To Christians, it will often bring up thoughts of Easter, the third day, the day of world change. To Suero Viv Cleansers (a bunch in my midst right now), it brings up the thought of almost being done with this fast. I have been skimping on how much of this cultured whey drink I have been having each day, so I have been surviving on 400 Calories a day for the last two days. A big change for a guy who eats 3,000 calories a day.
I weighed in around 207 lbs at the start of this, and hit 203 yesterday. My scale is currently sitting at CrossFit Silos, so I won’t know again until morning of fourth day. Why we do this is simply to heal digestion. There is practically nothing to digest in this cleanse. The cleanse is loaded with probiotics, and is also a fuel for the sodium potassium pump, driving fluid into the cells and pulling wastes out. It is a great product.
http://healthsprout.youngevityonline.com/ (Beyond Organic, look for suero silver cleanse)
The greatest thing about eating no food for three days, is that it is liberating. Many people try and cave. Some try and like myself, drink even less than the 6 daily prescribed drinks. And some, extend the cleanse a long time. I have had one patient choose to go 21 days, and I have had a significant number pick 7 days. It is a freeing feeling. No digestion, the GI tract just settles down and quiets itself. This is a good place.
A couple things about the three day victory. It is your commitment that makes it possible. It is fighting through day 1 and the morning and possibly evening of day 2. I constantly remind people of a line I heard Dr. Ben Lerner speak, years ago, My Commitments are Greater then My Feelings in THIS MOMENT. This little line is so powerful, it can assist you in pausing, and making a strong step in the right direction, with so many things.
Lastly, the question of health. Is it healthy to hold back all food? Well, rooted in Biblical truth, of course. Fasting is a very positive way to cleanse and help healing. But, on an ongoing basis, calorie restriction is also a very valuable step to take.
The article is referring to two studies done where monkeys were given a low calorie diet, and the effort was to assert whether longevity increased or did not because of it. The results suggest that the answer is YES, a diet in reduced calories WILL indeed increase longevity. Studies in mice also support this hypothesis. The crazy thing is that in mice, an increase of up to 40% has been seen.
The thing I want to point out, is that in most longevity studies, the major restriction has been carbohydrate, and I truly believe that simply by restricting carbohydrate, you will live longer. Also, the restriction is designed to be around 30% of normal caloric load, which would suggest that you should eat around 1,300 calories if you currently eat 2,000, or perhaps 1,000 if you are closer to 1,500.
I referenced 3,000 calories a day earlier. I eat that amount approximately three days a week. And on four other days, I am closer to 1,200. My heavy days of consumption are primarily do to increases in nut fats, healthy raw dairy from grass fed cows, and from clean protein. We will still push in to learn the real truth, but for now, I think cleansing multiple times a year, reducing the overall carbohydrate content in your diet, and getting 13 servings of vegetables (very low calorie content, and loaded with nutrients) will assist you in your longevity and health.
The Wisconsin study reported a reduction in heart disease, cancer and diabetes as well. Huh, fancy that.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E