How Fasting Heals You with Dr. Daniel Pompa
Even though Dr. Daniel Pompa thought he was eating healthy and taking care of himself, he still found himself suffering. After figuring out that his mercury amalgam dental fillings were contributing to toxicity in his body, he dove further into other toxins that could be leading him (and others) down a disease path.
Many of his early symptoms were thyroid related due to this mercury toxicity. His energy tanked, he was “skinny fat”, and practicing and playing with his children became difficult. He knew he needed to do something, and this sent him on a journey to change his life and that of so many others.
To reduce inflammation, Dr. Pompa realized he needed to tighten up his diet. Toxins were driving inflammation in his body, and very well may be doing the same in yours as well. His cells were inflamed, and his thyroid was unable to function properly, leaving him with many undesirable symptoms.
After doing his research and implementing changes in himself and his patients, Dr. Pompa wrote The Cellular Healing Diet to help others experience the same incredible shifts he noticed in his life.
The Cellular Healing Diet
Three Basic Diet Changes
There are three basic dietary changes everyone should make to ensure that their cells are performing at an optimal level.
Removal of Grains and Excess Sugar
There are many proteins in grains (beyond gluten) that drive inflammation. Once you remove these, many people feel much better. In fact, eating just two slices of whole grain bread affects your blood sugar the same way drinking 12 ounces of soda will. This is why so many people think they’re eating healthy, but they’re really destroying their cells. Grain products are rapidly converted to sugar in the body, and this leads to cellular inflammation.
Refined sugar is an anti-nutrient and not only contributes to inflammation in your cells, but it also spikes your blood sugar. Because of this, insulin and leptin resistance begin to take hold and your cells are no longer able to hear important hormonal signals.This can lead to premature aging, heart disease, diabetes, the inability to lose weight, and other issues.
Switch to Grass-Fed Meats
Another area that is contributing to disease in many is conventionally raised meat. These contain pesticides, hormones, and other toxins that are contributing to your disease state. But there is another important reason to make this switch. Cows were designed to eat grass, and when they’re instead fed unnatural grains, changes occur in the cow’s fatty acid ratio. Good fats become bad fats, and conventionally raised animals end up having fatty acid ratios that just don’t compare to organic, grass-fed animals.
When you consume conventional meat, this unbalanced fatty acid ratio is contributing to health problems. When you remove conventionally raised meats and concentrate on either grass-fed varieties or plants, you can reverse toxicity and give your cells the ability to heal and perform well.
Avoiding Bad Fats
Omega-6 fatty acids are a critical fat to fix the cell membrane, and they’re like the gatekeeper to healthy cell function. However, so many of us are consuming unhealthy omega-6 fats. The vegetable oils, canola oil, and other seed oils high in omega-6 are also damaging to the cells. Recommended oils are organic olive oil, almond oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil. When you ingest bad fats, they go into your cell membranes and sit there for 132 days. This is where your hormone receptors are, and these get blocked by inflammation driven by toxins and bad fats.
Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats and cholesterol are a necessary part of our cells. They stabilize the cell membrane and help the cells perform properly. If inflammation is blocking the hormone receptors on the cell, you will not feel well. This is also why omega-6 fatty acids are so important.
All protective barriers, whether it’s in your eyes, your gut or your brain, are impacted by healthy fats and a healthy diet. The eyes are so fragile and are so susceptible to other things going on in your body. When your eyes are dry, you likely have a cellular issue going on. When you fix the cell membranes, you begin to fix the protective barriers of the body.
Beyond Fasting for Optimal Health
Humans are wired to fast. Ancient cultures were forced to fast, and when we look at what happens during a time of fasting we see that this is needed. Constant access to food is damaging to the body. In a fasting state, we’re downregulating bad genes that get turned on via stressors. While we have genes that determine many things, toxins (including emotional stressors) can turn on genes. Once it’s turned on, you can turn those genes off if you make the right adjustments. Our eyes are actually one of the first places to react when your cells are not performing properly, because they are so sensitive. During fasting, these genes get down regulated or turned off.
Intermittent fasting is fine, but longer fasts are actually the key to down regulating the bad genes and changing your microbiome. Five days is a sweet spot for many, because it takes three to four days for you to feel good while fasting. On day four, there is maximum autophagy happening, where your body begins to get rid of (or eat) those bad cells for energy. The best part? It doesn’t just take them out but it signals a stem cell and creates new ones. After a few five day fasts, autoimmune disease can shut off, which is so important for those suffering from autoimmune disease.
Fasting periodically with longer fasts may include consuming a very low caloric amount (500-1000 low-protein calories per day), only consuming water or consuming nothing at all. Dr. Pompa’s new book walks you through how to prepare for a fast, go through a fast, and come out of a fast safely. Often, Dr. Pompa will recommend a partial fast (500-1000 calories) to begin, and once you’re used to this you can move onto a strict fast.
Everyone can benefit from at least one five day fast per year. Just one fast per year could decrease cancer risk by 95%! Some people may need to fast every month for optimal benefits, and others can go longer in between. Keep in mind that autophagy is an important way for your body to drastically heal.
The important thing is to do what’s best for you, your body, and your family. Even a 12-14 hour fast can have huge benefits for autophagy. The feast days are also as important as the fast days, so make sure to eat more healthy carbohydrates on those feast days. If you fast too much, it’s not good for the body because we can make the body think that it’s starving (which can be an issue with women more often than men).
Women, and especially those with thyroid and adrenal issues, do amazing by driving up higher healthy carbohydrates just five days per month. If you still have a cycle, use the five days before it begins to increase those carbs to 150-200 grams per day. This can be magic for hormones! The week before your period, you have tons of hormone conversions taking place. High carbohydrates allow your body to convert hormones more easily, and this can help optimize the process.
About Dr. Pompa
Dr. Daniel Pompa is a respected leader in the health and wellness space, educating practitioners and the public on the origins of inflammation-driven disease, the therapeutic application of the ketogenic diet, fasting, ancestral-based health approaches, cellular healing, and detoxification.
Although trained as a chiropractor, his authority is rooted in his own battle, having overcome neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning using his own unique cellular detoxification strategies.
A relentless self-experimenter, Dr. Pompa has a passion for healing others. He’s a true warrior of a ‘from pain to purpose’ mindset, and he speaks about removing the cause of toxicity and inflammation, going upstream, and following a multi-therapeutic approach to health and healing.
Dr. Pompa and his wife, Merily, live in Park City, Utah with their 5 children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.
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