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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 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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Feb 23 2017

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

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Oct 28 2016

LCKL 008 – Fasting – One Step Towards Optimal Fat Loss, Memory Improvement and Overall Health

Fasting provides a multitude of benefits that are well known to improve health, longevity and accelerate fat loss. In this episode you will learn about the different types of fasting, the benefits of fasting, how you can prepare for a fast and how to complete your own fast. Plus learn more about my book “Water Fasting For Wellness…”

  • What Fasting is;
  • 4 Types of Fasting Explained;
  • How Fasting improves Mental Clarity and Focus;
  • How Fasting helps with Brain Health;
  • How Fasting improves the Immune System;
  • How Fasting kickstarts Fat Loss;
  • Contraindications for Fasting;
  • 6 Steps to Preparing For Your Fast;
  • 5 Steps to Completing the Fast; and
  • 2 Steps to Exiting the Fast.
Introduction to FastingTypes of Fasting - Intermittent FastingTypes of Fasting - Bone Broth FastingTypes of Fasting - Water FastingTypes of Fasting - Dry FastingBenefits of Fasting - GeneralBenefits of Fasting - BrainBenefits of Fasting - Immune HealthBenefits of Fasting - Fat LossContraindications of FastingHow To Do A Fast
  • Fasting goes back in history hundreds of years. In fact, it was often a daily practice not a weekly one.
  • In the caveman days, there was often a minimal supply of food and therefore they would go for days without eating.
  • During times of stress or sickness your body will recognize that it needs to rest, seek balance and conserve energy during these times.
  • Digestion is a very energy consuming task and therefore by fasting and abstaining from consuming calories will give your body time to recover.
  • Paracelsus who is one of the greatest historians of our times and has been praised as one of three fathers of western medicine has labeled fasting as the greatest remedy for healing.
  • Many cultures and religions throughout the world use fasting as a ritual. In my book Water Fasting For Wellness you will learn a lot more about the history of fasting and how the different religions integrate it into their lives.
  • A period of not eating;
  • Some people schedule their fast while others just go by their gut and by how hungry they are;
  • It is not a diet but a schedule to optimize fat loss and muscle growth;
  • There are many different types of Intermittent Fasting around the net at the moment, including:
    • Lean Gains By Martin Berhan – Encourages Fasting for 16 hours and then consuming meals over an 8 hour period. If you work out during the day, exercise before your first meal of the day to make sure you are consuming sufficient protein post-workout. He recommends 10g BCAA’s 15 minutes before your workout so as to minimize muscle breakdown.
    • Warrior Diet – Promotes one healthy meal per day with snacks of raw fruits and vegetables, juice and some protein. It involves very low calorie eating over a 20 hour period and then 4 hours to eat a normal meal. Over an 8 week period with only 1 meal a day, the appetite increased.
    • Alternate Day Fasting – Eat normally for 24 hours and then low calorie for the next 24 hours.
    • Eat Stop Eat By Brad Pilon – 24 hour fast done 1-2 times per week.
  • Bone broth is one of the most amazing foods you can ever consume. It is the reason your mum or your grandma used to make you hot chicken soup when you were feeling under the weather.
  • Bone broth is great for helping to heal your gut and boost your immune system. It can be useful during fasting to help preserve muscle mass.
  • In this program you abstain from any food and only consume bone broth and water over the period of the fast.
  • Absolutely amazing for optimizing fat loss and healing.
  • My book Water Fasting For Wellness was written to give you step by step instructions for preparing for, completing and exiting your own water fast.
  • It involves consuming nothing but water for a period of time. In my upcoming course, I will be detailing my N=1 experiment of a multitude of different fasts. 1 day, 3 day, 5 day, 7 day, 10 day, 14 day, 21 day and 30 day.
  • Absolute fast where you abstain from all water and all food.
  • This type of fast is incredibly intense and should not be done until you have done the other fasts for at least 6 months.
  • Interesting information on this type of fast is found in my book…
  • Fasting is known to improve mental clarity and focus. Therefore it can be used as a tool to give you a greater sense of freedom, flexibility and the level of energy you need to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.
  • Fasting can be especially helpful to do during a time when they require extra energy to meet a major deadline or project.
  • Out of all the fasting types, water fasting produces the quickest effects with the least side effects.
  • Neuronal Autophagy – Where the cells recycle waste materials, downregulate wasteful processes and repair themselves.
  • Increases BDNF in the brain – Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor is important for preventing the death of other brain cells, inducing the growth of new neurons and supporting cognitive function.
  • Decreases Alzheimers and Parkinsons Risk.
  • Decreases Memory Decline and Memory Loss.
  • Fasting forces your body to eliminate all of the immune cells that aren’t needed.
  • Whilst fasting, an enzyme PKA and a hormone IGF-1 are reduced. Once you eat again, these recycled cells will begin to be replenished.
  • Increases Macrophages;
  • Decreases Antigen-Antibody Complexes;
  • Increases Immunoglobulin levels;
  • Increases Neutrophil Bactericidal Activity.
  • Conditions Fasting is especially beneficial for include:
    • Colds and Flus – When you get sick your body will naturally tell you to not eat. Not eating for that period of time can help you heal even quicker.
    • Autoimmune Disease – As they are aggravated by leaky gut and fasting is especially effective for healing gut permeability, it is a great therapy for helping to heal autoimmunity.
    • Cancer – Fasting has been used for many years to treat cancer. In fact they have found that combining fasting and chemotherapy can promote longevity in patients. Fasting causes your body to reboot its immune system and help increase the production of white blood cells which are depleted in cancer patients. To read up on some of the case studies where fasting has assisted recovery and/or quality of life then please check out my book “Water Fasting For Wellness”.
  • Fasting is great for optimizing fat loss, for a number of reasons:
  • It helps to boost human growth hormone. In fact studies have shown that a simple 24 hour fast increases growth hormone by 1300% in women and 2000% in men.
  • It decreases insulin levels and increases lipolysis (releasing stored triglycerides from the body).
  • It improves insulin sensitivity and reduces insulin resistance.
  • It increases Catecholamines and activates Hormone Sensitive Lipase. This hormone is stored in the adipose tissue and spurs the release of fat. Adrenalin and Noradrenalin (Catecholamines) are increased during fasting and will therefore trigger this hormone.
  • Burns more calories – Short term fasting of up to 3 days has been shown to increase your metabolism and your adrenalin levels, therefore increasing calorie burning.
  • Produces Ketones and trains your body to burn fat for fuel instead of sugar for fuel. By the end of a 24 hour fast your body will burn more fat than a typical day of eating.
  • Should Not Fast – Liver or Kidney Disease, Malnourished, Anemic, Adrenally Exhausted.
  • Fast With Supervision – Weakened Immune System, Severely High Blood Pressure, Medication Dependent Diabetes, Weak Circulation.
  • Sleep Deprived/Stressed – It is recommended to get a hold of this prior to starting a fast. However if you can’t then make sure that you practice some meditation, prayer, self hypnosis or other relaxation techniques during the fast.
  • Children – Kids are able to fast with infants fasting for 2-3 days and children fasting for up to 2 weeks. My daughter Amelia does it occasionally and feels great doing so. I monitor her for dizziness and light headedness and make sure she has enough salt. She will break the fast if it doesn’t ease up.
  • Pregnancy – Many studies have found that fasting is perfectly safe during pregnancy, however I would recommend that you do it under the supervision of a medical practitioner.

Preparing For The Fast

Work Out The Details

  • Work Out Your Schedule
  • Prepare Your Mindset

Prepare Your Nutrition

  • Reduce Addictive Substances 1-2 weeks prior to a long fast;
  • Follow a Keto Plan 1-2 weeks prior to a long fast;
  • Follow a Real Food Soup Plan a couple of days prior to a long water fast.

Prepare The Environment

  • Pre Cook Your Family Meals
  • Teach Your Kids To Make Their Own Breakfast and Lunch
  • Create a Sleep Sanctuary

See Your Practitioner

  • Inflammatory Markers (HS-CRP. Homocysteine);
  • Cholesterol (HDL and Triglycerides);
  • Thyroid Hormones (TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3);
  • Immune Health (Full Blood Count);
  • Auto Antibodies (Autoimmunity);
  • Check if it is OK to take your medications during a fast.

Completing The Fast

  • Decide on the type of water to drink;
  • Integrate Activity;
  • Get Productive;
  • Keep Yourself Busy;
  • Relax and Meditate.

Exiting The Fast

  • Take It Slow
  • Read My Book to learn about strategies you can implement to exit the fast.

Water Fasting For Wellness also contains answers to 16 common fasting questions asked.

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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.


Feb 19 2015

Bio Hack #1 in my Upcoming Book – Water Fasting to Kickstart Ketosis

Biohack #1 - Water Fasting

Excerpt from my upcoming book Keto Blocks – Due out 28th February 2015…

I thought I would give you a little peek into one of the Bio Hacks I have included in my upcoming book “Keto Blocks” due out in only 8 days.

The first biohack I am going to discuss is that of water fasting. I am a massive proponent of this technique and believe that not only can it push you into ketosis very quickly, there are a host of other benefits to doing it as well.

When you first start a ketogenic diet you are wanting to start burning fat for fuel instead of sugar for fuel as quickly as you possibly can. Well a great way to really kickstart this process is by incorporating a water fast.

Although you may be concerned that water fasting will produce muscle breakdown, research has actually shown that when you are in ketosis instead of breaking down muscle, your body will break down the fat stores and manufacture ketones for brain fuel. Although some protein breakdown does happen, it doesn’t occur until you are in full blown ketosis (about 3 days in) and it only breaks down less than 0.2kg per day.

If you are starting a ketogenic diet, how about doing a water fast first, so as to really kickstart your journey. For women it only takes 48 hours to enter ketosis, whereas in men it is generally 72 hours. Therefore, you don’t need to do it for very long to receive the benefits of ketosis.

If you are wanting to burn a decent amount of fat and heal certain conditions (such as autoimmune conditions and some cancers), longer periods of water fasting may be required.

I personally recommend no more than 21 days, and preferably between 10 and 14 days.

So, are you convinced yet? If not, let me explain the benefits associated with water fasting…

I then go into the following information:

  • Benefits of Water Fasting;
  • Preparing for the Fast;
  • Who should not do a Water Fast;
  • Who should do a water fast under supervision;
  • When the fast should be ended.