The main cells in your immune system are the white blood cells. Your immune system is also made up of friendly bacteria known collectively is called the microbiome or flora. Those microbes help you in many ways from absorption of nutrients, to recycling of bile, to immune defenses. They’ll make it so there’s just not enough space or food for a pathogen to live.
Our white blood cells actually make enzymes to help break down and kill microbes and pathogens. Our white blood cells generate mucus and inflammation and these pathogens get caught up in this mucus web, it’s like quicksand.
Our immune system has a memory. When there’s a microbe that actually comes back into our body, the immune system actually tags it because it as a memory of that and it can destroy it. So it actually learns over time by being exposed to pathogens. That’s called building up your immune system and this is why as a child it’s not very healthy to keep a child just so utterly sterile that they’re never exposed or they’re never sick. It’s a natural part of building the immune system.
Why? First, intermittent fasting triggers a hormone called growth hormone. Growth hormone is the main hormone that spares muscle protein breakdown in your body. It protects it.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, and insulin both cause destruction of your muscles. So stress, eating sugar, having instant resistance, being a diabetic destroys your muscles. Forty hours of fasting did not trigger any breakdown of skeletal muscle. I did not find the study he was talking about but I found this one, SIX things I have Learnt from forty-hour Fasting https://annfoweraker.com/tag/40-hour-fasting/
In part one, we covered the benefits of lowering insulin, fat burning and autophagy.
Part two will cover a list of food and drinks people can or cannot have while fasting and their effects on insulin, ketones and actual weight loss. (Start the video at the 6:50 minute point)
Here is a list of food and drinks and we are looking at insulin, ketones and actual weight loss.
Coffee. Coffee is going to have an insignificant effect on insulin. There is hardly any carbs, protein or calories. It will have a zero effect on ketones, weight loss or weight gain. If you consume a tremendous amount of coffee with all the caffeine it could increase cortisol and activate insulin. Stress can make you fat because stress mobilizes your own protein, which then will be converted into sugar, which then could raise insulin too.
The hormone that is triggered by stress is cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that has a function of regulating blood sugar to a certain degree.
If a person has low blood sugar, cortisol is released and helps the body turn protein, fat, or ketones into sugar. This is called gluconeogenesis (Sugar – new – making something or making new sugar)). The body is making sugar out of non-carbohydrate sources. This happens in the liver.
Stress raises cortisol. Cortisol releases sugar, and there is a spike in blood sugar. Insulin kicks in and pushes the blood sugar down (hypoglycemia), causing low blood sugar. Now, the person will get hungry, crave carbs, and snack. When they snack, they’ll raise the blood sugar, and the whole cycle will start over.
Are confused about the Ketogenic (Keto) Diet and Intermittent Fasting (IF) concerning calories, and the concept of not eating unless you’re hungry.
The mainstream recommendation for calories per day is:
Female — 2000
Male — 2500
But, of course, the mainstream recommendation doesn’t take into account that you’re doing keto and intermittent fasting.
When you’re doing keto and intermittent fasting, you’re switching your fuel source to your own fat calories. When counting calories it is not just about the dietary calories you’re consuming, you need to include the calories that are on your body as stored fat. A non-fat person has over a hundred thousand calories of fat an obese person has 200,000 or more calories.
My grandfather ate bread sugar, drank alcohol and smoked his entire life and he lived to be over 90 years old. I thought that if we consume these foods we’re supposed to die early. How do you explain that?
Dr. Berg explains, we are all born with different genes. Some people have highly robust genes that can withstand much more than others.
Other people develop metabolic issues early in life and are not able to consume unhealthy foods without them having a tremendously negative effect on their health.
It is possible to eat unhealthily and live a long life. However, very few people are able to do this without experiencing serious health consequences.
1. Stress: Cortisol is a very powerful anti-inflammatory adrenal hormone.
When your body runs out of cortisol, perhaps because you have adrenal stress, or you are burned out, you start developing all sorts of inflammatory conditions. You can even develop an auto-immune condition. If you have high levels of cortisol from stress, the receptors on your cells become resistant to cortisol, leading to cortisol resistance. Effectively you have both high and low levels of cortisol at once.
2. Insulin. Insulin is also an anti-inflammatory hormone. When your insulin level goes high because you are eating too much sugar, you develop something called insulin resistance. There is too much insulin, so your body protects itself by decreasing the number of the insulin receptors on your cells, your body becomes resistant to the insulin, and you develop inflammation.
Insulin is the only hormone that lowers blood sugar. Many people have high blood sugar and inflammation because their insulin can no longer work, or because their pancreas is burned out.
3. Sugar. Consuming sugar (glucose) causes inflammation because glucose by itself is highly inflammatory. Stiffness, inflammation and pain can be the result of you consuming a lot of carbs and eating frequently.
4. Body fat. Excess fat on your body produces substances that can cause insulin resistance.