Fasting Cure for Diabetes and Painful Legs.
What does fasting mean to you? Is it a restrictive and unsustainable action, or is it a sensible and healthy way to stay fit forever? Can it be maintained long term? What are the benefits and risks of fasting, and what effect does it have on your body and your brain? Does it necessarily help with weight loss? And so the questions go on and on.
From my own experience this year, fasting is a miracle solution for so many ailments. It simplifies your life and does not cost anything, and you do not get hungry. It saves you time. Can add it to any lifestyle or diet you have chosen to eat. Every lifestyle and diet can be improved by fasting.
Every time you put different foods in your mouth, you get an altered hormonal response. So counting calories cannot work – cake, avocado and broccoli of the same calories will not cause the same reaction, but your insulin will go up. Eat an egg with its calories, and the insulin stays the much the same as before eating the egg. Calories in, calories out, makes no sense says Dr Fung, and I agree with him for the above reason and personal experience. All calories are not equal.
The fundamental principle in the past was that the metabolic rate stays the same when you drop the number of calories you eat, and so you use up more calories, but it does not work like that at any time. The metabolic rate also drops so we cannot lose weight or lower our insulin levels, let alone our blood sugar. So actually, what happens is, calories in goes down, calories out also go down. The body does this automatically to prevent starvation. Imagine being lost in the wilds with limited food; the body does not want to die, so it reduces the amount of energy from the scarce food and stores of fat in the body.
What needs to be corrected is the hormonal responses.
Hormones are cell messengers that carry necessary signals to different cells in the body. Insulin is a hormone and is the main driving factor of putting on and taking off weight. Certain foods like doughnuts and cakes have more insulin effect. Eat a slice of white bread, and your insulin goes up, eat an egg, and your insulin does not go up. All foods have different effects on the body. What foods you eat plays a role, but how often you eat plays a more critical role. Reduce the number of times a day we are stimulating the hormonal pathways and watch the magic begin. Fat is not good or bad in the body; it’s merely a store of energy. Get too much of it, it pushes up the insulin to the point of insulin resistance, and you get diabetes and many other diseases.
Autophagy is a cellular recycling process. When protein is down in the body, it activates mTOR. If you are eating a lot of protein, your mTOR will not be activated. Vegetable protein is not so bioavailable, whereas animal protein is far more bioavailable. Once activated mTOR then breaks down excess and old protein. Alzheimer’s benefit immensely from this process. If mTOR is low, it triggers a cellular recycling process called autophagy. This is healthy for the brain, and it is brought on by fasting.
Dr Mercola: There is no better metabolic intervention than fasting. It activates autophagy and the regeneration of stem cells. Your mitochondria become happy. Everything is heading in the right direction when you fast: It all comes down to insulin resistant, which is a hormone issue activating mTOR and so much more.
Dr Gundry: Putting your gut at rest is the smartest thing anyone of us can do. Putting the wall of your stomach at rest not having to absorb nutrients, not having to deal with the constant flow of lectins and toxins, more importantly, it allows serious cleaning of the brain. Gundry advocates fasting, both intermittent and longer-term water fasting. It activates autophagy, which is your body’s way of taking out the trash. Fasting, besides many other solutions, also helps get rid of lipomas which are soft rubbery bumps under your skin without surgical intervention.
Dr Fung has discovered the latest benefits of fasting:
Dr Fung claims that Kidney failure is the most significant diabetes outcome. Acute kidney failure happens when your kidneys suddenly lose the ability to eliminate excess salts, fluids, and waste materials from the blood. This elimination is the core of your kidneys’ primary function. Body fluids can rise to dangerous levels when kidneys lose their filtering ability. The condition will also cause electrolytes and waste material to accumulate in your body, which can also be life-threatening. Heart events happen soon after this renal failure, along with other life-threatening diseases.
Dr Fung continues: There are no harmful effects on fasting. Fasting is the magic bullet; it is one of the most powerful weapons we have against weight loss, insulin resistance, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. He has written a book “The Complete Guide to Fasting”.
Fasting is voluntary and can be done at your convenience. It is merely a tool, and you can decide to use it or not to use it and its free. Don’t throw it away before trying it. Fasting activates the adrenalin and other hormones which are essential for your health and longevity.
By fasting, you are stimulating all your inner organs and systems and self-healing yourself. Fasting is a start of an activation process including autophagy which cleans out all the old protein that blocks up your brain, causing, memory loss, moods and Alzheimer’s. Cancer cells are not able to metabolism ketones or fat, which makes cancer cells starve. Everyone has ketones, whether you have diabetes or not. Ketones are chemicals made in your liver. You produce them when you don’t have enough insulin in your body to turn glucose into energy. You need another source, so your body uses fat instead. Your liver turns this fat into ketones, a type of acid, and sends them into your bloodstream. Your muscles and other tissues can then use them for fuel. For a person without diabetes, this process doesn’t become an issue. When you have diabetes, however, you can build up too many ketones in your blood — and too many ketones can become life-threatening.
So, ketones are by-products of the body breaking down fat for energy; this only happens when your carbohydrate intake is low and your body switches into a state of ketosis this is the concept that started the low carb diets. Epilepsy has been cured by an increase of ketones through fasting and very low carb diet.
Fasting has been proven to increase mental clarity. Ancient Greeks fasted a lot because it made them think a lot better. Ketones are much better fuel for the brain says, Dr Fung.
Myths about fasting:
- The body goes into starvation mode. No, it does not; fasting is a voluntary choice, and you can stop at any time, and you are always drinking water. All your body is doing is switching to processing fat instead of what you are eating every day. Starvation happens in wartime in prison camps, and they don’t know if they will ever eat again. Fasting you can control, you can do more, do less; it puts the control of your disease into your own hands – Self-Healing.
- The body is going to burn muscle. It does not happen. The body starts by burning all the glycogen (sugar) stored in the liver, and then it eats body fat. 1 pound (2.2Kg) of fat is about 3500 calories. If you eat about 2,000 calories per day and you are trying to lose 100 pounds (45Kg), you can theoretically go 200 days of fasting just to burn off that fat. So, don’t worry about regular 24 or 48-hour fasts.
- Reducing Calories eaten, reduces weight. No, it does not; your metabolism slows down to meet the fewer calories because it does not want to die; the body sees this as starvation mode, rather than starting to eat fat, it just slows down the metabolism. The metabolism does not slow down with fasting. The body has its usual 2,000 calories to burn, so it continues burning its typical daily energy needs.
Insulin is the primary hormone which tells the body to store or burn energy. When you eat anything, be it junk or healthy foods, the insulin goes up, and the body stores it. When the insulin goes down, it tells the body to release energy. Over time as the insulin stays high, we develop insulin resistance. As you eat, the body is getting the message to store energy and store more energy and is never getting the message to burn energy. That’s the reason for feeling so tired as the energy cannot come back up.
Have sustained periods of fasting and not reduce your calorie intake.
By fasting, you are opening the door for that energy from fat to come out. You then use up fat stores, and during the process, you are not hungry after day one. You are working with your body, Self-Healing.
Breakfast is “breaking the fast”. It’s been part of our everyday life since we were born. If we balance feeding and fasting every day, our insulin will stay in balance, but we don’t, we eat until late and snack all day. It does not matter when you break your fast – but don’t force yourself to eat breakfast because of some belief or advertising. It is no more important than any other meal. Not eating, when you not hungry is a good starting block. Missing one meal every other day is the ideal place to start the process. This is called intermittent fasting.
Dr Gundry: What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is lengthening the time between one meal and the next meal. I think the longer you can go between meals, eventually, the better it is for you. Intermittent fasting means that you are probably going to eat at least one meal a day, maybe two.
Fasting is, or what most people would define it as, at least 24 hours without eating and usually longer than 24 hours. Time-restricted eating is virtually the same thing as intermittent fasting. You are going to eat all your calories, in a set period of hours, during the day.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work in Terms of Weight Loss?
There was a new study published that looked at intermittent fasting and people with type 2 diabetes. The results of the study showed about a 15-pound (7Kg) weight loss in about three months. If you are restricting the time you are going to eat food, you are going to restrict calories because it’s virtually impossible to cram a lot of calories into a small amount of time. So it’s an easy way actually to practice calorie restriction the correct way.
Examples of intermittent fasting.
Some people give themselves a two-hour window of time (between 6 pm and 8 pm). So, for 22 out of 24 hours they are fasting, and then for two hours, they are eating.
I eat a healthy high fat breakfast at 8 am and a high fat-meat lunch at about 3 pm. This gives me a 7-hour window to eat and 17-hours of fasting with only drinking water or black coffee during this intermittent fasting period.
Dr Gundry: On a more fundamental level, we operate on circadian rhythms, both a 24-hour clock but also a seasonal clock. I wrote in my next book, The Longevity Paradox, that there should be a time of a growth cycle every year (which is usually the summer or Autumn) and then there should be a time of regression.
We want to create a period where our body cleans all these marginal cells out. Looking at primitive tribes, and at gorillas and chimps, that’s what all of these animals and humans do: Growth and then regression. With us today, we’re really in 365 days a year of growth. We never go through this part of regression as we should. I think, in large part, one of the reasons we have such fascinating high cancer rates is because we never really prune the tree. We are always growing.
Intermittent Fasting for Your Brain and Your Cognitive Function.
Neurons in your brain can use two fuels. They can use glucose, which is what they use most of the time, but they can also use ketones. But interestingly enough, the organelles that power energy production in all of our cells are mitochondria. Mitochondria are actually “alien” bacteria, that millions and millions of years ago, were engulfed by cells. Mitochondria make and generate a nucleotide, among other things using glucose in a series of chemical reactions, but what’s fascinating is that ketones are a form of fat that can produce energy in mitochondria with a lot less work by the mitochondria.
It appears that mitochondria can produce the same amount of energy with about 50-per cent of the calorie content in a ketone as compared to glucose. And they can do it with much less oxygen utilisation. The jury is still out on the idea that dementia or memory loss is, in part, is a failure of mitochondria to efficiently use fuel.
Also, it turns out that mitochondria can divide and duplicate separate from the DNA in the nucleus of the cell. Mitochondria have their own DNA that’s the alien bacteria’s DNA. What’s fascinating is that you can build more mitochondria within the battery without the cell having to divide. What that means, in terms of intermittent fasting, is if you sense that fuel is not available or fuel is in tight supply, then you can stimulate mitochondrial fission. In other words, the mitochondrial division, making more of them, to turbocharge the cellular engine.
Getting back to the brain, if you supercharge your mitochondria by restricting the calories during a period of time, it sends a signal to mitochondria to extract more energy from fewer resources. You turbocharge each one of the cells in your brain to become far more efficient at using fuel. It’s a really cool concept, and it works according to Dr Fung, who has proved it.
Type 2 diabetes is curable, according to Dr Fung, Dr Gundry and Dr Mercola.
Type 2 diabetes is curable, and the cure is less than inexpensive — it’s free. In fact, you actually save money, as the remedy is fasting and regularly not eat anything for several days, saving you money on food and eventually on medication as you regain your full health.
Type 2 diabetes should not be treated with insulin, as insulin forces glucose into cells that are already saturated with excess glucose and cannot take in more. Instead, the glucose gets turned into fat, which is why insulin injections result in dramatic weight gain. You can fast while at work, regardless of what job you do.
The answer for Type 2 diabetes is to stop feeding your body sugar and burn off the sugar already in your cells, and the most effective way to do this is fasting, not exercise.
Ultimately, diabetes is just one symptom. Insulin resistance, which results in mitochondrial dysfunction, which is also at the heart of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases, all starts, because your body is unable to burn fat as a primary fuel. When your body relies primarily on sugar instead, more reactive oxygen species are generated, which damage the mitochondria in your cells.
Tips on Fasting.
- Fasting reduces insulin, weight and blood sugar levels in the body – the longer the periods, the better. Reduce the number of meals in a day to one or two, but they must be any high-fat diet.
- Both fasting and intermittent fasting are the most crucial aspect of the curing of diabetes, painful legs, heart events, and even preventing cancer.
- Tim Noakes: Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate addiction, and once you have type 2 diabetes, you cannot eat carbohydrates. By cutting out sugar, the most addictive drug in the world, which also means you cut out all processed food and you start eating real food with a high-fat content that satiates one and you don’t want to eat every three hours. Intermittent fasting is essential.
- Black coffee is ok during fasting – slight insulin rises, but for weight loss, it’s okay.
- Dr Saladino: Must have 4g sodium every day when fasting (2 teaspoons of iodised sea salt 10g = 5 gm sodium). No need for probiotics during fasting or even when not fasting.
- Herbal teas, green teas and coffee are ok in water fasting but without any type of sweetener. Also, bullet-proof coffee, which includes black coffee with butter and coconut oil, can be taken. It does have calories, but it does not affect insulin.
- Bone broth is also acceptable for longer fasts if it makes the fast easy to follow.
- Regardless which healthy high-fat diet you are on, you can stay on it, vegan, paleo, vegetarian, carnivorous, low carb; fasting and intermittent fasting will take your health onto a higher road of self-Healing.
Successful fasting diets are intermittent. You have to celebrate at Christmas and weddings, and you need to eat what is in front of you – we need to celebrate being alive. Then fast for many days at Lent, Easter and other days. Life is a matter of balance. After periods of eating a lot, follow up with eating very little during your eating periods. Then intermittent fast for more extended periods. Strick Intermittent fasting is vital after each binge of eating junk food. It is part of enjoying life, disease-free, do not scold yourself and feel guilty. Allow yourself those fun times of eating with family and friends. There is nothing a more prolonged fast will not fix.
Here some interesting links for you to study the fasting protocol with much deeper insight:
- Dr Fung fasting – hormonal issues.
- Dr Caryn Zinn – ‘…On Fat and Fasting’ Why fast? This is a good explanation.
- Tim Noakes: Medical aspects of the low carbohydrate lifestyle.’
Medication treats the symptoms; fasting treats the cause, whether its hypertension, diabetes, or whatever, just try it for your health, regardless of what it is. Fasting finds and deals with the cause.
You are never too old to change your life. Fasting is not rocket science. Take control of your health through a Self-Healing fast, its easy and costs you nothing, not even time.
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Michal Patrick Plumstead.