Do you start every day with a hearty breakfast? Did you know that skipping a meal and engaging your body in intermittent fasting (or any kind of fasting, really) could actually benefit your body in a number of ways?
Fasting is something you can do that every great sage and spiritual leader throughout history has done.
It costs you nothing and has a significant impact on your overall health and vitality.
Fasting, as a healing strategy, costs no money and has an incredibly rejuvenating impact on the immune system and cellular mechanics.
The greatest challenge is to mentally break free from the societal programming that tells us we need 3 meals a day and snacks in between.
Fasting is something I’ve personally used in many ways with great results: intermittent fasting, water fasting, fasting during the Microbe Formulas Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge.
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Here’s why… these 5 reasons to consider fasting as part of your health strategy:
1. Fasting Improves Immune Regulation
Fasting allows your body to put more energy and focus into the process of effective immune regulation. Fasting while drinking water and cleansing beverages flushes out the digestive system and reduces the number of natural microorganisms in the gut.
2. Fasting Stimulates Cellular Autophagy
Fasting also stimulates the process of autophagy, where the body breaks down old, damaged and abnormal cells to recycle them for energy. The process of autophagy is part of the innate immune system and utilizes pattern recognition receptors to identify viral cell invaders.
3. Fasting Improves Genetic Repair Mechanisms
Research has shown that cells have a greater lifespan during times of food scarcity and famine. Intermittent fasting enhances cellular rejuvenation by acting on certain genetic repair mechanisms — you use less energy to repair a cell than to divide and create new cells.
4. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Thousands of years of food scarcity led our bodies to develop a protective mechanism to adapt to alternating phases of food abundance and scarcity. During times of food scarcity, our cell membranes become more sensitive to insulin. This is especially important when food is scarce because it ensures that every bit of food is efficiently used or stored.
5. Intermittent Fasting and Chronic Diseases
Individuals with autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, and Crohn’s disease, have seen a tremendous improvement in symptoms with the incorporation of intermittent fasting. This process reduces the hyperinflammatory processes these individuals undergo and allows for more normalized immune function.
Fasting is one of the few health modalities that actually saves us money.