Want to Try Intermittent Fasting?

Want to try Intermittent Fasting? I am sure you have heard the term as it has become as popular lately as the keto diet! I decided to try it and I started it last week and want to share my experience.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. There are many different types of intermittent fasting. I am trying the 16/8 method which is 16 hours of fasting and only eating within an 8 hour time window (usually 12 noon to 8pm works for me personally).

What Are the Benefits?

Of course I had to research the “proven” benefits and here are some. See if any of these resonate with you.

  1. Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning.(1)
  2. Gene expression: There are beneficial changes in several genes and molecules related to longevity and protection against disease. (2)
  3. Facilitates fat burning and muscle gain. (3)
  4. Short-term fasting actually increases your metabolic rate by 3.6-14%, helping you burn even more calories. (4)
  5. When we fast, the cells in the body initiate a cellular “waste removal” process called autophagy. (5)
  6. Several studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting may increase the growth of new nerve cells, which should have benefits for brain function. (6)

My Experience So Far

Like all my lifestyle goals. It is important to me that I live a balanced life and I am not “gritting my teeth” trying to make myself do something. Eating dinner at night with my husband is an important part of our day, so I decided that an 8pm – 12 noon fasting period was best for my lifestyle. Here is the raw truth. I am hungry as soon as a wake up in the morning , so I truly didn’t know if I could go until 12 noon without eating.

Want to Try Intermittent Fasting?

Surprisingly, I actually feel better on the days I do make it to 12 noon before I eat! I have dropped a few pounds that I just couldn’t budge. Maybe this is from eating less calories and being more mindful of what I am eating. I am optimistic at this new tool I have! We will see!

  1. American Journal of Nutrition 2005 Jan;81(1):69-73.)
  2. Ageing Resrev 2006 Aug :5(3):332-353
  3. New England Journal of Medicine 1990 Jul 5;323(1):1-6.
  4. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000 Jun;71(6):1511-5.
  5. Autophagy 2010 Aug 16; 6(6): 702–710.
  6. Journal of Mol Neuroscience 2000 Oct;15(2):99-108.

Is Glyphosate Destroying Gut Bacteria?

Is Glyphosate Destroying Gut Bacteria? Glyphosate is a chemical that is very useful to farmers because they can spray it all over their fields. The chemical kills weeds, but leaves the resistant crops untouched.

Is Glyphosate Destroying Gut Bacteria?
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New evidence suggests that even tiny amounts of the herbicide might be harmful to your friendly bacteria. Some scientists say that leftover herbicide and pesticide on leafy green plants or fruits like apples and pears can end up in the stomach and intestines. There, it makes it harder for bacteria cells to multiply. Since individual bacteria cells don’t live very long, this can end up wiping out entire species.

Is Glyphosate Destroying Gut Bacteria?

RoundUp has Glyphosate as its active ingredient. Is Glyphosate Destroying Gut Bacteria? Scientists believe that it is killing bacteria that help people digest gluten, and that is leading to a huge increase in the number of people around the world who suffer from Celiac Disease. It’s that, over the next few decades, scientists will discover more and more diseases that could be connected to RoundUp.

Tips for Protecting Yourself

Peel or wash any fresh produce thoroughly. I soak all fruits (The ones without a hard skin) in water and add some Apple Cider Vinegar (1 teaspoon or less). This helps remove a lot of the pesticides. Rinse well with filtered water and you can’t taste the vinegar at all.

Buy organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Organic produce is grown without the use of any harmful chemicals, so choosing organics will protect your friendly bacteria.

Choose GMO-free foods whenever possible. As a general rule, if a food doesn’t explicitly market itself as non-GMO or GMO-free, it probably contains at least some genetically modified ingredients.

Avoid packaged and processed foods. These packaged foods are very likely to be made with one or more genetically modified crops. There’s no way to know.

Genetically modified foods, especially those that have been grown with the help of chemicals like RoundUp, pose a serious threat to the microbiome. It’s impossible to know what consequences these types of products might lead to, but the safest course of action is avoid potentially harmful foods whenever you can.

To protect your major organ of detoxification (your liver) you might want to consider supporting your liver. CLICK HERE to learn how.

SOURCES

Environ Sci Eur. 2016; 28(1):3 Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally. Charles M. Benbrook

Ramakrishna, Balakrishnan S. Role of the gut microbiota in human nutrition and metabolism. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2012.

 Interdiscip Toxicol. 2013 Dec; 6(4): 159–184. Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff.

How To Go Pro (as in Probiotics)

Let’s learn how to Go Pro (as in Probiotics). Throughout history, fermented foods have provided probiotic bacteria in the diet. All traditional cultures fermented their foods and lived in and with nature. This created an amazing diversity of gut microbes.

WHAT IS FERMENTED FOOD?

Food fermentation dates back more than seven thousand years to wine making in the Middle East. In the United States we are familiar with sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) and yogurt (fermented milk product). Korean-Americans probably have a jar of kimchi in their fridge. We are realizing the amazing health benefits of these microbial foods. CLICK HERE to read my previous blog about Psychobiotics: The Future of Mental Health ( the link between microbes and our mental health).

How To Go Pro (as in Probiotics)

WHAT IS FERMENTATION?

Fermentation is the metabolic process of converting carbohydrates, typically sugars, into other molecules – either alcohols and carbon dioxide or organic acids. The chemical conversion process needs yeast, bacteria (or both) and it takes place in the absence of oxygen. Fermented foods contribute a diverse array of microorganisms to the existing gut microbiota and thus have the potential to affect health.

NOT ALL FERMENTED FOODS ARE THE SAME

While all fermented foods are necessarily made with microorganisms, some
products are subsequently processed by heat or filtration. These steps
are done to extend shelf-life and make the products shelf-stable, but
they also inactivate or remove the organisms. Thus, fermented
vegetables, like sauerkraut or pickles packaged in jars and stored at
room temperature will not contain live cultures. For other fermented
products, like sour dough bread, the organisms do not survive the baking
process. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for consumers to know
which products actually contain live bacteria. Still, there are plenty
of fermented foods with live cultures, but discerning consumers need to
look carefully at the labels.

Many foods can have probiotic benefits
Cucumbers are great to pickle

WHAT ARE DIETARY SOURCES OF PROBIOTICS?

Here is how to Go Pro (as in Probiotics). Probiotics can be found in:

Yogurt – milk that has been fermented by friendly bacteria, mainly lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria.

Kefir – fermented probiotic milk drink. It is made by adding kefir grains to cow’s or goat’s milk.

Sauerkraut – finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria.

Tempeh – fermented soybean product. It forms a firm patty whose flavor is described as nutty, earthy or similar to a mushroom.

Kimchi – contains the lactic acid bacteria Lactobacillus kimchii, as well as other lactic acid bacteria that may benefit digestive health

Kombucha – is a fermented black or green tea drink.

Pickles – cucumbers that have been pickled in a solution of salt and water.

You might also want to supplement with a probiotic supplement to help increase the number of beneficial bacteria that reside in your gut. CLICK HERE for the one I use and recommend.