Does fasting keep you up at night? Having a hard time turning off the chatter? That's been Teresa's experience, so she (naturally) wants to know what to do about it on today's Sunday Supp episode.
Can fasting (or keto) give you too much energy?
First step: check your beta!
How exercise can help burn off some ketones.
And the supplements Eric recommends to help with chatter and restlessness.
Eric mentions ashwagandha in this episode and one great way to get it is in bioStak! Go to bioStak.com to order yours.
And if you’re interested in starting your own journey, you can find out more information at biofitcoaching.com or on Instagram @biofit_coaching
Chad: 00:05 We're getting a lot of questions regarding the proper way to live life in ketosis. We have you covered in our midweek mini series called Sunday supps. Every Sunday we have a quick supplemental episode where we answer your questions on all things Keto, so our question today comes from Teresa and she says it's a little bit long, but hang in there because there's some good compliments in here before the question. Thank you for all your hard work on getting the keto knowledge out there. I enjoy the podcast and anxiously await the each episode. I'm in keto since April 2018. Congratulations Theresa. That's awesome. And have done very well. I've lost 65 pounds and now I'm only eight pounds from my goal weight. I've been in stall for a few months, but I'm not worried since it's getting exciting since it's just exciting that I've been able to maintain what I've lost and not gained.
Chad: 00:47 That's a huge win for me. That's awesome. That's a great rate perspective. I'm now. Here comes the question. I do intermittent fasting on a daily basis and do some three day fast every month or so. My problem is that when I do anything over 24 hours, my brain is firing so much that I can't seem to turn it off to sleep. I end my fast specifically so that I can sleep not to eat. I had, I had a well known keto NTP say that, that it's because my body doesn't like fasting and it's putting too much stress on it. Boosting my cholesterol or boosting my cortisol. Sorry. She said I need to stop fasting. I would like your opinion on it. I don't want to stop even though I don't want it all that often, even though I don't do it all that often. I really enjoy how I feel when I am other than my brain has too much energy. What do you think? Thank you so much for taking the time to answer. So Eric, sounds like Theresa's having an energy crisis. Can't, could we all be all so lucky? Probably doesn't see it as luck, but yeah. So that's, that's an interesting question. I've never experienced. Um, I've always slept really well. Fasting. Yeah. Um, but what, what's your perspective?
Eric: 02:04 You know, what's interesting about it is I, you know, I've had those that I've coached quite a bit, uh, have had that issue, uh, to where just just a few or get that really excitability at night, their brain just can't turn off the chatter. It can't, it just can't shut down. Okay. Um, in some of these or even during Ketosis, not, not in a fasting state at all. And of course through it, you know, adaptation, it gets better and better. Okay. So basically what I, you know, without knowing what your Beta is, your Beta hydroxybutyrate, you know, is, you know, during your fast, because if it's up for millimole five millimoles, you know, maybe even up to six millimole maybe, uh, I know when I do a seven day fast, I can get up to eight millimole and I have a lot of activity going on in the brain. Okay. And it's my decision chatter and she and she knows what that, what that feels like. I'd be really curious to know what your millimoles is as far as your ketones, but also, you know, the ones that I've coached through it, uh, that, that can eventually adapt to it is, I really, first thing I do is I pick up their exercise during their fast and some people don't, don't work out during their fast, but I literally pick up their exercise so they can actually really start utilizing the ketones as an energy source. So they're, they're actually burning them off. Okay. So you're not just, you know, being, you know, uh, no, no movement during the day and you've got all these ketones. So let's utilize some of those up and working out. And then I always add a couple of supplements. I boost up their magnesium, you know, to a thousand milligrams, maybe a because that's obviously, you know, this going to help you rest, it's going to help you sleep.
Eric: 03:57 Ashwagandha that we have in our bioStak, uh, also as a Gabba it'll actually, I'm a slow you down a little bit, your brain at night, uh, help you relax a little bit. Uh, I think others, if you're not getting your Tryptofan, which obviously during your fast you're not, but beforehand, if you kind of store up on your Tryptofan a little bit, uh, that's an amino acid, but that's also remember a precursor to a couple of things like Melatonin and Serotonin. So it works with your circadian rhythm, a Tryptofan and you get that from, you know, Turkey, chicken, cheese, things like that, fishy even eggs. Uh, so there is some nutrients that you can, uh, try to pick up a little bit to, to help. Uh, I, as far as cortisol, I self experiencing myself seven day fast, had my cortisol checked. I never, you know, there is some issues if you do raise your cortisol, you're going to raise your glucose. Obviously a, especially in a fasting state, you could, but more than likely I would probably, I would love you to get your cortisol check during a fast because I, I'm not, I don't, I don't think that stress, especially if you're an intermittent faster and you're adapted to this, I really think you, you might be beyond that. That cortisol, stress of that glucagon pushing more cortisol, I would probably get your quarters all checked out for sure because I, I, I wouldn't put it on that so to speak, so I don't want to get too deep into that, but, but I definitely get that blood marker check probably during a fast and it'd be good to look at. I've tested mine and my cortisol raised in the morning, but everything was good during the day.
Chad: 05:41 Yeah, that's great. I wonder if Theresa's tried any of these, but I think these are great, great options and great advice. Increasing the exercise, going after some of those supplements and increasing that. That'll help you rest a little bit at night and uh, and that's great. Thanks for biohacking with us today or I want to thank you for joining us on this quest for optimal fitness. If you're ready to begin your own journey and live your life in Ketosis, be sure to check out biofitcoaching.com or biofit coaching on instagram that handles @keto.biohacker.
Chad: 06:14 And until next time, stay keto.