The Dark Side of Fasting (and Intermittent Fasting): Dr. Berg Explains

Is fasting dangerous? It can be. Check out the dangers of fasting and how to avoid them.


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0:00 Introduction: Is fasting dangerous?
0:10 Benefits of fasting
0:16 Fasting explained
1:15 Dangers of prolonged fasting
13:58 Learn more about how to do intermittent fasting!

Today, let’s talk about the benefits and dangers of fasting.

Some of the top benefits of fasting include weight loss, cognitive improvements, and enhanced heart function.

Most of the dangers of fasting I’m going to cover aren’t related to a 16 to 18-hour fast. This applies more to prolonged fasting, which is when a person fasts for 48 to 72 hours—or even longer.

The purpose of eating is not just to get fuel. It’s also to get nutrients. When you’re fasting, you’re restricting nutrients. If your diet isn’t providing you with the nutrients you need when you do eat, you could end up with deficiencies that lead to certain issues.

It’s crucial to do a prolonged fast correctly and avoid common mistakes related to the dark side of fasting.

The dark side of prolonged fasting:
1. Refeeding syndrome
When you come off of a fast, have a small amount of food, wait a couple of hours, and have a little bit more. Avoid overeating or eating carbs.

2. Dirty keto
Make sure you consume nutrient-dense, high-quality foods on the keto diet.

3. Not taking nutrients while fasting
At the bare minimum, you need to take electrolytes, sea salt, trace minerals, and B vitamins while fasting.

4. Kidney stones
Avoid high-oxalate foods if you’re prone to kidney stones. Also, consume at least two and a half liters of fluid a day, and add lemon juice to your water. When you’re back to having meals, consume large salads.

5. Anorexia
Anorexia will cause nutritional deficiencies. Instead of fasting, get on the keto diet.

6. Athletes that have not adapted to fat yet
Give your body enough time to become fully fat-adapted before attempting prolonged fasting.

7. Fasting for children
Fasting isn’t a good idea for children. Eating three meals a day and cutting out snacking may be beneficial for children. Teenagers who are overweight may consider two meals a day without snacking.

8. Not getting enough nutrition while pregnant or lactating
Not getting enough nutrients while pregnant or lactating can lead to issues for the mother and child. Choosing a whole-food, natural prenatal vitamin over a synthetic prenatal vitamin is also important.

9. Muscle loss
If you’re older and noticing muscle loss, try adding a blend of amino acids to your diet.

10. Ketoacidosis
This rare condition occurs in people under very specific circumstances and isn’t something most people should be concerned about.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and intermittent fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! Avoid the dangers of fasting by following these tips. I’ll see you in the next video.

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