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 Posted 2/21/2012 2:32:33 PM
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Hi, this is my first post and I live in Australia where measurements and availability of supplements are different from the USA.

If I give my health problems and intake of medications and supplements I will still be typing days from now and I don't have time for that today.

I am starting an every other day fasting regime (at least that is my intent) and have so far completed half of the first day of fasting. Problems are already apparent and I need some advice. What does one consume on a fast day in the way of liquids? Also, is there any way to stop the urge to throw up after taking medications and supplements? The fasting itself is not a problem but the nausea is. I take my medications and supplements five times a day and I do want to be able to function on fast days.

Any advice would be appreciated.


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 Posted 2/21/2012 2:58:21 PM
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Welcome to the Forums.

You might want to view Life Extension's section on calorie restriction at http://www.lef.org/protocols/lifestyle_longevity/caloric_restriction_01.htm  While the practice has its benefits, my opinion is that it is better for some people to consume small amounts of food frequently than to engage in day long fasts that can result in hypoglycemia and headaches.  OTOH, intermittent fasting may provide benefits that calorie restricted grazing does not.  For example, http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/early/2012/02/06/scitranslmed.3003293 

If you take your supplements with juice that will at least give your stomach something so that they may be less liable to trigger nausea.  Zinc and copper are notorious for evoking nausea.  However, juice has calories that somewhat defeat the purpose of a fast, although there are some fasts that allow juice. 

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 Posted 2/21/2012 4:01:03 PM
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Thank you for that! I had read the LEF article on caloric restriction but not the Science one. Interesting since I am on a chemo drug but for arthritis not cancer.

Zinc was in the supplements I took this morning. I have just had my 'lunch' supplements and had no problems. I will have to experiment with what will keep the nausea at bay in the mornings.

One agreeable thing so far. I take lot of painkillers in order to function - usually four hours apart - but other than the first dose early this morning I have not needed (so far) to take any more.
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 Posted 4/24/2012 4:33:08 AM
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It has now been two months since I started and the nausea was a problem only in the morning as it turned out. I decided not to go with the fruit juice in the morning since I didn't want a blood sugar spike and instead use 98% fat free buttermilk. The nausea hasn't been a problem since. I am down 10 lbs and feeling fine. I find the  worst time comes around dinner time on my fasting days. The rest of the time I have no problems. My GP thought it was a great idea and my Rheumatologist was crowing about my latest blood test. In a couple of months I'll find out what my cardiologist thinks....
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