Fasting is an extremely healthy habit, and its benefits have been recently revealed.
Since it was found that a low-calorie diet for a few days in a week provides great effects in the weight loss process, intermittent fasting diets have become really popular. Moreover, fasting entirely regenerates the immune system.
The 5:2 diet was popularized by the BBC’s Dr. Michael Mosely, and it involves fasting for only two days, and a normal diet for the other 5 days.
His incredible weight loss was documented by an accompanying television program, where he attributed his amazing health and youthful look to the long-term effects of very-low-calorie diets (VLCD).
His followers reported great improvements due to the consumption of very small amounts of food over long periods of time.
One study published in the University of Southern California showed that fasting regenerates the immune system. The weakening of cells which are essential for our health cause various diseases, including cancer.
On the other hand, fasting ‘regenerates’ cells and produces new white blood cells which prevent infections, and is therefore highly helpful in the case of immune disorders.
According to professor Valter Longo, the lead researcher of the study, fasting:
“..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.”