Periodic Fasting Repair your DNA, Grow Younger, and Learn to Appreciate your Food

Periodic Fasting: Repair your DNA, Grow Younger, and Learn to Appreciate your Food.  Fasting can be considered an outrageous and even dangerous practice in today’s world, where it is considered normal to consume three meals and additional snacks daily (or risk becoming ill). One of the most common fears associated with fasting is fear of hunger, or the false hunger experienced by the majority of people as their glycogen stores deplete (the body sugar storage). Fasting has frequently been linked to religious practices. It is past time to draw a distinction between the two. In Periodic Fasting, I take readers on a journey through time, from the dawn of life on Earth to early human societies, the Middle Ages, and modern times, to examine the concepts and practices of prolonged fasting and intermittent fasting (IF). Periodic Fasting is about: 1. My early life experiences with fasting in my grandparents’ small village (using a high-carb diet). 2. The co-evolution of primitive life forms on Earth and fasting; fasting in the animal kingdom. 3. Species of early hominids, food restriction, and meal frequency The emergence of the first organized human societies and the transition from ad hoc feeding to regular dietary patterns. Timing of meals and circadian rhythmicity. 4. The personal story of a medieval man who began consuming less food in his mid-thirties due to poor health and lived to the age of 102. (narrated by himself). 5. The dozens of extended fasting experiments conducted at the turn of the twentieth century; fasting as a cure for a variety of ailments. 6. How people can survive for 139, 236 or even 382 days without food (medically supervised experiments). Details of seven to forty-day fasts undertaken by lean individuals for rejuvenation, detoxification, and increased life expectancy. 7. From the mid-twentieth century, emerging science and studies on fasting (pathological implications – diabetes, obesity, CVD, cancer, and others). 8. How fasting and semi-starvation can be diametrically opposed: disturbing Second World War stories 9. Fasting’s molecular mechanisms: what happens when your body prioritizes cell repair and tissue rejuvenation over digestion. 10. The mechanism by which certain hormones are secreted is frequently misunderstood, most notably thyroid hormones and insulin. On the fear of muscle loss, the mainstream media, and bro-science. 11. The science of prolonged and intermittent fasting in the modern era (AMPk, SIRT, FOXO, etc). 12. My personal prolonged water-only fasting experiment; insights into long-term fasting refeeding and realimentation. 13. My daily intermittent fasting protocol for one year and three months (still on-going). My ever-evolving exercise protocol (lifting), the foods I eat on a daily basis, the supplements I take, and whatever other cool strategies I employ all contribute to my consistency and compliance with the protocol. 14. How I use intermittent fasting (IF), a well-formulated ketogenic diet, and calorie restriction to significantly improve the quality of my life while paradoxically never feeling hungry; how fasting can improve energy levels and mood if done correctly. Armed with this knowledge, your perspective on your body’s limits will shift dramatically.