One of the questions I get asked most frequently is, “how many hours should I fast?” Well, that depends on what health benefits you are hoping to achieve. The longer you fast, the more the benefits add up. However that doesn’t necessarily mean longer is better for everyone. For example, if you’re hoping to increase ketones, a 17 hour fast may be what you need, however if you’re trying to heal a musculoskeletal injury, you’ll want to work your way up to a 72 hour fast. And of course, if you’re new to fasting, read my Beginner’s Guide to Fasting. Here are the benefits of fasting broken down by hours fasted: 13-15 hour fast A 13-15 hour fast is
Let’s talk about 5 ways to strengthen your immune system for optimal immune health. The reality is, it has never been more important that our bodies and internal systems are running at their best. Here they are: Removing toxins to strengthen your immune system Stop putting toxins INTO your body. Take a look at the things that you are putting in and around your body, and ask yourself these questions: Food: Are you eating nutrient-dense, whole foods? Are you reading labels, looking at ingredients? Are you eating a lot of packaged foods? Avoid GMO, non-organic, artificially flavored and processed foods. Cleaning supplies: Are you cleaning with toxic cleaners? Almost all conventional cleaners are toxic and highly detrimental to your
Glutathione is our body's master antioxidant. It is produced and used by the liver to detoxify. While glutathione production naturally decreases with age, the problem is most people's levels are being dramatically depleted by modern, everyday stressors. But guess what research is also showing us? Low glutathione levels appear to take COVID symptoms from mild to severe. How do you know if you have low glutathione levels? Here are some common symptoms: Lack of energy Joint and muscle aches and pains Foggy brain Frequent infections Poor sleep Anemia What depletes our glutathione levels? Alcohol Acetaminophen, (aka Tylenol) Diabetes Aging (affecting men more than women) Heavy metals bind to glutathione. Ask yourself if there are heavy metals in your water.
Last week I explored the connection between Vitamin D levels and optimal health. What we know now is that when we boost our Vitamin D levels, we boost our immune system which makes it more powerful to fight off viruses, including viruses like Covid-19. However we also know that 50% of the population is vitamin D deficient. Here are the top 3 ways to boost Vitamin D levels: Boost Vitamin D by absorbing it through your skin: You can do this two ways, directly from the sun or through red light therapy. If you’re planning to get vitamin D from the sun, you should spend 10-30 minutes per day, several times a week out in the sun ideally during mid-day
Most of us grew up hearing, “go get some sun, it’s good for you!”, knowing that sunshine was one of the many ways we could get our daily dose of Vitamin D. Knowing that 50% of the population is deficient in this Vitamin, it has become an important topic today in preventing illness, viral infections and creating a robust immune system. According to a new study released July 15th, 2020, the "association between low levels of Vitamin D and increased risk of developing several immune-related diseases and disorders, including psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, sepsis, respiratory infection, and COVID-19, has been observed”. The connection between Vitamin D levels and optimal health: When in active form