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Rejuvenate Your Body in Menopause

Turn back time with fasting – #5 Nutrition in menopause series 

 

Fasting is a ritual known to every culture and practiced in every religion in some form or another from the beginning of time. Our elders knew it was a good practice long before scientists proved the benefits of fasting. Turn back time with fasting

 

To be honest, fasting was a way of life simply because our ancestors did not succeed in killing a dinosaur 😉 😄 or a saber tiger every day. Agriculture later changed out eating habits, and that is when cultures introduced fasts as religious rituals.

 

Fasting is a period of time when you do one of the following:

  1. Do not eat at all
  2. Eat a particular type of food
  3. Eat a reduced amount of food

 

But how does it rejuvenate us?

A significant discovery in the past years in medicine has been the effects of autophagy during a fast. Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel prize for the discovery of autophagy as a metabolic process in the cell that happens when you haven’t eaten more than 12 hours.

 

After your body stops digesting, it has time and energy to do a deep cleaning of the dead or damaged parts of your cells. It is also a way to rebuild and regenerate your immune system.

 

It is almost like spring cleaning with a twist; autophagy rejuvenates the cells and slows down the aging process.

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Also a way of losing weight

In 2019 fasting was Google’s most-searched term in relation to weight loss. This way of eating, or rather, not eating, has also been widely researched in the past few years, such as the research published in the “The New England Journal of Medicine”- in the most influential medical journal in the world – under the title of Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Health, Aging, and Disease”.

The three basic “styles” of fasting are:

1. Intermittent Fasting

2. Calorie Restricted Fasting

3. Alternate Day Fasting

 

Intermittent Fasting 

This is a way of fasting where you don’t eat for more than 12 hours and then eat in what is called an “eating window.” Your eating window can be anything you choose. The most popular patterns are 16/8, 19/5, and 20/4. The first number is the number of hours you fast, and the second is the number of hours in which you eat.

 

For example, in the 19/5 version, it could mean that you consume one big meal at the beginning of the eating window and a snack at the end of the 5-hours.

 

One of the top experts for this type of fasting is Dr. Jason Fung. He has been treating obese patients with diabetes and other serious illnesses for years with this method. He and other champions of this method are still somewhat controversial in the medical field, and some do not agree with them.

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Calorie Restricted Fasting

 In this fasting version, women only eat a 400-calorie meal during 2 or 3 nonconsecutive days in the week. This has been one of the most popular fasting models for weight loss in the last decade, but it has that downside of not triggering autophagy in its full force.

 

Alternate Day Fasting 

 This a variation on Intermittent Fasting. It just involves longer periods of alternating between eating and fasting where you would eat normally one day and fast the whole next day.

 

Most women think that they would not be able to fast, but it is really very easy to conquer. All you need to do is slowly push your breakfast later into your morning, or eat your dinner/supper earlier until you reach the desired “fasting window.”

 

How to do intermittent fasting?

So, if you usually have breakfast at 7 am, you could, in the first week, push it to 8 am, then 9 am the next week, and so on until it merges with lunch. If you train yourself to eat your last meal at 7 pm and then have lunch at 12 pm the next day, that would be 17 hours of fasting and a 7-hour eating window achieving a 17/7 option.

 

After the first 12 hours of fasting, autophagy becomes stronger and stronger. So, the longer you fast at a stretch, the more benefits you reap from this natural rejuvenation process.

 

Even longer fasts are sometimes undertaken for medical reasons, and these have to be done under medical supervision.

 

Many of the women, who have done fasting, report that it became a part of their daily lives. They also say that their memory is better, as are their focus and the ability to learn new things.

 

True hunger is something you can rediscover with fasting. So often, we eat out of boredom, or we eat to deal with our emotions. 

 

Once you master a fasting format that works for you, you experience less hunger during your day and will tend to eat only when really hungry.

Turn back time with fasting

Benefits of fasting

Fasting is a great way to achieve a healthier lifestyle and to lose some weight in the process if that is your goal.

 

You have been told to eat 5 small meals a day. This was before science realized how important it is for the body to take a break from digesting food and starting to repair and regenerate itself through autophagy.

 

The only way to do this is to not eat at least 12 hours, but preferably more at least a few times a week.

 

Use autophagy as a natural rejuvenation method, important especially in menopause, by learning how to fast. It doesn’t cost a thing.

 

To read more about nutrition in menopause click here…

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