Sixteenth Weekend Fasting Cycle and Blood Pressure
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The fast went without a hitch. On Sat night I was caught in a rainstorm and got stuck at Lowe's for an hour. That should help put me into Ketosis. Sure enough, when I tested at midnight on Sat, it was moderate Ketosis at 4.0 on the color chart. That is 28 hours to put me into Ketosis. Sun 8:00 AM, also moderate at 4.0. Sun 3:50 PM Large ketosis at 8.0. 7:00 PM moderate at 4.0.
I was able to extend the fast until Mon Memorial Day lunch at 2:00 PM. That put me in 66-hour fast. It's a good number to be below 72-hour, the point where your metabolism might start to slow down depending on individuals and other factors.
Blood Pressure: I haven't measured mine in over a year, so when I found my machine, I gave it a shot. It registered 110's/70's and 120's/80's, numbers I'm not used to seeing. Mine was always in the 130's with spikes to 140's-150's. I thought the machine broke and went to Costco to buy another one. The new machine registered similar numbers of 110's and low 120's. I wasn't sure if it was the fasting since my diet didn't change much. I saw these numbers during my weekend fast.
The BP started to go up on Tues evening after a day work around 140/90. By Wed morning, it spiked up to 150/95. Morning hypertension is something that I have all along. This tells me that my BP situation is about the same as before. Only the fasting put me in the normal zone. I advise any readers to get prescriptions to deal with high BP. Don't make the same mistake I did by sticking with the natural methods when they don't work.
I will continue to work to lower my BP, but this is the first time I've had a brief period of normal BP, thanks to fasting. So in addition to Keytones, I'll monitor my BP to see its progression during the fast. This should be interesting for next weekend.
The new machine is on the right. The cuff design on the Microlife is much better than the Omron.