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Why Women Shouldn’t Fast

Why Women Shouldn’t Fast

January 21, 2023

PERSPECTIVE— 

(Begins at 00:32:01) 

This week on A Different Perspective Doc talks about women, fasting, and why they shouldn’t. 

  • The body doesn’t make mistakes. It is intelligent.  
  • Fasting is a physiological stressor like anything else your body may come across. It creates a similar effect on the body as exercise, screaming at others, running from predators, or being anxious.  
  • Fit ≠ healthy 

  • Dietary restriction vs. caloric restriction vs. fasting vs. time restriction.   
  • It takes 2-3 days for food to pass from the mouth to the rectum.  
  • Fasting is great for lowering blood sugar, insulin, and inflammation. But it’s not going to lower cortisol. Quite the opposite.  
  • Cortisol is used to counter hypoglycemia.  
  • Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone that increases adrenaline, releases glycogen into the bloodstream, mobilizes fat stores, and affects alertness.  
  • Regarding your hormones, breakfast is the least important meal of the day and can be the most detrimental.  
  • What you do, and when, affects the levels of your cortisol, which affects your circadian rhythms and biological clocks
  • Cortisol secretion in relation to body fat distribution in obese premenopausal women
    • Visceral fat is deep abdominal fat around your organs that promotes inflammation, insulin resistance, and heart disease.  
    • Cortisol mobilizes triglycerides (stored body fat molecules) into visceral fat cells and predisposes you to store more fat.  
    • Visceral fat cells have more cortisol receptors than subcutaneous fat, the fat under your skin. 

Top 11 Ways to Reduce Cortisol 

  1. Breathing – Diaphragm
  2. Exercise – Long walks
  3. Mental – Have a plan.
  4. Chocolate
  5. Cod Liver Oil
  6. California Poppy
  7. Ashwagandha
  8. Green Tea (EGG), L-Theanine – reacts 20 min after ingestion.
  9. Olive Oil – Oleuropein
  10. Sunlight – Vitamin D – Melatonin
  11. Potassium

Hormones and Stress 

  • Cholesterol is necessary.  
  • An increase in cortisol means a decrease in progesterone.  
    • Progesterone is made from pregnenolone. The mother of all hormones, pregnenolone is made from cholesterol. Cortisol is indirectly produced from progesterone. More precisely, it’s built from its metabolite, 17-OH progesterone.  
    • Progesterone is an essential precursor to mineralocorticoids such as aldosterone and glucocorticoids such as cortisol. When exposed to stress, the body increases the secretion of cortisol and adrenaline. When this happens, progesterone decreases since it is used to produce cortisol. This makes it essential to control stress response to increase progesterone levels.  
  • Working out needs to look different during different weeks of your cycle.  
  • Even men can work out too much—Chris Hemsworth looks different when he’s playing Thor and when he’s “off.” 

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