Is lying always a bad thing?

Most people have lied, been lied to or both, but at what age do we learn what a lie is and how to lie? Are there any advantages to learning this trait?

Well, think about this, your little one comes to you and tells you a joke that they think is the best thing ever, but of course you’re sitting there thinking that the joke is not funny at all. Do we lie and tell them we thought their joke was funny or do we tell them the truth? What about if you have been sitting on the computer all day shopping online, spending money that you can’t really afford to on clothes and things that you don’t really need, do you tell your partner what you have been doing when they ask or do you lie to them? In today’s society it can sometimes be very hard to decipher what is real and what is fake. When it comes to social media and the internet it can be especially hard as there is a lot of doctored images and fake news. 

Lying is thought to have been developed shortly after humans gained language skills but what role does it play in our individual development and our evolution as a species? Does it always create hurt for both the liar and the person being lied to or is there actually any cognitive, emotional, or social benefits?  It is not hard to think or reasons as to why people lie, as there is quite a few.

Some of these reasons can include to maintain a relationship. This could be to avoid telling a difficult truth or to attempt to avoid relationship consequences due to our actions. We may lie to gain power, or to cling to it. People lie to gain something such as money – for example scammers. Also, someone may lie to cover up bad behaviour, e.g., cheating spouses or drug-taking athletes. Other reasons could be to gain fame or to enhance their image.

Some reasons for lying that are not necessarily hurtful can include: telling someone that may have gained a couple of kilos and are feeling very low about it, that they look great, or telling your children that Santa is watching them so they had better start behaving, or telling someone you’re only going to be 5 minutes when in reality you will actually be a little longer.

So, when it comes to lying yes there are lies that can be hurtful and damaging to everyone involved when the truth does come to light, but there are also some lies that we may tell that serve a purpose in picking up someone who has been having a bad day. The questions that you need to as yourself is how far do you intend to go with lying? The line needs to be drawn if you are going to say something that will unwilling hurt someone you love.

(photo thanks Sarah Pflug Burst)

Posted in Jenetta Haim, lifestyle, relationships, Stressfree Management | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Photo by Farah from Burst

Someone that suffers with borderline personality disorder struggles with their sense of self. They tend to have no firm idea of who they are and where they are going. Life for them is commonly erratic, consisting of frequent job changes and changes in their long-term goals. Relationships including both friendships and romance ones tend to be intense and unstable. Often they are compared to teenagers going through some of their worst times. This makes life for someone with this disorder difficult. It is also often difficult for those around them.

What is the struggle?

People with borderline personality disorder can struggle with things such as boundaries and to tell the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. Talking to the opposite sex can also be sometimes very difficult for long periods of time as they tend to act as if they are falling in love with them. Sometimes their sudden bouts of passion can be mistaken for genuine love, causing havoc in their lives. They are also very good manipulators which enable them to deceive people who do not understand the inner turmoil they are going through. They are often accused of misleading behaviour.

People diagnosed with borderline personality disorder can be either very positive or very negative towards someone, sometimes switching from being very friendly to rejection or back again extremely quickly. This behaviour is sometimes referred to as ‘splitting’. This extreme changeability often leads to the manipulative behaviour. Their personal relationships can have imagined as well as real fears of abandonment. Splitting traits can also help to explain why the people around them are divided into separate groups of friends and enemies, with no in-between. Sufferers of this disorder usually have a low self-esteem, suicidal tendencies and often carry out a few genuine attempts. They also are more likely to be successful to suicide more than other types of disorders. They could have a history of cutting themselves, or other forms of self-harm, due to their very low self-esteem.

What to do 

So, if someone you are close to possesses these traits, while it is not always a good idea to confront them with your suspicion that they may have borderline personality disorder, it could be a good idea to seek some help yourself on how to help them. Also remember that if you see that they are showing signs of very low self-esteem that you may want to keep a watch over them, and watch for signs of cutting and suicidal thoughts. If you do see this then help them seek professional advice as this may be best for you both. Sometimes it’s good to remember that you also may be the one needing professional help, due to the grief and stress the person may be causing you. Our offices provide both face to face and online help in all areas of difficult behaviours. Give us a call to see how we can help you.

Posted in depression, mental-health | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Helping children cope with fear and death

Photo by Ryan Bruce from Burst

Death has become a prominent issue in many of our children’s lives unfortunately. All the fear spread by media and other sources these days has brought death into the eyes of our children way too early. Even adults find death something fearful to think about.

When it comes to children the fear of death is more common than you may think. Most children will experience fearful thoughts about death at some point in their lives but now more than ever. They may experience fear of them dying themselves, or it may be that their parents may die or they have simply watched too much news on television with what is happening these days. They may have lost a family pet or been separated from loved one’s due to circumstances. Whatever they are fearing we need to understand that for them this feeling is overwhelmingly real.  We need to remember as the parent or caregiver, to approach the situation with understanding, honesty, and compassion. There may be no need to go into any unnecessary details that may increase children’s fears but you need to answer the child’s questions and remember to acknowledge that everyone does die. Eventually with careful explanation, and in some cases therapy your child will stop thinking about and worrying about death.

Things you can do to help

It can be hard sometimes to know what we should do or say in these types of situations. Some tips for helping your child cope, without increasing their worry, include, listening to what your child has to say and hear out their fear, however tempting it may be to ignore the topic. It is important not to shut down their feelings and minimize the fear, as sometimes they just need to feel heard and understood to help them process their thoughts and feelings.

Prepare yourself for this difficult conversation and be ready and willing to talk to your children about death. Some children may be able to move through the fear with just one conversation and some may require more conversations and reassurance. These extra conversations need to be as productive and reassuring as the first but not repetitive and anxiety-ridden. The key is to listen to your child and then to eventually redirect their thoughts. Once you have listened to and answered your child’s questions try redirecting their focus, suggest that you play a game, go for a walk, or read a book together. This is particularly important if their fear is intense or takes on the qualities of an obsession.

Terminology

Using words like “death” and “die” can be confronting so it is important to use them when speaking with your child in the same way as you use words such as “sleeping” but definitely not in the same context. The dead person has not gone to sleep. Never say this to your child as it may make them associate death with sleep and will be afraid to go to sleep and then you will have yet another issue to add to the first. It’s hard to describe that the person has gone. Language like “Grandma is no longer with us” and “We lost Grandpa” is also unhelpful and unclear for a child as it can imply that and be understood as death is temporary, reversible, or that the person is somehow missing or lost rather than dead. If they need a little more explanation behind death and dying, you can offer a general explanation, like “Their body is no longer working.” It is also important to remind kids that not everyone who gets sick will die.

Parents are the example

The way you as a parent view death and illness is paramount. If you are fearful of what is going on in the world right now, if you constantly have the news online or on the TV in the background your child is listening to that and it is brainwashing both you and them subconsciously. Be aware of this. Whilst it is important to be aware of issues for us as adults there is no need to saturate your brain with all the unnecessary fear being spread. There is a huge difference between fear and caution.

When we cross the road we teach our children to be cautious. Look left and right then walk steadily across if no cars are coming. That is caution. We would never tell a child to run across the road for your life because that car can kill you. In the same way we need to be discriminating what we tell our children about our health, other people’s health, death and especially what is on the news.

As a parent YOU are the example and if you spend your life in fear then your children will also whether you try to hide it from them or not. So be wise how you view death, explain it to them clearly and get help when you need it from a trained counsellor or psychologist as soon as possible.

Posted in anxiety, happiness, stress | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Are you paying enough attention to the present moment?

The older we get often the shorter our memory seems to get but what about our attention span? Our attention span, which is the amount of time we spend concentrating on a task without becoming distracted also decreases as we get older. This is often influenced by external stimulation. Professionals mostly agree that our attention span is crucial for achieving our goals. It may also increase our mental elasticity, help to improve cognitive function, and ensure that we stay on track when working towards achieving our daily tasks as we age.

The problem

If you are finding you don’t remember things well in your life you may not be focussed on the present moment and your life in some areas has become to routine. This will add to your boredom levels and irritability sometimes. Age can be part of the reason but often it is our external stimulation. Over the years studies have shown that the average adult attention span has decreased from 12 seconds to 8 seconds which is actually 1 second less than the attention span of a goldfish. This is not good. So, if you have a short attention span it is probably time to start improving your focus.

Part of the reason people offer suffer from such low attention span is that they try to multi task. Multi-tasking is not a good idea. It causes you to diversify your energy and disperse your focus. Rather than multi-tasking do one thing at a time. Do it well and finish it then go to the next. We have way too many things distracting us these days that causes our attention to diminish.

Today’s society is so connected, with apps, phones, laptops, tablets, and other interactive technology that causes us to be constantly bombarded from all directions that it leads to a major lack of focus. By weeding out some of these it can help to minimise the distractions and help your focus. Consider what you need and what you want in your day-to-day life, as well as what you need for each task, then remove the rest. By doing this you will not only improve your attention, but it will also help to reduce stress and enable you to focus on the things that really matter to you.

What to do

There are several ways to build your concentration and attention span. In order to build retention and ensure that your brain remains on task start get some exercise into your daily routine. Physical activity has been shown to improve your attention and focus. When you exercise your body releases chemicals that have an affect on learning and memory, and help to boost mental and cognitive performance which then enables the brain to focus better.

Dehydration can be part of the cause for poor attention span so it is important to also remain hydrated while exercising and to drink at least 2 litres of water on any normal day. More if you are exercising. Water is important to help our body and mind function correctly.

In order to improve your concentration it is a good idea to learn to meditate. This is best done with a few classes with a meditation teacher who has been traditionally trained. If you do meditate remember you need to meditate a minimum of 15 – 20 minutes for it to count. Sitting listening to music for 5 minutes is not meditation. Meditation needs to be focussed and guided when you first start for at least the first few years until you know what you are doing and you need to understand the theory as well as the practice. Daily practice is the best of course. If you are stressed or worried remember that this cause our attention to wander. Hence meditation is a good way to help you to handle your stress.

Our centre teaches meditation and mindfulness which will help you have better cognitive abilities, relax more, destress and be more mindful. Call us today to find out how we can assist you.

Posted in Jenetta Haim, lifestyle, memory | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Leaky Gut Syndrome – it’s a big deal

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that occurs when undigested proteins, toxins, and microbes pass through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. The problem that these particles cause when they enter your blood is system-wide inflammation. Inflammation can be linked to many serious diseases. Some of our health problems caused from this condition include arthritis, eczema, hypothyroidism, food sensitivities and inflammatory bowel disease. It can also cause depression and anxiety, nutrient malabsorption and autoimmune diseases. For these reasons it’s a big deal as it can make you very sick for a long time.

Treating leaky gut syndrome

There are a many different supplements that can help keep your gut healthy and repair the leakages in the intestine walls. Probiotics are important when it comes to healing leaky gut. There are different probiotics on the market and several strains with each of them having a different health benefit. That’s why it is important to try and find the one that works best for you. For best results, choose a specific bacterial strain rather than just taking an assortment of them. Fibre is also important as probiotics need fibre to live. Especially prebiotics, which are indigestible fibre that help probiotic bacteria thrive. You can find fibre in chia seeds, sprouted flaxseed or hemp seeds. You can also increase your fibre intake daily by eating more steamed vegetables and fresh fruit.

Enzymes break down protein, complex sugars, and starches, this in return helps to reduce intestinal inflammation. It is good to take a full spectrum enzyme supplement that contains protease, which is for breaking down protein, amylase helps with starches, lipase for fats, and lactase which helps with the lactose in the dairy products you eat. These supplements, for best results, should be taken before or after meals. If you have a gluten or dairy intolerance, then be sure to look for the best enzyme to help this as it will be great for healing your gut health.

Supplements

Collagen is the main supportive protein that gives bones, cartilage, and tendons their strength. Collagen helps to boost production of your gastric juices, helping to restore the integrity of your mucosal lining. It also has amino acids which help restore and build up the intestinal wall. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is great for inflammation. It repairs damaged gut and intestinal wall. Stress can cause levels of L-glutamine to decline leaving you vulnerable to leaky gut. By keeping up your levels you can prevent and heal intestinal damage.

N-acetyl glucosamine or NAG, can help to protect your stomach and intestinal lining. It has anti-inflammatory effects and helps with osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Quercetin has the ability to help seal the gut lining. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent, helping protect against heart disease and cancer. DGL Liquorice supports the natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining. Finally, antifungals, for short term treatment of leaky gut, antifungals such as cellulose and oil of oregano can be used. Antifungals help to balance the bacteria and remove the strain from your intestines giving you time to heal.

Leaky gut should never be self- diagnosed or ignored. This clinic has set detox and booster supplements that we use to help you overcome leaky gut and have a healthy microbiome. Call us to find out how.

Posted in digestion, inflammation, leaky gut | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Magnesium is important for your body to thrive

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

Magnesium is known as the top mineral as it is relied on by every organ in your body to help function correctly. There are also a large number of enzymes that rely on getting enough magnesium. Magnesium, along with other vitamins, is also an important mineral for your bones, because if you have a magnesium deficiency, calcium struggles to be absorbed into your bones. This then creates health issues including increasing your risk for heart disease. The longer calcium stays in your bloodstream without being absorbed increases your risk of it calcifying into plaque that lines the arteries. Testing for magnesium can be difficult as only 1% of the mineral is found in the blood.

Do you have a magnesium deficiency?

There are a lot of symptoms that you may get if you are not getting enough magnesium in your diet. Some of these can include low calcium or potassium levels, headaches, migraines, back pain, or fibromyalgia, digestive issues like nausea, constipation, reflux, or irritable bowel, dizziness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, or poor memory, chronic fatigue, weakness or insomnia and muscle cramps, twitches or tremors, and restless leg syndrome.

Magnesium deficiency symptoms are often mistaken for other health issues and all seem random. Other symptoms that you should look out for are feelings of anxiety, depression, or irritability, high blood pressure, chest pain or heart palpitations, diabetes, respiratory issues or asthma, kidney stones, thyroid malfunction or obesity, as well as excessive menstrual symptoms, poor appetite or unusual cravings, cold in the hands or feet, osteoporosis, increased sensitivity to food and poor dental health. Some symptoms are ones that you may not even think could be due to low magnesium which is sensitivity to loud noises, autism or attention deficit conditions.

The recommended intake of magnesium is equal amounts of both magnesium and calcium to keep teeth and bones strong and healthy into old age. The biggest job that magnesium does is to regulate other essential vitamins and minerals. If you don’t have enough magnesium it can cause your levels of vitamin D, calcium, copper and potassium, as well as others to fluctuate wildly and not be absorbed properly.

How to boost magnesium naturally

You can help to boost your low magnesium levels by adding some or all of these foods to you diet.

  • Cashews, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, and almonds
  • Okra, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower
  • Strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and raspberries
  • Unsweetened cocoa (cacao) and quality dark chocolate
  • Seaweeds and spices such as cumin, dill, basil, and celery seed
  • Pumpkin, sunflower, flax, and sesame seeds
  • Spinach, kale, lettuce, greens, bok choy, and Swiss chard
  • Quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, and barley

However remember that your gut needs to be absorbing properly for you to get benefit from these foods. If your gut is not absorbing properly you may have constipation or diarrhoea, overweight, dry skin and many other issues. The only way you will know for sure if via a test done by your natural therapist of your acid/alkaline balance or your microbiome.

Magnesium comes in supplements you can swallow or oil. Elemental magnesium is collected from seabeds and combined with water. It is applied topically, sinking through the pores of your skin directly into your bloodstream.

Give us a call or email us to set up a time to test your levels and find out what you need to do to improve your health.

Posted in food combining, Jenetta Haim, Natural health | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips For Getting A Job When You Are Over 50

Photo by Markus Winkler from Burst

Jobs are hard to find. Especially now but it looks like the economy is picking up after all our sagas from 2020. So if you find yourself in the position of having to look for a job when you are over 50, there is hope even though it can be very daunting. The negative thinking doesn’t help. So here a few tips you can take into consideration when you are looking for a job.

Taking time to rest before looking for a new job

Sometimes when you leave your old job it can be tempting to take an extended break to do things that need doing around the house, or to take a long holiday, or to just rest, before finding a new job. It is important though how much time you actually take. If you take too much time employers may see you as being out of touch. This can vary from industry to industry but as a guide line four to five weeks is usually the max time before you should start looking again. If you have taken an extended break, you need to address the fact that an employer wants to know how the break has affected your performance ability, whether you are still up to date with your knowledge, the impact on your energy levels and your commitment to being employed.

Use professional networking sites

The best way to find a job is through using the internet. There are websites for job add listings as well as forums and industry specific websites. Also, by joining various internet groups for your job area and getting to know the community, and at the same time getting yourself known to them could sometimes lead to new job opportunities. Looking for a job off the internet can be done if you go to people you know and then let them know you are actively looking for a job.

Get a digital presence

In today’s society if your resume sparks an employer’s interest they may then head to the internet to look for your profile on LinkedIn or other online forums. This basically gives them secondary confirmation of the jobs you claim to have done and sometimes what your peers, customers and suppliers you dealt with think about you. If you don’t have a digital profile or if you only have a short one-line profile, this may lead them to move to the next candidate.

The application

You need to make sure you follow the instructions for applying correctly, if it says to apply online then that s what you need to do. Sometimes on-line applications are not being sorted by a human but rather a program weeding out applicants if they do not have certain key words or attributes in their application.

The interview

If you get the opportunity for an interview, try and agree to the time set by the employer. Be prepared for web-based interview as not all first interviews are face-to-face any more. Getting used to programs like zoom is a must, you don’t want the employer having to tell you how to use them during an interview. It is very important these days to be tech savvy. If you aren’t don’t despair. Enrol in a community college course or a short business course to get you up to scratch online.

Don’t be fooled that your age is to your detriment. Many employers appreciate people with experience and good people skills. Although you may have to do a course in the online side of the job you want there are some things that can’t be taught – they need years of experience. And that is what you have over the tech savvy teenager depending on the type of job you are applying for so step up and apply.

Posted in Jenetta Haim, positive thinking, Stressfree Management, Wellbeing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quercetin Is a Powerful Antiviral

pic by matthew henry-Burst

Quercetin has been well studied and has been found to have a powerful antiviral capacity. Quercetin does this by inhibiting the virus’s ability to infect cells, it inhibits the replication of the already infected cells and it reduces the resistance of treatment that infected cells may have and in this way lifts your immunity.

Quercetin has been found to reduce your risk of viral illness and can help to boost mental performance after intensive physical stress that may otherwise reduce your immune function leaving you more susceptible to infections. Combining Quercetin with Vitamin C is beneficial as Vitamin C helps to enhance plasma Quercetin levels.

Results of studies

Studies have shown that Quercetin helps to reduce morbidity and mortality rates (tested on animals) and they have also shown that Quercetin is effective against a variety of viruses such as herpes simplex virus type 1, polio-virus type 1, parainfluenza virus type 3 and respiratory syncytial virus. It inhibits both influenza A and B viruses, common cold caused by the rhinovirus, hepatitis B and C and provides comprehensive protection against Streptococcus pneumonia infection. There are various studies all over the world to support this.  

Quercetin is also great for helping to reduce inflammation which in turn boosts your immunity. Quercetin stabilises mast cells, protects the gastrointestinal tract, and regulates some functional properties of immune cells. This then helps to inhibit molecular targets in the micromolar concentration range, either by down-regulating or suppressing many inflammatory pathways and functions. In short that means you will be healthier.

Another great benefit of Quercetin is that it can help in the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, gout, arthritis, mood disorders metabolic syndrome and even some cancers. Quercetin reduces fasting plasma which helps metabolic syndrome, but it needs to be taken at a dose of 500mil each day for at least eight weeks.

Research has also found that it can help with fatty liver disease, as long as it’s non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, by reducing inflammation. It may also be able to help tumours regress by interacting with the DNA and activating mitochondrial pathways of apoptosis.

Quercetin is found in foods like apples, red grapes, onions, plums, green tea and elderflower. It is also helpful for aluminium-induced neurodegenerative changes, just like those seen in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Quercetin reduces the effect of aluminium-induced mitochondrial swelling, loss of cristae and chromatin condensation. There are studies that have shown that treatment with Quercetin may act as a therapeutic strategy to reduce the effect of the neuronal death against aluminium-induced neuro-degeneration.

Benefits

There is a large range of benefits that come with taking Quercetin which means it could be something that you may consider taking as a supplement whether it be for the short term or more long-term. Especially if you are prone to colds and flu, you may like to try taking it for a couple of months before cold and flu season to help boost your immune system. It is useful for those with metabolic syndrome, to take on a more long-term basis, however always remember to consult your healthcare practitioner first.

This clinic specialises in helping people raise their immunity to get healthy and Quercetin will go a long way to help you do this.

Posted in cold and flu, heart health, inflammation | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Socialising with Social Anxiety

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

Social anxiety can make life very difficult sometimes. People with social anxiety find going out and socialising draining and stressful so for them it’s not fun to do even though they may care deeply for the people with whom they are spending their time. There are however some things you could try to make your social life easier if you do suffer from this type of anxiety. It will help you learn to put the fun back into your social life.

Socialise in places that interest you

This doesn’t mean that you have to go out to parties, go clubbing or socialise in large numbers, especially if these environments make your anxiety worse. Instead try places that are a little quieter such as book clubs, or you could try doing things that interest you where you can meet people. If you’re in an environment that is comfortable to you and the people around you are also sharing the same interests it can make socialising and meeting people a more relaxed and less draining experience.

Don’t overdo it

If you feel like you need a break then it is a good idea to do so. It is good to socialise but don’t tire yourself out. Looking after your mental health is important. By taking some time out it will help to feel refreshed and recharged, making it easier to socialise.

Make small steps

Remember to take it easy and not rush things. By pushing your boundaries too far it can make things worse rather than better. Start with something small like just saying ‘hi’ to someone, or talk to just one person. It will be a slower process but as you start to feel more comfortable you can then interact more and connect with more people. 

Be yourself

Try not to socialise where you feel as though you have to try and pretend to be someone you’re not. When you start pretending it can make things more draining and will most likely make your anxiety worse, causing more problems and making it harder for you to get out and socialise. This is why it is a great idea to socialise with groups of people who are genuinely interested in the same things as you. 

Ask for help

If you are feeling as though you cannot handle your social anxiety or any other mental health problems on your own any longer then please remember that there are people around that can help – your GP, natural health practitioner or other professionals. Make that phone call or send that email and ask for help.

Social anxiety is not something that you can just get over yourself, you will need to work through it. It won’t be easy but if you keep working towards it you will begin to feel more comfortable in social situations. Give us a call today to begin your progress out of this dilemma.

Posted in anxiety, mental-health, relationships | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Fasting and Your Health

Fasting can be beneficial for your health however it needs to be done properly. Fasting doesn’t mean just skipping breakfast; it is more complex than that. There are many things that can interrupt the benefits of fasting so it needs to be monitored by a professional. It is easy sometimes to be pushed out of your fast state and lose some of the benefits by introducing things that you think don’t matter but they serve the function of breaking the fast. So all your efforts become of no avail and you need to start over.

Photo by Samantha Hurley from Burst

Fasting is healthy for you and can help you burn fat, live longer, and feel great. It’s great for fat burning, and it stimulates your body to go into recovery mode. However there are some things you need to be aware of before you start your fast.

Fasting causes Stress

Fasting promotes catabolism and cellular turnover. This means that your body breaks down energy molecules from fat and glycogen to create energy not necessarily muscle tissue. This causes stress on your body. Cortisol is the main stress hormone that helps to mobilise the body’s energy stores. If you end up breaking a fast state it could cause your body to become overly catabolic and therefore you start to break down muscle tissue, causing you to inhibit ketosis which builds stress levels on the body. Help with stress while fasting comes from drinking salted or mineral water and do some meditation or mindful breathing. However it is not as simple as this and that is why fasting needs to be supervised by a professional.

Coffee

If you are a coffee drinker then this is something you need to stop before you anticipate any form of fasting. Coffee is a stimulant that releases cortisol and adrenaline. It creates an energized state of mind but at the expense of your adrenal glands. Coffee can make you catabolic by overstimulating cortisol. Although some people believe that small amounts of coffee can promoting fat mobilization, autophagy (the body’s fat east itself so to speak) and affect insulin sensitivity.

If you are looking to lose fat and weight you will still experience mild autophagy and ketosis if you’ve eaten 200-300 calories of pure fat as long as it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels.

How long is long enough?

Not fasting long enough can mess up your fast. To get real benefits of fasting you should fast for at least 20 hours or more which can trigger stem cell growth and autophagy. If you’re fasting to lose weight make sure you stay within your kilojoule range when you go back to normal eating. Remember though not to restrict your kilojoules too much as your metabolism will slow down. This will lead to your body thinking you’re starving and cause it to store fat instead.

The best type of fast is a therapeutic one which will rid your body of toxins, help you lose weight, adjust your metabolism and fluid balance, reduce acid and make you feel and look younger. You will have more energy and sleep better and your digestion will improve in the future giving you a healthier microbiome. Consult your natural therapist to find out how to do all this. We create programs specifically tailored to your needs at this clinic.

Posted in detox, inflammation, Jenetta Haim, lifestyle, Nutrition, Stressfree Management | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment