Benefits of Dry Fasting
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00:21 Why do I love fasting?
00:45 What is Dry Fasting
01:50 Is Dry Fasting safe?
03:37 What happens during Dry Fasting?
1. Dry fasting lowers inflammation in your body
One of the most important benefits of dry fasting is that your inflammation levels significantly drop.
In fact, studies show dry fasts significantly lower the concentration of inflammatory markers like these:
TNF-α: This molecule is able to induce fever, inflammation, and cell death. It can increase the chance of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel diseases when it’s not properly regulated.
CRP: High levels of CRP are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease
IL-1b: Important mediator of inflammation and is linked to heart failure.
IL-6: This pro-inflammatory molecule can worsen autoimmune diseases and infections. It’s associated with a higher risk of diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and further malignant growths in people with breast cancer.
CXC Chemokines: Molecules that cause inflammation when unregulated.
2. Dry fasting helps you grow new brain cells
Dry fasting promotes the release of a chemical in your brain called BDNF. This is like Miracle-Gro for your brain.
The benefits of BDNF on your brain are profound. BDNF is known to:
Improve memory and learning.
Increase brain plasticity.
Increase the creation of new neurons.
Protect against degeneration of brain cells.
Another benefit of dry fasting is that you tend to get higher ketone production on a dry fast. Ketones are incredibly healing to brain tissue and will reduce the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. This can have a dramatic calming effect on conditions such as anxiety where the brain is overstimulated.
3. Dry fasting balances cholesterol levels
Many people who go on a ketogenic diet fear an increase in cholesterol. What I see in my clinic is that the opposite actually happens, especially if you apply the low carb, high-fat principles of a ketogenic diet with short intermittent periods of dry fasting.
Several studies show that after dry fasting:
HDL (good) cholesterol levels increase in women.
Total cholesterol and triglycerides decrease in men.
LDL (bad) cholesterol decrease in both sexes.
4. Dry fasting lowers blood sugar levels
When your blood sugar is too high, it’s damaging to your body and brain. When I first start working with a patient, our goal is to get their morning blood sugar somewhere between 70-90.
When I see numbers higher than that, I know it’s time to throw in some fasting. Multiple studies have found that after a dry fast, people have decreased blood glucose levels and increased insulin sensitivity.
5. Dry fasting prevents Osteoporosis
Another cool benefit of dry fasting is the impact it can have on your bone health.
Your body will secrete a hormone called Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) during an intermittent dry fast. PTH helps with bone reabsorption, bone formation, and increases calcium levels in your blood.
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