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Podcast Episode 090: Cleansing vs Fasting

Did you know that the #1 cause of gallbladder disease is a low-to-no-fat diet? Cleansing and fasting can affect the gallbladder in different ways.

September 16, 2019 | 51 minutes, 11 seconds
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Did you know that the number one cause of gallbladder disease is a low-to-no-fat diet? Considering gallbladder removal is the number one abdominal surgery in the US, I think this is worth talking about!

In order to contract the gallbladder and use our bile properly, you need good quality fats. If you don’t eat enough fat, the gallbladder does not contract and empty properly. You need at least 10 grams of fat per meal to contract and empty the gallbladder.

When you fast for long periods of time, you don’t contract the gallbladder, which can cause problems!

Cleansing vs Fasting

In Ayurvedic medicine, they weren’t big fans of prolonged fasting. A day or two here and there was common in India, but fasting was mostly for kapha body types or during kapha season. Ayurvedic cleanses always use ghee to contract the gallbladder and protect you from issues that can ensue from a lack of fat.

Stem cell research by Dr. Valter Longo and his Fasting Mimicking Diet allows you to eat enough fat to properly contract the gallbladder, while also getting the benefits of fasting—very intriguing!

I’m always fascinated by how Ayurveda knew to build cleanses around consumption of ghee. A part of it is: first, do no harm. Ghee allows the benefits of a prolonged fast without the risks.

I have three ghee- and kitchari-based cleanses that mimic the benefits of fasting; the Colorado Cleanse, the Short Home Cleanse, and the Kaya Kalpa Cleanse, an ancient cleanse which exactly mimics the stem cell research performed by Dr. Longo.

If you have never cleansed before, this is a great time to get started and take advantage of the early bird sale for my upcoming group cleanse October 15-28, 2019!

With this amazing offer, you can purchase not just a cleanse kit, but additional guidance for your cleanse, which includes daily emails from me, three live Q&A calls, and a forum where you can connect with other cleansers as well as the staff here at LifeSpa, so you can get all your cleanse queries answered!

Ayurvedic Weight Balancing eBook

The Longevity Diet by Valter Longo, PhD

The Hidden Dangers of Digestive Enzymes

Learn more about all my cleanses here.

LifeSpa Cleanses: Colorado CleanseShort Home CleanseKaya Kalpa Cleanse

Ayurveda Meets Modern Science is hosted by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, founder of LifeSpa and author of seven health books (including bestselling Eat Wheat and The 3-Season Diet), seven online courses (including Yoga Journal courses Ayurveda 101 and 201), and numerous free eBooks.

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