How BEING HUNGRY Helps You Prevent Disease, LOSE WEIGHT & End Inflammation! | Mike Mutzel

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video discusses how fasting can help prevent disease, aid in weight loss, and reduce inflammation, with a focus on the potential anti-cancer properties of fasting.

The video features an interview with Mike Mutzel, a clinical nutritionist and author, who discusses the benefits of fasting and how it can help prevent disease, aid in weight loss, and reduce inflammation. He explains that fasting can lower glucose and insulin levels, enhance mitochondrial function, and potentially inhibit cancer growth. Mutzel also shares his personal experience with fasting and how it has helped him manage his health issues.

  • Mike Mutzel is a clinical nutritionist and host of the podcast High Intensity Health.
  • Fasting can lower glucose and insulin levels, which cancer cells use to thrive.
  • Mike Mutzel fasts for 36 hours at a time, but he recommends starting with a 12-hour fast and gradually increasing the fasting window.
  • Fasting can help with weight loss by reducing calorie intake and increasing fat burning.
  • Mike Mutzel had an elevated biomarker called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) which is high in people with hepatitis or liver cancer.
  • Functional medicine focuses on the underlying cause of symptoms.
  • Mike Mutzel believes that fasting can help prevent disease, aid in weight loss, and reduce inflammation.
  • Fasting can help prevent cancer by reducing insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and increasing autophagy.
  • Resistance training can improve self-confidence and self-belief.

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Introduction

  • Mike Mutzel is a clinical nutritionist and host of the podcast High Intensity Health.
  • He fasts before interviews to clear his mind and improve productivity.
  • He has a tumor biomarker called alpha-fetoprotein, which is why he fasts on a more prolonged basis.
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Potential Anti-Cancer Properties of Fasting

  • Fasting can lower glucose and insulin levels, which cancer cells use to thrive.
  • Insulin can act as a growth factor for cancer cells, activating mTOR, which is a gas pedal for cellular growth.
  • Lowering glucose and insulin levels can enhance mitochondrial function, which can help prevent various diseases, including cancer.
  • Fasting can also enhance autophagy, which is the process of breaking down and recycling damaged cells.
  • Autophagy can help prevent cancer by removing damaged cells before they become cancerous.
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Fasting Protocols

  • Mike Mutzel fasts for 36 hours at a time, but he started with shorter fasts and worked his way up.
  • He recommends starting with a 12-hour fast and gradually increasing the fasting window.
  • He suggests drinking plenty of water and electrolytes during the fast to prevent dehydration.
  • He also recommends breaking the fast with nutrient-dense foods, such as bone broth and leafy greens.
  • He advises against fasting for extended periods without medical supervision, especially for people with underlying health conditions.
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Other Benefits of Fasting

  • Fasting can help with weight loss by reducing calorie intake and increasing fat burning.
  • Fasting can improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control, which can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • Fasting can reduce inflammation, which is a common factor in many chronic diseases.
  • Fasting can improve brain function and mental clarity by increasing the production of ketones.
  • Fasting can also improve gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
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Personal Experience with Elevated Biomarker

  • Mike Mutzel had an elevated biomarker called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) which is high in people with hepatitis or liver cancer.
  • He was nervous and started to believe that he might have cancer.
  • He realized that he needed to change his lifestyle and be more present with his daughter.
  • He believes that the body, mind, diet, and lifestyle are powerful in preventing disease.
  • He thinks that perturbations in the body do not always mean that symptoms will manifest.
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Functional Medicine and Underlying Causes

  • Functional medicine focuses on the underlying cause of symptoms.
  • Mike Mutzel's elevated AFP was not a symptom of something else.
  • He was living a lifestyle where his circadian rhythm was disrupted due to commuting and traveling.
  • He realized that he needed to change his lifestyle and be more present.
  • He believes that honoring sleep-wake cycles influences hormones and biology.
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Other Changes Made

  • Mike Mutzel used to have negative self-talk and insecurities.
  • He struggled in school and believed that he was not able to learn.
  • He realized that he needed to change his mindset and not hang on to negative thoughts.
  • He wants to leave a legacy and impact the world.
  • He believes that time is precious and we should not take it for granted.
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Spirituality and Fasting

  • Mike Mutzel believes that fasting can help prevent disease, aid in weight loss, and reduce inflammation.
  • He thinks that fasting can have potential anti-cancer properties.
  • He believes that fasting can help with spiritual growth and mindfulness.
  • He thinks that fasting can help with self-discipline and self-control.
  • He recommends starting with intermittent fasting and gradually increasing the fasting window.
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How fasting can prevent disease, aid in weight loss, and reduce inflammation

  • Fasting can help prevent diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
  • Fasting can aid in weight loss by reducing insulin resistance and increasing fat burning.
  • Fasting can reduce inflammation by decreasing oxidative stress and improving gut health.
  • Fasting can improve brain function and increase longevity.
  • Fasting can be done in various ways, such as intermittent fasting, time-restricted eating, and prolonged fasting.
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The potential anti-cancer properties of fasting

  • Fasting can help prevent cancer by reducing insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and increasing autophagy.
  • Autophagy is the process of cellular self-cleaning and can help remove damaged cells that may lead to cancer.
  • Fasting can also improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduce its side effects.
  • Fasting can be used as a complementary therapy for cancer treatment, but it should be done under medical supervision.
  • More research is needed to fully understand the anti-cancer properties of fasting.
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The mental benefits of resistance training

  • Resistance training can improve self-confidence and self-belief.
  • Resistance training can help develop discipline and sustained effort.
  • Resistance training can trigger intrinsic motivation and improve mood.
  • Resistance training can be quantifiable and offer feedback for improvement.
  • Resistance training can be applied to other areas of life, such as work and relationships.
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The importance of small wins and mindset shifts

  • Small wins, such as starting the day with a healthy habit, can lead to mindset shifts and positive changes.
  • Mindset shifts can help overcome limiting beliefs and negative self-talk.
  • Mindset shifts can help develop a growth mindset and a belief in the malleability of the body and mind.
  • Mindset shifts can lead to a focus on serving others and finding one's unique gifts.
  • Mindset shifts can be subtle but powerful and can lead to long-term success and happiness.
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Benefits of Fasting

  • Fasting can help prevent disease.
  • Fasting can aid in weight loss.
  • Fasting can reduce inflammation.
  • Fasting can potentially have anti-cancer properties.
  • Fasting can improve mental clarity.
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Individual Differences in Fasting

  • Everyone operates at a different level.
  • Some people may not have the energy to fast due to poor health.
  • Ketones affect individuals differently.
  • Exogenous ketones can increase mental clarity.
  • Ketones can affect gene signaling and protect DNA.
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Fasting and Stress Response Pathways

  • Fasting can increase stress response hormones.
  • Fasting can increase parasympathetic tone and heart rate variability.
  • Heart rate variability is a good biomarker for fasting.
  • Fasting can help with resilience in stressful environments.
  • Ketones can help with stress response pathways.
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Using Ketones for Travel

  • Traveling can be stressful on the body.
  • Ketones can help with stress response pathways during travel.
  • Ketones can help with exposure to chemicals.
  • Ketones can affect stress response pathways and stress response hormones.
  • Ketones can protect DNA and affect gene signaling.
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The Debate on Energy Balance and Ketosis

  • Heart rate variability is higher in the morning after fasting compared to having two meals per day.
  • Energy balance and calories in vs. calories out can produce short-term body composition changes but may slow down resting metabolic rate.
  • Controlled feeding studies in metabolic wards show no difference in fat loss between energy equated differences in macronutrients.
  • Ketosis is considered restrictive and eliminates a major food group, carbohydrates and fiber.
  • Trade-offs and goals should be considered when choosing a diet.
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The Importance of Food Constituents

  • Cells are made up of the food that is consumed.
  • Trans fats can damage the physical structure of the fat molecule, making cells more brittle.
  • Food constituents affect signaling pathways, gene expression, and microbiome composition.
  • Food cannot be relegated to just carbs, fats, proteins, DNA, and water.
  • Food macromolecules and nutrients affect different aspects of health.
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The Perspective of Calorie Counting People

  • Calorie counting people believe that energy balance is the key to weight loss.
  • Doctor Hobbes conducted a study on himself, the Twinkie diet, which made him lose weight.
  • Being open-minded is important in understanding different perspectives.
  • There is a need to understand the veracity of disregarding the constituent parts of food.
  • Food cannot be reduced to just calories in and calories out.
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