Intermittent Fasting, Dry Fasting & Cell Regeneration

According to studies, dry fasting (going without food OR water) sends the body’s cells into hyper drive. It causes them to shrink, strengthen, and move into survival-mode, which results in autophagy, when the stronger cells, for lack of a better word, “eat” the weaker ones. This means when it’s time for them to reproduce, the healthier cells that remain create more like-minded healthy cells, thus causing the body to regenerate in a more robust and constructive¬† manner. Research also shows that this process causes the increased production of ever-important stem cells. It has been said the effects of one day of dry fasting are equal to 3 days of water fasting, and throughout the ages, ancient medicine and religion has advocated the benefits of such transformative practice.

What is most interesting, at least to me, is the body’s magical ability to adapt to new circumstances. The cells begin to actually create a metabolic water that is pure and pristine, and skin cells begin to draw in moisture from the air, so there is no lack, only a new way to absorb what the body needs in the perfect quantity. Contemporary dietary guidelines advocate drinking more water than the body actually needs for optimum health.

Intermittent fasting is eating within a defined window of time, usually 6-8 hours, and fasting the remainder of the day. This allows insulin levels to remain stable, helps reserve energy from being utilized mainly for digestion, which generally takes about 70% of the body’s energy resources (from chewing to breaking down food to elimination–and all that occurs in between). It has become almost a mantra for health-conscious weight lifters who swear by the practice as a means to build muscle faster and with less effort.

Combing the two, intermittent and dry fasting, can lead to amazing, almost miraculous results. In her book, Quantum Eating, the author, Tonya Zavasta, goes a step further, and adds a raw diet to the mix, claiming it can dramatically slow the aging process in addition to the manifold benefits of good health and longevity.

As usual, we invite and encourage you to conduct your own research, and more importantly, your own personal experiment with the above techniques. We advocate them because we have done both. Good luck, and happy, healthy eating!

 

 

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