The pros and cons of Very Short Water Fasts (AKA Intermittent fasting) – Tanglewood Wellness Center


okay good morning this is Loren Lockman from the Tanglewood Wellness Center in Costa Rica and as you probably realize Tanglewood is a water only fasting center and was just asked a question that I thought might be useful to share with you the question was once leaving here would it be beneficial for someone to fast one day a week now many people do this and you know what I think I think really the fair answer the best answer it probably is yes it would be beneficial you know with many things there are benefits and their costs and so if you simply say is this beneficial the answer might be yes if you say are there any cost that might suggest that it might not be a good idea the answer in my opinion would also be yes so it’s not something I would probably recommend that most people do but let me let me first of all address this because over the last few years there has grown a significant movement called intermittent fasting and intermittent fasting is where people will skip what will fast one day a week or two days a week or three days a week or sometimes as much as every other day but there are people who are eating one day and fasting the next people who do this typically they’re not necessarily changing their diet they’re just eat they’re just not eating one two three four days a week there have been found to be some benefits when they do this now let’s look at why that might be first of all as I pointed out to those of you here with me and if you’ve watched many of my videos you’ve probably heard me say many times before processing food takes more energy than anything else we ever do you want to live longer you want to be as healthy as possible you need to make your body more efficient and consume fewer calories so what happens to the person who not doesn’t eat it stops eating every other day well if on the days that they’re eating they eat the way they always have and they cease don’t eat every other day they’re now consuming 50% as many calories as they were before that can only have a positive impact regardless of what they’re eating doesn’t matter how good or bad the food is if they less food they will be better off because they’re taxing their system less make sense okay now as it happens most people who skip eating every other day do not eat the same way on the days they are eating studies have shown that they tend to eat about 35 to 40 percent more food on the days they’re eating you said something the other day about well I’m not going to be able to eat for a couple hours you know a bunch hours so I eat more right a lot of people do the same thing they kind of load up because they know they’re going to go through the day they’d be better off to get more benefit if they didn’t do that but still let’s say someone’s eating 50% more which most people don’t do but let’s say they ain’t 50% more on the days they ate and then didn’t eat the next day they’re still only eating 75% as much food as they were before right they’re going to be better off doing that now skipping one day a week has much less of a significant impact on the percentage of time you’re spending it’s about 16% one day of seven so if you ate exactly the same way all the other days you would be eating 84 percent as much food with that benefit you sure it would does it benefit you to rest your digestive tract absolutely no question it’s the reason why I said to you guys and only a couple days ago I think you know i don’t recommend grazing all day long some people have an apple now in a banana in an hour and an orange two hours later and all day long they’re eating a little bit here that I don’t recommend doing that and by the way that very rarely happens I mean there are grazing animals but the animals that graze cows and sheeps and goats for instance they have to graze because they’re consuming something that is almost entirely devoid of calories so they don’t have a snack and then go do something else for an hour they’re eating all the time right they may take breaks to rest the cetera but they spend most of their time eating because they need to okay you and I don’t need to we’re not designed to consume things that are full of nutrients but devoid of calories right there’s there there’s people out there a man I’ve known for a long time joel fuhrman actually teaches people to get the most Calla nutrient-dense food possible well what that would mean would be something like grass or a few calories tons of nutrients that’s as nutrient dense per calories you can get that’s not helpful to us that’s not what our bodies are designed for we want to be taking in the nutrients and the calories we need without getting an excess of either one of them if we’re taking in more calories than we need we’re working the body harder than it needs to be worked processing food if we’re taking in more nutrients than we need to take in we are working the body harder that needs to be worked everything we take in has to be processed through the system it’s not like magic it’s not like a completely passive thing put in here and essentially it will make its way out the other end your body has to work to make that happen right your liver is working your kidneys are working your colons working your whole system has to move this stuff through ok there’s there’s energy required so we want to be consuming what we’re designed to consume not things that someone thinks from here or what’s better for us now so we give the body some rest by fasting one day a week we might be cutting down on our overall caloric consumption by fifteen or sixteen percent that’s probably positive what else is happening are we getting any deep significant benefit from the fast now you fasted 42 days finished recently you got some pretty significant benefit I think right yes did how much of that benefit was still happening at day 41 a day 42 there was still a lot going on wasn’t there you know the thing is it takes the average person about three to three-and-a-half days to begin to get into the deepest part of the process it takes the average person up to 10 days to be completely into the deepest part of the process it’s why Tanglewood has never recommended doing fasts of a week or two fast for 3 or 4 weeks you get much more benefits not no if you go from two weeks to four weeks it’s not twice as much benefit it might be four times as much benefit because you get past that initial period and now you’re getting much more bang for your buck so to speak right much more benefit for everyday fasting once you get past that initial period very short fasts mean it’s a very surface level process you’re going to clean some garbage out of your bloodstream you might clean some garbage out of your sinus cavities you know its surface level cleansing you

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