Fasting has been used to heal various medical conditions since the millennia.
When sick, the elimination of food places the body into a fasted state, which is a very regenerative mode for the body.
Our bodies, when deprived of food, go into a process called autophagy.
Autophagy is a regulated mechanism of cells that removes excess, dysfunctional components from the body. Autophagy is essentially the cleaning up of toxic elements in the body, which allows the body to regenerate.
According to various studies, this phenomenon is enhanced with prolonged fasting. This type of fast involves ingesting nothing but water for over 4 days.
According to the Journal of Immunology (1), when fasting, there is a significant reduction in the inflammatory process in the body.
This is significant because Lupus is an inflammatory disease.
Types of Fasting
It’s important to review certain types of fasting.
1. Time Restricted Fasting
This is fasting for a window of time within 24 hours. For example, eating time can be from 10 am-6 pm and fasting window can be from 6 pm- 10 am.
2. Intermittent Fasting
This is fasting for a 24 hour period a couple of times a week.
3. Prolonged Fasting
This is fasting from food completely for over 4 days.
So if you’re like me and you tend to get “hangry”, I’d recommend following time restricted fasting.
The intermittent and prolonged fasting in my opinion are hard to follow because many of you take medications and they often need to be taken with food.
At our wellness center, we recommend the Fast Mimicking Diet.
It’s a 5 day diet that tricks your body into thinking you are completely fasting, but you’re still able to eat real food.
The foods are compositionally created to fool the body into a fasted state so you can get all the benefits of being in a fasted state without avoiding food.
What I love is that it preserves lean muscle tissue and it’s anti-inflammatory.
Click HERE for a free training on the benefits of fasting and how the fast mimicking diet works.
Thank you so much for reading.
See you next time.