Although many people fast as a weight loss technique, USC researchers now claim that it can also be used to regenerate a person’s immune system. The researchers believe that if you abstain from food for two days, it is enough to reinvigorate one’s immune system which can assist one’s body in warding off diseases. This finding could benefit everyone from the elderly to people battling cancer. Furthermore, the study concluded that fasting before a patient undergoes chemotherapy protected them from toxicity.
- In mice, each cycle of fasting then “flipped a regenerative switch” that triggered stem cell-based regeneration of new white blood cells, thereby renewing the body’s defence system.
- If you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles could generate a new immune system.
- The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy
“It’s often used as a quick weight loss method – but fasting could also help the body to fight off disease.”
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