Fasting to Slow Aging
Fasting to Slow Aging
[trx_dropcaps style="2"]S[/trx_dropcaps]pring is the high season for many world religions to rejuvenate and renew. At the center of this process are traditions of fasting. Aging is directly tied to how much you eat, the quality of what you eat, and the resulting burden placed on your system. For years, the scientific community has known that reducing the amount of food eaten can add 10 – 15 years to one’s life. By taking the burden of extraneous matter off the system periodically, energy is freed up in organ function and cellular productivity. The body can use energy that would have been used to digest a meal to repair an area or mount a more dynamic immune system. This equates to less disease, less severity of disease and slowing down the aging process. Additionally, when we consume food, we also take in toxins and sustenance that has the potential be toxic. See our article, “Food is Not Medicine” All food is potentially poisonous and life threatening if one’s system can't manage it. Since we take in food daily, this amounts to a great amount of nutrients and debris that the body has to sort through and deal with. One way to manage the build up of toxins is to fast. But what type of fasting should we do and for how long? Doctors and researchers are attempting to answer these questions.
Can fasting slow aging? You bet!Fasting weekly, monthly or seasonally (as is traditional for many cultures) for as little as 24 hours will assist the body in repairing tissue, regenerating and maintaining a youthful vitality.
The Five-Day Fasting Mimicking DietRecently, there have been several studies around the globe sponsored by USC's Valter Longo to scientifically show that diets that mimic fasting of 5 days a month can dramatically improve health. Not only that, it's great for controlling the symptoms and diseases associated with poor nutrition,such as diabetes, obesity, organ failure, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. It's called Fasting Mimicking Diet or FMD. (See how it works in the video from the Washington Post below) Robert Perkins of USC News wrote in June 2015,
Longo has previously shown how fasting can help starve out cancer cells while protecting immune and other cells from chemotherapy toxicity. “It’s about reprogramming the body so it enters a slower aging mode, but also rejuvenating it through stem cell-based regeneration,” Longo said. “It’s not a typical diet because it isn’t something you need to stay on.” Perkins, Robert, 'Diet that mimics fasting appears to slow aging', June 18, 2015Furthermore, in Longo's studies he concluded that
levels of insulin-like growth factor 1, a hormone that promotes aging in rodents and other lab animals, plunged in the low-cal group. And subjects who were at the highest risk for age-related illnesses also saw other indicators of malfunctioning metabolism go down, such as blood glucose levels and total cholesterol. Longo says that this diet “treats” aging, the most important risk factor for killers like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “It looks like you can go at the underlying problem rather than just putting a Band-Aid on it,” he says. In a follow-up trial, the team hopes to determine whether the diet helps people who already have an age-related disease—probably diabetes—or are susceptible to one.
Fast to rejuvenateFast to rejuvenate! It's a simple way to reduce this burden and periodically cleanup the body. Stop the intake of red meat, potatoes, pickles, and condiments. Also, limit the intake of refined sugars. However, remember the brain only uses glucose, so sugar (see The Real Deal on Sugar) is necessary. Fasting weekly, monthly or seasonally (as is traditional for many cultures) for as little as 24 hours will assist the body in repairing tissue, regenerating and maintaining a youthful vitality. While three days or 72 hours are an ideal length of time to do this, longer periods of time can also be undertaken, depending on one’s desire and health condition. To make this diet more dynamic and efficient, we recommend adding a 2 – 3 day herbal detox to augment the dietary restrictions, to eliminate excess waste, and to clear the body’s systems more quickly.
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