Why is fasting beneficial?
This study shows that fasting benefits immune system – while fasting the body cleaned house and got rid of old and damaged cells, then when food was reintroduced the body responds by regenerating the immune system.
Fasting is an ancient practice, involving refraining from eating for a period of time, which has seen a revival in the last years. Health advocates of detoxification, raw food and yoga have gone from a fringe phenomena to main-stream and more people than ever are willing to try it out. With modern lifestyle, abundant in pressure and processed food it is a suitable time for more people to be exposed to simple natural techniques of self healing.
Those who have taken to fasting have discovered the benefits first hand. Weight loss, reduced chronic infections, resilience of immune system – not catching as many or any colds, coughs and flu and more. The ability to tap into the body’s self healing process by fasting has empowered people to take charge of their weight and develop positive health.
The debate on the effectiveness is often due to lack of scientific endorsement. Which is a result often of a lack of studies conducted, lack of funding for these studies etc. etc. After all, why would any commercial company fund a study that encourages people to consume less?
And yet, the topic is being explored with exciting results, as reported in The Telegraph. Here’s what the professors at California Uni. have to say:
“It gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” said Prof Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California. “Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.… And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting. We are investigating the possibility that these effects are applicable to many different systems and organs, not just the immune system.” added Prof Longo.
“While chemotherapy saves lives, it causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy,” said co-author Tanya Dorff, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital. (refers to 72 hours fasting)
Note: Fasting with cancer, and other conditions, must be undertaken with medical supervision, as toxicity levels are high and care must be taken to avoid auto-intoxication, basically flooding the system with too many toxins that cannot be removed by the elimination organs.
The results demonstrated clearly how fasting benefits individuals – while fasting their body got rid of old and damaged cells, and when food was reintroduced the body responds by regenerating the immune system. I look forward to more studies showing how fasting impacts the other organs of the body, though having the experience is far more important than understanding it!
So… get fasting for your health and wellbeing this winter!
BE WELL : )!