Do You Know Your Health Trend?

Knowing your trend is important in every aspect of your life.

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I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. I ate a balanced meal each night at home when my mother fixed the meals. When I was in seventh grade, I started making the evening meals because my mother rejoined the workforce.

Balanced dinners were a protein, starch, and vegetable along with a sugar-sweetened drink. Breakfast initially consisted of cereal and milk with an occasional fruit added. Lunch varied but mainly consisted of a sandwich and chips that my mother fixed.

Upon leaving home and going to college I changed my eating habits. I gave up on breakfasts – I would rather sleep the extra few minutes. Lunch was usually fast-food – a burger or something. I drank a lot of Coca-Cola back then – and, continued to do so into the 90’s.

This morning, I read about the mother of a medical doctor who had many, many heart problems/surgeries and was told that there was nothing else the medical system could do for her. She was 67 years old at that time. She changed her lifestyle to eating primarily plant-based foods and lived another 31 years without any further heart issues.

Diet is important. A plant-based diet is more important if you want to live a long and healthy life. It is difficult to convert from old habits to mainly plants (fruits and vegetables) for each meal. But, once a new habit is established, it is relatively easy to maintain.

I had 31 flight physicals during my career in the Navy. I had an occasional problem with blood pressure, but that was easily corrected with exercise and/or weight loss. I usually kept pretty close to the maximum allowed weight standard for flying for the last twenty years in the Navy.

I never monitored all the blood/medical test results. The flight surgeon would tell me if there was a problem. However, as my interest in health and wellness started to grow in the past several years, I have been much more in touch with where I stand against the health/medical standards.

I had my annual physical earlier this month. There were 44 blood test results along with the typical blood pressure and other physical checks. Two years ago, I had zero results out of the norm. Last year, I had one value out of the norm. This year, I had three. Obviously, my health is trending in the wrong direction.

I can understand a single value being out at any point in time. It happens. However, I had to reflect on why I had so many more values out this year. We had Hurricane Harvey ten days before I donated blood for my annual physical. I was definitely stressed during that ordeal. We were fortunate in having no damage from the storm. But, the anxiety and stress were present. I developed a fever blister a couple of days before the blood-draw.

Further analysis of my lifestyle showed a consistency for the past month. My diet has changed to reflect an earlier version of my life. It was more comfort food and fast food compared to the time before Hurricane Harvey. Today, I started back on my typical Wahls Protocol derived diet (mostly plant-based foods with a little protein and healthy fats).

We enjoy our comfort zones. We don’t pay attention to how long we stay there. Incremental changes can get us out of a healthy lifestyle and it takes a major shift to return to the healthy norm. Are you eating healthy foods; or, do you think you are? Past history/knowledge does not always equate to reality.

Avoiding Fats for Better Health?

Are there any healthy fats?

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True or False – Fats are bad for your health. Avoid them at all costs. That’s why you see so many ‘fat-free’, ‘reduced-fat’, ‘very low fat’ products. In fact, a recent check using the search term ‘fat-free’ gave me an archive of 4,667 fat-free and very low-fat recipes.

The FDA allows manufacturers to claim ‘fat-free’ on their food product labels if the levels of fats are less than 0.5 grams of trans fat or less per serving. If you don’t know how to read food labels, a product might have multiple servings per package. Eating the entire product might yield several grams of fat.

We don’t gain belly fat by eating fat. Fat does not cause fat to accumulate in our bodies. Excess carbohydrates cause excess fats to be stored. Our bodies convert carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). This glucose is converted to glycogen and stored in our muscles. When we need energy, the glycogen acts like gasoline in a car’s engine. However, if we eat more carbohydrates than we use, then the excess carbohydrates are stored as fat.

Our bodies need dietary fat for good health. It is interesting how certain beliefs are introduced into our society without any real testing to verify the claims of those nutrients. One example is coconut and palm oil. In the 1980s, there was a claim (unsubstantiated – no testing done, just a plain statement) that coconut and palm oil were saturated plant oils; and, therefore, acted like saturated animal oils and were bad for our health. There was absolutely no testing done. It was a position taken by certain companies. It was later supported by the government. Follow the money to find the real story.

In the 1940s, scientists believed that high-fat diets caused heart disease. They found a correlation between high-fat diets and high cholesterol. Correlation does not mean causation. Just because something is like something else, it doesn’t mean that it caused it. It just means that there is some similarity. For high-risk cardiac patients, it was believed that a low-fat diet might reduce their risk heart disease.

Therefore, some companies convinced the medical community that a low-fat diet would reduce the risk of heart disease. Was there any testing? No! By the 1960s, the low-fat diet regime expanded into our whole society. If it was good for high-risk heart patients, it would be good for everyone. These companies (along with several new ones) claimed that low-fat diets would cause patients to lose weight because fat was fat. Reduce fat and we reduce weight. We know today that fat doesn’t cause us to be fat – carbohydrates do.

In the 1980s, this low-fat doctrine permeated every aspect of our health and medical communities (physicians, the federal government, food industry, health professionals, media, etc.). In the subsequent decades, we have seen Americans get fatter and develop more heart problems while adhering to the low-fat diet. We have actually created an obesity epidemic. This epidemic is not totally caused by low-fat eating, but it has contributed.

Just when I thought there was lots of data refuting the saturated plant fats are dangerous I find that doctors are still telling their patients to avoid coconut oil because it is a saturated fat. My daughter mentioned this to me. A good friend of hers related a conversation she had with her physician during her last annual physical. She asked her doctor about the health benefits of coconut oil. Her doctor told her to avoid coconut oil completely. It was dangerous for her health.

 

Hurricanes and Your Health

Is your health prepared for the worst?

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A very short while ago Hurricane Harvey was not even a named storm. Within a few weeks, it affected many lives, especially in my area of Texas. We can see similarities in our health.

In the middle of this summer (2017), you might have taken your family to the beach for a weekend trip. You were enjoying life and had little to worry about. Today, your home could be under four to eight feet of water and everything inside your home destroyed. Your two (or more) cars could also be totaled. Your life is in shambles.

Disease creeps up on us. We don’t get the storm warnings that we see from an approaching hurricane. We sometimes get hints, but not all the time. Fifty percent of people die from a heart attack and never knew they had heart disease.

We are creatures of habit. We have our comfort zones. We know we should eat healthier and exercise. We know we should not allow people and events to stress us out and keep us stressed. We know a lot, but we don’t do anything until something significant affects us or someone close to us.

Morris Massey refers to this as the Significant Emotional Event (SEE). We don’t change unless we come face to face with a SEE. We might know we should. Maybe we smoke. Maybe we are many pounds overweight. Maybe we are borderline diabetic. There are things within our control that we choose not to control.

One of the easiest things to control is what we eat. We should eat foods that provide us with balanced nutrition. But, most of us don’t. It’s hard to find all the foods that supply all the nutrients we need daily. I supplement with vitamin K2, vitamin E (all eight tocopherols and tocotrienols) and vitamin D3. I find it easier to include the supplemental version of these nutrients that I don’t include in my daily diet.

Another easy thing to control is stress. Things happen. It is not what happened, but how we allow it to affect us. If we hang on to that stress, our health will get worse – guaranteed! Exercise is another controllable event in our lives. Yet, people who know they should usually don’t.

Sometimes we get advanced warning of a disease like we just experienced with Hurricane Harvey. We have time to evacuate and prepare our homes and cars for the worst. Other times, a hurricane or tropical storm appears totally unexpected. One recent example is the 2001 Tropical Storm Allison. It dumped over 35 inches of rain in the Houston area without notice in just a few days.

Our immune system can handle both the unexpected and the advanced warnings. Yet, without daily attention to keeping our immune systems fully charged, we can succumb to things that normally would have no impact on our health.

If you followed the hours and hours of television and radio coverage of both Hurricane Harvey and more recently, Hurricane Irma, you might want to reconsider your attention to your health. It will get you through the doldrums and the hurricanes in your life. Oh, standby, Hurricane Maria is inbound as I write this.

One Critical Factor for Good Health

Our health requires daily attention.

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We are constantly under attack by free radicals. There is nothing you can do to stop this chemical process. It is natural and it occurs every second of every day. Every cell in your body is a candidate for damage. Free radicals are generated from the normal reactions in your body – breathing, obesity, exercise, thinking, digestion, etc. External factors (pollution, radiation, smoking, etc.) also create/cause free radicals in our bodies.

We do have the ability to stop the chain reaction of free radicals ripping off electrons and creating new free radicals that will continue the destructive process. Some molecules can lose electrons and not become a free radical. The lifespan of these molecules can be a few as a half-dozen times (vitamin C) to 20,000 times (PQQ – pyrroloquinoline quinone).

Antioxidants provide electrons to counter the effect of free radicals. These molecules are stable enough to give up an electron and not become a free radical. Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables, especially those with bright, vivid colors. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals.

Chronic low-level inflammation (free radical damage) is the genesis of nearly every disease. Left untreated long enough and your body will succumb to something unhealthy. Yes, we can miss a meal or two without spinach, kale, beets, blueberries or some other vegetable. But, we cannot do it day in and day out.

I am an advocate of balanced nutrition. Balance means that you are not missing any key nutrients the body needs daily. Nutrient deficiency aids the disease process. Lack of calcium can lead to rickets and osteoporosis. Iodine deficiency leads to goiter. Selenium deficiency leads to congestive cardiomyopathy. Anemia is a common ailment of iron deficiency. Vitamin B-12 deficiency mimics Alzheimer’s disease. The list goes on.

Our immune system depends on having nutritional balance. Antioxidants provide the front line of defense to keep our immune system working at peak level daily. There are other supporters of immune health. Glutathione is one of the top, if not the top, defender of your immune system. It aggressively neutralizes free radicals continuously. It is critical to maintaining high levels of glutathione in your body always.

Glutathione is not a supplement that we can ingest directly. It can’t travel through stomach acid intact. We can, however, eat foods with the precursors of glutathione. Examples of these precursors that will cause our bodies to create glutathione are glutamine, glycine, cysteine, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe).

Glutamine and glycine are non-essential amino acids and are made in our bodies. They are available in the foods we eat. Cysteine is also considered a non-essential amino acid because it is made from methionine. However, methionine is an essential amino acid and must be obtained from food. There is a link between methionine and homocysteine.

Eating meals that ensure balanced nutrition is probably the number one critical aspect for good health.

 

A Mineral That Effectively Fights the Common Cold

What is really effective in fighting colds?

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Three quick questions. How long ago was your last cold? How long did your last cold last? How many colds have you have in the past ten years?

The common cold is caused by over 200 viruses. Typical symptoms include a sore throat, runny nose, congestion and a cough. The flu has similar symptoms, but also include fever, headache and muscle soreness. Flu is caused predominantly by three influenza viruses.

Children can have as many as twelve or more colds a year. Adults have between two and four colds a year. Colds last two weeks or longer.

Our immune system is our first line of defense against disease, including colds and flu. Once we encounter a virus our body develops an ability to recognize it. Based on this recognition, it can mount an effective attack the next time it sees the virus. With over 200 viruses that can cause colds, it is difficult to have immunity against all of them.

What can you do to fight the symptoms of a cold? Let me address one option – zinc. Not just any zinc, but a specific kind of zinc. You need a zinc that ionizes in your body. Most zinc compounds do not ionize. Zinc acetate provides 100% ionic zinc (iZn).

Zinc gluconate releases 72% as iZn. Zinc gluconate-glycine release 57% iZn. Zinc gluconate-citrate release zero iZn. When other compounds are added to zinc to make it taste better (such as citrus) it weakens the overall effectiveness of the iZn.

An article in the December 2014 LifeExtension magazine (lef.org) has a lengthy and technical description of the how and why zinc counters the cold viruses. It also discusses the thirty years of why ionized zinc has not been seen in the medical literature. And, also why testing done with zinc to combat the cold virus has been near total failures.

Small amounts of electrical current flow within our bodies. Interestingly enough, the electrical current flows from our mouth to our nasal cavities. Ionic zinc acetate taken as a capsule in the mouth provides relief for nasal symptoms because of this electrical flow.

The dosage of ionic zinc is also critical to counter the symptoms of colds. Ionic zinc can reduce the duration of a cold by more than a week.

 

 

Five Dictates to Master Health

It takes more than hard work to master health.

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I posted a saying the other day on Facebook. It said, just because it offends you doesn’t make you right. We tend to remember only what we have seen and learned from our birth. We don’t learn from history anymore. We don’t learn from our mistakes. As a result, we tend to make the same mistakes our fathers and grandfathers made.

We eat and drink and they become habits. We do it to maintain our weight and health. Our choices are influenced by certain things. If I am a vegan, an advocate of Paleo or Atkins, or just enjoy meat and potatoes, I am literally a victim of the history or my choices. How does one break out of his or her habit?

When I think of the masters of all they surveyed, I think of those professionals who controlled the places they lived in and worked. I think of Navy SEALs.

My daughter texted me five sayings about Navy SEALs the other day. I read them and agreed. They typify the masters of their trade – warfare. However, can that same philosophy address the process of aging and health? I believe it can. Here are five things I gleaned from several articles I researched about Navy SEALs.

Number ONE. The only easy day was yesterday. You must constantly push yourself to be excellent. You don’t achieve it one day and it stays with you the rest of your life. Mastering diet, nutrition, exercise, etc. does not mean that what you know today becomes dogma for the rest of your life.

It is not easy to stay on the path that will lead you to excellent health when you pass your hundredth birthday. You must keep yourself motivated and focused.

Number Two. Pain is weakness leaving the body. We live in comfort zones. It is rare when we push ourselves outside our comfort zones. It hurts when we exercise a muscle. However, the muscle becomes stronger. It is sometimes painful to eat certain foods, exercise at specific times, meditate, avoid toxins, etc.

Knowing something is good for you and doing it is sometimes at cross purposes. It is difficult to break a habit or addiction. But, for success, it must be done.

Number Three. The more you sweat in training the less you bleed in combat. Navy SEALs train harder and longer than their enemies to survive. Most of us want a nice, healthy and enjoyable retirement life. Yet, the clear majority of us are not enjoying our health when we retire.

Like pain, the sweat of daily decisions and actions becomes tedious and not much fun. But, we don’t keep the end in mind. We tend to focus on the here and now and not the future.

Number Four. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Almost all of us avoid discomfort. For example, I don’t like taste or smell of cabbage. Is it good for me? The sulfur molecules in cabbage are required for my body to repair itself. There are other choices that don’t taste or smell like cabbage.

But, what about exercise. Some of us really don’t like to exercise. We must accept that some things in life are required whether we like them or not. There are no substitutes.

Number Five. No plan survives the first contact with the enemy. This is originally attributed to Helmuth von Moltke during WWI. Mike Tyson has a similar saying. Preparation and training must become part of our lives. You must know what you are going to do before you do it.

There are times that things don’t work according to plan. Then you must know what options are available and adapt accordingly. Be rigid when we must and flexible when forced.

I advocate balanced nutrition combined with the lowest caloric intake possible. It has been shown in many models to be the best option to attain great health and a longer life. Add to that intermittent fasting with an alkaline body and you have mastered the requirements to keep yourself healthy.

Yet, we must do more. We must avoid toxins, learn to reduce stress daily and exercise in many ways often. These seven lifestyle choices combined with the five dictates listed above should improve your chances to attain old age with the ability to do anything you want to do.

 

 

 

One Mineral You Must Have

Spinach is a good source of magnesium.

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Without magnesium, your health will suffer greatly. Yet, nearly 80% of Americans are deficient. A simple blood test does not tell you that you are above or below the normal levels – 310-320 mg for women and 400-420 mg for men. Good dietary sources of magnesium are found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, fish, whole grains, avocados, bananas, dried fruit, beans and low-fat dairy.

Most of the time, low magnesium levels can be blamed on poor dietary habits. Alcoholism is also a cause. Some drugs (diuretics and antibiotics) interfere with magnesium absorption. Moreover, severe untreated diarrhea and intestinal tract diseases can cause magnesium loss.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are irritability, anxiety, lethargy, fatigue, memory problems, anorexia, loss of appetite, nausea and more. The symptoms are common to other vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Deficiencies in calcium, sodium, iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B-12 have overlapping symptoms.

Your risk of cardiovascular disease increases if you do not get enough magnesium. Cardiac arrhythmias can be fatal. Magnesium controls the electrical responses needed to govern heartbeat and heart rate. Hypertension (high blood pressure) increases with low levels of magnesium. Sometimes increasing dietary magnesium is enough to control hypertension.

People with low magnesium levels also have a higher risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart). Additionally, the risk of atherosclerosis (thickening and hardening of the arterial walls) increases when magnesium levels remain constantly lower than normal.

Recent studies have shown that constant low levels of magnesium affect your longevity. Telomere length is shortened significantly without proper magnesium levels in the body. Low levels of magnesium are associated with other health issues. You have a 23% higher risk of death from all causes and 38% increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Hospital visits are longer with lower levels of magnesium.

Low levels of magnesium increase inflammation and oxidative stress – both major causes of disease. Type II diabetics typically have lower levels of magnesium and higher insulin resistance compared to the norm. Chronic fatigue, asthma, depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders increase in those individuals with lower levels of magnesium.

It’s easy to increase magnesium through diet. If you are under a doctor’s care, please don’t make any changes without a consultation. Most Americans are deficient in many vitamins and minerals. Magnesium is one of the most important.

Reference – LifeExtension Magazine December 2014 (lef.org)

 

 

 

 

A Tree That Fights Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Oak has roburins that can fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Many of us are tired. We seem to live a lifestyle that overloads us with self-inflicted demands and the drama of others. A little over three percent of Americans have a disease called myalgic encephalomyelitis. It is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

CFS is difficult to treat because the medical community has trouble classifying it from symptoms. You could have a foggy memory, sore throat, headaches, muscle pain, poor sleep, mood swings, depression, weight change and nearly another dozen symptoms.

Your physician might focus on the primary symptoms you have and prescribed something that is not effective against CFS. There are no pharmaceuticals that are successful in treating CFS.

However, researchers have found that roburins from the oak tree work well in reducing many of the symptoms associated with CFS. Human trials with Robuvit showed the following results: 18% reduction in weakness and exhaustion, 44% reduction in poor sleep, 29% reduction in foggy memory, 63% reduction in muscle pain, 51% reduction in joint pain, 13% reduction in headaches, and more.

Other impressive results in these tests were a 51% reduction in sensitivity to noise, foods, medications and chemicals, 38% reduction in dizziness, 58% reduction in depression, 49% reduction in mood swings, 40% reduction in weight change, and more. People felt better in the controlled group receiving Robuvit.

Oak has been used as far back as the Roman Empire to store wine. More recently, it has been used with whiskey, bourbon, sherry, brandy and more. We know oak is used for furniture, flooring, and veneers. Now you have another use for oak wood – to control the symptoms of CFS.

Don’t arbitrarily start munching on a plank of oak or buy a supplement if you are under medical treatment. Bring this information to your doctor. There might be an interaction with your medicines, It is always best to be monitored when making any changes.

Resource: LifeExtension Magazine December 2014 (lef.org)

10 Options to Improve Heart Health

Healthy eating is required for a health heart.

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In 1900, heart disease was the fourth leading cause of death. It accounted for less than ten percent of the deaths in the United States. Twenty years ago, heart disease was the number one cause of death and affects over thirty percent of our population. Life expectancy in 1900 was 47.3 years. Nowadays it is approaching 80 years of age.

Inflammation is needed for healing. It is natural. The immune system responds to injuries and foreign bacteria, viruses, and fungi. We see redness, swelling, heat, pain and sometimes immobility when our bodies are fighting foreign invaders or injury.

However, at the cellular level, chronic low-level inflammation typically shows no symptoms. Stress, bacterial imbalance, diet, toxins, allergies, hormone imbalance, infections, insulin imbalance, lifestyle (obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol, etc.), prescription medicines and other factors cause chronic low-level inflammation.

Chronic low-level inflammation is the cause of nearly every disease. Inflammation is avoidable and treatable. I use the c-reactive protein (CRP) test to determine the overall level of inflammation in my body. I order it as an extra blood test on my annual physical. It doesn’t tell you where you have inflammation, but it does tell you from a macro perspective whether you have a problem or not.

Inflammation in the heart is seen as damage to the interior linings of the blood vessels and arteries. Continuous exposure to cellular wastes leads to atherosclerosis. Our bodies degrade over time. As we age we make less and less of certain chemicals that protect us. Nitric acid is one of them. As we make less nitric acid, atherosclerosis becomes more prevalent.

Dietary deficiencies in vitamins B-12, B-6, and folate (B-9) cause homocysteine levels to rise. Homocysteine is normally found in our blood. It is an amino acid. However, high levels of homocysteine become inflammatory, especially in the heart. Continuous high levels of insulin cause inflammation in the brain, heart and other organs.

What can you do? Here are ten things to improve heart health. Adhere to a lifestyle that is healthy. Eliminate smoking. Lose weight if you are overweight. Reduce sugar and carbohydrates. Exercise more. Include more fruits and vegetables in your food choices. Reduce excessive consumption of alcohol and other addictive substances. Perform stress reduction techniques daily. Ensure you are getting balanced nutrition. Reduce toxin exposure (air, water, and personal care products).

If you are under physician’s care, please consult your doctor. There may be adverse problems with your medications if you make changes to your lifestyle.

 

The Real Truth About Fasting

Comfort foods make it difficult to fast.

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Does fasting cause excessive cravings and increased hunger? Does fasting lead to eating disorders, overeating and loss of muscle? Is fasting bad for your health?

Fasting is one of the healthiest things you can do. From the dawn of time, we have not had refrigerators that provide us with fresh foods on a moment’s notice. People starved because the availability of food was scarce. People moved from one location to another because of seasonal foods. Fasting (or starving) was part of life.

However, today we are bombarded with all sorts of messages counter to the notion of fasting. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Eat several small meals a day to boost your metabolism. Eat several small meals a day to lose weight.

Fasting is not eating or drinking anything of caloric value. That means water, tea without sugar/cream, coffee without sugar/cream. I intermittently fast daily for 18 hours. I eat between noon and six p.m. regularly. I do it for health reasons.

The body’s production of human growth hormone increases with each hour of fast. Human growth hormone declines with age. To counter the aging effects of lower production levels of human growth hormone I choose to fast more than twelve hours each day.

During a fast, you enter nutritional ketosis. Your body shifts from burning glucose to burning fat. During a fast your body also leaches minerals from abscesses, fungal growths, and deposits in your joints. Some people experience relief from arthritic pain during extended fasts. Fasting also gleans fat from your blood vessels, nerve paths and outside your organs. Fasting is anti-inflammatory.

If you take mineral supplements during a fast you are not getting the same level of healing. Your body cannot process the accumulated wastes as effectively. Some people prefer to take a small pinch of pink Himalayan salt in a bottle of water to maintain hydration.

The definition of fasting is not perfect. Some claim that no calories are required to fast. But, some say that small amounts of some foods are good and don’t break the fast, such as a lemon or lime in water or tea. The bottom line is that ketosis is not broken with five or six calories for lemons or limes. For the purists though, a lemon or lime will break a fast because it elicits a metabolic response.

Your body focuses on itself during a fast. It rids itself of broken and/or damaged cells. Toxins are typically stored in fat. As fat is burned for fuel, you must have water to flush the toxins out of your body.

Some people will argue that your brain needs glucose to function. During ketosis, there is no available glucose for brain functions. However, your body makes glucose for brain function from fat when it needs to.

Fasting comes to an end when you decide to eat a meal. If you have been diligent and fasted for a day or more, you should not pig out on the comfort foods you abstained from during your fast. Balanced nutrition is really the best answer. I follow the Wahls Protocol dietary recommendations to ensure that I get balanced nutrition with each meal.

Four weeks ago, I adopted a five-day 18-hour intermittent fasting regimen with two days of near total fast. I do use a lemon or lime in unsweetened iced tea periodically during my two-day fast. I do it for health and longevity reasons, not for weight loss.

My fasting regimen did not happen overnight. It started a long time ago by adapting incrementally each week to allow my body to adapt to this lifestyle. If you are under medical care, please consult a physician before attempting any time of long-duration fast.