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Fasting: Consciously Choosing  When to Eat or When Not to Eat  
Basics of Fasting: Why might you consider initiating this discipline?
Please Note: The intent and purpose of this information is to share the potential benefits of abstinence from food, as the Western world is developing chronic diseases from caloric overconsumption. This material is science-based and is offered for one’s educational purposes. Joseph B. Clifford, D.C.
What is Fasting? Technically and simply, Fasting is intentionally not eating, usually taking into consideration a time frame. This determination is based upon your answer to a question that you ask yourself, “Why am I deciding to Fast?” Your answer may be to lose weight or to access the deep essence of your Innate Intelligence, to support your greater healing potentials. Types and Definitions of Fasting Intermittent Fasting has a broad range of descriptions, including decreasing junk food in a daily diet or maybe reducing daily meat and dairy consumption. A more accurate term for these modifications is Reduced Caloric Intake. Intermittent Fasting more frequently refers to methods of perhaps skipping one meal per day or allowing 13-15 hours between one meal and the next, or maybe extending the time between meals to 24 hours (one meal per day), and possibly skipping a full day of eating. The choice is yours. An interesting note that may affect your choices lies in the effects of our Naturally ingrained Circadian Rhythms, created by solar stimulation, our needs for sleeping at night in the dark, the level of Cortisol - a stress hormone- in the morning (which is higher, then progressively decreases as the morning progresses), in conjunction with the amount of activity of our metabolism in the morning verses the night. Our metabolisms are lower at night, thus we do not burn carbohydrate (starches and sugars) as well as in the morning. A rule of thumb is to try to not eat after 8:00 pm and particularly before bed. A reason is that what is eaten is not utilized and is stored as fat. As a matter of fact, higher cortisol hormonal levels also store more fat. In the morning, it is best, if feasible, to eat later in the morning (9:30-10:00ish). Some proponents of Fasting suggest skipping breakfast, while other supporters suggest missing supper/dinner. Generally speaking, reducing starches and sugars is a good idea, since they “lock” (by stimulating insulin production) in fats and prevent them from being metabolized/burned as energy. These fats remain in storage, creating added weight. This idea is particularly true at nighttime. Prolonged Fasting is typically thought of as any Fast that is 2-3 days or longer. Usually a shorter Fast is suggested (2, 3-5 days), since Fasts of a week or more in length might best be monitored, especially in sicker people.

I fully realize that these eating suggestions

and restrictions are not always compatible

with our society's lifestyles. I do believe that

most people can use these insights to their

advantages. Another idiosyncrasy of our

existences' differences, from that of our

distant fore-fathers, lies in the fact that we

live in artificially illuminated environments.

Overall, we no longer go to bed, when the

night is dark, nor do we rise with the first

light of sunrise. (This is a function of

Nature's Circadian Rhythms.)

The hard-wired (into our cellular DNA)

Circadian Rhythms play a large role in our

health.

When you are proceeding through a Fast,

any food consumed will be enough to

stimulate the digestive process and result in

breaking your Fast. If your interests are to

lose weight and body fat, there is no issue.

However, if your interests lie also in

stimulating the deeper inherent healing

reflexes, prematurely breaking/ terminating

the Fasting process will shut down these

metabolic responses. If this occurs, simply

choose another day and start over.

Remember: Fasting is defined as eating

nothing.

What is “Breaking” a Fast? Most of us recognize the word, “breakFast”, and we may know it as the first meal of a new day. Within its context, it describes breaking a Fast, after rising from a night of sleep. During a night of slumber, most people probably do not eat food/ consume calories. Remember, during this time, eating foods is stored as fat.
Fasting, as a Natural Stressor Fasting is a stressor to the body, and if the body physiology senses that the physical being is not receiving more food/nutrition (“it will starve”), the body Innately enters into a defensive mode that will help the human organism to survive. One reflexive shift is that the body metabolism will slow down to save body stores of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Your body will naturally and initially eat up all carbohydrate/sugars that are to be found in the blood, the muscles, the liver, and the brain. (This is a very similar process, through which long-distance runners must pass, if they have trained their bodies to burn primarily glucose sugar for energy.) When your body's blood, muscles, liver, and brain run out of sugar, the Innate reflexes shift over to burning fat. This process is called Ketosis, and our primal relatives spent most of their lives in this metabolic state, since they did not have our ready access to food. One of the initial goals of all Fasting styles is to burn/metabolize as much of the stored glucose sugar as possible. That is why individuals, who are properly Fasting, stop putting more calories into their bodies, particularly starches and sugars. Ketosis (burning fat) will follow.
Reasons to Fast and Potential Results Stimulate Ketosis, along with creating Ketone Bodies in the liver, which are excellent sources of energy for the brain. Burning stored fat also is a means by which to lose weight, reducing fat on the body and around the internal organs. (This condition is much healthier.) Stimulate Autophagy (“Self Eating”); an ongoing mechanism, during which the body detoxifies. This process sends specialized cells throughout the body, scouring for dead and dysfunctional cells, including aged and warn out DNA (molecular components, which produce all functional proteins in our bodies). This self-eating action opens opportunities for new and healthier tissue replacements, including those of the heart and brain. Also, from this process, proteins and energy are produced for the tissues of the body. Amazing! Another phenomenal side-effect of Fasting is stimulation of Hormesis, during which cells' energy producers, mitochondria, are increased in number (reversing aging). Another important healing process that is facilitated by Fasting is in the production of Stem Cells, which start out made in the bones and stored in the bones and fat tissue. These cells are originally non-specialized/ non- differentiated. They normally pass through the blood to all areas of the body that need repair. When a tissue is discovered that is damaged, stem cells become specialized into the type of cells of the tissue, replacing unhealthy cells. This is how healing takes place. Magnificent! Detoxification takes place, as fat cells are emptied, carrying toxins that are stored within them, along with cleansing a major purification organ, the liver. Fasting gives the digestive system and Microbiome a time to rest and repair, which cannot occur, when an individual is continually eating. Fasting allows microbes of the gut, which are fed by sugars and junk foods to die off.
What is Suggested for Fluid Supports? Purists drink only clean water (#1), creating the name, Water Fasts, and it is extremely important to hydrate the body and for detoxification, during longer Fasts. Other options include coffee ( it will not break a Fast, yet it should be kept to a couple of cups) and Green tea (an excellent mini-boost and hydration drink). Technically, any nutrient added to water will affect the process of autophagocytosis. Please note: nothing should be added to drinks, such as dairy, sugar, creamers, lemon juice, etc. Doing so will break the Fast.
What happens during the various time frames? During all levels of Fasting, resulting from caloric restraints, the following events take place: Within 24 hours of Fasting, Stem Cell production within the intestine is initiated. This function is excellent for gut issues. The number of stem cells, when we are young, is large, but the number reduces with age. Autophagy is an ongoing process yet is stimulated by Fasting, and activity is supported greatly during ample, restful sleep. Autophagy is nutritionally boosted by organic, unsweetened chocolate (not to be eaten during a cycle of Fasting), and bergamot (Earl Grey) and green teas. This detoxification process starts around 15-16 hours, peaks during the third day and extends into a Fasting fourth day. Around this same time, Growth Hormone levels spike, which supports cellular replacement and growth. The body also seeks stored sugar within fat deposits. Between 24-36 hours, the body is reaching out for more stored sugar. Within 3 days of Fasting, research shows how the Immune system “reboots”, by allowing old white blood cells to die off , making possible for new WBCs to be produced. A Fast is definitely a journey, a challenge, and an accomplishment that provides the individual with a feeling of satisfaction, gratitude, and empowerment toward the experience. For me, it becomes Spiritual.
Ways to Enhance the Extended Fasting Experience

Utilize the benefits of a 20-24-hour Fast (eating one meal

in a day), once or twice per week. Research has shown

this practice helps to enter more quickly autophagy and

stem cell production.

To help promote Ketosis, dramatically reduce

carbohydrates 1-2 days prior to your Fast - these sugar

sources won't have to be burned up, in order to

eventually arrive in fat-burning mode.

How to Break Your Fast

Depending upon the length of time that you

continue to Fast, your stomach and intestine need

to be nurtured back into consuming food. I have

found that the following simple routine works well

and does not upset or irritate my belly.

1. Start with 8-10 ounces of clean water, mixed

with 1-2 tablespoons of Bragg's Organic Apple

Cider Vinegar (helps to start re-establishing a good

acidity back to the stomach and intestine, along

with rebuilding the gut bacteria).

2. After about 10-15 minutes, drink a glass of

organic veggie broth.

3. After another 10-15 minutes, start with

fermented options: Kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt.

4. After a few more minutes, eat a couple

spoonfuls of healthy fats, such as nut butters or

coconut and olive oils. Healthy fats will help to

prevent glycemic /sugar spikes.

5. After about 30 minutes, you may eat a light

meal.

6. Wait a few hours before eating meat or dairy.

7. Postpone, for a few hours, eating starches and

sugars, which cause insulin spikes.

Final Thoughts Fasting times can be challenging, if not hard, so I suggest starting your personal Fasting process simply, yet consistently. Regular practice does build the Fasting Muscle. Taking incremental steps will create success. Feelings of hunger do wane in Day Two, with temporary waves throughout the duration (which don't last). During Stem Cell production, you might feel discomfort, as the body heals old wounds. (Thank you, Innate!)
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Fasting: Consciously Choosing  When to Eat or When Not to Eat  
Basics of Fasting: Why might you consider initiating this discipline?
Please Note: The intent and purpose of this information is to share the potential benefits of abstinence from food, as the Western world is developing chronic diseases from caloric overconsumption. This material is science-based and is offered for one’s educational purposes. Joseph B. Clifford, D.C.
What is Fasting?: Technically and simply, Fasting is intentionally not eating, usually taking into consideration a time frame. This determination is based upon your answer to a question that you ask yourself, “Why am I deciding to Fast?” Your answer may be to lose weight or to access the deep essence of your Innate Intelligence, to support your greater healing potentials. Types and Definitions of Fasting Intermittent Fasting has a broad range of descriptions, including decreasing junk food in a daily diet or maybe reducing daily meat and dairy consumption. A more accurate term for these modifications is Reduced Caloric Intake. Intermittent Fasting more frequently refers to methods of perhaps skipping one meal per day or allowing 13-15 hours between one meal and the next, or maybe extending the time between meals to 24 hours (one meal per day), and possibly skipping a full day of eating. The choice is yours. An interesting note that may affect your choices lies in the effects of our Naturally ingrained Circadian Rhythms, created by solar stimulation, our needs for sleeping at night in the dark, the level of Cortisol - a stress hormone- in the morning (which is higher, then progressively decreases as the morning progresses), in conjunction with the amount of activity of our metabolism in the morning verses the night. Our metabolisms are lower at night, thus we do not burn carbohydrate (starches and sugars) as well as in the morning. A rule of thumb is to try to not eat after 8:00 pm and particularly before bed. A reason is that what is eaten is not utilized and is stored as fat. As a matter of fact, higher cortisol hormonal levels also store more fat. In the morning, it is best, if feasible, to eat later in the morning (9:30-10:00ish). Some proponents of Fasting suggest skipping breakfast, while other supporters suggest missing supper/dinner. Generally speaking, reducing starches and sugars is a good idea, since they “lock” (by stimulating insulin production) in fats and prevent them from being metabolized/burned as energy. These fats remain in storage, creating added weight. This idea is particularly true at nighttime. Prolonged Fasting is typically thought of as any Fast that is 2-3 days or longer. Usually a shorter Fast is suggested (2, 3-5 days), since Fasts of a week or more in length might best be monitored, especially in sicker people.

I fully realize that these eating suggestions and

restrictions are not always compatible with our

society's lifestyles. I do believe that most people can

use these insights to their advantages. Another

idiosyncrasy of our existences' differences, from that

of our distant fore-fathers, lies in the fact that we live

in artificially illuminated environments. Overall, we no

longer go to bed, when the night is dark, nor do we

rise with the first light of sunrise. (This is a function of

Nature's Circadian Rhythms.)

The hard-wired (into our cellular DNA) Circadian

Rhythms play a large role in our health.

When you are proceeding through a Fast, any food

consumed will be enough to stimulate the digestive

process and result in breaking your Fast. If your

interests are to lose weight and body fat, there is no

issue. However, if your interests lie also in stimulating

the deeper inherent healing reflexes, prematurely

breaking/ terminating the Fasting process will shut

down these metabolic responses. If this occurs,

simply choose another day and start over.

Remember: Fasting is defined as eating nothing.

Fasting, as a Natural Stressor Fasting is a stressor to the body, and if the body physiology senses that the physical being is not receiving more food/nutrition (“it will starve”), the body Innately enters into a defensive mode that will help the human organism to survive. One reflexive shift is that the body metabolism will slow down to save body stores of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Your body will naturally and initially eat up all carbohydrate/sugars that are to be found in the blood, the muscles, the liver, and the brain. (This is a very similar process, through which long-distance runners must pass, if they have trained their bodies to burn primarily glucose sugar for energy.) When your body's blood, muscles, liver, and brain run out of sugar, the Innate reflexes shift over to burning fat. This process is called Ketosis, and our primal relatives spent most of their lives in this metabolic state, since they did not have our ready access to food. One of the initial goals of all Fasting styles is to burn/metabolize as much of the stored glucose sugar as possible. That is why individuals, who are properly Fasting, stop putting more calories into their bodies, particularly starches and sugars. Ketosis (burning fat) will follow.
Reasons to Fast and Potential Results Stimulate Ketosis, along with creating Ketone Bodies in the liver, which are excellent sources of energy for the brain. Burning stored fat also is a means by which to lose weight, reducing fat on the body and around the internal organs. (This condition is much healthier.) Stimulate Autophagy (“Self Eating”); an ongoing mechanism, during which the body detoxifies. This process sends specialized cells throughout the body, scouring for dead and dysfunctional cells, including aged and warn out DNA (molecular components, which produce all functional proteins in our bodies). This self-eating action opens opportunities for new and healthier tissue replacements, including those of the heart and brain. Also, from this process, proteins and energy are produced for the tissues of the body. Amazing! Another phenomenal side-effect of Fasting is stimulation of Hormesis, during which cells' energy producers, mitochondria, are increased in number (reversing aging). Another important healing process that is facilitated by Fasting is in the production of Stem Cells, which start out made in the bones and stored in the bones and fat tissue. These cells are originally non-specialized/ non- differentiated. They normally pass through the blood to all areas of the body that need repair. When a tissue is discovered that is damaged, stem cells become specialized into the type of cells of the tissue, replacing unhealthy cells. This is how healing takes place. Magnificent! Detoxification takes place, as fat cells are emptied, carrying toxins that are stored within them, along with cleansing a major purification organ, the liver. Fasting gives the digestive system and Microbiome a time to rest and repair, which cannot occur, when an individual is continually eating. Fasting allows microbes of the gut, which are fed by sugars and junk foods to die off.
Ways to Enhance the Extended Fasting Experience

Utilize the benefits of a 20-24-hour Fast (eating one meal in a

day), once or twice per week. Research has shown this practice

helps to enter more quickly autophagy and stem cell production.

To help promote Ketosis, dramatically reduce carbohydrates 1-2

days prior to your Fast - these sugar sources won't have to be

burned up, in order to eventually arrive in fat-burning mode.

What is “Breaking” a Fast? Most of us recognize the word, “breakFast”, and we may know it as the first meal of a new day. Within its context, it describes breaking a Fast, after rising from a night of sleep. During a night of slumber, most people probably do not eat food/ consume calories. Remember, during this time, eating foods is stored as fat.
What is Suggested for Fluid Supports? Purists drink only clean water (#1), creating the name, Water Fasts, and it is extremely important to hydrate the body and for detoxification, during longer Fasts. Other options include coffee ( it will not break a Fast, yet it should be kept to a couple of cups) and Green tea (an excellent mini-boost and hydration drink). Technically, any nutrient added to water will affect the process of autophagocytosis. Please note: nothing should be added to drinks, such as dairy, sugar, creamers, lemon juice, etc. Doing so will break the Fast.
What happens during the various time frames? During all levels of Fasting, resulting from caloric restraints, the following events take place: Within 24 hours of Fasting, Stem Cell production within the intestine is initiated. This function is excellent for gut issues. The number of stem cells, when we are young, is large, but the number reduces with age. Autophagy is an ongoing process yet is stimulated by Fasting, and activity is supported greatly during ample, restful sleep. Autophagy is nutritionally boosted by organic, unsweetened chocolate (not to be eaten during a cycle of Fasting), and bergamot (Earl Grey) and green teas. This detoxification process starts around 15-16 hours, peaks during the third day and extends into a Fasting fourth day. Around this same time, Growth Hormone levels spike, which supports cellular replacement and growth. The body also seeks stored sugar within fat deposits. Between 24-36 hours, the body is reaching out for more stored sugar. Within 3 days of Fasting, research shows how the Immune system “reboots”, by allowing old white blood cells to die off , making possible for new WBCs to be produced. A Fast is definitely a journey, a challenge, and an accomplishment that provides the individual with a feeling of satisfaction, gratitude, and empowerment toward the experience. For me, it becomes Spiritual.
How to Break Your Fast

Depending upon the length of time that you

continue to Fast, your stomach and intestine need

to be nurtured back into consuming food. I have

found that the following simple routine works well

and does not upset or irritate my belly.

1. Start with 8-10 ounces of clean water, mixed

with 1-2 tablespoons of Bragg's Organic Apple

Cider Vinegar (helps to start re-establishing a good

acidity back to the stomach and intestine, along

with rebuilding the gut bacteria).

2. After about 10-15 minutes, drink a glass of

organic veggie broth.

3. After another 10-15 minutes, start with

fermented options: Kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt.

4. After a few more minutes, eat a couple

spoonfuls of healthy fats, such as nut butters or

coconut and olive oils. Healthy fats will help to

prevent glycemic /sugar spikes.

5. After about 30 minutes, you may eat a light

meal.

6. Wait a few hours before eating meat or dairy.

7. Postpone, for a few hours, eating starches and

sugars, which cause insulin spikes.

Final Thoughts Fasting times can be challenging, if not hard, so I suggest starting your personal Fasting process simply, yet consistently. Regular practice does build the Fasting Muscle. Taking incremental steps will create success. Feelings of hunger do wane in Day Two, with temporary waves throughout the duration (which don't last). During Stem Cell production, you might feel discomfort, as the body heals old wounds. (Thank you, Innate!)
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