Episode 274

The Mind-Blowing Science of Water-Only Fasting

With Dr. Alan Goldhamer

These days, we hear a lot about fasting. Intermittent fasting, time-restricted eating, and water fasting are just some of the many terms being thrown around in support of better health. But which one is best? And what does it all mean for our longevity, brain health, and overall wellness?

Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, I talk to Dr. Alan Goldhamer about water-only fasting, and how it can troubleshoot our biology, boost our energy, and decrease our risk of disease.

Dr. Alan Goldhamer is one of the world’s leading experts on medically supervised, water-only fasting. In 1984, Dr. Goldhamer founded and became director of TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California; since then, he has supervised the fasting and care of more than 20,000 patients. The center is the largest facility in the world specializing in medically supervised, water-only fasting, and it is one of the premier training facilities for doctors to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting.  

Dr. Goldhamer is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and coauthor of The Pleasure Trap—Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness. He is also the principal author of two landmark studies that showed evidence of the benefits of water-only fasting, as well as numerous case reports published in peer reviewed indexed journals evaluating the effects of water-only fasting in the treatment of a variety of conditions.  

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For more on Dr. Alan Goldhamer, follow him on Instagram @thetruenorthhealthcenter, Facebook @truenorthhealth, and through his websites truenorthhealthfoundation.org and healthpromoting.com. Get his book, The Pleasure Trap, here.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Misconceptions about water-only fasting
    (4:22)
  2. Who is a candidate for a medically supervised, water-only fast
    (8:09 )
  3. Body composition changes in long-term fasting
    (10:53)
  4. The benefits of long-term, medically supervised, water-only fasting
    (13:13)
  5. Gender considerations for fasting
    (16:08)
  6. Fasting safety study
    (17:57)
  7. What happens in the body during a long-term, water-only fast
    (22:11)
  8. How fasting has the ability to reset our dopamine dependency
    (31:05)
  9. The best way to fast from the comfort of your home
    (35:07)
  10. How fasting impacts lifespan
    (46:45)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Alan Goldhamer

Dr. Alan Goldhamer is one of the world’s leading experts on medically supervised, water-only fasting. In 1984, Dr. Goldhamer founded and became director of TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California; since then, he has supervised the fasting and care of more than 20,000 patients. The center is the largest facility in the world specializing in medically supervised, water-only fasting, and it is one of the premier training facilities for doctors to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting. Dr. Goldhamer is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and coauthor of The Pleasure Trap—Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness. He is also the principal author of two landmark studies that showed evidence of the benefits of water-only fasting, as well as numerous case reports published in peer reviewed indexed journals evaluating the effects of water-only fasting in the treatment of a variety of conditions.  

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