We know that fasting has tremendous health and anti-aging benefits, like stem cell production, DNA repair and neurological benefits that combat mood disorders and Alzheimer’s. However new research suggests that there is a specific type of fast that can increase longevity!
In a human study done in 2019, scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Kyoto University found that fasting may “boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.”
3 Specific Anti-Aging Benefits of a 58 hour fast
1. Heightened Repair Mode
Researchers found that fasting forced the body into repair mode. We actually know this from many other studies done on fasting, however this study was able to show the benefits of a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis is the biosynthesis of new glucose, not derived from the consumption of carbohydrates. Very simply put, it is often the conversion of protein or fat to sugar for the body to use as fuel. Gluconeogenesis is important to preventing hypoglycemia, a state of low blood sugar and supplying glucose to cells in the body that can need glucose to survive, such as red blood cells, the inner part of the kidney and the brain.
2. Antioxidant Production
Researchers found that during fasting mitochondria were thrust into overdrive, where they forced the cells to increase antioxidant production by up to 60x. Yes, you read that right, what a megadose! Antioxidants are chemicals that help “clean up” cell-damaging molecules in your body called free radicals. Antioxidants are found in many foods, such as tomatoes, garlic, liver, coffee, berries and resveratrol in red wine. However antioxidants created by fasting give a natural boost of this anti-aging mechanism that can help prevent cell damage.
3. Increased Longevity
This study showed that fasting kicked 44 different metabolites into action, metabolites that specifically slowed the aging process down, helping combat free radicals that are associated with rapid aging. According to the study these were metabolites “that grant organisms energy and allow them to grow”, including three known as leucine, isoleucine, and ophthalmic acid. The increase in metabolites during fasting led researchers to believe that fasting could help increase longevity. “This result suggests the possibility of a rejuvenating effect by fasting, which was not known until now.”
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Remember to mix up your fasting styles!
You know that I’m a fan of fast variation. That means mixing up your fasting styles and lengths in order to keep your body and metabolism constantly adapting. Different fasts have different benefits, so make sure you choose the fast with the intended benefits you’re looking to achieve! For example, we know that a 24 hour fast reboots intestinal stem cells, whereas a 48 hour fast can help with DNA repair, while a 5 day water fast can produce intense healing for chronic illnesses.
Remember your body is built for survival. The more you fast, the more your body moves into healing and repair. With every additional hour you fast, the benefits add up, like light switches turning on!
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