Today, Dr. Goldhamer will continue to share his wisdom on progressing to a healthier lifestyle. Skipping one or two meals in a day is easily attainable, but when it comes to truly long periods of purposely not eating, this is a different matter and requires careful guidance. “I might want to point out that fasting is done by everyone. Everybody fasts when they go to bed at night and they don't eat, for whether it's 6 hours, or 8 hours, or 10, or 12, or even as we often recommend 16 hours, people are fasting. And so now the question is, ‘What about with intermittent fasting? What if we narrow the feeding window which is often recommended?’ So by not eating 3 hours before you go to bed, let's say you don't eat after, say, 6 o'clock and you don't eat breakfast, say, before 9 am, now you've got a period of anywhere from 12 to 16 hours, depending on the specifics, where you're fasting, and some have suggested that even that brief period of intermittent fasting is enough to induce hormone changes and other changes over time, cumulatively, that may have health-promoting benefits. It's also possible by narrowing the feeding window to 8, or 10, or 12 hours a day that you may tend to eat less." "Fasting can create an environment where the body can get rid of pathogenic bacteria in the gut. You have 5 pounds (2.26 kg) of bacteria living in your intestinal tract right now, maybe 1,000 different strains. These are living creatures, living, eating, drinking, and defecating inside you right now. So, you have 5 pounds (2.26 kg) of bacteria pooing inside your body as we speak, and what your body poos inside you will depend on what you feed them. So, if you want those bacteria pooing trimethylamine oxidase into you and increasing your risk of heart disease and cancer, people may choose to eat meat. If you want to have your bacteria pooing fertilizer into you, including vitamin K and other things, then I would recommend a whole plant food diet, particularly starchy vegetable materials."