In this episode of Wellness Curated, host Anshu Bahanda talks to GP, Dr Sepp Fegerl, of the world-famous Vivamayr clinic, about fasts.
Although the term is now synonymous with ‘intermittent fasting’, which, typically, requires abstaining from food for some 16 hours, the practice of fasting, in different forms, has been a tradition in many cultures. It has also been seen to result in many benefits including improvements in insulin sensitivity, increased fat burning, a reduction in inflammation, greater mental clarity and heightened energy levels. However, done wrong, fasting can lead to not only a drop in energy levels, headaches, and dizziness, but it may even trigger a stroke or cardiovascular issues.
Here, Dr Fegerl tells you how to do it right: he talks about what works and what doesn’t and how often one should fast for maximum benefits. Importantly, he stresses on the need to ‘prepare for a fast’ and tells you how to do this, how to listen to one’s body and adjust the fast to suit individual needs and goals, and what sort of exercise or activity will complement a fast.
This is a must-listen for anyone who fasts for any reason at all, and more so, for anyone who’s looking to incorporate fasting into their wellness routine.