Fasting to Naturally Reverse High Blood Pressure


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  2. Really interesting stuff! Some of the benefits of fasting can be really powerful! I like the approach of a "kickstart" per se into a healthier, plant-based approach.

    Extended fasting like that definitely has to be supervised, and I suggest if you plan on doing more than 24 hours, work with someone. That's what I tell those who I work with.

    There is some evidence intermittent fasting can help with microbiome diversity IF you then follow and WFPB approach, and not going back to processed, refined foods. Really good information!

  3. Anyone who ever water fasted could confirm all these research results

  4. Prolonged Fasting beyond 3 continuous days has a stronger effect on AMPK enzymes and has even a higher TNF-Alpha inhibiting effect.
    But you'd need to have adequate electrolytes to carry such a fasting.
    I tried it and I felt super amazing.

    Do not try fasting if you're on diabetic medications as Metformin can create a state of locked lactic acidosis in some cases. Talk to your doctor beforehand.

  5. The two extended fasts I've done so far didn't improve my blood pressure, but definitely helped "reset" my taste buds. I was never a big fan of tea but after a taste bud "reset", I now love tea as it's lightly flavored w/o sugar.

  6. I need these regular pro fasting vids to remind/motivate me to sticking with 5:2

  7. I REALLY LOVE THIS!!!!

  8. I will be undergoing an eleven day fast shortly, restricting myself to only chips, chocolate and french fries. I have a good feeling about this and expect excellent results. On a serious note, one thing that has helped me with the evening munchies is to have some fresh pineapple shortly after dinner. NOTHING tastes good after eating pineapple, so the desire to ransack the kitchen in search of the bad stuff is effectively eliminated.

  9. Cool stuff. But I'm much more interested in the results of LIFE LONG adherence to 100% plant based diet (with proper supplements)…

  10. Awesome video, I'm now motivated to get started!

  11. Cool, I may be forced to do this water fast due to the lockdown in Europe and the shelves in shops being empty due to hoarders. I have a good supply of belly fat to survive. Actually just not eating for a day lowers my blood pressure temporarily but it perhaps needs 10 days to get a permanent fix.

  12. This man is literally saving LIVES!

  13. I wonder if the body starts to repair itself within this process (from the inside out) or maybe is is due to the subsequent weight loss associated with a decrease in blood pressure.

  14. Hmm… are these phenomenal results now caused by the fasting or is it just the greater adherence to the better diet afterwards? (because of taste buds reset)

  15. From experience, zero calorie is way easier than super low calorie. I haven't done the 10 days mentioned in the study, but I have done 7. Day 2/3 sucks, but then it gets way easier. Ymmv.

  16. Did i hear… taste great and less killing? LOL

  17. Where do vegans get their fat from besides from oil and nuts? Please don't say avacodos as well

  18. Why is none of this is taught in Med-School….

  19. Love the format

  20. Just saying "Thank You" seems so inadequate for all you do Dr Greger.

  21. WFPB plus no SOS (salt-oil-sugar) I went from 140/90 to 100/65. I’m 68. It took about 4 months without the fasting quick start.

  22. How to reverse hypotension?

  23. And that's just bloodpressure… I'm assuming this is the result of improved kidney function, so it might have tonnes of other benefits.

  24. I have aids

  25. Years ago church groups would do this. 40 day fasting. Someone in my group did this and I was amazed that someone could. She was doing it for weight loss, and I don't remember what she lost. She was still trying to lose weight after fasting for 40 days. Fasting and eating all vegetables is in the Bible.

  26. My husband is going in for his first stress test next week.

  27. I prefer older video format with Dr Greger off the camera. Weird Greger ticks and manerisms annoy me.

  28. Where can i find a program like this?

  29. The problem is, medically supervised fasting is extraordinarily expensive, financially out of reach for some of the sickest people who need it most.

  30. “Tastes great—Less killing”
    Hilarious!

  31. If you're wondering why he didn't make a video about the corona pandemic, he already did, years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G20cooZOiYE

  32. Is there a worry that such a period of fasting could disrupt gut bacteria and cause future problems? Anectodally, a lot of people seems to have damaged themselves with fasts.

  33. I could feel my body 'pressuring' me to do this before I even saw this video.

  34. What about like 50% calories/ day – can just reducing eating reduce blood pressure. I imagine it would.

  35. how do you cover the medical supervision? I was going for the intermittent fasting but I don't go to any doctors since I don't believe in the current medical health care system.

  36. What about low blood pressure?

  37. This makes total sense. Obesity goes hand in hand with the largest factors in dying. I have never seen medication do anything but a small reduction in blood pressure, they are pretty useless. On the several occasions that I have fastest, I got much better numbers on every one of the medical tests I had taken.

  38. Was there a comparison of a fasting to a healthy diet versus that of starting out with the healthy diet?

  39. I did 21 days water only. I did get rid of high blood pressure and taste fir meat and junk foods. I eat easy healthier now!

  40. There are about 2,000 coronavirus papers I’m combing through now, and will be posting updates on social media as we learn more. (see description for SM links) Then on April 8 I'll be doing a webinar "How Not to Die in a Pandemic." More details here: http://bit.ly/HNTDpandemic.

  41. Brings tears of joy to my eyes. So simple. ANYONE who gets serious, can escape a lifetime of drugs and illness from hypertension. It's just a choice.

  42. Great information. 
    Great videos.
    Great web site.
    Helping people get or stay healthy.
    Want to reduce health care costs for the country or the world. Listen to Dr. Greger

  43. Taste Great & Less Killing

  44. If food shortages become an issue, we should just all stick to a fasting diet. It would make us all healthier and help solve the national healthcare epidemic.

  45. So with other words we could also do a plantbased ketogenic fasting mimicking diet? Fasting= fat based metabolism.

  46. can do enemas to clear out the gut?

  47. Years ago I started 168 fasting to lower my BP. it worked fantastically & I just kept that up for about 18 mths most days of each month. It was easy. I didn't lose any weight at all but my doc was so pumped I got BP back to normal & didn't need meds.

  48. Great and timely VID Doc….

  49. At 55 I was diagnosed with late onset diabetes. Medical intervention. Oral drugs. Condition continued to worsen. Injection. Condition continues to deteriorate. Increase injection levels, continue to deteriorate. Nerve damage, eyesight damage … more drugs and getting worse. Gave up on the doctors and medical industry. They simply were making a fortune off my condition. Now I 30 hour fast twice a week. I eat without heavy sugars, and much less meat. (I still love a good steak and mashed potatoes with gravy once in a while!) My sugar on average is down to a safe level. It still gets as high as 190 occasionally, but comes down after a single 24 hour fast. My weight came down to a recommended level, my energy is up, my attitude is up, my endurance is up, my cognitive abilities are up, my BP is down and food tastes so much better! I used to love sugary drinks like Pepsi, now it all tastes like diet soda, and I simply do not care for the taste! Good riddance. If you are a diabetic, you really need to do yourself a favor and get into this fasting science! Just remember, your Doc will lose a fortune, so he might try to talk you out of it! I am 65 now, and wish I knew this at 55! It was not easy to do, but the reward is well worth the effort!

  50. I have both juice fasted and water fasting 4 over 30 to 60 days at a time and it has not worked for me…
    I have a really high blood pressure I've been a vegan since 1989-1990 and I raised my children vegan as well .
    Im 6'4 300 lbs I cannot get my blood pressure lowered without medicine.
    My blood test for cholesterol and everything else was lower than any male 50 years old in the history of my Arizona family doctors practice.

  51. Dr. Greger. I once carried out a 14 day water only fast with some potassium/salt added to prevent heart arrythmia. I lost -25 lbls. I will comment on the taste bud theory however, I broke my fast with a piece of watermelon and it was so phenomenal I had to put it down because it was the sweetest thing I'd ever tasted, too sweet in fact! My insulin resistance totally reset and after consuming my pieces of watermelon it felt like every cell in my body was bursting with energy. I have never replicated that feeling again.

  52. I like intermittent fasting. I'll often do a 1-3 day fast. Usually once to 3 times a month. My blood pressure used to always be a little high, but now that I fast semi regularly, it is within the normal range.

  53. If I get Corona I'll just fast on water only. Bring it coronavirus.

  54. Just finished my annual Buchinger fast yesterday evening after not eating for 10 days. I don't have a tool to measure my bloodpressure, but my puls sank so far, that I had a puls in my sleep down to 44 bpm. It was also my kickstarter to erase added fats and salt from my self prepared dishes, which is why I just in time came back with my HNTD Cookbook (need to buy some missing herbs to replace salted mixed spices, and still looking for a local source for misopaste) and whole food plant based no-fat cookbook from Dr. Bracht and others.

  55. Dr G, a Coronavirus video, please!!

  56. Thank you Dr. Greger, for instructing us on what to eat, to stay strongly resilient against these viral plagues.

  57. make a daily needs video

  58. Me: "What's meretricious?"
    Dr. Greger: "Here's the definition."

  59. Finally a differentiated video about fasting. Having done 10 day fasts at least once a year. I suggest to look into Valter Longos or Alan Goldhamers work.

  60. Thank you for the information. Due to the medication I'm on, I will not probably do it, but the science behind it, is fascinating!

    Do you have also any resources as in: how to deal with food shortage/the situation we are now in/long time storage without minimal compromising any DD group ?

  61. Bless you. Thank you for saving lives and being humorous at the same.

  62. make one about corona virus

  63. if your BP responds to fasting, it likely just means you are genetically salt-sensitive. So your blood pressure will drop while you are not eating anything. But it's unlikely fasting can actually reverse your salt sensitivity.

  64. if your BP responds to fasting, it likely just means you are genetically salt-sensitive. So your blood pressure will drop while you are not eating anything. But it's unlikely fasting can actually reverse your salt sensitivity.

  65. Please suggest how to do this at home. Thanks.

  66. Water fasting is a piece of cake once you figure out how to keep your blood volume and blood pressure under control with mineral water. salt, potassium, magnesium. When done correctly you will feel zero symptoms from it. I lose about 0.59 lbs per day which is 4.1lbs of bodyfat on a 7 day water fast, because i burn 2000 calories per day and 0.59 lbs of fat is 2000 calories. Easiest way there is to loose bodyfat when you learn how to do it correctly.

  67. Dr. Greger, would you kindly answer a couple of questions? Are you vegan, and do you think veganism is the answer for everyone or just some?
    Studies you've presented on in the past have shown meat eating is important. But I feel you'd rather send the message that veganism is the right way to go. It is subtle, but it is there. I am not accusing, nor anti-veganism, only anti-anti-meat. I love your presentations, but have always wanted to ask your position, both personally and scientifically.

  68. Bart Kay debunks Greger twice with truthful science.

  69. and the lost of weight in the fasting helps also to reduce blood pressure

  70. Greger I give you 5-10 years

  71. Fasting for how many hours per day ? It says up to 11 days without eating at all (only water). Is that healthy for even normal weight person. Thank you so much in advance.

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