How is your immune system? Have you been feeling bad lately, if the answer is yes then fasting might be the answer!
I know you have probably heard of fasting as a body cleanse or a way to shed a few pounds, but has anyone ever told you too fast for your immune system? New research from The University of Southern California shows that fasting as little as eight days a year could benefit your body and make it healthier.
The theory is fasting two to four days at a time every six months causes stem cells to awake from their normal sleeping state and to start regenerating themselves. The research also showed that the fasting destroyed damaged cells, and caused new cells to be born, this means a renewed immune system.
After the fast, the body begins to generate new blood cells when the nutrients start to flow back into the system.
“[I]f you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system,” Longo said in a university press release.
The clinical trials have yet to be completed, but the research looks very promising.