It sounds awful don’t you think (going without food)? Some would even say torture. It goes without saying that fasting is not for everyone (and nor should it be), but for the right person, fasting can be a true game changer.
Let’s begin by clarifying, there are those of you for whom fasting would add little value, or potentially put you in a compromised position. These people (those who don’t have a specific health goal as well as those who don’t experience any gastrointestinal, hormonal, weight, immune or energy concerns) might find a better fit in shorter fasts or by seeking tailored advice from their health care professional. Those of you with acute or chronic blood sugar regulation issues, heart disease or cancer would be well advised to seek medical support before exploring fasting (although there is some good science to support fasting with these conditions).
If you ARE one of the millions who have:
- poor digestive function (symptoms ranging from bloating, constipation, aching, lethargy after eating, cravings, diahorrea)
- your hormones are all over the place (moody, edgy, impatient, tearful, heavy or missing periods, hair loss and abnormal weight changes),
- have any immune-related condition (auto immune disease, intolerances, allergies),
- are holding more weight than you want or
- if you simply know you can feel better, fasting is a proven strategy.
Regular cycles of fasting for a three or four day period is an effective and efficient way to influence your health. Some of the outcomes you might expect from fasting include:
- promotes protection against diabetes, cancer, heart disease and neuro-degeneration 1
- has beneficial effects on insulin, glucose, C-reactive protein, and blood pressure 2
- can cause a decrease in blood glucose, insulin and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) 3
- promotes visceral fat loss
- reduce obesity, hypertension, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis 6
- triggers adaptive cellular stress responses, which result in an enhanced ability to cope with more severe stress and counteract disease processes
If you have been researching, you’ll know that there are as many types of fasts as there are reasons to fast. We have taken a scientific approach to fasting for optimal outcomes and have careful sculpted a fasting program that we believe will help you get your best results.
The key elements to our fasting program include:
- low to no caloric intake
- nutrient density
- supplemental support of detox pathways
Why are these elements important? Lets take a look at them one at a time.
Low to no caloric intake. A key fasting principal is to eliminate any duress or burden that your body will undertake when metabolising and digesting calories/food. By abstaining from caloric intake, your body is going to need to make some adjustments to how it gets/uses energy, as well as what needs or doesn’t need to be secreted (enzymes, acids, bile) in the absence of food. Some of the pathways that become quickly challenged are the regulation of blood sugar (many people see a quick correction in blood sugar levels), it instantly relieves the digestive tract of any requirements for processing and requires your body to access alternative avenues for energy production (stored fat, glycogen). Not only that, you are also taking away any irritants in the form of foods (or liquids) that you may not be aware you have an intolerance or allergy to. This allows the immune system to pay attention elsewhere (or take a well deserved break).
Science has shown the immune system can be ‘reset’ after a fasting period of only three days. This study shows that periodic fasting (PF) can “promote metabolic and cellular changes that affect oxidative damage and inflammation, optimize energy metabolism, and enhance cellular protection”4
Nutrient density. If we are clear about optimising, we know it’s important to nourish our cells. Abstaining from nutrients can potentially further stress the body and alter what your body does to survive. For the three or four days of fasting, we want to influence the body to prioritise detoxification and cleansing, rather than survival strategies. By using the combination of calorie deficit and nutrient density, the signalling is such that the body feels ‘safe’ and continues to operate in an efficient manner, without the burden of calories to metabolise. The science shows that “prolonged water only fasting is difficult for the great majority of the population and its extreme nature could cause adverse effects, which include the exacerbation of previous malnourishments and dysfunctions, particularly in old and frail subjects.”5
We include low-caloric greens, highly processed vegetable protein, nutrient-dense greens powder, alkalising support, liver support, gut-healing broth, relaxing and cleansing herbal teas and plenty of water on this fast.
Supplemental support of detox pathways. This is where the rubber hits the road and we really zone in to maximise your fasting outcomes. Supplements are a critical component of our fasting protocol. Detoxification happens in two phases – phase one being long and slow, phase two being short and sharp. The absence of protein and liver supporting supplements may see liberated toxins recirculating as they don’t have any amino acids to attach to for effective elimination. By using targeted supplements we can draw out those liberated toxins and simultaneously support the liver who will be working a little overtime.
What you get:
A fasting eBook. This is your guide for how to fast smart. It will take you step by step through the fasting process.We recommend you read this book well ahead of time so that you can plan and be sure to eliminate any barriers that might pop up. The eBook will guide you through how to prepare, how to shop, will give you the step by step process of daily routine, as well as make recommendations for how to eat post fast.
All of the supplements you need for your three (or four) day fast, including:
- Liver GI support
- Alkalising formula
- Detox tea
- Good Green Stuff (nutrient-dense greens powder)
- Clean Lean Protein (highly processed unflavoured pea protein)
- Toxaprevent (to absorb and remove toxic substances from the digestive system)
You may have the intention of fasting for three days, so we’ve added an extra day in your pack in case you’re in flow and want to continue. We find that often by the time people are into their third day, the ‘rough patch’ is over and you’re ‘in flow’ – we want you to be able to go there if that’s the case.
Fasting Cheat Sheet
This ‘at a glance’ document will give you the basic timing and facts about daily fasting so you can quickly see where you’re up to and what to do.
We believe the benefits of fasting are great. Not only physically, but emotionally and certainly from a growth perspective. We would love to hear about your fasting experience – what you learnt about your relationship with food, how you felt during and after the fast. Please be sure to let us know.
3 (Lee et al., 2010)