Fasting reverses ageing

Yes, that’s right!  Fasting does reverse ageing.  When we fast we give the body a chance to rejuvenate, repair and rebuild.  Digestion over-rules other jobs in the body, so therefore if we are constantly eating 3 meals a day plus snacks, the body does not get a chance to rejuvenate, repair and rebuild.

Fasting can range from simply skipping a meal, to intermittent fasting (which I wrote about 2 weeks ago on my blog), fasting for 24 hours or perhaps even a 3-40 day water or juice fast.  All forms of fasting give the body a chance to repair and rebuild.

I want to continue on and add more value to my previous post from 2 weeks ago, about Intermittent Fasting.  If you have not seen the BBC show Eat, Fast and Live Longer, please watch it.  It gives you a visual about what happens to the body when we fast, be it for a short time, a long time or alternate days.  If you would prefer the words, instead of the video here is the link.

With Winter here, it is important to consider the benefit of fasting for our immune systems.  Fasting actually boosts our immune system!  According to Dr Mercola, after 3 days of fasting your body can regenerate an entire new immune system because it triggers the body to start producing new white blood cells (the guys that fight infection!).  However, fasting from lunch on Monday to lunch on Tuesday would also boost your immune system.  Just ensure that you are drinking at least 3 litres of water while fasting, to assist in flushing toxins out.

For those of you who began my challenge to intermittently fast 2 weeks ago, I would love to know how you are finding the process?  I feel it is important to clarify the best time to intermittently fast.  From 6pm (or after an early dinner) till 10am/11am the following morning is ideal.  This not only improves our sleep because our body can focus on resting rather than digesting, but it also assists our body to regenerate and properly eliminate.  Our body is in the elimination phase up until midday of each day.  By eating first thing in the morning we are hindering this elimination process, where our body is cleansing and getting rid of unwanted matter.

Fasting, both intermittently, on alternate days and also for longer periods has numerous benefits for the body.  Did you know that the lifespan of individuals extended during The Depression of the 1930’s, despite people having to eat less?  Calorie restriction is the only thing that significantly extends life in mammals.  Other benefits include:

  • Boosting your immune system
  • Regenerating your body giving your liver, for example, some time to do it’s job..DETOX!  (It is the largest detoxifying organ in our body)
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) levels decrease during fasting, however also stay down for a period of time once returning to normal eating.  This assists in lowering your risk of colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer
  • Gives your digestive system a chance to repair
  • Gives your eliminatory system a chance to excrete old matter that can build up on the lining of your colon over time (Elimination/Cleansing is greatly enhanced if you are incorporating enemas and specific colon cleanse ingredients into your fast.  Please ask me for more details about this if you would like to know more?  Water, deep breaths and movement (eg.walking) greatly assist also!)
  • It improves your body’s ability to better utilise the food eaten, when you transition back to food
  • Weight loss occurs due to the body being able to burn up stored fat and toxins
  • The body’s production of growth hormones increase after a fast, this stimulates greater muscle growth and higher fat metabolism

Why not give it a go?!  Listen to your body and start on a day that you feel prepared and able to rest, walk, get in to the sun, etc.  Or perhaps you’d like to try fasting for a day with a friend?

I’d love to know if you have tried it before or if you a willing to give it a go?

Have a beautiful day 

Janelle

The benefits of raw living foods.

After a successful Raw Food workshop on Saturday I would like to provide some of the information on this blog for those of you who couldn’t make it.  There was a lot of information presented so here is a snippet.

Raw foods are anything that is not heated above 48 degrees Celsius.  Eating predominately raw foods puts less strain on your digestive system as there are an abundance of enzymes found in raw food that assist in the digestive process.  This has endless benefits on our body, such as slowing down the ageing process!  Eating predominately cooked food on the other hand puts a tremendous strain on your body because your body needs to work harder to produce these enzymes to break down the food you are eating.  Also, when cooking food you loose a large amount of vitamin C which is so beneficial coming into Winter!

Dr Edward Howell, the father of the food enzyme concept, explained that when your body is busy digesting food, it is unable to divert the necessary energy to make the type of enzymes needed to do other tasks such as cleansing, healing and building.  There is a tug-of-war between the demands of your digestive system for a constant supply of digestive enzymes and the other needs of your body.  Without adequate supply of enzymes you can suffer symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, bad breath, constipation, Candida, depression and many other symptoms.  

Some of the benefits of eating raw foods are:

  Raw foods contain much more water, fibre, nutrients and general bulk that they fill you up faster than cooked food.

  The enzymes in raw food are active as they have not been deactivated through the application of heat.  This benefits us when digesting.

  Increased energy because raw foods are digested easily & quickly, in 24-36 hours as opposed to 48-100 hours for cooked food.  Your body’s vitality won’t be sapped from breaking down hard-to-digest foods and you will therefore have more energy.

  Raw foods can bring body weight to equilibrium or to its optimal range.  You can expect to get healthier and more toned with raw foods.  If weight loss is a goal eat less of the sweet fruits (bananas & dates) & more of the cleansing foods (apples and carrots).

  Minerals, vitamins and hormones cannot work and perform their job except in the presence of enzymes.  Therefore breathing, sleeping, eating, digesting, thinking, moving, immunity, excitement, etc all depend on enzymes and is therefore enhanced when eating more raw foods.

  Your eyes become brighter.  The more living enzymes you consume the more you eradicate disease and cleanse your body.  Your glowing eyes reflect this internal improvement.  A raw diet filled with antioxidants from brightly coloured fruits and vegetables can help improve vision and even prevent future diseases.  For instance, if you have a family history of cataracts, eliminating cooked fats from your daily menu rids the capillaries in your eyes of clogs.

  Ageing process slows & therefore degenerative diseases can disappear.

  Memory and concentration can become sharper. 

  Reduces inflammation.

  Eating a larger percentage of raw foods will decrease the trans fats and saturated fats in your diet, it will also lower the sodium and sugar in your diet.  Potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, vitamin A, and health-promoting antioxidants will be increased.  These properties are associated with a reduced risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

  Over time your ‘pipes’ become cleaner because the food you are eating is assisting in cleaning your ‘pipes’.  This also aids an increase in energy.

  You achieve a greater sense of peace.

I say ‘can’ for some of these because it always depends on many factors such as how much food are you eating (portion size)?  Is it organic?  Are there emotional factors or stressors to consider at the same time?

Disease and illness is the body’s method of cleansing, repairing and restoring itself.  Live and raw food helps us to allow our body to cleanse and clean itself.   Therefore when starting out, a detoxification can take place.  You may feel worse before you feel better, depending on how much cleansing your body has to do. Signs of detox may include cold or flu like symptoms, fatigue, white coated tongue, phlegm, low libido, headache, bad breath, depression, darkened urine, irritability, skin breakouts, body odor, etc.  Enemas and colonics can help toxins leave the body through the bowels rather than the skin. 

Ideally if you can incorporate 80% raw and 20% cooked foods into your diet, you are doing yourself a HUGE favour.  Listen to your body.  You may feel the need to enjoy nourishing warming meals during the winter months.  Just remember the more raw in your diet, the less enzymes your body has to work to produce.  Start with a salad today, or enjoy munching on my latest sweet treat – Goji Berry Slice.

I have recently updated my website & you can now book online for a Naturopathic consultation!  I am encouraging people to book Wednesdays first and them am happy to organise other days if this is not suitable.  www.seedsofhealth.com.au

Have a great week!

Janelle Twine.