As a digital nomad, maintaining good health whilst constantly being on the go can be difficult. Your body needs time to adjust to different locations and frequent travel can really disrupt your gut and digestive tracts. Probiotics are essential, but there is something else which really does the trick: Intermittent Fasting!
This means either fasting for a period of 12-16 hours daily or reducing your calorie intake to 500 calories a few days a week.
The words “oldest new diet” is really trending right now, with more and more research coming to light about its positive effects on weight loss, life longevity and – gut health.
Fasting resets your gut flora, supercharging your body’s ability to heal itself. Think of it this way – any energy you would normally use on digesting food is now working on fixing other ailments in your body.
It releases Motilin and Ghrelin both of which regulate the digestive tract and protect your gut microbiome.
Other studies confirm all sorts of benefits intermittent fasting has on the body including increased metabolism, improved cardiovascular health, and the obvious one –weight loss. Some research even suggests that intermittent fasting can increase a persons lifespan by up to 30%.
Intermittent Fasting Guide
- Start with fasting for 12 hours, then slowly increase the hours.
- Water and no-calorie beverages are allowed, so black coffee and green tea are a-ok! It is important to keep your water intake high. Your body is in detox mode so it needs more H2O to flush those toxins out.
- It is normal to experience feelings of hanger (hungry anger), nausea and lack of energy. This is your body getting used to the change of not eating every few hours.
Guest Blogger of the day:
Monika Pietrowski is a digital nomad, travelling the world finding new ways to nurture the mind and body. Constantly on the go, she captures her travel and wellness adventures on her blog mymonpie and via Instagram.
She loves Bikram yoga and has practised in studios all over the world, her favourite being SoHot Bikram in London. On any given day, you can find her somewhere in the world, working out of a café, sipping on a macchiato, which she’ll judge strongly as she’s from Melbourne.
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