A recent article (Thursday 04 May 2017 in The Times) by John Bissel has brought up the dormant idea of fasting.

Always a great standby of Naturopaths and old school health professionals it has taken a new lease of life with current understanding. Fasting, such as the 5:2 diet has been discredited for weight loss in favour of traditional calorie control, but it seems that occasional fasting provides much more.

There is a lot of evidence that fasting improves cellular function reducing inflammation, replacing damaged DNA and enhancing immune function affecting all the diseases of ageing such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Fasting appears to repair damaged cells through autophagy when after twelve or so hours of no food cells start to use their damaged proteins, viruses and DNA as an energy source thereby renewing cells and removing damaged ones. The fact that we can now eat constantly prevents this process. Cells cannot survive without autophagy. So:
1. Try to limit the foods that you eat especially carbohydrates and fats.
2. Leave as long a period as you can without eating
3. Don’t snack – eat two or three small meals a day
4. Try and eat early in the evening so that your system rests for more than twelve hours
5. Think about the occasional day without food

Fasting has been shown to enhance the functioning of the immune system, reduce the spread of breast cancer, infections and malignancy, improve memory and aid in the recovery from stroke.

Think about it! If you’d like to discuss it further or feel that you need professional help, let us know.

John Stevens D.O.
Registered Osteopath and Acupuncturist
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