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USC Researchers: Restart Your Immune System Within 3 Days Doing Just One Simple Thing

18448717_sThere is always a concern about how to boost your immune system, especially when winter time hits, and with it, the flu season. Doing an internet search will bring such suggestions as eating clean whole foods, exercising and consuming medicinal herbs, spices and foods that support the immune system such as certain teas, garlic or mega doses of vitamins. What if there was a simpler, fuss free way to not just boost your immunity, but to actually regenerate your entire immune system within 72 hours?

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) recently published new research in the journal, Cell Stem Cell that shows a surprising and effective way to do just that by using a completely natural intervention – prolonged fasting. Trials were done in both mice as well as in humans undergoing chemotherapy – a medical cancer fighting process that severely damages the cells that are responsible to provide your body immunity. The study showed that when subjects were put on prolonged fasting cycles, white blood cell counts were significantly lowered. In mice, it seemed like a switched was flipped, causing regenerative actions of stem cells that are responsible for the blood and immunity cell growth.

Valter Longo, coresponding author of the study, Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute, said,

When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Longo said. “What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?

The idea behind the concept is that fasting makes your body go into serious elimination mode – making you burn through not only your stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but also breaking down white blood cells quickly and efficiently. This draining of white blood cells induces stem cells to trigger the renewal of immune system cells. An enzyme called PKA is key here, as it has been identified as the main gene that – when shut down, wakes the stem cells up. Prolonged fasting reduces PKA.

This study has enormous potential, not only for chemotherapy patients who suffer from severe immune system damage, but also for the elderly, who have declining immune systems, and for disease healing in general. The research builds upon previously introduced ideas that fasting could be an answer for natural healing – from health pioneers in the alternative health field called “natural hygiene“, the founders of which include Herbert Shelton.

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