Ben Dessard

Fasting Mimicking Demystified

If you've ever been interested in fasting but unsure why and how it's done, this is the episode for you. Ben Dessard, the main guide on our 5-day online fasting-mimicking cleanse, the Seasonal Renew, and Integrative Health Practitioner breaks down the science and sheds light on a topic with so many benefits that it seems too good to be true.

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About Ben

Ben Dessard has a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology & Metabolism, is a certified Nutrition Coach and an Integrative Health Practitioner. He is also an ex-Aro Ha Retreat Leader and our main guide on our Seasonal Renew cleanse. Ben has been a yoga teacher for over a decade and is a keen explorer of life and experience optimiser. He is a world traveler, but is currently living in community in the Amara Valley in Spain where he continues to help people rest and retreat.

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Show Notes


    • Ben has 15 years of fasting experience
    • The fasting-mimicking-diet is the only type of fasting that has a large body of clinical trials
    • What types of fasting are there and what are the differences?
    • The benefits of fasting
    • Fasting has become trendy, which has caused some confusion
    • A large issue with the modern lifestyle is the constant availability of food
    • How to determine if you have insulin resistance
    • The science behind that is happening in the body during fasted states
    • How the Fasting-Mimicking-Diet was created
    • Dr Valter Longo's research
    • How IGF1 contributes to cancer and other diseases
    • How to integrate fasting into your life
    • Can I still fast if I'm busy?
    • Ben's journey in fasting and interest in wellbeing
    • What do you notice in the higher levels of ketosis?
    • What is community to you?



This podcast is for informational purposes only and not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician.


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