actually decreased plasma LDL/decreased the proportion of small LDL particles.
  • Alternate day fasting was also found to increase the proportion of large, fluffy LDL particles in the body.
  • There have also been other studies showing the same thing.
  • Fasting has been shown to have minimal effects on HDL Cholesterol and therefore is not dangerous in any way.

Alternate day fasting has been found to lower Triglycerides by up to 32% when done for 70 days.

  • This is an inflammasome which is involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.
  • It has been found to increase in the presence of myocardial infarction and its deficiency has been found to improve myocardial infarction.
  • A review titled “The Role of NLRP3 Inflammasome in Cardiovascular Disease” which was published in 2015 by Jasna Ajdukovic came to the conclusion that modulating this particular inflammasome may represent a unique therapeutic strategy to limit cell death and therefore prevent heart failure after a myocardial infarction.
  • This review is amazing and in fact contains so much great information I think I will actually write a blog post on this inflammasome.
  • Well, one of the benefits of fasting is that it has been shown to actually reduce the production of this inflammasome. In fact, a research article in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Traba et al titled “Fasting and Refeeding differentially regulates NLRP3 inflammasome activation in human subjects” showed that individuals showed less NLRP3 inflammasome activation in the fasted state compared to the fed state. This increase is also linked to an increase in mitochondrial oxidation and free radical production.
  • Homocysteine is a well known amino acid which is an intermediary on the metabolic pathway between methionine and cysteine.
  • They have found that mild to moderate elevation of plasma homocysteine levels increases the risk for development of atherosclerotic vascular disease.
  • Therefore, hyperhomocysteinemia is an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis and people with high levels of homocysteine have been found to have impaired arterial endothelial function.
  • In fact, there was a study in 2007 in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism which discussed the positive changes in inflammatory markers that are brought about by intermittent fasting during Ramadam. This showed that levels of homocysteine were reduced during the fast. What is even more interesting is that when they tested the studies for Vitamin B12 and Folate during the fasting period they noticed that the levels were increased substantially, despite not consuming any more food with these nutrients than the non fasting subjects. This is probably the reason homocysteine was lowered.
  • IL-6 is a pro-inflammatory substance that is released from the macrophages and other inflammatory cells which reach the circulation and the liver. When IL-6 levels are high they stimulate an acute phase response in the liver. During this response the liver will release a number of proteins, including CRP.
  • CRP also known as C Reactive Protein is a plasma inflammation marker that has been known to play a role in the development of cardiovascular disease and is an important biomarker which is useful in the prediction of early cardiovascular risk.
  • The Ramadan study just given has shown that fasting not only decreases IL-6 and CRP levels during the fasting period but also for 20 days after completing Ramadam.
  • I believe one of these reasons is because increasing levels of CRP are linked to elevated fasting insulin amongst both lean and obese individuals.
  • This is a blood plasma protein that’s made in your liver and it is one of 13 coagulation factors that are responsible for normal blood clotting.
  • It has been identified as a major independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease due to a number of factors:
    • It contributes to platelet aggregation.
    • Promotes fibrin formation.
    • Major contributor to plasma viscosity.
    • Increased in inflammatory states.
  • In fact, there was a clinical trial that was carried out at a University Hospital with 65 male volunteers with metabolic syndrome during the Ramadam period. They found that after the fast the values of fibrinogen were significantly decreased from 251.7 mg/dL to 239.4 mg/dL.
  • One study titled “Acute effects of short term fasting on blood pressure, circulating noradrenaline and efferent sympathetic nerve activity” by Andersson B et al found that a 48 hour fast showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure from 158 mmHg to 146 mmHg and reduced diastolic blood pressure from 96 mmHg to 89 mmHg.
  • Another study that was done on Ramadam showed that this intermittent fasting caused a drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in normotensive patients.
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Mar 27 2017

LCKL 067 – Biohacks 101 Series – Fasting – How Fasting Impacts Fat Loss…

One of the greatest benefits associated with fasting is that of fat loss. If you are wanting to learn the ins and outs of how fasting will actually help you lose weight, then this episode is for you.


This episode covers 4 top reasons why fasting can help with fat loss.

Reason #1 - Increases Human Growth HormoneReason #2 - Increases LipolysisReason #3 - Increases CatecholaminesReason #4 - Increases Ketosis Related Fat BurningOther Reasons
  • Studies have shown that fasting can increase the level of human growth hormone secretion substantially.

Relevant Studies

  • Study #1 – Kerndt et al published a study in 1982 showing that after a patient underwent a 40 day fast, not only did his glucose and insulin go way down, but his human growth hormone went from 0.73 to 9.86 which is a massive 1250% increase. This study showed that a shorter 5 day fast gives a 300% increase. That is still a remarkable increase.
  • Study #2 – Hartman et al showed that there was a 500% increase in Human Growth Hormone in only a 2 day fast.
  • Other studies have shown that people were able to increase their growth hormone by 1300% in Women and 2000% in Men in only 24 hours.

Benefits of HGH in Relation to Weight Loss

  • Promotes more muscle growth. More Muscle, more fat loss.
  • Increases Energy Production.
  • Improves Quality of the Heart and the Kidneys.
  • Builds Stronger Bones.
  • Increases Breakdown of Stored Fats.
  • Increases Use of Fats for Energy.
  • Counteracts the Action of Insulin. I.e Moves sugar out of the cells.

But Won’t Fasting Inhibit Athletic Performance and Stop Me Exercising?

  • Actually, no it will not.
  • An increase in noradrenalin during fasting will give you more energy to train harder.
  • Elevated HGH increases muscle mass and makes workout recovery easier.
  • Fasting does not burn muscle and actually may help build it faster.Studies have shown that fasting can increase the level of human growth hormone secretion substantially.
  • Releases Stored Triglycerides from body fat so it can be stored for energy.
  • Most tissues in the body are able to use fatty acids for fuel. The only parts of the body that now require glucose is the brain and the red blood cells.
  • To do this, the triglycerides will be broken down into glycerol and 3 fatty acids. The glycerol portion will be sent to the liver where it will be turned into glucose by gluconeogenesis. This very small amount of glucose will be used to fuel the parts of the brain that require it, the red blood cells and the renal medulla.
  • When insulin is high, the process of lipolysis is low and fat burning is almost impossible.
  • Also known as Adrenaline and Noradrenaline.
  • When released from the brain it directly switches on fat cells, cranking the fat breakdown at an amplified rate.
  • It is also important for maintaining energy levels whilst fasting. In fact a study by Zauner C et al showed that four days of fasting skyrockets your norepinephrine to 117% of what it was.
  • On top of this noradrenaline has been shown to decrease appetite.
  • Two ways that you can increase your norepinephrine is through fasting and through HIIT workouts.
  • Helps shift from sugar burning to fat burning.
  • In a study published by Zauner C et al they showed that over a 4 day fast they increased the production of beta hydroxy butyrate from 182.7 umol/L to a whopping 4781.6 umol/L which is a whopping 2527% difference.
  • By end of 24 hours you have burnt more fat than a day of eating.
  • The more days you fast the more keto adapted you are and the more fat you will burn.

Within the course, there are 2 more reasons why fasting can help with Weight Loss, including its impact on insulin sensitivity and also its impact on hormone sensitive lipase. Remember that as I find more information that I think could benefit the course I will add it most likely in the resources part of that lecture so make sure you keep an eye on it. The good news is too that once you have purchased the course you get it for a lifetime – even all the updates.

Now If you are wanting to get the shownotes to this episode or to any of the episodes in the Biohacks – Fasting segment they are available within the course. I put a lot of time and effort into producing this Water Fasting course so I can’t possibly give away all of the information for free.

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Mar 20 2017

LCKL 065 – Biohacks 101 – Fasting – How Fasting Can Help Prevent and Treat Cancer

Are you dealing with Cancer at the moment and are wondering if Fasting would be helpful? Well, in this episode I will be going through the benefits fasting has on Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

  • How Insulin Resistance Affects Cancer and How You Fasting Reduces It;
  • How Fasting can Starve the Cancer Cells;
  • How Fasting Induces Autophagy;
  • How Fasting sensitizes the body to cancer treatments;
  • How Fasting protects your healthy cells against the damaging effects of chemo and radiation;
  • How Fasting delays tumor progression and enhances lifespan.

There are many different reasons why both intermittent fasting and water fasting can help with cancer prevention and cancer treatment. For this podcast I will be going into how you can use fasting to prevent cancer and also how it can be used to treat it once you have already got it.

Reduces Insulin ResistanceStarves the Tumor Cells of Fuel SourceInduces AutophagySensitizes Cancer Cells to TreatmentsProtects the Healthy Cells against Damaging Effects of TreatmentsDelays Tumor Progression and Increases LifespanCase Study
  • Insulin Resistance occurs when your body stops listening to the request for increased insulin in response to high blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted to help lower blood sugar levels but when you are consistently bombarding your system with excess sugar and carbohydrates the pancreas becomes tired and will stop listening to the requests. Therefore, more sugar will be floating around in your bloodstream. This is not a good thing.
  • Insulin Resistance has been linked to increasing the risk of many different cancers, which can be seen in multiple research articles. A few of these are listed in the shownotes section for this podcast episode.
  • By abstaining from consuming foods and beverages that are going to raise your blood sugar levels, insulin will no longer be bomarbed and therefore will become more insulin sensitive. This will mean less sugar floating in the blood and therefore less risk of cancers.
  • If fasting is a little difficult to start with, I would definitely recommend you start off by transitioning across to a low carb or ketogenic diet as that also improves insulin sensitivity.
  • Tumor cells are only able to survive on 1 of 2 fuel sources. They are only able to survive on either glucose or the amino acid glutamine. All tumor cells are able to survive on glucose while only some are able to survive on glutamine. No Cancer Cells are able to survive on Ketones.
  • Because of the tumor cells inability to survive and thrive on ketones, a ketogenic diet has been found especially beneficial for treating the cancers that are especially dependent on glucose as a fuel, such as brain tumors (glioma).
  • However, fasting is an even better way to protect against cancer. Although the healthy cells are able to survive on the ketones for fuel, the tumor cells are not. By completely eliminating the fuel source, the cancer cells will just die off.
  • However, fasting can not only prevent against cancer but it has also been shown to reduce side effects of conventional therapies which I will go into in the “treatment” section.
  • Autophagy is the process of programmed cell death. Fasting has been shown in multiple studies and anecdotal reports to begin the process of autophagy, both neuronal and general, therefore beginning to clear up the cellular garbage.
  • This is an incredibly important process as it ensures that you keep a clean house within your body and your cells. Your cells will create membranes which hunt out scraps of dead, diseased or worn out cells and then will gobble them up, strip them for parts and use the remaining molecules for energy or to make new cell parts.
  • Autophagy makes us much more efficient at getting rid of faulty parts, stopping cancerous growths and stopping metabolic dysfunction.
  • Fasting has been shown to improve the tumor cells response to conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation.
  • In fact, one animal study showed that for mice with breast cancer who were put on a regime of fasting that radiation worked significantly better to slow the tumor growth and downregulate cancer pathways. They have shown that when fasting occurs during radiation that the tumor kill is significantly enhanced.
  • As mentioned previously, when the body is devoid of sugar, as is the case with both the ketogenic diet and with fasting, cell death will occur significantly in those cancer cells but there will be no damage to the normal cells that have been exposed to the chemotherapy.
  • Also, Chemotherapy is known to cause significant collateral damage to the immune system. However, fasting may mitigate some of these effects.
  • Many studies have shown that fasting can delay tumor progression and enhance lifespan.
  • In fact, there was one breast cancer study that was done which showed that because of fasting, the cancer cells will make new proteins and will take other steps to keep growing and dividing. Because of this, damaging free radicals will be created which will break down the cancer cells own DNA and cause it’s destruction.

Breast Cancer Case Study

  • 51 year old woman;
  • Stage IIA Breast Cancer;
  • Fasted for 5.8 Days Prior to Chemo;
  • Fasted for 1.6 Days After Chemo
  • Completed 4 Cycles of Chemo;
  • Medications – Was on 75mg of Docetaxel and 600mg Cyclophosphamide.
  • During fasting cycles she had minimal reactions to treatments but During regular cycles she had quite severe reactions.
  • She had remarkable results in regards to her immune system health, with her platelets improving, her white blood cells improving and much more.
  • All of this is covered in the course.

Within my course I have another 3 case studies of people who have actually benefited from using fasting during their cancer treatments with remarkable results.

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Mar 13 2017

LCKL 062 – Biohacks 101 – Fasting – The Impact Fasting Has On The Immune System and Autoimmunity

One of the main benefits of fasting is the impact it has on the Immune System and on Autoimmunity/Cancer. Fasting has been shown to boost immunity by increasing white blood cells and removing unwanted foreign invaders from your system.



  • What the immune system is;
  • The different cells that make up the immune system;
  • What innate immunity is;
  • What adaptive immunity is;
  • What passive income is;
  • 4 major issues that may come from disordered immunity;
  • How fasting affects the immune system;
  • 2 autoimmune case studies; and
  • 1 cancer case study.
What is The Immune System?What Makes Up The Immune System?What are the Different Types of Immunity?Results of a Dysfunctional Immune SystemHow Does Fasting Help The Immune System?Autoimmunity Case StudiesCancer Case Study
  • L Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that is needed by your body. This means that your body will synthesize sufficient amounts of glutamine by itself, but during periods of stress, the demand for it increases and it must be obtained from the diet and/or supplementation.
  • It is a glucogenic amino acid which means that it is converted to alpha keto acids and then to glucose, which explains why it is important that you do not eat a high protein diet but actually a high fat diet. Otherwise, protein can be converted to sugar with the use of the process gluconeogenesis.
  • The most relevant glutamine producing tissue is the muscle mass, which actually accounts for 90% of the glutamine synthesized. However, it is also released in small amounts in the lungs and brain.
  • Although a very important amino acid there is some controversy about using Glutamine in the case of cancer and in regards to the ketogenic diet.
  • This is something I will be going into now.
  • There are many different cells which make up the immune system. For the purpose of this demonstration we are going to use a standard cut as an example.
  • When the skin is broken from a cut, microbes begin to enter the cut. This will trigger the immune system to go into full action.
  • The White Blood Cells hears the chemical alarm which is sent out by damaged cells. These cells will move to the cut and start eating the bacteria. When you see pus it is actually the result of dead microbes and dead white blood cells.
  • Lymphocytes are another type of immune cell. The job of the B Lymphocyte is to try to identify the microbe and then if it has been defeated before, it will trigger the antibodies to be made to kill it.
  • Then there are T Lymphocytes. Helper Cells are there to help the B Lymphocytes make antibodies. Killer Cells actually attack the infection. Then Suppressor Cells help to put a stop to the immune response.
  • Innate Immunity
    • Natural immunity. Also known as a type of general protection.
    • What affects other animals doesn’t necessarily affect humans and vice versa.
  • Adaptive Immunity
    • Active Immunity.
    • Develops throughout our life.
    • Involves the lymphocytes and develops as people are exposed to diseases or immunized against the diseases through vaccination.
  • Passive Immunity
    • Borrowed from another source and lasts for a short time.
    • Best example is when the antibodies in the mothers breast milk which is given to the baby.
  • Immunodeficiency Disorders;
  • Autoimmune Disorders;
  • Allergic Disorders;
  • Immune System Cancers.
  • Studies have shown that fasting for as little as 3 days can reset the entire immune system.
  • Researchers say that fasting can flip the regenerative switch prompts the stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, which will then regenerate the entire immune system.
  • During this process the body will also get rid of the parts of the system that is damaged or old.
  • For instance, if you start with a heavily damaged system by chemo or ageing, fasting cycles can generate a new immune system.
  • There are a number of ways prolonged fasting can help with your immune system, including:
    • Reduces the enzyme PKA – An enzyme that is linked to ageing and a hormone that increases cancer risk and tumor growth.
    • Prolonged fasting causes reduced white blood cells, but this is increased once you start eating again.
    • Reduces IGF-1 ***
    • Reduces Antigen-Antibody Complex ***
    • Reduces Lymphocyte Blastogenesis ***
    • Increases Macrophages ***
    • Increases Immunoglobulins ***
    • Increases Neutrophil Bactericidal Activity ***
    • Increases Monocyte Activity ***
    • Increases Natural Killer Cell Activity ***
  • On top of this, fasting actually stops the side effects associated with chemotherapy and other cancer therapies. It has also been found to halt the progression of certain cancers.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • In the course I have given 3 separate case studies of people healing their Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    • However, for this podcast I will go into one of them.
    • This case study was of a 61 year old man who fasted for 17 days.
    • His intial weight was 71.8kg and blood pressure was 110/60.
    • His initial symptoms were pain and stiffness in all extremities, fatigue/headaches and hemorrhagic conjunctivitis.
    • His initial medications were Cyclosporine and Prednisone.
    • Within 2 days his joint symptoms began to subside.
    • After 1 week there was no pain and mobility had returned.
    • By 8th Day there was a brief recurrence of conjunctivitis.
    • After the fast there were no residual symptoms.
  • Fibromyalgia
    • 46 year old woman;
    • Fasted for 24 days.
    • Initial weight: 67.2kg, Initial Blood Pressure: 120/80.
    • Initial Symptoms include poor sleep, pain in the right arm, pain in the back, pain in the neck, pain in both legs.
    • Could not sustain activity for more than 1 hour.
    • Her medications included nefazodone, nortriptyline, propoxyphene, ibuprofen and levothyroxine.
    • At the end of the fast she was completely symptom free.
    • At discharge her weight was 57.9kg and her blood pressure was 115/85 mm Hg.
    • At follow up 1 month later she was still free of symptoms.
  • Breast Cancer
    • I have included 4 case studies in the course but for the purpose of this episode I will only include one.
    • 51 Year Old Woman.
    • Stage IIA Breast Cancer.
    • Fasted for 5.8 days prior to chemo and 1.6 days after chemo.
    • Completed 4 cycles of chemo.
    • She was on Docetaxel and Cyclophosphamide.
    • In Cycle 1: She did fasting and chemo. Minimal Reactions.
    • In Cycle 2 and 3: Regular Diet and Chemo. Serious Reactions.
    • Cycle 4: Fasted Prior to and After Chemo.
    • When she fasted prior to chemo, the total white blood cell count and neutrophil count increased.
    • In non fasted periods the platelets dropped by 7-19%.
    • After 4th cycle with fasting, TWBC, Neutrophils and Platelets increased the most.
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Mar 08 2017

LCKL 058 – BIOHACKS 101 – Fasting – What is It and What’s It’s History?

In the first official episode you will learn what fasting is, the different types of fasts, popular historians that have practiced water fasting themselves, 3 of the most popular historical physicians dating back centuries and also 3 of the most popular religious fasting periods.

  • What fasting is;
  • What the different types of fasts are;
  • What intermittent fasting is;
  • 3 of the most popular historians that practiced water fasting themselves;
  • 3 of the most popular historical physicians, dating back centuries; and
  • 3 of the most popular religious fasting periods.
What is Fasting?Tab titleWhat is Water Fasting?3 of the Most Famous Historians that recommended Water Fasting for Healing3 of the Most Famous Historical Physicians that recommended Water Fasting to their patients3 Common Religions that Fast Regularly
  • There are many different types of fasts that you may undertake but this will depend entirely on what your goal is. In my course Water Fasting For Wellness, which is available on the Udemy Platform, I show you how you can make this decision and also decide how long you should fast for.
  • I have two favourite types of fasting which are intermittent fasting and water fasting.
  • Although I believe intermittent fasting may be good for the beginner and somebody who is just getting started I am under belief that at some point in time everybody should try a water fast, even if it is just to see the amazing clarity and health improvements in this time.
  • If you want to be even more strict, you can opt for a dry fast but that must be done under the supervision of a practitioner.
  • Intermittent Fasting is something I recommend if you are just wanting to start fasting and/or if you are not metabolically challenged in any way. I do intermittent fasting around the water fasting (at least a few days a week).
  • To do intermittent fasting, you need to go for a set period of time without eating and then finish off the fast with something to eat.
  • Intermittent Fasting is extremely beneficial when it comes to improving fitness, improving body composition and even healing minor complaints.
  • The problem I have with intermittent fasting though is that many who practice it believe they can eat whatever they want in the periods they can eat just because they have reduced their calories. This can be an issue with those that are seriously insulin resistant.
  • To do a water fast correctly, you should not consume anything but water, and possibly a few electrolytes throughout the period.
  • This type of fasting is incredibly beneficial for healing, especially conditions such as cancer, autoimmunity, skin disease, arthritis, inflammatory disorders and of course, fat loss.
  • Sometimes people may struggle with Water Fasting and this is when they may add in some homemade bone broth which will give them sufficient electrolytes to help them get through.
  • However, I am still on the fence about this, wondering if maybe the protein level would be too high to remain in the fasted state.

#1 – Pythagorus

  • He was a Greek Historian, Philosopher and Mathematician who existed between 580 and 500BC.
  • He was the founder for the Famous School of Philosophy.
  • He was known to systematically fast for 40 days and he believed fasting increased Mental Perception and Creativity.
  • However, not only did he practice fasting himself, he also required it of his disciples and followers.

#2 – Plato

  • He was a Greek Historian that lived between 427 and 347 BC and he was the disciple of Socrates.
  • He divided medicine into two types.
  • True Medicine – That which really gives health. Includes fasting, diet, air and sun.
  • False Medicine – That which gives phantom health, such as pharmaceutical drugs.

#3 – Socrates

  • He was a Greek Philosopher who existed between 470 and 399 BC.
  • He was one of the founders of Western Philosophy.
  • He fasted to purify the mind and the spirit.
  • Unfortunately he was laid to death by drinking poison hemlock in 399 BC due to his anti-democratic beliefs.

#1 – Dr Friedrich Hoffman

  • He was a German Physicist and Chemist that existed between 1660 and 1742.
  • He had a quote that for each disease, the patient is best not to eat anything.
  • He practiced short term fasting with his patients.
  • He believed strongly that short term fasting or limotherapy treated plethora, arthritis, ulcers, rheumatism, catarrh, scurvy, skin diseases and cataracts.

#2 – Dr Edward Dewey

  • He lived between 1837 and 1904.
  • He was the first doctor to apply long term fasting with a curative intent.
  • He advocated prolonged fasting of up to 50 days or more.
  • He believed that for all diseases that involved a loss of appetite or a coated tongue, the patient should fast until the appetite has returned and the tongue has cleared.

#3 – Dr Friedrich Hufeland

  • He lived between 1762 and 1836.
  • He was responsible for writing the book “The Macrobiotic and the Art of Prolonging Human Life”.
  • He recommended that patients should not eat if they have a loss of appetite because that is natures doing.

#1 – Muslims

  • This is probably one of the most well known religions that fast.
  • They fast once a year for a total of 30 days during Ramadam. However it is not so much a water fast but more intermittent fasting as they are allowed to eat at night time, they only miss 2 meals a day and they must not drink water until sunset either so it is actually a dry intermittent fast.
  • All muslims over the age of puberty and who are in good health must fast and they fast between sunrise and sunset.
  • Their fast will be broken with dates followed by a banquet. Often the food will be very greasy and heavy.
  • The only exemptions to fasting are travel, menstruation, illness and pregnancy.
  • They use fasting as a time for reflection, improvement and increased devotion/worship.

#2 – Buddhists

  • The Buddhists fast to practice self control and self discipline.
  • They fast on certain days of the year such as the full moon.
  • During that time they give up food to give to those less fortunate than them.
  • It is normally done during retreats and intensive meditation and they are unable to eat after noon. So it is essentially the opposite to the muslims who must eat before dinner.

#3 – Jews

  • They normally fast for 6 days of the year.
  • Yom Kippur is the most important and Tisha B’Av is the second most important one.
  • During this process they must completely abstain from all food and drink, including water.
  • They must participate in the fast as long as they are over the bar mitzvah age and are not frail or ill.
  • Their reasons for fasting are to achieve atonement, avert catastrophe, commemorative mourning and commemorative gratitude.
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Mar 08 2017

LCKL 057 – BIOHACK 101 – Fasting – What Will This Season Cover and Where Can I Access Further Information

If you are interested in Fasting but don’t know where to start then I have created this FREE 12 Week Mini Course for you to learn how you can get started on your own journey.

  • What this series is about;
  • Week One – What fasting is, the different types of fasts and the history of fasting;
  • Week Two – How fasting impacts the immune system;
  • Week Three – How fasting impacts cancer;
  • Week Four – How fasting impacts the brain;
  • Week Five – How fasting helps with fat loss;
  • Week Six – How fasting impacts the cardiovascular system;
  • Week Seven – Other benefits of fasting;
  • Week Eight – Decide what type of fast to do and how long to do it for;
  • Week Nine – Preparing for the Fast Correctly;
  • Week Ten – Completing the Fast Correctly;
  • Week Eleven – Exiting the Fast Correctly; and
  • Week Twelve – Conclusion, References, Where You Can Go For Further Info and more…
What is The Series AboutWeek One – 6/3/2017Week Two – 11/03/2017Week Three – 18/03/2017Week Four – 25/03/2017Week Five – 03/04/2017Week Six – 10/04/2017Week Seven – 17/04/2017Week Eight – 24/04/2017Week Nine – 01/05/2017Week Ten – 08/05/2017Week Eleven – 15/05/2017Week Twelve – 22/05/2017Conclusions
  • The first 12 week season of the Biohack Series for 2017 is for that of fasting.
  • I am a massive proponent of Water Fasting For Wellness which is why I both wrote a book and published a course on Udemy under that name (Water Fasting For Wellness).
  • Within the next 12 weeks you are going to learn a massive amount of FREE information that I have put together for you. However, if you are looking for extra detail or you want a little hand holding then the course is a great place to go.

The first week will cover the following:

  • What you can expect from this season (this episode);
  • What fasting is;
  • What the different types of fasts are;
  • What intermittent fasting is;
  • What water fasting is;
  • 3 of the most popular historians that practiced water fasting themselves;
  • 3 of the most popular historical physicians, dating back centuries; and
  • 3 of the most popular religious fasting periods.

The second week will cover the following

  • How the immune system works;
  • The cells that are required for optimal functioning of the immune system;
  • How water fasting can help with colds and flu’s;
  • Why you shouldn’t eat when you have a cold or flu;
  • What autoimmunity is;
  • How fasting can help you reset your immune system and help autoimmunity; and
  • A couple of cases of autoimmunity patients that have reversed their autoimmune disease with the help of extended water fasting.

The third week will cover the following:

  • Why cancer appears;
  • How extended fasting can help to reverse and/or treat cancer;
  • The cancers most likely to respond to extended fasting; and
  • A couple of case studies of people who have actually reversed or halted their cancer with the use of water fasting.

The fourth week will cover the following:

  • The main reason fasting can optimise brain health;
  • How you can achieve greater mental clarity with the use of water fasting;
  • How water fasting may decrease alzheimers disease;
  • How water fasting may decrease huntingtons disease;
  • How water fasting may decrease your risk of stroke; and
  • How water fasting may reduce depression.

The fifth week will cover the following:

  • The main reason fasting can help with body composition and fat loss;
  • The impact water fasting has on Human Growth Hormone;
  • The impact water fasting has on Insulin;
  • The impact water fasting has on Catecholamines; and
  • One other enzyme which is crucial for optimising fat loss, and which is helped with water fasting.

The sixth week will cover the following:

  • What blood pressure is;
  • How water fasting can help to reduce blood pressure;
  • What cholesterol is and why it is important;
  • How water fasting can lower cholesterol levels by increasing SIRT 1 levels and therefore suppressing SREBP levels; and
  • One religion that practices fasting religiously and has one of the lowest levels of cardiovascular disease, and why.

The seventh week will cover the following:

  • How water fasting can help with skin health;
  • How water fasting can help to deal with emotional eating;
  • How water fasting can help to heal digestive conditions such as gastritis, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, gas, hypochlorydia and dyspepsia; and
  • How water fasting can help to reverse food allergies.

The eighth week will cover the following:

  • How to decide what type of fast you should do;
  • How to decide how long you should be fasting;
  • How to do a progressive fasting program that will allow you to work up to the longer fasts; and
  • The positives and negatives associated with both long and short term fasts.

The ninth week will cover the following:

  • Why preparing for your fast is of utmost importance;
  • Why figuring out your reasons for fasting is necessary (hint: it is not always fat loss);
  • How to prepare your nutrition prior to the fast;
  • How to prepare your environment prior to the fast;
  • How to get your family on board prior to starting the fast; and
  • Where you can get a great Water Fasting Journal that will help you on your journey to wellness.

The tenth week will cover the following:

  • What type of water you should be consuming when undertaking the fast;
  • The importance of taking electrolytes during a fast;
  • What type of electrolytes you may need to consume and the best type to take;
  • The importance of meditation during the fast; and
  • Why you should do some exercise during your fast.

The eleventh week will cover the following:

  • Why exiting the fast correct is very important;
  • What will happen if you eat normal food straight away; and
  • My step by step program for reintroducing foods over a 3 day period.

The twelfth week will cover the following:

  • What you can do now to expand your knowledge on this topic;
  • Where you can get a 50% off coupon for my water fasting course; and
  • What is coming up in the next season of Biohacks 101.
  • If I were diagnosed with cancer, I believe that I would maintain a very high fat therapeutic ketogenic diet and would make my protein very low.
  • I would avoid glutamine but instead try to boost my immune system in other ways (herbals, nutrition etc).
  • However, remember that everybody is different and glutamine does come with some benefits. It is a personal choice as to whether the benefits outweigh the complications.
  • The jury is still out on this. I will continue to research and as I do, I will continue to educate you regarding it.
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Feb 23 2017

LCKL 053 – ANNOUNCEMENT – Get 60% OFF My New Water Fasting For Wellness Course

Are you interested in water fasting? Are you dealing with excess body fat and/or a chronic health condition that you are wanting to heal? If so, then check out my new course “Water Fasting For Wellness”. By listening to this episode you will get a discount of 60% OFF my course. However, you must listen to this episode to get this coupon code.

Within this episode you will learn all about my new course, what it can do for you and how you can get this amazing discount.


Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.


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