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Autophagy: The Real Way To Cleanse Your Body

Autophagy: The Real Way To Cleanse Your Body

For the last time, forget juice cleanses and detox diets. They’re fluffy nonsense words. While there’s probably nothing wrong with drinking your weight in liquid kale, it won’t flush out toxins any faster than if you were eating, you know, actual food. The good news: There's a little-known way your body does cleanse itself, and it’s a process that you can control. All you need to do is practice a little self-cannibalism. What? Yes, you can actually train your body to eat itself—and believe it or not, you want it to. It's a natural process called autophagy (literally “self-eating”), and it’s the body’s system of cleaning house: Your cells create membranes that hunt out scraps of dead, diseased, or worn-out cells; gobble them up; strip ’em for parts; and use the resulting molecules for energy or to make new cell parts. “Think of it as our body’s innate recycling program,” says Colin Champ, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and author of Misguided Medicine. “Autophagy makes us more efficient machines to get rid of faulty parts, stop cancerous growths, and stop metabolic dysfunction like obesity and diabetes.” There’s also evidence that the process plays a hand in controlling inflammation and immunity. When scientists engineer rats that are incapable of autophagy, they’re fatter, sleepier, and have higher cholesterol and impaired brains. To sum it up, autophagy is key to slowing the aging process. And you can learn how to do it better. 3 Ways to Self-Destruct "So how do I eat myself?” is a question you probably haven’t asked before, but we’re about to tell you. First of all, autophagy is a response to stress, so you’re actually going to want to put your Continue reading >>

Tim Ferriss – 3 Day Fast Protocol Details – Get Into Ketosis Quicker And Easier

Tim Ferriss – 3 Day Fast Protocol Details – Get Into Ketosis Quicker And Easier

In Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans he puts forward a method to optimize the process of fasting. In his typical 80/20 style, he aims to get the most benefits, in the least amount of time. His recommended fast is conducted in a 3 day period, spanning Thursday evening to Sunday evening. 3-Day Fast Overview Stop eating Thursday night Friday morning go for a long walk to accelerate your transition into ketosis Friday and Saturday stay fasted, and consume moderate amounts of exogenous ketones and MCT oil (as needed), to give you a boost while you’re keto adapting. Sunday evening you break the fast. Here’s the process in more detail if you don’t have Tools of Titans to hand: Thursday Evening Eat a low carbohydrate dinner around 6pm. Make that the last meal of the day. Go to bed as normal. Friday Morning Drink some caffeine if needed, then get out the door and walk within 30 minutes of waking. Bring at least 1 litre of water, with some added salt (to prevent headaches/cramping), and sip as you walk. Walk for 3-4 hours(!). Filling up/buying more water as needed. Arrange phone calls for this time, to make the time productive. The idea behind the walk is that you use up your glycogen stores, forcing your body to move quicker into deep ketosis. The quicker you get into ketosis, the less time you spend feeling sub-optimal, and the less potential muscle wastage. Friday Day (post walk) Consume exogenous ketones or MCT oil 2-3 times throughout the day, where necessary. Tim primarily uses KetoCaNa & KetoForce as exogenous ketone sources. Both these products contain 11.7g of Beta-hydroxybuterate per serving, and each contain 16 servings. The key difference is that KetoForce is an unflavoured (alkaline) liquid. And KetoCaNa is an orange flavoured powder you can mix into wate Continue reading >>

Water Fast Week 2017

Water Fast Week 2017

What is Water Fast Week? In 2015, Dr. Thomas Seyfried – the author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer – came on the show to speak to us about metabolic fasting as a means of cancer therapy – and (possibly) prevention. For a more in-depth explanation of how exactly that works, click here to listen to the episode. The short version? It may be that we have the ability to “starve out” stray (pre-tumorous) cancer cells by simply not eating. Cancer cells don’t survive nearly as well as healthy cells in a low-glucose (ketogenic) internal environment. And the quickest way into ketosis is, well… by starving. Dr. Seyfried cited “a 7-day water fast, once per year” as a possible way for a healthy person to remain cancer-free by starving any errant cancer cells before they can establish a foothold in the body. This means that for a comparatively small investment of time (and a larger dollop of willpower), we might be able to significantly extend both our lifespans and our “health-spans.” Cancer remains a distressingly prevalent killer and misery-bringer – so anything to safely lessen its likelihood is great news, right? Why a water fast? While there are many variations on this theme – different fasting methods promoting slightly different health benefits – research suggests that a water-only fast of at least three days is the most effective method to achieve a deep ketogenic body state in the shortest amount of time. Why not just do a ketogenic diet? Ketogenic diets can be great, but they don’t necessarily achieve the goal here. Most people pursuing these diets remain in “shallow ketosis,” bouncing up occasionally into normal glucose (sugar) burning metabolism when enough carbs or protein enter thei Continue reading >>

My 6-day Water Fast

My 6-day Water Fast

My 6-Day Water Fast Quick answers to common questions: Why I did it and how it went. Why? My main New Years Resolution for 2016 was to change my behaviour to enable me to live a longer healthier life. I did a lot of research, which I’ll briefly summarise: Realistically for most people my age in the US or Western Europe, the biggest risks to our longevity are cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. So I did a lot of research on how to prevent these diseases — more than enough to fill several blog posts. I’ll put links to some useful stuff below. But the short answer is that, beyond genetic factors, if you don’t smoke, most of the benefits come from diet and exercise. I’ve always exercised regularly, but my diet was a problem. For me, the biggest surprise about my diet was that fat was not the problem. Refined carbohydrates and sugar pose the main health risk. Although public health guidelines still recommend a food pyramid full of starchy grains, and “low fat” is synonymous with “healthy” on food packaging, the latest research pretty strongly indicts sugar and refined carbs as the major risk factors for all of those diseases listed above, especially cancer and type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease and age-related neurodegenerative disorders. I made dietary changes over the course of the whole year: I cut out sugar and most simple carbs (pasta, bread, potatoes, rice) for six days out of every week, and I started eating a lot of veggies (esp. spinach, carrots and broccoli). And I started eating a lot more healthy fats — nuts, avocado, olive oil. I lost about 10 lbs (4.5 kg) and generally started feeling a lot better: More energy, consistent mood, fewer aches and pains. (This is of course all very subjective!) I also st Continue reading >>

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

Recently I wanted to explore the world of Ketosis. I thought I knew a little bit about ketosis, but after doing some research I soon realised how wrong I was. 3 months later, after reading numerous books, listening to countless podcasts and experimenting with various diets I know have a sound understanding of ketosis. This resource is built as a reference guide for those looking to explore the fascinating world of ketosis. It is a resource that I wish I had 3 months ago. As you will soon see, a lot of the content below is not mine, instead I have linked to referenced to experts who have a greater understanding of this topic than I ever will. I hope this helps and if there is something that I have missed please leave a comment below so that I can update this. Also, as this is a rather long document, I have split it into various sections. You can click the headline below to be sent straight to the section that interests you. For those that are really time poor I have created a useful ketosis cheat sheet guide. This guide covers all the essential information you should know about ketosis. It can be downloaded HERE. Alternatively, if you're looking for a natural and sustainable way to improve health and lose weight head to this page - What is Ketosis? What Are The Benefits from being in Ketosis? Isn’t Ketosis Dangerous? Ketoacidosis vs Ketosis What Is The Difference Between a Low Carb Diet and a Ketogenic Diet? Types of Ketosis: The Difference Between Nutritional, Therapeutic & MCT Ketogenic Diets Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe? Long Term Effects Thyroid and Ketosis - What You May Want To Know What is a Typical Diet/Macro Breakdown for a Ketogenic Diet? Do I Need to Eat Carbs? What do I Eat On a Ketogenic Diet? What Do I Avoid Eating on a Ketogenic Diet? Protein Consumption a Continue reading >>

Water Fasting Ketosis Is Where The Fat Burn Heaven Begins

Water Fasting Ketosis Is Where The Fat Burn Heaven Begins

In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about water fasting ketosis. I'll explain how water fasting can help you reach your absolute highest possible fat burn rates, which is easily the single biggest benefit of ketosis. You'll also see the science on how long it actually takes before you can enter ketosis during a water fast. You'll also learn about one of the most dangerous problems of water fasting ketosis. I'll also tell you why it is a very good idea to avoid one of the most common mistakes people make once they already reach ketosis during a water fast. Now that you know what you're getting yourself into, here's a quick overview of everything that's covered in this guide: The single biggest benefit of water fasting ketosis Simply put, ketosis is a state where you get to enjoy your absolutely highest possible fat burn rates. If you're on your regular diet, your body can draw energy from a couple of different sources (so not just from your body fat reserves). Those other, non-fat energy sources are the main reason why your fat burn rates stay on the low end, even if you start eating less food. But during a water fast, because you're eating no food at all, those other energy sources in your body will be completely wiped out after a while. Once that happens, your body will enter full ketosis, and in that state of full ketosis, your body will have no choice but to rely almost exclusively on your body fat reserves. With no other energy sources available, ketosis will trigger some pretty amazing fat burn rates in your body. Water fasting is one of the fastest ways to reach that state of super high fat burn. And a lot of people do a water fast just for this reason. There's only one problem with reaching ketosis through water fasting. PRO TIP: A different Continue reading >>

5 Simple Steps To Get Into Ketosis

5 Simple Steps To Get Into Ketosis

I think almost everyone agrees with me when I say that the ketogenic diet is probably one of the most complex and difficult eating plans out there. Even when you’re not on a diet or trying to lose weight you still have to bring a lot of attention to detail. Getting into ketosis isn’t as important as we would think, but there are still 5 simple steps we can make to get into a ketotic state. What Needs to Happen The conditions of nutritional ketosis are: Low blood sugar levels (about <85 mg/dl) Low insulin And because of that there are going to be: Higher glucagon, which is released by the liver, in response to low insulin, to increase the amount of fatty acids in the blood stream. High serum blood ketone levels, with the optimal zone being in between 0.5 and 3.0 mMols. Here are the 5 simple steps to get into ketosis. Step #1 Do a 24-Hour Fast Ketosis is the by-product of a prolonged period of fasting. After your liver glycogen stores have been depleted already after an overnight fast, the liver then begins to create more ketone bodies. After 2-3 days of fasting, you’ll be definitely in ketosis. Your brain will adapt to using ketone bodies and gets about 75% of its energy from fat. Overall, the body’s glucose demands and protein catabolism get reduced to a bare minimum. However, to get into ketosis we don’t necessarily have to abstain from eating that long. We’re already in mild ketosis in the morning and doing a 24-hour fast will increase our ketogenic pathways by a significant amount. Step #2 Start Eating Low Carb Ketogenic Meals Once you finish your 24-hours, you can start eating keto foods. Make your first meal something extremely ketogenic, meaning: Ultra-low carbs – cruciferous vegetables, like spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chard. Your Continue reading >>

Guide To A 10 Day Water Fast & My Fast Experience

Guide To A 10 Day Water Fast & My Fast Experience

You can read about my previous 5 day water fast experience here. Only drinking water with no food at all for 10 days sounds crazy at first thought. I thought the same. However, upon further research and experimentation, I found that it is incredibly beneficial both physically and mentally. Let’s get a few common questions out of the way to start. What is a water fast? A water fast is where you don’t eat and only drink water for a set period of time. Most humans can survive 40+ days without food, and virtually everyone can go two weeks without food with no problems. Why do a waster fast? Water fasting has many great health benefits (see ‘Benefits’ below). In short, it improves the respiration of your cells which makes them function more effectively, it greatly strengthens your immune system, removes toxins from you body (detox), starves potential cancerous cells, shown to increase longevity and helps repair chronic injuries as well as gut issues. There are few downsides other than the discomfort you have at first and the short time spent not enjoying food. An extended fast can greatly improve the quality of your life and improve how your body functions, as well as change your outlook on food in general. Will I lose muscle? A little bit, depending on how you fast. Most muscle loss happens within the first 3-4 days of the water fast. Once in ketosis (where your body produces ketones for energy rather than glucose (blood sugar)), your body goes into protein sparing mode and you lose very minimal muscle. How much weight will I lose? While I wouldn’t recommend fasting to lose weight, you will lose a fair bit. During my 5 day fast, I lost 5kg (11 lbs) in 5 days. During my 10 day fast, I lost nearly 6kg (13.2 lbs), most in the first 5 days. The vast majority is water Continue reading >>

60-hour Water Wash And Ketone Reboot

60-hour Water Wash And Ketone Reboot

A group of more than 2,000 (and growing) like-minded people are doing a 60-hour water wash and ketone reboot starting Sunday, May 14 at 9:00 p.m. through Wednesday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. Others will start roughly every 4-6 weeks. >>>UPDATE: This 60-Hour wash takes place in the group about every 4-6 weeks.<<< This page is dedicated to documenting my experiences and results on the water wash and ketone reboot. You can get the details by clicking on the image below to open a PDF. The wash will include water and KETO//OS MAX (ketone supplement) only. Check back here throughout for updates. Also scroll down to see my wrap-up video. Go to this Facebook support group if you are interested in joining in the future. You can start yours at any time. There is already plenty of posts, videos and support on the page. There is no cost for support or to join the group, but you will need about 8-10 packs of KETO//OS MAX (Maui Punch, Swiss Cacao or Raspberry Lemonade flavors) during the fast. If you need to order yours, click here. You might want to get an accountability partner (mine is my wife!) and split an order (10 packs each). My 60-Hour Water Wash/Ketone Reboot Journal and Experiences This is where I’ll document my experiences and results from the 60-hour water wash and ketone reboot. I’m doing this wash and reboot mostly to see if I can do it, but also to see how my body and digestive system react. I definitely want to detox and reset my system to see how I feel, and to see if my cravings change. I’ll be adding content as I’m going throughout. You can also get updates and live videos on my Facebook page at: Facebook.com/officialketone Sunday, May 14 9:00 p.m. (0 hours): I ate my last meat a little after 8:00 p.m. – boneless ribs, cooked kale and raw carrots. My last meal Continue reading >>

Long Fasts: Dangerous Or Beneficial?

Long Fasts: Dangerous Or Beneficial?

Since this article touches on a subject that could potentially have negative health outcomes, it’s in order to reiterate the website’s health disclaimer: All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. On the whole, Paleo is fasting-positive. Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool for improving health, jump-starting weight loss, or beating cravings, and there’s plenty of medical literature to back up its usefulness. But what about longer fasts (more than a day or two)? If intermittent fasting is good, will a longer fast be even better? Long-term fasting can take several different forms. The most extreme is a “dry fast,” consuming nothing at all (food or water). This is definitely not advisable, as it’s very dangerous to go for more than a day or so without drinking. Water fasting means drinking only water, but consuming no calories during the fast. Another technique is juice fasting, or consuming only fruit and vegetable juices. Some people also fast on broth, or extremely low-calorie protein mixes. Juice fasting and bone broth fasting aren’t truly fasts, since they do involve some intake of calories and nutrients. And protein fasts can be downright dangerous, since humans just weren’t built to live on protein with no accompanying fat. This article focuses on water fasting: the benefits, the drawbacks, and precautions to take if you do decide to start a longer fast. Long Fasts and Weight Loss The most obvious and best-researched benefits of longer fasts are for weight loss Continue reading >>

How Long Can I Fast Before I Start Losing Muscle?

How Long Can I Fast Before I Start Losing Muscle?

Fasting is the process of forgoing food for a period of time to either detox the body or lose weight. Most fasts include drinking water, but some include going without water for a period of time. In the process of fasting, the body turns to muscle at some point to get needed glucose, which results in loss of muscle mass. How fast this happens depends on how much glucose your body is receiving. Fasts can be detrimental to your health, so talk with your doctor before starting one. Video of the Day If you are on a water-only fast, several key changes will happen. The body needs certain basic components, normally provided by diet, to function, the most important of which is glucose. Once the body takes all it can from the last meal you had, it turns to the liver, which stores glucose in the form of glycogen. It takes about 24 hours before the liver is relieved of its glycogen stores. Once the glycogen stores of the liver run out after the first 24 hours, the body turns to fatty acids for fuel, breaking down the fatty acids in the reserves of fat in the body and around the organs. But other parts of the body, primarily the brain and red blood cells, can only function using glucose. The body takes the glucose from glycerol in the fat tissues and the amino acids in muscle, thus beginning the process of muscle deterioration. At some point, usually between 48 to 72 hours after the start of the fast, the body realizes that taking glucose from the muscles is too wasteful. The body then goes through a process known as ketosis, where the liver produces ketone bodies from fatty acids that the brain can use as fuel; only the red blood cells will continue using the muscles for fuel. This reduces the amount the muscles are used as fuel significantly and is referred to as "protein sparin Continue reading >>

Get Into Ketosis Faster – 5 Tips For Rapid Results!

Get Into Ketosis Faster – 5 Tips For Rapid Results!

My Experience That Taught Me How To Get Into Ketosis Faster All of us who eat a low carbohydrate, high fat diet, want to get into a state of ketosis faster. Going from running on sugar-to-fat and getting into ketosis can be a real bummer and difficult. The side effects have broken me many times but has given me a wealth of information in order to cross that bridge. For instance, you may feel extra tired, moody, and have intense cravings for carb-rich foods like muffins and pancakes (trust me when I say intense!). During the sugar-ketosis transition you may not even lose much weight. When done properly, you may also experience headaches and dizziness. Many, like my wife, also feel lightheaded. How Long Does It Take To Get Into Ketosis This transition phase doesn’t have to take weeks or months and be an energy sapping pain. In fact, it’s possible to feel energized, and not crave or be overly preoccupied with pancakes and pizza…not too much anyway. The 5 tips in this article are the best ways I’ve found to eliminate or at least diminish these side effects significantly. They will also help you get into ketosis as fast as possible! Instead of taking 14-30 days, it may only take you 2-4. Give them a try and see for yourself that they can really promote and support your transformation towards using your excess body fat for energy to your brain and body. I’ve tried and tested all five tips in this article, including many others! The experience has allowed me to isolate those things that work and separated them from those that don’t work so well. Struggling to get into ketosis has broken me many times, in the past. Keyword here is, ‘past!’ So now I’m sharing the wisdom I’ve gained, wisdom that has also been shared with me and worked! As with any diet, workou Continue reading >>

Blog #7: Water Fasting And Keto

Blog #7: Water Fasting And Keto

Blog #7 Fasting and Keto This is a personal anecdotal commentary on Fasting and the Ketogenic diet. I am not a doctor, so the below is my understanding of fasting and its effects on your body. In the early '80's I read a small book on the benefits of fasting. Fasting is the fastest way to get your body into the state of Ketosis. Ketosis is when your body has switched "fuels" that give you energy. After you eat a meal, your body will primarily convert the carbs first. It converts the carbs to sugars and dumps them into the blood. Why the carbs first? I don't know. My guess would be that they are easier to convert. After your carbs get converted/used up, the body switches over to Fats. It converts the fat in your food to fatty acids called Ketones. Unless you eat a heavy meal laden with starchy carbs at midnight, you will switch over to ketosis before you wake up. Then you will eat a meal that breaks your fast. Since fasting deprives your body of all food, your body will go into ketosis rather quickly. If you continue fasting, you will not die for a long time, even if you're a skinny person. You will have to drink water though. You can only last a week or so without water. I have added days of fasting to my road to weight loss. I have many reasons for doing this: Yes, I know fasting is like a starvation diet to the max. Weight loss is very fast. And I am in a hurry to lose a lot of weight. I want to start building my home next spring/summer of 2015. Although the normal Keto diet will allow me to lose weight, its just too slow. I have the "sword of Damocles" hovering over my head, that is, if I don't lose my weight, I will get bariatric surgery and half my stomach will be pared off. I figure that if I did opt to get bariatric surgery, there would at least a week of fasting Continue reading >>

My Four Day Fasting Results

My Four Day Fasting Results

The results are in! Here are the results of my ketosis experiment. This post will detail my four-day fast ketosis kickoff period. So… if you think I’m going nuts and wondering why the hell I would fast, well, one, I can assure you I’m not and two, I suggest you read my highly informational article on why I am choosing to fast. Truth-be-told, I’ve tracked body composition, lab work, ketone levels and other important data, so I could become more knowledgeable about them. Some of the questions I had were: Does fasting lead to massive lean tissue losses? Does it destroy your metabolism? Is it unbearable? Does it sap your energy? The good news is that all of these pressing questions and much more are answered in this life-changing article. Okay…caught you! I bet you didn’t read the linked article about fasting, did you? Well, it’s okay; I’ll touch on it really quick. Well, this fast is NOT a water-fast. Honestly, I can name a few reasons, why you should not commit to a water-fast, but I won’t get into them right now. But, what I will get into is the types of fasts that I am practicing regularly and why. So, my fast is similar to what Valter Longo, a renowned researcher, deems to be the “better” than water-fasts in so many ways. According to Longo, the preferential diet is the “fasting-mimicking diet.” In fact, much of his research heavily focuses on reaping all of the benefits (and sometimes more) of a water-fast, while minimizing many of the “negatives” commonly associated with these types of fasts. Even more exciting is that a lot of Longo’s, official “fasting-mimicking diet” involves fat, as a macronutrient, with only about 40% of the total calories of other “diets.” This type of diet is amazing because it resembles the Mediterranea Continue reading >>

Tim Ferriss – 3 Day Fast Protocol Details – Get Into Ketosis Quicker And Easier

Tim Ferriss – 3 Day Fast Protocol Details – Get Into Ketosis Quicker And Easier

In Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans he puts forward a method to optimize the process of fasting. In his typical 80/20 style, he aims to get the most benefits, in the least amount of time. His recommended fast is conducted in a 3 day period, spanning Thursday evening to Sunday evening. 3-Day Fast Overview Stop eating Thursday night Friday morning go for a long walk to accelerate your transition into ketosis Friday and Saturday stay fasted, and consume moderate amounts of exogenous ketones and MCT oil (as needed), to give you a boost while you’re keto adapting. Sunday evening you break the fast. Here’s the process in more detail if you don’t have Tools of Titans to hand: Thursday Evening Eat a low carbohydrate dinner around 6pm. Make that the last meal of the day. Go to bed as normal. Friday Morning Drink some caffeine if needed, then get out the door and walk within 30 minutes of waking. Bring at least 1 litre of water, with some added salt (to prevent headaches/cramping), and sip as you walk. Walk for 3-4 hours(!). Filling up/buying more water as needed. Arrange phone calls for this time, to make the time productive. The idea behind the walk is that you use up your glycogen stores, forcing your body to move quicker into deep ketosis. The quicker you get into ketosis, the less time you spend feeling sub-optimal, and the less potential muscle wastage. Friday Day (post walk) Consume exogenous ketones or MCT oil 2-3 times throughout the day, where necessary. Tim primarily uses KetoCaNa & KetoForce as exogenous ketone sources. Both these products contain 11.7g of Beta-hydroxybuterate per serving, and each contain 16 servings. The key difference is that KetoForce is an unflavoured (alkaline) liquid. And KetoCaNa is an orange flavoured powder you can mix into wate Continue reading >>

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