Fasting has received all kinds of attention in the media these days. In 2018, it was one of the most searched for diet terms on Google.
As you may know, there are many health benefits of fasting.
But did you know that fasting turns the immune system against cancer. In fact, cancer in calorie-restricted monkeys is about 50 percent reduced. Cardiovascular disease is about 50 percent reduced as well.
Fasting not only protects against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also triggers immune system regeneration.
Isn't this exciting news? So how and when should you fast?
There are several types of fasting, from prolonged (2+ consecutive days) to intermittent (i.e. 5:2 or alternate day) to time-restricted eating (i.e. 12:12 or 16:8). For time-restricted, intermittent fasting, It is important to stick close to 12 hours of feeding and 12 hours of fasting. If you eat 15 hours a day or more, that starts to be associated with metabolic problems, gallstone formation, sleep disorders, etc. Prolonged, periodic fasting, done for several consecutive days has many incredible health benefits but strict, prolonged fasting is hard to stick to and can be dangerous if not done properly.
To help you get through a prolonged fast, you can get many benefits of a 5-day fast with food. The ProLon® 5-day Fasting Mimicking Diet® has been clinically tested and studied and found to promote beneficial effects in a wide variety of health conditions ranging from excess weight and fasting blood sugar, to growth factors associated with DNA damage and aging.
Not everyone is healthy enough for a prolonged fast.
Message me or visit https://prolon.com/ if you would like more information on The ProLon® Fasting Mimicking Diet and to see if it's right for you.
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Can we talk about exercise? Obesity and high insulin levels are risk factors for breast cancer recurrence and poor survival. Regular physical activity decreases the risk of breast cancer recurrence by lowering fasting insulin levels, inflammation and weight. Moderate, regular physical activity helps immune system function by raising levels of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies, increasing circulation, and decreasing stress hormones, all which lower breast cancer risk and recurrence. Researchers have found that women who do least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week, before and after being diagnosed with breast cancer, had a 55% lower risk of recurrence compared to women who didn’t meet the minimum guidelines and a 68% lower risk of dying compared to women who didn’t meet the minimum guidelines.
We cannot achieve optimum health without adequate sleep. Sleep has a powerful effect on immune function and inflammatory signals. Sleep is healing. Our body recovers, repairs itself and regenerates while we sleep. A lack of sleep is linked to many cancers, including breast cancer. After just one night of only four or five hours of sleep, your natural killer cells, the ones that attack cancer cells, drop by 70%. Also, when you don’t get enough sleep, you are susceptible to weight gain, a risk factor for breast cancer. Aim for 7-9 hrs of sleep every night. Implement good, consistent sleep habits. If you still have trouble sleeping most nights, I highly recommend that you seek help from your doctor sleep specialist.
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Knowledge is your superpower! 20-50% of breast cancers are due to modifiable risk factors such as alcohol intake, stress, smoking, radiation exposure, chronic inflammation, exposure to estrogen, high blood sugar and insulin, high fat diet, excess weight and physical inactivity. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are due to genetic factors. Take action to lower YOUR risk. Download "10 Steps to Optimize Health During Breast Cancer Remission" at http://brandifunk.com to learn how to lower your risks! Let's start the conversation. How do you stay healthy during breast cancer remission?