The benefits of fasting continue to be explored. From weight management, to slowing down aging, researchers are exploring the area of calorie-restricting and fasting. New research suggests fasting may boost your immune system.
Our immune system is what fights off illness and keeps us healthy. Through diet we can obtain essential vitamins and nutrients to help give our immune system a boost. As we age our immune system can become weaker making us more prone to illness.
Taking necessary steps to improve it can help maintain good health.
Study: Fasting helps regeneration of damaged, old immune cells
Published in Cell Stem Cell, researchers explored the benefits of prolonged fasting on immune cells. What they uncovered was prolonged fasting not only protects immune cells from damage, but it also leads to regeneration.
The study was conducted on mice and humans who received chemotherapy. Fasting lowered the count of white blood cells. Fasting cycles in mice showed cells that are commonly responsible for blood and the immune system began regenerating.
Prolonged fasting in the study meant not eating for two to four days over a six month period. Researchers saw old cells die and the formation of new ones. They said more new cells can lead to healthier aging as the immune system typically weakens with age.
10 ways to boost your immune system
We know our immune system is important so we should keep it strong. Here are some natural alternatives to fasting that can help boost your immune system.
- Stay hydrated – water helps rejuvenate cells
- Eat well – stock up on fruits, vegetables and food items that provide essential vitamins and minerals
- Sleep well
- Reduce stress
- Take preventative measures to avoid infection – wash hands, clean countertops and items that you use often
- Know your risks – get annual physicals and know your family medical history
- Control blood pressure
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke
By following these simple tips you can boost your immune system and improve your health overall.
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