Here are 5 reasons to consider fasting as part of your health strategy:
1. Fasting Improves Immune Regulation
Fasting allows your body to put more energy and focus into the process of effective immune regulation. Fasting while drinking water and cleansing beverages flushes out the digestive system and reduces the number of natural microorganisms in the gut.
2. Fasting Stimulates Cellular Autophagy
Fasting also stimulates the process of autophagy, where the body breaks down old, damaged and abnormal cells to recycle them for energy. The process of autophagy is part of the innate immune system and utilizes pattern recognition receptors to identify viral cell invaders. (Hey, this was just covered in one of my lessons today too. 😉)
3. Fasting Improves Genetic Repair Mechanisms
Research has shown that cells have a greater lifespan during times of food scarcity and famine. Intermittent fasting enhances cellular rejuvenation by acting on certain genetic repair mechanisms – you use less energy to repair a cell than to divide and create new cells.
4. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Thousands of years of food scarcity led our bodies to develop a protective mechanism to adapt to alternating phases of food abundance and scarcity. During times of food scarcity our cell membranes become more sensitive to insulin. This is especially important when food is scarce because it ensures that every bit of food be efficiently used or stored.
5. Intermittent Fasting and Chronic Diseases
Individuals with autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and Crohn’s disease, have seen a tremendous improvement in symptoms with the incorporation of intermittent fasting. This process reduces the hyper inflammatory processes these individuals undergo and allows for more normalized immune function.
Incorporating periods of intermittent fasting and using the strategies learned at Dr. Jockers’ Fasting Transformation Summit can help the body become stronger and more resilient against the development of chronic disease.