Can Teens do Fasting?

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In this video, Dr. Berg discussed fasting for teenagers. Excess insulin is so harmful and unhealthy. For teenagers, start with skipping the breakfast and consume food at 12 noon and 6 o’clock to have an 18 hour fasting period. Healthy ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting have so many benefits like better cognitive function, elevation of mood, weight loss and skin health.

Healthy Ketosis and Intermittent Fasting
• Eat lots of greens and provide nutrients
• Do it a longer period of time
• Fasting will NOT stunt growth – It increases growth hormones by 1300 percent in women and up to 2,000 percent in men.
• Not reducing calories but reducing frequency of eating

Important Nutrients:
• Electrolytes
• B Vitamins
• Sea Salt

So I had another question, is it okay for a teen to do fasting? Let’s cover this and sometimes you hear some negative things about it like “Oh my gosh, no you don’t want to deprive teenagers of carbohydrates because this reason or that reason”. That is totally not true. Like you really want to keep your teens consuming a lot of carbohydrates so we can keep excessive amounts of insulin up? There’s so much harm that happens when you raise your insulin way above normal. It’s very unhealthy. So, anytime someone says something negative or is a naysayer, ask them about the dangers of insulin, why aren’t they focusing on that. So this is what I would recommend to start out with any teen – you start off with just skipping the breakfast. Usually when you ask a teen, are you hungry when you wake up for breakfast a lot of times they’ll say no. Well then, don’t eat. Go as long as you can, work up to it gradually to the point where you just skip the whole breakfast and then you will have other people that say, “Well, no breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And you have to eat it.” And i’m like, whoever told you that? Well okay, guilty – I’ve actually was in my first book but I found that that was not a good idea. So you do want to skip the breakfast, this is not the most important meal of the day. Si if you had your teen consume food at 12 and then at 6, that would give them an 18 hour fasting period. That would be huge and that would give them so many benefits, cognitive function, elevation of mood if they have anxiety or depression it’ll bring them right up, they’ll lose weight, heir acne will go away, I wish I would have known about this when I was a teenager, I had a really bad acne. I didn’t know what to do. I just thought that I just need to scrub the skin harder with soap, that advice didn’t work. But you want to make sure you do it healthily, you don’t want to just do fasting, you want to do healthy keto with fasting. You don’t want to just eat junk food. You want to do lots of greens to provide the nutrients, huge salads. Realize that you’re not starving your teen, you would have to really have them do it a longer period of time and not give them an nutrients so that’s not happening. Then the next question is, will it stunt their growth.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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