Master of Arts
- May 2, 2020
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"prolonged fasting cycles — periods of no food for two to four days at a time over the course of six months"
It makes sense, your body goes into conservation mode when you don't consume (which is why people often don't lose much weight when they starve themselves, their bodies want to hold on to fat etc).
So in this case your body's conserving by recycling waste, which promotes new development of the immune system, which is increasingly tied to diseases later in life.
The major question in my head is, OK if periodic starvation is good for your immune system, what is it bad for?
The same question came up when I tried Keto. With both keto and starvation you are taxing the body. Done properly, it sounds like a recipe for success. But what's "proper" for any individual? I know that if I try to not eat for even half a day, I'll shut down. I went years of avoiding breakfast and often, lunch. Never realized how low my energy levels were until I started the morning with some yogurt. And I get my "immune system wash" from regular exercise anyway, don't I?