On 6th October, we’ll be hosting Patrick Holford in Bantry for an evening filled with actionable information about how to improve your weight, your immune system, your brain, and your mood. Sound good? We thought so! Learn all about his work and how to book your ticket below...
A natural health expert
Patrick Holford, Britain’s leading nutrition expert, has been experimenting with the
perfect diet and supplements for years. In his latest book, The Hybrid Diet, he argues that we have a dual fuel system for running on healthy fats or slow carbs, like a hybrid car, and there is a real benefit of switching between the two.
Read on to see what Patrick has to say about this hybrid approach to dieting, and get a sneak peek at what he’ll be covering in his talk on 6th October.
In Patrick’s words…
Nature goes through seasons, and so does your body. It has two basic modes of operation – growth and repair. When you fast or starve, thus burning your body fat,you switch on a cellular repair programme called autophagy which means literally ‘self eating’. All damaged and worn out cellular bits get gobbled up, recycled and
The Hybrid Diet
But a major new discovery is that you can switch on this cellular renewal by eating high fat, very low carbs and less calories. Even more exciting is the discovery that if you do this for five consecutive days it is as good as a complete water fast but much easier. But it’s then important to switch back to slow-releasing carbs, which
then encourage growth of new healthy cells.
In practice, the first group of 14 people lost over 5 stone collectively, and had massive boost in energy, mental clarity and emotional balance, better sleep and less aches and pains.
Increasing Immunity and Mental Clarity
Two particularly interesting benefits of the hybrid approach are your immunity and clarity of mind. In animal studies this five day process has actually reversed auto-immune diseases. In the winter two nutrients are key – vitamin C and vitamin D. The former comes from summer foods and the later from summer sun. Without enough of these in the winter arteries thicken and mood worsens. Inevitably, as the immune system loses resilience, we become susceptible to colds and flu. But all this is avoidable when you build up your immune power in preparation for winter.
Reviving your brain
Brain cell function also declines. But brain cells (neurons) can either run on glucose, from carbs, or from ketones, made from fat. Only big brained animals can use ketones in this way. In fact, brain cells, if given the choice, prefer ketones.
The best fat to make ketones in your body is a sub-fraction of coconut oil called C8 oil, or Ketofast. A recent study gave people with cognitive decline C8, and their half-firing brain cells switched from running on glucose to running on ketones, and came back to life.
Boosting your mood
As well as ensuring enough vitamin D, some people need more nutrients that help make serotonin, the critical mood boosting chemical in the brain. From serotonin we make melatonin, which controls the sleep-wake cycle, and also hibernation.
The need to disconnect
Part of the reason so many people suffer from insomnia, anxiety and stress is that our digital world is designed to keep us permanently ‘locked in’. The average person now swipes their smart phone almost 3,000 times a day! This keeps you adrenalized (as does too much sugar, coffee or nicotine) and unable to switch off and go to sleep.
This adrenal mode also switches off immunity, thus leading to frequent infections and colds. Two simple techniques, called HeartMath and Silence of Peace, really help.
Don’t miss Patrick in Bantry!
Learn these techniques and all the info about the hybrid diet on 6th October when Patrick is with us for one evening in Bantry.
It’s going to be a great evening full of great advice!