Usually the best way according to most people to deal with colds and improve the overall health is to take synthetic vitamins and medicines thus ignore the natural and healthy alternatives so just a few days later they will end up fighting the same sickness again.Researchers have found a way which involves the natural options, it`s free, it can reset and recharge your immune system and works very well for the elderly and for the people experiencing constant immune system disorders.
Recharge your immune system just for 3 days
A research conducted by the University of Southern California concluded that 3 days fasting can completely regenerate the immune system even in elderly people.
According to their findings it is most effective for people who suffer from serious disorders of the immune system which includes the chemotherapy patients who were protected from the toxic impacts of the treatment during the fasting period.
Going for a “Regenerative Switch”
Fasting gives space for the body`s stem cells to start producing new white blood cell that fight off infections in the body.
“Fasting gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” Prof. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, told the UK’s The Telegraph.
Moreover, he added that the body itself removed parts that were damaged, old or inefficient during the fasting process, creating “literally, a new immune system.”
The participants of Dr. Longo`s discovery were aiming for a regular fast between 2-4 days over a 6 month period which proved that a person`s immune system gets rid of the unneeded immune cells, more precisely the damaged ones so that it can create energy while they are fasting.
While publishing his research in June Dr. Longo stated that more clinical trials must be conducted and that the research looks ‘’very promising”.
Other Benefits of Fasting
Fasting can do well for your body but it is not considered beneficial if you`re doing it too often, you shouldn`t be doing it for more than 2-3 days.
1. Fasting Weakens Cancer
In the Science Translational Medicine newspaper was published a study which found that 5 out of 8 cancer types responded positively to fasting which means that fasting can improve the survival rates because it can decrease the growth and spread of tumors.
“In mice, the study found that fasting cycles without chemotherapy could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma, glioma, and human neuroblastoma. In several cases, the fasting cycles were as effective as chemotherapy,” states Science Daily. Fasting in normal cells makes your cellular activity slower while in cancer cells, especially breast cancer cells can cause the production of new proteins that boost tumor growth.
Nevertheless, fasting attacks cancer cells which create damaging free radical molecules that decompose the cancerous cell’s DNA and successfully killing it.
“The cell is, in fact, committing cellular suicide. What we’re seeing is that the cancer cell tries to compensate for the lack of all these things missing in the blood after fasting. It may be trying to replace them, but it can’t,” senior author Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California, explains.
2. Fasting Protects your Brain
The National Institute on Aging in Baltimore published a research on longevity, stating that just by eating less than 500 calories/day for 1-2 days every week can help against Alzheimer`s, Parkinson`s and other serious illnesses.
3. Fasting Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes
A study conducted on Mormons in Utah proved that just by fasting for one day in a month Mormons had much better arterial health than non-fasters.
“X-ray scans revealed narrowing of the arteries in around 75 per cent of those who didn’t fast. In contrast, clogged arteries affected 63 percent of those who said they often skipped meals.”
Fasting powers the human growth hormone, aids the metabolism and burns fat which eventually will decrease the risk of diabetes according to The American College of Cardiology.
However, more research must be done so that one may be used as a recommended medical treatment and immune system booster.