Does intermittent fasting cure all diseases?

by - April 25, 2019

Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, once said “The addition of food should be much rarer, since it is often useful to completely take it away while the patient can withstand it, until the force of the disease reaches its maturity. The man carries within him a doctor; you just have to help him do his work. If the body is not cleared, then the more you feed it, the more it will be harmed. When a patient is fed too richly, the disease is fed as well. Remember, any excess is against nature.”

Intermittent fasting is one of the most powerful modalities for reducing inflammation, boosting immunity and enhancing tissue healing. This is one of the reasons why many people feel nauseated when they have infections.

This innate mechanism is the body’s way of influencing us to fast so it can produce the right environment to boost natural immunity.

There's evidence that fasting may help with a long list of diseases, but in the vast majority of cases, careful experiments have not yet demonstrated that fasting can actually cure disease or slow aging. There are several reasons why it is believed that fasting can cure diseases, and this is due to the effects it has on the body, some of which include

Fasting Improves Immune Regulation

The practice of fasting allows the 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.  The microorganism count is typically regulated by the immune system.  So this allows the immune system to divert energy to other more important areas.

Fasting Stimulates Cellular Autophagy

Fasting also stimulates the process of autophagy, where the body breaks down old, damaged cells and abnormally developing cells to recycle for energy. Intermittent fasting stimulates autophagy processes, which restrict viral infections and the replication of intracellular parasites.  This process helps the body rid itself of abnormal cancer cell development.  It is also important in protecting the brain and tissue cells from abnormal growths, toxicity and chronic inflammation.

Intermittent Fasting and Chronic Diseases

Individuals with auto-immune 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 hyper inflammatory processes these individuals undergo and allow for more normalized immune function. Cancer cells are known to have anywhere from ten to seventy times more insulin receptors than normal cells and depend upon anaerobic metabolism of sugar for fuel.  Intermittent fasting starves cancer cells and leaves them vulnerable to free radical damage and ultimate destruction.

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.  We use less energy to repair a cell than to divide and create new cells. When food consumption is low, the body slows down cellular division to conserve energy.  This is a very important finding as cancer cells are driven by very fast and out of control cellular division.  In this way, the act of fasting will reduce the very mechanism that cancer cells use to take control.

Intermittent fasting provokes a lot of positive reactions in our body, which also lead our cells and immune system to react positively in fighting diseases. If this results in a cure of “all” diseases is a fact still yet unknown, but it sure does help.

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