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Using Fasting to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Fight Cancer

Tuesday, February 1st 2022 10:00am 10 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Fasting is abstaining from food for a set period of time. We all do it at night and don’t eat until breakfast the next morning. Fasting can be longer than overnight, and it has powerful healing benefits for your body.

Let’s take a look at how various fasting methods can benefit your health specifically directed at cancer growth in your body. Fasting is one of nature’s ways of promoting healing. When you don’t feel well, you generally take a break from eating until well. This may be an intentional healing practice, and the research backs this up.

Benefits of fasting

Fasting has many benefits that promote a healthier body. You can use fasting on occasion or on a daily basis. It is safe, effective, and inexpensive. Using specific fasting methods, you can access these benefits, which include:

  • Improved immune regulation
  • Greater cell autophagy
  • Improved cell repair mechanisms
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Reduced symptoms of chronic diseases

Fasting boosts immunity

Digestion uses a lot of energy. Once digestion has taken place, your body diverts that energy to other processes like immune regulation. This is a key reason that fasting can help support healing cancer. Fasting improves the regulation of inflammatory cytokines Interleukin-6 and Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha. Both are very inflammatory and frequently found in high levels in people with cancer. Studies have shown that specific fasting methods can reduce these inflammatory substances to improve the immune system.

Fasting encourages autophagy

Fasting also stimulates autophagy, which is the process by which damaged and dead cells are collected and recycled in your body. This stimulates the formation of new cells, and the process begins to occur when insulin levels drop. This typically happens after around 16 to 24 hours of fasting for the average person.

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