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Starting the new year with less excess baggage

Steffanie Hornstein - 25/01/2022 - 0 comments

The first month of the new year is almost over. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions or set yourself new goals – to live healthier, change your diet, do more sport, or simply take things easier? Or did you intend to work on personal issues or find answers to certain questions of life?

Whether in your work or your private life, setting yourself goals and pursuing them makes sense and boosts your self-confidence. Read on for some inspiration:

Fasting – A spring clean for your cells

After a period of overindulgence, upheaval and unhealthy temptations, now is the right time to reset your body. Fasting is the ideal way for your body to cleanse itself. Therapeutic fasting activates a physical process called autophagy, which is one of the most important elements of a detox diet.

It is an endogenous recycling process in which defective or deformed cells and protein are broken down and either recycled or discarded. In principle, autophagy takes place around the clock, but fasting speeds it up.

Another advantage of fasting based on the method established by Dr. Otto Buchinger is that it activates fatburning. During fasting, the body switches to a ketogenic metabolism and uses above all ketones from fat as a source of energy. Inflammatory processes are indispensable for immunity but during fasting an excessive inflammatory response is diminished.

Find out more about the advantages to your health of fasting.

Start fasting now!

Intermittent fasting – Training for your metabolism

Intermittent fasting is a good way to try out fasting and can easily be incorporated in your daily routine. It means refraining from eating food for a certain length of time. The most common methods are 16:8 and 5:2, in which you interrupt your food intake either for 16 hours a day, followed by eight hours in which you can eat, or for two days a week, followed by five days of normal food consumption. When you fast intermittently, autophagy is not as pronounced as it is in therapeutic fasting, but the metabolism is trained.

Mindfulness –
Learning emotional awareness and managing stress

In our everyday lives, our minds are constantly distracted and wander aimlessly. We think about the past, the future, about our jobs, hopes and worries. As a result, we feel stressed and are not really connected to ourselves. Mindfulness helps to counter this by directing our attention to the here and now. We become stronger, calmer and happier inside and feel a deep inner stability.

A simple mindfulness exercise:

Take a minute, wherever you are.

Breathe deeply in through the nose.
Breathe out – feel your body
Breathe in – take in new energy
Breathe out – your shoulders relax
Breathe in – you feel awake and alive
Breathe out – your muscles relax
Breathe in – you feel fulfilled
Breathe out – … and let all tension go

Breathe in and out three more times and enjoy the feeling
of being filled with pure energy and complete concentration.