The concept of fasting:
Fasting has been around for centuries. Fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drink for a specific amount of time. First introduced for religious reasons, fasting has many health benefits as well.
The body needs energy to function. The primary source of energy is a sugar called glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. That usually is a trigger word and your mind could goes straight to pasta, bread, and dairy products, but carbs also include fruits, vegetables, and beans. The liver and your muscles will store the glucose and release doses of it into the bloodstream when the body needs it.
However, when you fast, this process changes. During the fasting period, after 8 hours has passed, the liver will have used the last bit of glucose it was able to store. When this occurs, the body reaches a state called gluconeogenesis, which mean the body transitions from releasing glucose that is stored to creating its own. The body will use fat within the body to produce glucose to give energy to the body.
After about 8 hours of fasting, the liver will use the last of its glucose reserves. At this point, the body enters into a state called gluconeogenesis, marking the body's transition into fasting mode.
Studies have shown that during the gluconeogenesis period, the body will burn more calories than in its natural state.
Eventually, the body runs out of sources to make glucose with which in then turns into starvation more. Here, the body will start to use tissue to create energy for the body to use.
24 hour fasting has a few more benefits than just burning more calories. It can improve your cardiovascular healthy, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol.
Concept of Intermitted Fasting:
Intermittent fasting is the process of cycling in and out of periods of eating and not eating. There are a few different forms of intermitted fasting. The two most common are known and the 5/2 method and the second is 16:8.
5/2 is very simply. You eat normally 5 days out of the week and fast the other 2. On the alternative, 16:8 is a daily fast. You restrict from eating 16 hours of the day and consume a day’s worth of food in the other 8.
The theory behind intermitted fasting comes from the caveman era. It was rare to have access to food like we currently do today. Food was only consumed when it was available. The body was able to thrive during the times when food was not available.
Intermitted fasting is not a diet, but a lifestyle. Choosing to be selective to when you consume your food rather than when it is convenient.
This lifestyle has many health benefits, along with the mental discipline of self-control. The list below are a few benefits:
Here at Mantra Fitness, are excited to be connected with some of the best experts in the business. We will be collaborating with Lindsay Huelse bringing to you an intermitted fasting meal plan. Please check back to the blog and our social media pages for the release of the FREE meal plan!
October could be our most important month of the year. Of course, there’s Columbus Day (oh, look--we discovered land!), and Halloween (oh, look--trick or treat!) but what we’re really talking about is the biggest event of all: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in women. According to government health agencies, about one in eight females born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Those are scary statistics, but the good news is we can prevent the worst case outcome with early detection.
Most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Which means scheduling our annual screenings (mammograms) and staying on top of our overall health. What’s really exciting are the many new ways we are learning to predict and detect cancer. As medical technology keeps improving, our ability to find data and use it (genetic testing) helps us to better understand our bodies and why some of us are more likely to develop cancer.
Here’s a breakdown on MUST-DO screenings, along with new options to help predict and prevent breast cancer:
Mammogram - This image-based screening is still considered the go-to test for detecting abnormal activity in breast tissue. It’s uncomfortable and a pain-in-the-boob, but it can also save your life. Once a year you gotta Squeeze to be safe!!
Self-screen - Monthly massage/checking for yourself is a great way to, literally, ‘keep a breast’ of sudden lumps or swelling. If something doesn’t feel right, or you detect a cyst, call your doctor right away and schedule an appointment.
Technology has made in-patient and home-use genetic testing available (like “23 and Me”) which can help determine your risk for certain kinds of cancer. These DNA-based tests assist doctors in looking for mutations or changes in specific genes, also helping link you to vital information concerning BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes (cancerous).
If you have a mutation in the BRCA1 gene or the BRCA2 gene, you are more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer. You could also be at higher risk for developing other types of cancer, too.
Genetic testing may be important to you if you have:
-a family member who had breast cancer before age 50;
-a family member who had cancer in both breasts;
-a family member who had both breast and ovarian cancer;
-a male family member who had breast cancer;
-two or more family members who had breast cancer;
-Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish heritage
If breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family, it’s especially important to keep on top of all your screenings as the genetic link plays a big role in your chances of developing these cancers. What’s more, men are impacted, too--over 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
Talk with your doctor about all of your family history and discuss options for screenings and further predict-and-prevent genetic testing. Most mammograms are covered by insurance for women over 40, so find out if you qualify.
‘Screen’ or ‘Gene,’ these tests should top the TO-DO for yourself and your loved ones. Make a date, go with your bestie and get your breasties examed today!!
Burn for Breast Cancer 2018: Mantra Sarasota and Tampa studios are teaming up with Fit 4 Prevention to host special donation classes to support the “Keep A Breast” charity. Sign up now to reserve your spot and raise funds for this fierce cause!!
New Addition Update: Mantra is expanding our family of fitness (as many of you know) and our latest studio is scheduled to open this month in Orange County, CA!!! We love our coasts and our sunshine, our Megaformers, our Lagree, our pilates, so look for amazing offers and sweet treats for members to help celebrate our Mantrapolis!!
Britta Wilder is a writer based in San Clemente. With a background in film and journalism, she is currently working on a novel. #nationalbreastcancerawareness