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Intermittent Fasting For Healing

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Intermittent Fasting for Healing?

Intermittent fasting is a dietary strategy that addresses the timing of food consumption in a pattern that typically trends toward longer breaks between meal times allowing the gut a prolonged period to rest and recover.  There are several different types of fasting strategies.  The video above discusses four fasting four different types of fasting that have been shown to have tremendous benefits on health and healing.

What are the benefits of Intermittent Fasting?

One of the cheapest and easiest health tools you can access is fasting.  Fasting has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of different diseases and health problems.  These include rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis), chronic pain syndromes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome, obesity, cancer, digestive disorders, and more.  Most recently, nutritional – intermittent fasting is making a come back.  Many doctors and patients are gravitating toward the use of fasting as a tool to aid in recovery and as a lifestyle change to promote improved health.  Some of the benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Regulates Insulin
  • Activates beneficial genes  (SIRT genes) that aid in metabolic repair, reduce the risks of cancer, and turn on antioxidant systems
  • Activates Growth Hormone
  • Accelerates Weight Loss
  • Improves Energy
  • Improves Mood
  • Aids Micro-biome
  • Helps Repair Leaky Gut
  • Gives the GI tract more downtime to recover

intermittent fasting for healing

Types of Fasting Strategies

  • 16:8 – This strategy consists of a 16 hour window of resting the gut, and an 8 hour window in which we can eat.  This is typically done by eating an early dinner followed by a late breakfast.  This ensures a 16 hour period where the gut is at rest.  During the 8 hour window of eating, a person will consume their daily caloric need.  This is not a restricted calorie diet.
  • 20:4 – This fasting strategy consists of a 20 hour window of resting the gut followed by a 4 hour window in which food is eaten.  Like the 16:8 fast, the 20:4 fast is not a restriction of calories.
  • 24 Hour Fast – This diet is somewhat self explanatory.  It consists of a complete food restriction over a 24 hour period of time.  This strategy is best done in intermittent bouts – i.e. choosing 1-2 days per week to implement the fast.  It is best to work with a doctor to help you monitor your health if you struggle with advanced diabetes.
  • Liquid Fast – This dietary strategy consists of consuming only liquids – broth, soups, juicing, water, etc.  The intent of a liquid fast is to reduce the digestive stress on the gut while still maintaining consistent nutritional intake.  A liquid fasts works well for people who struggle with indigestion, or those who experience severe gastrointestinal stress no matter what they eat.

Who Can Benefit From Intermittent Fasting?

In truth, anyone can benefit from IF.  The metabolic benefits have been studied and applied to numerous health conditions.  Maybe the better question to ask is –

“Who should be careful or even potentially avoid intermittent fasting?”  There are some health conditions or circumstances to consider:

  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding.  Fasting for these women may not be the best idea as growing babies require solid and consistent nutrition.  Although there can be circumstances where intermittent fasting can be helpful, seek professional guidance or supervision if you are pregnant of nursing.
  • Diabetics – particularly type I or insulin dependent diabetics.
  • Those who struggle with blood sugar regulation problems – hypo/hyperglycemics

If you are not sure, or you have had trouble with intermittent fasting, don’t go it alone.  Find a health professional with experience in this area to help guide you.

References

  1. Cavalcoli, F., Zilli, A., Conte, D., Massironi, S.  (2017).  Micronutrient deficiencies in patients with chronic atrophic autoimmune gastritis:  A review.  World J Gastroenterol.  24(4), 563-572. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i4.563.
  2. Gammoh, NZ. and Rink, L.  (2017).  Zinc in Infection and Inflammation.  Nutrients.  9(6).  pii: E624. doi: 10.3390/nu9060624.
  3. Laires, MJ. and Monteiro, C.  (2008).  Exercise, magnesium and immune function.  Magnes Res.  21(2), 92-96.
  4. Michalsen, A. and Li, C.  (2013).  Fasting therapy for treating and preventing disease-current state of evidence.  Forsch Komplementmed.  20(6), 444-53.
  5. Patterson, RE. and Sears, DD.  (2017).  Metabolic Effects of Intermittent Fasting.  Annual Review of Nutrition.  doi: 10.1146/annurev-nutr-071816-064634.

 

 

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15 responses on “Intermittent Fasting For Leaky Gut, Rapid Healing, and Weight Loss

  1. Mary Bungert says:

    How important is it to IF, every single day? For example: I have a business lunch today at noon. If I go famished, I will be wea to make the proper-better choices. Kind of like grocery shopping, when your hungry. I would like to have a little something before?

  2. JJ says:

    Dear Dr. Osborne,

    Thank you for so generously, kindly and thoroughly sharing your vast knowledge.youve already made a positive difference in my life and attitude. You are one of my heroes. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 💕

  3. Kevin says:

    Dear Dr Osborne,

    Thank you very much for your invitation to The Truth About Cancer LIVE. For some reason I won’t be able to open the link you have sent to me and it said that “Safari cannot open the page because the server cannot be found.”

    By the way thank you for sending me The leaky gut solutions Guide, I ‘ll read it and infact i have ordered the supplements that you have recommended to me today. Also please help ! And please check your email wich I sent today regarding consultations for overseas clients reside in Australia.

    For the sake of my following you for so many years please help me save my health and life back ! I’m very eager to get help from you ! Please ,please, please do help me urgently !

  4. Carmen Perez says:

    Dear Dr. Osborne,

    I’ve been fasting 1-6 full days, water and tea only. Sometimes I have so much energy I can’t sleep. I’m pretty mad that the food industry has us all fooled about the three meals or 5-6 meals. I did that when I competed in Physique competitions. I’m never going back to that!! I’m in very good physical condition. Before I started fasting I ran 5 miles most mornings. I would like to incorporate running again but I want to continue fasting. Is this possible? Sometimes I have trouble focusing but for the most part nothing negative. Should I try running only on days I actually eat?

  5. Andrea says:

    Intermittent fasting – can you have a bullet proof coffee as part of the fasting phase? Specifically on the 16:8. Many thanks

  6. Charlotte says:

    Dr. Osborne I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and allergy related asthma. I have suffered in the last year with the fibro and the medicine left me extremely fatigued and brain fog! My rheumatologist told me to go “gluten free” so I did!! I ate everything “gluten free” in the stores and still was not quite feeling myself. My daughter bought me your book No Grain No Pain and it has changed my life so much! First off I was taken back at the store shelf gluten free products info in your book. In one week I have been weaning myself off the Duloxetine(poison) and strictly going by your book and I have had more energy then I have had in over a year! I haven’t even finished your book yet and it has already helped me so much! As a child I suffered with asthma, hives, skin allergies and just sickly all the time….now I know why! 🙏🏻 Thank you

  7. Irina says:

    I was diagnosed by my naturopath as insulin resistant and also have leaky gut and candida. I also auffer from joint pain. and inflammatoon. Is intermittent fasting good for me if I am insulin resistant?

    • Irina,
      Yes this can be an effective tool, however; you should consider medical monitoring of your blood sugar if you are taking insulin or medications affecting insulin.
      All the best,
      Dr. O

  8. Annette Drouillard says:

    Hi Dr. Osborne!!! I have gone off of eating gluten just over a year ago, and dairy and coffee 3 to 4 months ago. I am off of all pain meds, which I never even thought was possible, plus I am currently down 74 pounds. I have been doing intermittent fasting for a few months now, and that has been life changing. Thanks so much for your teaching and encouraging people to do what is healthy and right for them. I have never felt better than I do right now, and I am so excited about the future.

    Many thanks

  9. Bonzo Barzini says:

    Hi Dr. O, I have noticed that the women in the stadiums watching the World Cup look very fit, but most of the women at the Astros games look obese. Why is this? We need more fasting at baseball games.

  10. Yaa says:

    Dear Dr Osborne,

    Thank you for all the guidance you give so generously. I am doing the 16:8 IF. I also have a chronic condition for which I take a prescription drug which has to be taken “in the morning”. Is 11 am not too late in the morning to take the medication? What do you think?

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