Saigon Wellness – Part 2: Can Fasting Save Your Life?

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Could Fasting Save Your Life?

I don’t want to be a slave to the gym or to my diet… I follow a lifestyle that enables me to not worry about food, about having a few beers or going out socialising.

I want to remain healthy and active for as long as possible. I want to feel young and energetic long into the later years of my life. Hence my research has lead me to partake in exercise, nutrition and lifestyle habits that achieve this goal without being an extreme “health nut” or “fitness freak”.

Now that I’m over 40 years old, optimum health and fighting the aging process are my main goals. “If you’re over 40 and don’t smoke, there’s about a 70% to 80% chance you’ll die from one of four diseases: heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer or neurodegenerative disease” (Peter Attia, MD)

Through my research there seems to be one activity that provides protective benefits against all of these diseases… Fasting.

What Is Fasting?

A true fast is defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period. There are so many different types of fasting including water fasting or dry fasting. These are defined as true fasts because there are no calories being consumed. Other fasting protocols like, juice, intermittent, restrictive, keto and religious (Daniel fast, Tzomot, Ramadan, etc) fasts should be called “fast-mimicking-diets” as they are completed with the consumption of calories.

If you are over 40 years old and care about your health then performing a fast could just safe your life. Fasting done properly doesn’t need to make you feel miserable, weak, lose muscle mass or suffer from cravings.

Keto-Fast-Mimicking-Diet (KFMD) provides incredible health benefits, enables you to maintain muscle mass, improve your performance as well as restores your digestive strength and gut health.

Longevity Benefits of a KETO-FAST:

Potent Anti-Cancer Effects:

If you don’t have cancer and you do a KFMD 2 to 3 times per year, you could purge any precancerous cells that may be living in your body! Therefore, if you’re over the age of 40, a KFMD seems like a smart insurance.

Protect Your Brain:

There is wide spread research proving that ketone bodies, especially β-hydroxybutyrate, provide neuroprotection against diverse types of cellular injury. When the brain is using ketones for fuel it seems to be protected against Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s & ALS, while also helping with Autism and Epilepsy.


Prolonged fasting using a FMD protocol triggers a powerful anti-ageing process called autophagy. In autophagy, our bodies “recycle” old cells that no longer work. Then it replaces them with new cells that work much better. New cells mean new body… This helps us burn fat, look younger and feel better. Fasting done correctly will boost this autophagy process by 330% to maximise this natural “fountain or youth” process within us.

Digestive Strength & Gut Health:

The power of fasting in relationship to improving digestive strength, restoring gut mucosal layer and protecting good gut bacteria are some of the biggest breakthroughs to come out of health research in the past few years. One of the leading experts on fasting, Thomas Delauer, states that “whenever we eat something it takes about 65% of our bodies energy to break the food down”. You might think that’s cool because it’s burning calories and increasing your metabolism but Thomas discusses that is not the case. He explains that it is not correct, as your body instead “just borrows from other energy sources and you get 65% more run down”.

Our guts need a rest from constant digestion to provide it a chance to heal. Especially if your diet is full on chemicals, toxins and preservatives from eating packaged and processed food stuffs, which is a leading cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS – click here to learn more about LGS and how to prevent it) When your stomach doesn’t get a change to heal, your gut mucosal layer breaks down.

Fasting also helps protect your gut microbiome. A recent study by Salk, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that “both fasting and gut bacteria can boost your immune system, protecting you from illness and helping you recover faster when you do get sick.” What this new research shows is that fasting flips a genetic switch that activates an anti-inflammatory response in your gut, protecting both you and your bacteria. After a fast your gut and digestive system are in a position to process and metabolise nutrients better… making you healthier, more energised and happier.

The above are all amazing reasons to consider completing a prolonged fast. Regular, correctly designed KFMD fasting throughout the year can be one of the most effective actions that might save your life or at least maintain the quality of your life experience into the later years.

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