Anti-Aging Effects of Fasting – Q&A
okay dr mindy here and uh murphy’s law every time i come to a q a i have a gardener behind me now blowing his leaves around so hopefully you all can hear me well and i’m excited to talk to you guys today about some new research that i’m doing on fasting and the anti-aging effects that fasting can give all of us there are a couple of intriguing studies that i have been down a rabbit hole of research looking at um one i’m gonna point out is one that i actually last night was on jesse eisler’s membership group 30 days of excellence there was like 400 people on this membership talk and we were talking about the different timings in which like different mechanisms of fasting kick didn’t kick in and the one time period i feel like we don’t talk about enough on this channel is what happens at around 48 hours so we talk so much about the 17 hours for autophagy in this three day first stem cells and the 24 hour for um for your intestinal tract but there is something magical that happens around 48 hours and i’m going to be doing some future videos on this so stay tuned i’m finishing up a series on autoimmunity for you guys i’m i’m going to do a series on fasting and mthfr gene so that’s coming next week and then i’m going back into anti-aging and fasting and really bringing you some new science there but this is what i want you to know and this is kind of new information that i am bringing you guys today which is that there are some profound research show that is showing between 38 and 58 hours of fasting there are 40 different metabolites that get initiated inside your body that reduce slow down the effects of aging which is amazing so a metabolite is just a a chemical that gets secreted this these particular chemicals have to do more with the krebs cycle and how which is the basic unit of how we get energy but what we are seeing is somewhere between 38 and 58 hours in that time period there is a massive increase in these metabolites that slow down aging which is awesome right i mean that’s like there’s so many different reasons to fast there is also some interesting research that i’m looking into right now that is showing that even with intermittent fasting that we are seeing that there becomes within 15 hours a neuroprotective effect of a chemical called bdnf and bdnf is brain fertilizer so it is a protein that your brain is making in order to keep the neurons in the brain working at their best and as little as 15 hours these this bdnf protective mechanism comes in we’re also seeing some up regulation of um sirtuins which is a marker for aging we’re seeing that as little as 15 hours you you’re seeing this sirtuin response kick in so there’s a lot to unpack here and i’m going to be doing it in the future for you guys so stay tuned because there are so many different reasons to come to fasting and if you are looking at fasting as a way to slow down aging phenomenal i really recommend that you’re going to dive to dive into the research that i’m showing you the other thing i want to talk about is toxicity because there is a detox effect as many of you guys know around fasting and you’ll see tomorrow i’m going to put out a video for you all that talks about very specific toxins that trigger autoimmune conditions now with all what doesn’t matter what situation you have whether it’s i can’t lose weight i’ve got an autoimmune condition i’m chronically fatigued i want to slow down aging with all of those different desires or conditions you are working to overcome there is a fast that will best best match that so when we go to detox chemicals out you guys know like autophagy fasting 17 hours is a great way to initiate the self-repair mechanism now having said that not i wish i could sit here and tell you fasting will cure everything it’s it will help a lot of things but they’re beyond fasting needs to come some awareness for your own self around what is what diet is going to be best so a lot of you guys have been really excited about carnivore i got a text from a patient this morning who has dropped over 30 pounds with carnivore she is feeling incredible and we tried other versions of keto with her it didn’t work so now i’ve got a fast for her that we’ve customized and we’ve got her on carnivore that doesn’t make sense for everybody but for her she took her fast the best fasting window and the best food window for herself and now she’s combined it so when we go and we look at detoxing there are fasts we can use to detox but then sometimes you’ve got to use things like supplementation to get in there and actually pull these toxins out so i know that each one of these fasting tools has its power and each diet change you make has its power and then there’s a time you’ve got to lean into supplementation and if you’re really needing detox work that’s what our toxin reset is about is really showing people how to detox this stuff so they know how to do it for life but start with fasting get your fasting tool down change some of the food that you need to change and then if that’s not working now it’s time to go into a deeper detox and then when you pull all of those toxins out your fasting and food will have a bigger impact so i just want to come and talk about that i am going to open things up for questions from you guys uh we had fast training week last week hopefully we we really dove into how to to bring fasting to families so go back if you’re new to my channel and watch that we got we’re doing autoimmune this week and i got a whole new reset coming up for you so i’m really excited stay tuned we’ll be we’ll be announcing that next week i’ve put together some of my favorite fasting and food principles in this new reset so brand new it will be rolled out in september so with that i will open it up for questions um that you guys might have let me know where you’re from you know what else i’d love to know from you guys today what’s your favorite fasting length because i feel like my favorite right now based off of science is like a 40-ish hour fast because i can reset dopamine receptor sites and i can get this anti-aging effect so i think from a scientific point of view right now i’m digging that that fast from an ease in my life 24 hour it just continues to be the easiest thing to do so there’s my that’s my favorite for right now so what’s yours i like 18.
you like 18. okay my hubby likes 18 and he loves to break his fast with coco yo so simple man he doesn’t you just get him you know enough time to fast and some coco yo and he’s pretty happy um i love it we got the first four or five people are all from different countries oh awesome australia costa rica 4am in australia that’s definitely 4am in australia wow athens london athens ooh greece is on my list to go as soon as we can travel again from all over the world yeah awesome and fasting goes across every border yeah so i this is what i love about fasting you can do it anywhere anytime any place you don’t need money you just need to understand it so this is why i want you guys to see that there’s like each time you fast you’re turning these switches of healing on and it’s like it’s so cool like why doesn’t the whole world know this yeah it’s so crazy uh uh first question our first question pops out uh fasting with uh michael wants to know if it can help with ibs ibs okay so michael wants to know fasting and ibs so again this is where like knowing these different timelines i’m and i’m we’re gonna put together a new and improved timeline um for you guys so stay tuned on that based off of the new research i’m doing but anytime i think gut i think a 24-hour fast so and i think 24 hours like solid 24 hours not 23 not 22 not 18.
the research shows that at 24 hours that your you get this rebooting of your intestinal stem cells so stem cells remember are a cell that can go anywhere in the body and repair so i like we talked about this last night on jesse eisler’s group we talked about how i use five-day water fast to often repair musculoskeletal injuries i use with my clients i use a 24-hour fast to heal the majority of gut problems so when you get these stem cells rebooted what ends up happening is that you’ll change the whole inner terrain of your digestive system things will repair and whatever you’re having a response to whatever the ibs is reacting to um you’re gonna have a better environment so that your gut doesn’t become as reactive and this is um you know i don’t know if i mentioned this last week but my mind was completely blown by dr saladino and his carnivore diet and how it’s so good for the gut and i’ve really resisted gundry’s dr gundry’s lectin and oxalate theories because i just don’t see how we react to vegetables but i’m starting to see that there’s a time and place to look at how our gut is responding to certain foods and if you have ibs it’s an indication that that inner environment of your gut is reacting to something so when you do the 24-hour fast what you’re doing is you’re going in and you’re you’re creating a repair in there now the next step is to figure out what it’s reacting to for some of you it may be reacting to vegetables for some of you it might be reacting to wheat it might be reacting to a toxic oil so now your job is also to figure out what it’s reacting to so hope that gives you a little more a little more detail to think about this right miss sharkey 1984 wants to know about fasting and gene expression she has something specifically about a condition attack attacking collagen yeah you talk about genitals yeah so this has come up a couple of times about gene expression and fasting and this is why i’m going to do some more research on it so that we can find out what the science is telling us um but here’s the general way to look at this and this is like sort of if i was explaining this to a fifth grader this is how i would do it so let’s say you have a gene right here let’s use mthfr as the gene or you said you had a gene for breaking down collagen i think you said so that gene has to be red so it’s dna it has to be read by something called rna messenger rna so messenger rna is traveling around your system all the time looking for genes that are exposed and can be read so when rna sees that gene for collagen breakdown it goes in it goes hey here’s a gene and boom it triggers that gene now there is something called a methyl cap that protects this gene and makes sure that it doesn’t get red and this is what you’ve heard me talk about methylation is your a body’s ability to make these methyl caps there are certain foods that will help you make these methyl caps but from the most part the methyl caps are made up of a lot of b vitamins these b vitamins are made in your gut so if you have gut dysbiosis where that gut you’ve been on a lot of antibiotics you’ve been eating a lot of toxic foods you’re not going to make these methyl caps as much and so these genes don’t have their covering and so they can be exposed and be read by messenger rna now the other piece to this puzzle is that your stressors your physical emotional chemical stressors anytime we introduce an abundance of stressors into the body it takes your body needs more b vitamins to be able to handle those stressors and so what it’ll do is it’ll steal these methyl caps now you’ve got this situation where your gut microbiome is not making enough of these methyl groups and your stressors are depleting them and genes are getting exposed this happens in autoimmune conditions this happens in a lot of different genetic type situations so what you want to do is you want to find out how do you minimize the stressors so that you’re not pulling these methyl caps and how do you repair the gut so you’re making more methyl caps okay now that we know that concept what can we do we’re back at the 24 hour fast love that i would be doing if you’re trying to turn off jeans i would be doing at least one to two 24-hour fasts every week and again the research is 24 so even if you went 36 hours at 24 the stem cells kicks in but if you went 36 hours you had 12 hours of stem cell repair in that digestive system so you might even throw in a 36 hour fast so that we can repair the gut now what do we do about the physical emotional chemical stressors okay now the physical stressors heavy metals pesticides uh glyphosate okay could we tap into more autophagy so let’s start to use more 17-hour fasting to minimize those stressors what if emotional stress is your big thing okay so what if you you did more 48-hour fast 48-hour fast will help to reset dopamine receptor sites so your your you will handle stress different so this is what i say building a fasting lifestyle you got to go deep and look at what you’re trying to accomplish with the body it would be really nice for me to sit up here and just say hey you know what uh collagen challenges you know you need to do a 17-hour fast it’ll turn the gene off but you’re gonna have to come at it from different angles and over time we will see that gene come down one of the greatest experiences i’ve had in the last week with a patient or the last year with a patient is a woman who had an autoimmune condition that was attacking her mitochondria and so we just used the principles that i just told you they said it was a genetic issue so what we did is we said okay how do we heal the mitochondria and how do we turn that gene off so we started applying all different kinds of fasts and then we pulled any heavy metal she’s been doing heavy metal detoxing for a year now we pulled the stressor out and now we’re starting to see her mitochondrial antibodies come down their last time we looked they were cut in half so the body is always doing the right thing at the right time given the environment it’s living in so if you don’t like what it’s doing use these principles to change that environment so i i hope that didn’t complicate you i just you can overcome these diagnoses by just understanding what the body is trying to do and how those genes got triggered so going to the root cause go to the root cause always and the root cause is so different for everybody yeah and it may not be it’s not one pill one fast there’s a lot of things this is why we created our membership academy is that we were like how do we help people take these principles and apply them over there and that’s what that membership academy is about is like okay now let’s customize it for you because you’re you’re powerful you just haven’t we just the world is not teaching us that the world is teaching us to fear everything so uh this is a good question this is uh mehdi from tehran iran awesome um and i i mean interpret his question a little bit he says dry fasting for a whole month healthiest talk about ramadan now i think they only dry fast during daylight right right it’s not at night yeah so there’s a clarification there you don’t want anybody to do a dry fast for more than 24 hours right so the question is dry fasting during ramadan that’s what i heard so for a month is it safe so let’s talk about dry fasting because we haven’t we haven’t talked about this in a long time and i think it’s really important that we we are clear on this point all the studies done on dry fasting are impressive and they have mostly i haven’t seen any studies that haven’t been done on the muslim community going through ramadan that that is where we have our studies we don’t have other studies on dry fasting what we have seen in that community which it is a 12 hour fast is my understanding sun up to sun down you’re getting about 12 to 14 hours of dry fasting in that time period what we’re seeing is that there are people get into ketosis a little deeper and the the cool research on dry fasting is around bdnf which bdnf is brain fertilizer so it helps with mental clarity so from a 12 to 14 hour period dry fasting for the typical person is safe and you could do that you know for 30 days no problem again you’re going to want to look at your numbers for sure and make sure you’re checking your ketones now the next step beyond the 12 to 14 hour dry fast is a 24-hour drive fast we have some research showing same thing 24-hour drive fast is safe and we’re seeing more bdnf and what i would say we’re seeing seeing in my resetter community that does 24-hour dry fasts that they get into a deeper ketosis than they seem to if as if they were compared to if they were drinking water so now if you’re going to go 24 hours for dry fast the way i recommend it is that you get up on in the morning have a glass of water have your cup of coffee if you want it and then go 24 hours no food no water and then the next morning get up and have a glass of water that’s what i have found is the easiest so research on those two are favorable yes for 30 days favorable that’s what we’ve seen if you are going over a 24 hour period of dry fasting we absolutely do not recommend this and i would say there’s no research supporting that that is safe there’s no research supporting that it’s better you know we live in a we tend to live in this culture that’s like oh if a little bit’s good a lot must be better well not always with fasting and definitely not with dry fasting so any day that’s more than 24 hours with dry fasting is not a safe moment 12 hours 12 to 14 hours every day during ramadan for a month absolutely possible and and i don’t know your clinical history but should be fairly safe some people that wouldn’t would be pregnant or nursing pregnant nursing diabetics those people need to be really coached if they’re gonna well pregnant nursing you don’t fast diabetics you need to be coached if you’re gonna do a drive fast great sup okay good question um more people from around the world geneva a bunch of people from the u.
s awesome awesome northern california much better day in northern california today yep um looking for next oh yeah people have fallen off the bandwagon and they’re wanting to get back on you want to talk awesome let’s yeah let’s talk about what you do when you fall off this is why i love the word reset um is that here’s here’s the big trick when you let’s say you’ve been on a binger for like you know a couple of weeks and you’re beating yourself up you’re like i really know i need to fast i really need to know it no i need to do better what i would tell you is when you get up like let’s say it’s a monday and you’re like i am just been so bad then when you get up on tuesday start fresh don’t carry the mental uh guilt don’t carry the mental battering you might be doing beating yourself up you start you wake up the next day it’s a new day now i think that it’s easier easier if you’re struggling with your food habits to start with fasting than to change your food i just did this with a patient yesterday i was like she’s under a lot of stress i said okay let’s work with your fasting first let’s get that foundation first and then we can work with your food so could you 15 hour fast just give task yourself with i’m gonna fast for 15 hours every single day don’t get tricky with it just start there if you’re like that’s even hard okay well if you’ve been on a binger and you’re only fasting nine hours could you fast 10 just move yourself that direction so that would be the first thing i would say the second thing is ask yourself what you can add in so once you’ve got a 15 hour fast going now can you add in more vegetables could you add in more fat don’t think about what you need to take away think about what you’re how you’re fasting and now what are you adding in so usually if i do that with a patient we really can start to shift the energy where i see it really not work is if people are like oh i know i need to do better i know i need to do better and they’re like beating themselves up like you have to fast from that you have to fast from that story don’t take it into the new behavior just let it go give yourself you know permission to just be you were yes you were down a bad path let it go and now come into your new life when you wake up that morning and start fresh and if the day goes and you meant to do 15 hours and you only did 13 celebrate the 13 and next day try for 15.
but it’s when we bring our mental behaviors in and we’re still so mad at ourselves because we didn’t do what we were supposed to do a week ago that you’re it’s like you’re carrying it in to the new moment and it’s it doesn’t do you any good so okay um let’s see debbie’s out answering a lot of stuff in here giving a lot of links awesome um uh some people have some questions about the carnivore fast where they can find details of what the fast training week that we did there could be some in the community here and there’s uh there’s some of the info is available on our facebook so carnivore fasting um let’s talk about that for a moment and then we’ll talk about where you can get it i really love what we created with the carnivore fasting because remember that uh when you’re doing autophagy fasting which is 17 hours you’re cleaning up the cells and when you’re protein loading you’re stimulating mtor and you’re building up the cells so if you go 17 hours fasting in a 24 hour period you’ve done 17 hours of cleaning and now you open your eating window and that eating window is let’s say four hours five hours and now you power it up with carnivore you’re really building up your muscles and you’re building up your protein and you’re getting that collagen for your gut so what ends up happening is that you’re getting a good balance of both so i love the idea and this is why we saw such good results with it as opposed to just eating meat all day and doing the carnivore diet i like the fasting piece with it all of those research all those videos can be found we did i did a series of them here on youtube we did some q and a’s on it so you can go check that out we did a carnivore fasting week in july we have those videos if you just go to the reset or collaborative and facebook our free group you can go to the photo section and you can see all the videos that i did there the actual carnivore fasting fast training week also lives in our academy i’m actually after this call hopping on one of our academy calls and i’m going to show my post results of what i found with the carnivore diet and carnivore fasting what my gut zoomer showed so i’ll be going into it in detail over there so there so it’s kind of sprinkled so hopefully you can find it in those three areas if you’re looking to to figure out how to do it i will tell you in my new reset that’s coming out in september we’re going to have splashes of carnivore fasting in there and we’re going to we have vegan and vegetarian options as well so i’m again stay tuned next week i’m excited to roll it out for you know one answer for everybody yeah there’s no one answer which is why and and again if you’re new to my channel my goal is to get you thinking so i answer you in long long explanations because if i just give you the answer you didn’t learn anything i want to teach you how to fish i want to teach you how to apply these principles to your own life so the sharky liked your answer by the way oh okay good thank you on the gene expression okay good yeah you know i uh um i was trying to explain this to my patients one day and i just i actually went to the arts and crafts store and i created all of these different models to show people because what was happening is i was getting so frustrated with people showing up and saying oh i’ve got the mthfr gene i’m just you know i don’t detox well so i can’t detox and it was like this badge that they were walking around with but we know through epigenetics that you can you can change your genes on thought alone so i had to i went to the arts and crafts store and like got all these things to like like if i was explaining it to a kindergarten class and i was like okay here’s how people need to know i might have to recreate that for you guys because people got it they could really understand it so miss sharkey thank you would you still say bruce lifton is one of the oh yeah bruce lipton’s the first person you know we haven’t even talked about this the outer cell outside of your cell we talk about how it’s a bilipid membrane and you need these good fats to repair the outer cell we also talk about the receptor sites and how toxins sit in the receptor sites and they block the hormones and the minerals from going into your cells but do you know that when you’re what bruce lipton taught us is that is that yeah if you don’t know bruce lipton phd in chemistry he taught us that you that that um your negative thoughts will change the inflammation of the outside of that cell so if you are in a negative environment if you’re stressed out all the time you can literally create systemic inflammation like just from thought alone it’s crazy when you think about that and then you tie that into like what’s going on in the world right now and it’s like god turn off the media turn off the news stop talking to negative people because you’re depressed that you’re suppressing your immune system through it again why don’t we talk about these things more okay two i’m gonna combine two questions which are really basic fasting questions um sea salt versus um uh pink salt okay one question and then the other side of the other aspect of that is what is the right amount of minerals to take in supplements when you’re on a longer water fast okay five day water fat okay cool so minerals on a water fast and a five-day fast and sea salt is what we’re combining a couple of questions so um the first thing i’ll tell you is that one of the things we’ve noticed after fasting hundreds of thousands of people every month is that the world is mineral deficient and they’re mineral deficient you’re deficient i’m mineral deficient because our soils are mineral deficient especially here in america with all the spraying of pesticides and glyphosate your our vegetables our food is being grown in soils that just don’t have a lot of good bacteria they don’t have a lot of minerals that mineral deficiency shows up when you fast and it shows up like this hair falling out it shows up as heart palpitations and like almost like a thyroid storm it shows up as agitation or depression or anxiety so when you go into these longer fast what i would tell you is assume you’re mineral deficient because there’s a good chance you are so it can show up as muscle cramping that’s another one we see a lot so i would go in and make a dose with minerals ahead of time there are a couple ways you can do that you can do that through salt so but you got to be careful with salt that it doesn’t it doesn’t have plastics in it that’s a big issue with salt is is that it can be packed with plastics the only salt that we recommend is redmond’s sea salt um and uh that’s here in the u.
s yeah you just want them australia okay i don’t know the brands worldwide but the re if you can get redmond’s sea salt they test for plastics we like that that would be my preferred salt even over himalayan salt now himalayan salt is coming from land so you would hope that it doesn’t have as much toxins in it it has a little bit of a different mineral balance i actually should do some research on what the different mineral balance of those two salts are i’m only looking at it from a toxicity standpoint they use explosives for a lot of that to open yeah so that’s sort of that sounds like a good video we should do is give you guys an idea on the different sea salts so that we yeah like i like i’m so fascinated by this mineral idea of us all being mineral depl depleted my new obsession is mineral water like the sparkling water well it turns out from the research i can find that gross diner it has the most amount of minerals in there mineral water has a high amount of potassium so now that could be kind of cool to drink during a water fast so you get a little bit of bubbly get some of the potassium and minerals in there so that’s how you can kind of get creative but if you’re going to go into a water fast absolutely you’re going to need to supplement with minerals sea salt water would be a great way to do that the growlstrider mineral water i just talked about taking a mineral supplement i’ve talked about 40 000 volts before is a great like you can find that on amazon it’s a liquid it tastes horrible but it’s full of good minerals so i highly recommend mineral supplementation min is another one we use for our fasters so okay one more question yep okay yeah and then we got to get you going uh rob thomas uh wants to know i don’t think it’s that rob thomas but he knows yeah i think he asked a question last week because i wondered if sometime he does a prolonged fast he doesn’t sleep well yes talk about not sleeping yes okay so it’s kind of so rob thomas just asked about not sleeping well when you fast so that we’re back at the mineral idea so here’s what i like to do before i go into a longer fast i like to really load up on my good fat so i’ve got my and bring my carb load down so i’ve got my my blood sugar nice and stable and then i like to mega dose with my minerals going in so i don’t go in in a depleted state so i would tell you that the the same combo like i would be taking men i would be doing it all men sea salt water like really go into it up in your minerals the second thing is that a lot of it is magnesium that magnesium calms us and allows us to be able to sleep better one of the things we’ve seen in our academy that works really well is take an epsom salt bath you’re getting magnesium in through your skin so try before you go to bed taking an epsom salt bath and see if that help if that helps now ultimately remember that you don’t need as much sleep when you’re in a water fast because you’re taking all the energy that your body would have used digesting food you’re putting towards healing and fasting so you have this excess of energy and i’ve seen it happen over and over again where you might be a six or seven hour a night person but when you do a water fast you may only need four and that’s fine and more another reason why fasting is great so just make sure you load up on those minerals try the bath and then i would definitely look um at the fact that you just might not need a lot of sleep so okay you guys i’m gonna hop off to my academy call again as always i hope that helps next thursday i will be here to talk about our new reset and the principles i put into that stay tuned for a new fasting benefits timeline with new information on there i’m so excited to bring it to you um and if you’re new to my channel welcome and clarify that new reset is in the academy yeah yeah i’ll be yeah um so anyway so i’ve got some fun new stuff coming for you guys so as always i hope it helps