A team of researchers at the University of Southern California have revealed that fasting for three days is actually enough in order to regenerate the entire human immune system for a healthy living.
These researchers have described the study as “remarkable and a major breakthrough” in finding some ways of boosting the immunity in a completely natural way.
There are a lot of nutritionists who used to criticize the fasting diets for being unhealthy.
But, this recent study at the University of Southern California, suggests that fasting and starving the body basically stimulates the production of new white blood cells, which actually fight infection.
As the researchers have explained, this discovery may be especially beneficial for those people, whose immune systems are damaged, like cancer patients that are on chemotherapy.
Some elderly individuals are said to benefit from this too.
As we grow older, our immune systems weaken, which makes it more difficult for us to combat common diseases. According to this recent American study, fasting helps older people regenerate their immunity and get it back on track.
Fasting for three days can also protect those patients that suffer from cancer against the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
While chemotherapy is supposed to help in saving lives, and despite the fact that it does so, it can also cause a wide range of adverse effects, as well as damage our immunity.
This recent study has also shown that fasting might mitigate some of the detrimental effects of chemotherapy.
Specifically, the researchers also noted that fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which causes the stem cells to create new blood cells, which in turn will regenerate the entire immunity.
The researcher of the study and a professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences at the University of California, named Valter Longo, stated that this study basically proved that fasting could go a long way in helping our body in regenerating our immunity by producing some new cells.
Professor Longo also noted:
“It gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system. And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.
Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”
During the initial stage of this study, some of the participants in it were asked to fast for 2-4 days on a regular basis for a period of 6 months.
The researchers of this study concluded that fasting helped them in producing a new immunity, as well as in reducing the enzyme PKA, which is a hormone that increases the risk of tumor growth and cancer.
Professor Longo added:
“What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back.
So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?” Professor Longo expressed his astonishment upon realizing the outcome of the study.”
This study also showed that prolonged fasting not only causes the body to utilize stores of fat and glucose, but it also breaks down white blood cells.
During each fasting, the depletion of white blood cells encourages changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration.
At the end, professor Longo said:
“We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system.
When you starve, the system tries to save energy and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.”