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Did you see Catalyst last week? Thank you to Jo for alerting me to it being on TV, admittedly I was in bed at 7pm on the night that the show was televised but she told me the next morning.
The basis of the show was investigating how some people can live longer than others and whilst a lot of their research focused on the DNA, they also discussed some research surrounding other ways to extend life. I am not one to propose we live the rest of our lives taking pills to live longer, but the show did discuss another method, one we all have easy access to, that could increase our longevity and most importantly, our health into those extra years.
The show looked at the presenter who attempted a diet that was designed to mimic a fast, so it was essential low in protein and sugar but also had good healthy vegetable fats, like from nuts. The aim of mimicking the fast was to get the body into maintenance mode by reducing the growth signals it gets from certain food types. The professor explains,
“Enough protein is very important, but people are now eating 50%, 100%, 200%, 300% more than normal and this is pushing the system to try to grow but there's no growth. And so the consequence could be that you put an accelerator on all these systems and you just really push them to the limit and then they fail.”
The results have been quite remarkable with improvements in inflammation, dermatitis, a major reduction in tumours, improvement in cognitive function, and a reduction in visceral fat (this is the bad fat around your middle section) without a loss in muscle mass.
The professor explains what they think is happening, “One is the killing of a lot of bad cells, but also a lot of not-so-bad cells but they may have been old. So you fast and every day of the fasting, the organs are getting a little bit smaller and they're getting rid of cells because they have to save energy. Then eventually when you re-feed, these organs and cell systems, they have to return to normal and that's really a remarkable way to replace and rejuvenate almost every component of the body.”
So it is this process of fasting 3-4 times per year for 5 days that could have an incredible impact on the liver, the blood system and many other systems in the body, in a way, making our body act the way it did when we were young.
Now I am sure you are probably busting to know what the diet was? From the Catalyst website, they explain it is very low in proteins (like no animal proteins – so no dairy, meat, etc) but with almost 50% made from carbohydrates from vegetables and the rest made of healthy fats from nuts. The amount of calories was approx. 700-800 per day with unlimited herbal tea and lots of water.
A similar dietary composition can be achieved with a Low Fruit Cleanse, we have vegetable soups, juices and nut milks that can create a similar fasting diet that may help you live longer and stronger. Contact us for any questions!
Two weeks of chicken nuggets, popcorn, soft serve icecream and hot chips may have you reveling in the freedom of being a kid again, eating whatever you want. But at the end of it, you may be left reminded once again that there is a reason you don’t eat that stuff all day every day anymore – because you are not growing upwards anymore….. Depressing as it is, it is easy to get straight back into good habits to undo the damage!
After the winter clears and the weather warms, I often look at my cupboards and think, “What on earth did I buy that for?”. Or more appropriately, when did my partner sneak that into the grocery basket. I found a box of choc chip cookies, some packet pasta, 2 minute noodles among other nasties that I care not to mention. Winter tends to get me at my weakest, I hate the cold and definitely understand the appeal of tasty quick naughty things that make you feel better (only briefly though). But when the winter breaks, and salad is not such a dirty word, then it is perfect timing to Spring Clean your body with a cleanse, but also Spring Clean your pantry. Here are my tips:
Look for anything that you are storing for a rainy day – if it is there, you are 100% guaranteed to eat it at some point. Maybe you get home from work and you missed lunch and it is the first thing you see, and 10 cookies end up disappearing in 2 minutes flat.
Donate whatever you don’t want to eat to the needy – all the prepackaged stuff can be donated, it will help them a lot and you don’t feel guilty for being wasteful and throwing it in the bin.
Organise what you do want to keep – get it all out and sort through it so you know exactly what you do have. I found 10 tins of chickpeas in our cupboard, as my partner seems to think we eat more of them than we actually do, so I have stacked all 10 together as I know I can make some yummy healthy dishes with lots of chickpeas!
Do you realize just how much you can benefit from including some sea weed in your diet? You might think, yes, I guess it is good for me, but is it really that good? Yes, it is!
Wrapping it around a nori roll is one thing, but it can be added to a multitude of dishes for some resounding healthy benefits.
It is rich in Vitamin A and C and contains 10 times as much calcium as milk. plus it is an excellent way to purify your blood. But it also contains something that is vitally important and also absent in a lot of other foods: iodine. Iodine is crucially important to maintaining a healthy thyroid, which is the gland in your neck that helps produce and manage hormone levels. If your thyroid isn’t working properly you can experience a wide range of symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, high cholesterol, difficulty losing weight, depression and also more serious issues like heart palpitations and memory loss.
Avoiding a dodgy thyroid is easy by munching on some seaweed. It depends on the water that the seaweed is grown in, but it can contain 5 to 50 times the daily recommended dose of iodine. But be aware there is too much of a good thing, so having TOO much can be just as detrimental. So don’t go overboard.
The nori seaweed contains lower levels than other colour seaweed, so don’t stress too much about your Friday lunch treat sushi, but you can add some seaweed to a salad or add to your miso soup each week for optimum health benefits.