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Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds
06-07-2014, 12:01 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".

Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting "flips a regenerative switch" which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1...finds.html

Interesting hmm.gif Maybe that's why you don't have an appetite when you're sick...
06-07-2014, 12:15 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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iagree.gif I think most of us have been so sick that we haven't been able to keep anything down less miniscule amounts of water.
Maybe this is a "forced" fasting brought about by the necessity to re-energize the immune system. dunno.gif
Extremely interesting.
Fasting for three days was/is performed by many religions as part of purification rituals, maybe science is catching up with some very old knowledge.

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06-07-2014, 03:15 PM #3
j browsing Member
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i don't eat enough now..there is a blood test measuring stored protein I have to have once a month and I always get lectured I don't eat enough .blink.gif

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06-07-2014, 03:23 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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So you need a lot of protein rich food? hug.gif You should try this most excellent lentil recipe, they're full of protein:

Mum's Everyday Red Lentils
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/winne...ecipe.html

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06-07-2014, 03:25 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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That is very interesting. Although I have never deliberately fasted, there were days when I just didn't feel like eating and I wasn't sick, so I tend to listen to what my body is telling me, which includes catering to my food cravings. I feel craving certain foods is also the body's way of telling you what you need for optimum health.
06-07-2014, 03:33 PM #6
j browsing Member
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(06-07-2014, 03:23 PM)Octo Wrote:  So you need a lot of protein rich food? hug.gif You should try this most excellent lentil recipe, they're full of protein:

Mum's Everyday Red Lentils
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/winne...ecipe.html

Good morning beercheer.gif

thanks octo hug.gif

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
06-07-2014, 03:37 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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Yes, I do the same thing US, eat when hungry. And sometimes you need chocolate...

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06-07-2014, 03:41 PM #8
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I always need chocolate. damned.gif chuckle.gif
06-07-2014, 11:30 PM #9
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(06-07-2014, 12:01 PM)Octo Wrote:  Fasting for as little as three days ...

No eat?

Three days?

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They only started the war
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