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#187: A Masterclass on Fasting with Dave Asprey

Season 1, Ep. 187

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. Which one is best? What does it all mean for our longevity, brain health, and overall wellness?

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dave Asprey, the founder and Chairman of Bulletproof 360, a high-performance coffee and food company, and creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, host of the Webby award-winning podcast Bulletproof Radio, and has been featured on the Today show, Fox News, Nightline, CNN, and dozens more. Over the last two decades Dave, the “Father of Biohacking,” has worked with world-renowned doctors, researchers, scientists, and global mavericks to uncover the latest, most innovative methods, techniques and products for enhancing mental and physical performance.

In this episode, Dhru and Dave dive deep into the topic of fasting. They talk about how fasting can troubleshoot our biology, boost our energy, and decrease our risk of disease. They also discuss how there is no one-size-fits-all approach to fasting, how to avoid the fasting trap, and biohacks for making fasting less painful, more pleasurable, and above all more enriching.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why fasting feels scary to so many people (3:50)

-The importance of learning about the intangible aspects of fasting (9:39)

-The benefits of fasting (14:54)

-How women should approach fasting (19:49)

-The stages of fasting (32:24)

-Skipping breakfast vs. skipping dinner when fasting (41:16)

-Addressing loneliness through fasting (56:40)

-Fasting from hate (1:01:02)

-Being social without eating (1:04:57)

-Where to learn more about Dave Asprey (1:06:17)


For more on Dave Asprey you can follow him on Instagram @Dave.Asprey, on Facebook @BulletProofExecutive, on Twitter @BulletProofExec, on YouTube @DaveAsprey, and through his website https://daveasprey.com/. Get his book, Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation, and Eat Like the High-Performing Human You Were Meant to Be at https://fastthisway.com/. Join Dave’s 14 Days of Fasting Training at https://fastthisway.com/.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


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