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Fasting regenerates the immune system

Fasting regenerates the immune system


The research study shows that the act of fasting flips a switch in the body to begin a regeneration of the ‘stem cell’ hematopoietic system. It requires the body to use up its stores of glucose, fat and ketones, and at the same time begins to break down a large number of white blood cells. The loss of white blood cells in turn causes the body to create new immune system cells.

A new research study from the University of Southern California offers an exciting discovery about the effects of fasting on cancer patients. The study gathered a group of participants and asked them to fast regularly for 2-4 days over a 6-month period in the preliminary stages. During this time, they saw some incredible changes. The participants saw a noticeable decrease in the production of the enzyme PKA, a hormonal agent that has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and tumor development. In addition, the participants’ endogenous immune systems appeared to be fundamentally overhauled.

Professor Valter Longo, Ph.D., the lead scientist on the research team, said the results of the study stunned him, saying, “We have found both in our work in animals and in humans that the white blood cell count decreases with prolonged fasting. Then when you eat again, the blood cells come back. So we started to wonder where that comes from.” Professor Valter Longo further explained, “When you’re starving, the system tries to conserve energy by recycling a lot of the immune cells it doesn’t need, especially those that may be damaged.”

According to the study’s findings, this would mean that fasting for a period of 72 hours, followed by re-feeding with a healthy, balanced diet, can virtually give those who are struggling a new immune system. This is groundbreaking for those suffering from chronic diseases, especially autoimmune diseases.

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