These days, people are using synthetic drugs and vitamins to relieve their colds and boost immunity, but the disease still remains. Those with a dysfunctional immune system have alternative options and researchers have found a way to reinitialize and energize the immune system; a method that is profitable and could benefit the elderly.
Three days for a new immune system
Researchers at the University of Southern California say the act of fasting for 3 days can restart the entire immune system, especially among the elderly. Research points out that fasting helps stem cells produce new white blood cells that help clear the infection. It has also been found that fasting could benefit people with compromised immunity, and chemotherapy patients, who had prevented the effects of fasting treatment.
Reversing a “Regenerative Switch”
The researchers concluded that fasting for 3 days can regenerate your immunity, especially in the elderly.
In a statement to The Telegraph of the United Kingdom, Professor Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California, says,
“Fasting allows stem cells to move forward and begin to proliferate and rebuild the whole system.” He even says that the body has essentially removed the damaged, useless or old parts during fasting and is building “Literally a new immune system”.
Dr. Longo also said that a person’s immunity reuses unnecessary, and damaged, immune cells to create energy during fasting. During the study trials, participants were required to fast for a period of six months and two to four days per week. Dr. Longo says clinical trials need to be done, and says research in the future looks “very promising”.