Can fasting lead to longer life?


Don’t clean your plate – and live longer!

Caloric restriction means taking around 70% of your normal energy requirement, daily for a prolonged period of time. Eat less, live longer… Is it really that simple? When is it too late to start? Can one eat any kind of diet? How long does one continue? How much longer can one possibly live? So many questions pop into the mind… but remain largely unanswered. Much research has been done on yeast, flies, worms, rodents and even on primates to see the effects of energy restriction on lifespan. The results of decades of experiments have generally agreed on one point: fewer calories = longer life.

Fasting rituals are part of many religions and have long professed (anecdotally) many positive effects on health and wellbeing. The very first recorded scientific study on caloric restriction’s direct effect on lifespan was in 1935, by Dr Clive…

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Aerobics or Yoga?

Creating Harmony

Around this time of year we start getting hit with suggestions on how to exercise and eat our food. These really are very basic, primal functions of our body which should not require so much analysis and discussion. However, we often devote more time, money, and effort to trying out various types of diets, classes and gym memberships …

Sometimes mother was right…. And in this case great grandmother. If we think back to how they lived their lives… From what they ate, to how they moved from place to place, we can understand what we are doing wrong. Yoga, meditation and saatvik diets feel today like extreme measures which we need to find time for. In a previous blog, I suggested that Yoga is beneficial when it comes to better health and longevity due to it’s role in stress relief.

Stress, inflammation, food, yoga…all topics to discuss in upcoming…

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