Spotlight on Fasting

Fasting can be a fraught topic in the health and wellness industry. It is often confused with dieting and starvation, but it is neither. Many health practitioners are wary of recommending it due to the stigma of advising someone to eat less. However, that doesn’t change the fact that fasting has a lot of health benefits that are backed by scientific research. In this blog post, let’s take a closer look at fasting, some of the health benefits and two effective fasting methods. Make sure you read right to the end as we have a super exciting opportunity for four of our readers!

Benefits:

We all naturally fast from dinner to breakfast, but extending our fasting periods has been shown to be a powerful tool in reaching optimum health. Here are just a handful of the health benefits of fasting:

Healthy Weight Loss:

Research studies have shown that fasting as a method for weight loss is a much healthier option than dieting. This is because it causes less muscle loss and more fat loss, especially of the most harmful types of fat like abdominal fat. Naturally, fasting will cause your overall caloric intake to be lowered, unless you overcompensate by eating bigger meals. Fasting also improves your metabolic rate, helping you to burn more calories than you would otherwise.

Improved Insulin Sensitivity:

Studies have also demonstrated that fasting has a positive effect on insulin sensitivity. After a fasting period, insulin levels in the blood drop significantly. This means your body can tolerate sugars better, although this was only true for men. One study showed that alternate day fasting made blood sugar control worse in women, you can read the findings of the study here.

Increases Longevity:

While there have been no studies done on how fasting affects human lifespan, one study did show that alternate day fasting increased the lifespan of a rat by 83%. It makes sense that fasting would have positive effects on longevity though, as fasting increases your metabolism. A slowing metabolism is a part of the ageing process, and obviously the less you eat, the less of a toll there is on your digestive system. Fasting has become a favourite in the anti-aging community because of the link between fasting and the lengthening of telomeres. You can read an in depth article about it here.

True Hunger:

Since we automate a lot of our daily lives, many of us are out of touch with our bodies. Hunger is a great example, because many of us eat at set meal times, before we’ve managed to feel truly hungry. It’s impossible to feel true hunger when there’s only around four hours between your meals, so fasting gives your body the chance to regulate itself to release the correct hormones in order to communicate to you that it’s ready for food.

Improved Brain Function:

Studies of rats and mice have shown that fasting could have significant benefits for brain health. These studies have shown that it might increase the growth of new neurons and protect the brain from degenerative diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Fasting also increases the production of called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which can be protective against depression.

Prevents Acne:

Fasting helps to clear up the skin because once your body is free from digestion, it can regenerate other systems of the body. Even a short fast of sixteen hours can give your body the chance to work on detoxing the liver and kidneys.
There is a variety of fasting methods like alternate day fasting, the daniel fast, the 5:2 fast and the warrior method, but let’s focus on the two most common styles, intermittent fasting and long term (21-40 days of) fasting.

An Overview of Intermittent Fasting:

Intermittent Fasting, also referred to as IF, is a healthy and easy way to add the benefits of fasting into your life. I personally include regular 16 hour fasts into my weekly routine. I finish dinner by 8pm, set my phone’s timer to 16 hours and only drink water or tea until noon the next day. I find it easy to follow this regimen. I recommend trying this out and adjusting until you find what works best for you. Also, please note that women can benefit more from shorter 14 hour fasts. If you feel that 16 hours is simply too long for you, by all means start by doing this. The only difference is you’ll start eating again at 10 am, instead of at noon. To break your self I recommend a fruit meal, my favourite fruit salad at the moment is banana, apple, pear, kiwi and orange topped with thawed frozen berries and some dried cranberries.

An Overview of Longer Term Fasting:

You may have seen our practitioner, Dan recently completed a forty day water fast. If you’d like to read more about his experience, you can start with this post. We don’t generally recommend long term fasts, especially unsupervised. However, if you feel that fasting for an extended period is right for you, please book a consultation with one of our practitioners to discuss before you begin.

Fasting Opportunity:

We would love to offer five of our readers the chance to undertake a three to five day fast on Our Healing Tea. You will be sent enough Our Healing Tea to last for the duration of the fast, free of charge. Then, you would share your fasting journey with the wider Our Botanicals community.

Simply use this form to let us know why you would love to be chosen, and comment below once you’ve entered. To be eligible, you must reside in Australia or North America and have a public Instagram account, so the community at large can benefit from what you document about your fasting experience.

Please contact your healthcare professional for advice before fasting.

35 thoughts on “Spotlight on Fasting

  1. Katey Pursell says:

    I completely AGREE!! Fasting is one of the GREATEST ways to heal the body!! Would love to fast on Our Healing Tea for 3-5 days!!! Would be soooo wanting to do it like NOW! Ready for healing NOW!!!

  2. Chantal Marie says:

    Hi there. My name is Chantal Marie and I am currently 375 lbs and suffer from large ovarian cysts and sleep apnea. I have been interested in your program for a while but have not really been able to afford a purchase at the moment. My doctors are urging me to get a hysterectomy but I believe intuitively and with the help of your information that I can heal myself naturally. I have to at least try. That is why I am signing up for your fasting tea challenge. I hope I win. I think this could save me. I would like to document the whole thing on my youtube channel if I do win. To inspire others. I have aprox 50,000 subscribers. I used to be an unhealthy mukbang channel and now want to document my life changes.

    • Hannah Lobb says:

      Hi Chantal Marie, thanks so much for applying. You are already such an inspiration for having the courage to follow the path that you know is right for you! Have you applied through our form? We’ll announce the five fasters in the New Year 🙂
      – Hannah

  3. Roxanne F says:

    I am on oxygen and working to assist my body, mainly lungs, with healing and regeneration, and fasting is very much something I have been wanting to do but wasn’t sure how, or what to use that would be gentle, and kind. I am on a mission to heal what doctors have said cannot be healed. I do not wish to undergo a double lung transplant.

  4. Caroline Dowling says:

    I would like to be considered for the fasting opportunity. I work in the fitness industry and my focus is on seniors. I find that this age group are always inquiring about new approaches to live a long and fulfilling life. I believe fasting is a great way of refocusing ones goals and aspirations for the future. I would love to share my journey on my personal public instagram page 🙏🏻💜

    • Hannah Lobb says:

      Hey Caroline, thanks for applying! That is such a great point, fasting really does give one the opportunity to refocus. We’ll be announcing the five fasters in the New Year 🙂
      – Hannah

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