“When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged" ~ Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California
It's fascinating to read about the work being done at the University of Southern California (USC), School of Gerontology and the Longevity Institute where fasting has been shown to promote stem cell based regeneration of blood cells and significantly boost immune health!
To sum it up (and you can read the article here), prolonged fasting for 2-4 days or longer puts the body into survival mode where it burns its energy reserves like glycogen (large sugar molecules found in muscles and in the liver), fats, and ketones. Not only this, but the body breaks down quite a few white blood cells and here lies the trigger point for "turning on" the immune system's regenerative capacity. The depletion of white blood cells (WBCs) shuts off a gene called "PKA" giving the go-ahead for dormant stem cells to turn on and make new healthy cells.
"It gives the OK for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system" ~ Longo
What's more, the body targets and rids of dead, damaged, or inefficient parts of the the immune system practically allowing for a whole new and improved system that's healthy and better equipped.
BOOSTING YOUR MICRONUTRIENT INTAKE
Fasting, and boosting your micronutrient intake work hand-in-hand to optimize your body's ability to rid of dead, damaged, and inefficient cells as well as toxins such as heavy metals, drug residues, pesticides, and other damaging substances that have accumulated in tissues. To have optimal health, I recommend following a detox program a few times per year and to challenge yourself by extending the duration of your program from 2, 3, and 5 days or longer.
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