Benefits of Fasting
People often ask why they should fast, what is the point of fasting and what exactly does fasting do?
My simple answer is that fasting is used for growing a new body and recycling damaged cells.
When we fast, and there is no food coming in, the body will start to go into house cleaning mode. The immune system will scour the body for damaged, struggling, or aberrant growth cells, and when these are found the body essentially breaks them down to rebuild and fuel the body.
This process is called autophagy. When there is no food, the organs, and muscles of the body actually signal the immune system and open the door to give access to the cells that need recycling. This is a massively dynamic process that is hardwired into every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body.
Cleaning house triggers the opportunity for new cell growth. As the immune system breaks down these damaged cells, it also cranks up the production of new, baby, undifferentiated cells known as stem cells. These stem cells are then sent to different parts of the body to form brand-new cells.
The highest performing organs such as the brain, liver, heart, and kidneys grow the newest cells. Organs such as the brain and heart don’t replicate cells once they are mature. We now however know that can actually grow new cells and connections through this process. This is HUGE!
This is how the aging process can be slowed. This is also how we truly heal and maintain health, or even restore it.
This process does however require a very specific environment and situation to occur before it will happen. Simply skipping a meal here and there, or even fasting a few days now and then will unfortunately not do the trick.
We need new cells and tissue to build the new pathways and mechanisms that our bodies will then use to replace the old, damaged, or diseased ones. One such example is restoring cell mass in the pancreas to improve the insulin response in pre-diabetes, diabetes, and insulin resistance. You should therefore always test your fasting blood sugar!
Another example is to grow new brain cells and connections to maintain clarity of mind, improve memory, and potentially prevent not only Alzheimer’s but also other dementia.
The biggest example of how fasting can benefit us is to use it to kill cancer cells when they are just starting and never allowing them to form a tumor or do harm. In the textbook, “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease” by Thomas Seyfried, the author states that a single 7 to 10-day water fast per year can prevent 99% of cancers from starting.
The magic is not only in completing a fast but building the pathways and mechanisms involved in fasting. If we want this new cell-building ability to be strong, it takes training, a plan, time, and continual course corrections to make it happen. Although it is a lifestyle, it can be done if you put your mind to it.
Stop fearing the fast my friends and rather make the effort to learn how you can harness it to improve both your health and your healing!
The mechanisms triggered by fasting can not only be enhanced but can also be directed. This is an extremely powerful tool that should not be overlooked or ignored.
When you are ready to try fasting, contact me and I will buy dinner!