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What Happens To The Body When We Fast?

July 24, 2021

There's a lot of magical things that happen when you fast. Over a long period of time, our bodies have adapted to longer periods of fasting. All of these unique proteins get activated helping the brain and body develop and function better. We must always stay hydrated. Of course, we should consult with our doctors and/or nutritionists before attempting a fast.

Fasting duration and its effects

12 Hours - Spike in Growth Hormone. It is the anti-aging and fat burning hormone. It is involved with healing joints and protein synthesis.

18 hours - Start to develop Autophagy. It is when you start recycling old damaged proteins. Starts to clean out microbes, fungus, mold and yeast.

24 hours - Start to run more and more on keynotes and depletes liver glycogen. Inflammation reduced, gut healing (increased stem cell in gut), heart improvement, brain starts to repair (BDNF).

Beyond 24 hours - Certain genes that spare protein. Balance between oxidants (hydrogen peroxide to kill off microbes) and antioxidants to protect the body from oxidation.

48 Hours - You really start to stimulate the stem cells. More healing and repair, anti-aging, decrease risk of certain types of cancer, shrinkage of certain tumors, start making more mitochondria

72 Hours - Get even more stimulation of stem cells and better immune function. Recommended as a periodic occurrence due to possible nutritional deficiencies. Jumping in too fast may cause certain side effects and you want to gradually do this over time.

The recommendation is to do intermittent fasting on a regular basis. A good pattern to do this is 18 hours of fasting with a 6-hour window. So, eat, then wait 6 hours and fast for 18 hours. Then do periodic prolonged fasting to achieve additional health benefits. Make sure you take your minerals, b vitamins and salt during fasting.

Around 8am in the morning, sometimes your cortisol spikes. When you're fasting, the glucose isn't coming from your diet, it's coming from your liver. Exercise should bring that down.

LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)
Increases during fasting. The increase in cholesterol is likely being used to heal the cellular membranes or using the raw material to make more hormones. There are various tests you can take to see determine what's happening with the cholesterol.

Exercise increases growth hormone as well.

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