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Importance of chewing your food

Why is it so important to chew your food?You might be surprised to learn how important chewing food properly really is and how many functions chewing affects. Chewing your food properly is essential for adequate digestion. Meals should be eaten sitting down, in a relaxed environment to ensure that food is sufficiently chewed.DigestionChewing is the first step in digestion. Chewing helps the stomach metabolise (process) food by breaking larger food particles into smaller fragments. Chewing also increases saliva production so that it can be swallowed without aggravating the oesophagus. If food is not chewed properly larger particles enter the digestive …

Tips for a good night's sleep

Good quality sleep is important for almost all functions of the human body including regulating hunger and metabolism. Here are some tips for you to get your best sleep.)Avoid lights after 8 pm (both ambient and screen)(2) Do not eat late (Oura app suggests no food or beverage 3 hours before bedtime)(3) Aerobic Exercise Mid afternoon - kickboxing , running, jumping jacks, ashtanga yoga etc(4) Go to bed as soon as you feel tired(5) Bring mindfulness practices into your life(6) Slow breathing before sleep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdPpV32cM0I(7) For light exposure to reset your body clock I would recommend neuroscientist Dr Andrew Huberman's suggestion for …

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,  Toxins literally block the ability of our cells to function optimally. So it won’t  …

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 …