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Fasting how long and how frequently

Fasting has numerous benefits, it is nothing short of a miracle cure. We recommend a 17 hour fast every day (known as intermittent fasting in popular parlour), a 36 hour fast once a week and a 5 day water fast once every 3 to 4 months. Here are the benefits you get based on the duration of the fast :13-15 Hour fast:  If you are new to fasting, this is where you’ll want to start. At 13 hours fasting, your body will secrete growth hormone. The growth hormone assists in burning fat and slowing down the aging process.15 hours is when most people …

8 ways to live a long, healthy life

#1. Move If exercise could be bottled up and sold as a drug, it would be a billion-dollar business. Decades of studies show that just 30 minutes of moderate to intense daily physical activity lowers your risk for physiological diseases (like heart disease and cancer), as well as psychological ones (like anxiety and Alzheimer’s). According to Joyner, many of the newfangled longevity elixirs aim to prevent mitochondrial dysfunction, or the breakdown of a cell’s ability to properly use energy, which is a normal part of aging. “But people who exercise can double the number of mitochondria in their skeletal muscle …

Ideal time for exercise

When you wake up in the morning, your glycogen stores are slightly depleted because you're in a fasted state, having not eaten for several hours. This has several implications. Fat oxidation increases, but ability to resistance train decreases because of low glycogen. The significance of this is that cardio at a lower heart rate (~60%) in the morning will allow you to burn a higher percentage of fat for energy, keep you energetic all day, and anecdotally raise your metabolism throughout the day. Fasted cardio has also been shown to be more beneficial in staving off fat gain in a …

Ways to improve metabolic flexibility

METABOLIC FLEXIBILITY: 7 STEPS FOR A FASTER METABOLISM AND MORE ENERGY Metabolic flexibility is perfect harmony between burning fat and burning carbs. A metabolically flexible person is someone whose body finds it easy to switch from digesting carbs to digesting fat. Metabolic flexibility is crucial for healthier cells and high energy levels. Many people aren't metabolically flexible due to sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. The inability to metabolize fats may cause you to gain more weight. Luckily, you can take charge of speeding up your metabolism. From eating healthy fats to sleeping more, use these 7 tips to fire …

Detox is even more important than nutrition

It is estimated that almost 90% of all cancers are due to the exposure to environmental toxins. And although toxins are a major threat to our health, we’re exposed to them routinely in our food, drink, air and skin.  For example, phthalates, often found in household cleaners, personal care and cosmetics, are linked to asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, obesity, fertility and diabetes. Benzene, a known cause of leukemia, is a pollutant in vehicle exhaust. Arsenic, linked to skin, liver, bladder and lung cancer, contaminates drinking water supplies. Asbestos, lead and mold are all commonly found in our homes and schools.  Toxins literally …

Plant based diet and allergies

Have you experienced an allergic reaction while on a vegan diet? How did it compared to not eating vegan? Have you noticed any difference?   Allergies have been increasing in prevalence in the general population over the past 20 years, the cause of which has been a subject of great debate. Let’s take a closer look at what science we have:   A paper published in the Journal of The American Medical Association in 1966 described how the removal of dairy products from the diets led to improvements in recurrent congestion and bronchitis.    Researchers write:   “We have recently …

Vagus nerve is your friend in weight loss and lean muscle building.

If you experience a racing heartbeat or tightness in your chest when you encounter a stressful situation, it’s because of your sympathetic nervous system. When the brain senses a threat, it triggers the fight-or flight response.On the flip side, the parasympathetic nervous system plays a role in calming your body. For example, escaping from a tiger and returning to your safe, cozy cave signals to the brain that the threat is gone, so the stress response ends. But what happens when a stressor doesn’t have a definitive ending like, say, a domestic or financial situation that might go on for …

Hydration should come from food

In terms of volume, water is our greatest nutrient need – second only to oxygen. One of the main reasons you get tired is because you may be dehydrated. Dehydration is considered a contributor to more lifestyle diseases than any other single factor, except fat. By being dehydrated, we compromise the body's effort to rid itself of accumulated toxins, which affect proper cellular function. The human body is made up of around 70% water. Therefore, common sense tells us that we should consume a diet containing at least 70% water. Interestingly, 70% of the planet is also covered in water. Anything you eat apart from …