Healthy Beginnings

FASTING: Who Knew It Could Give You a Stem Cell Treatment!

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We all have stem cells in our body throughout life, or we wouldn’t be able to heal from anything. The numbers of stem cells do tend to drop as we age; however, some new studies are showing that these numbers can be boosted and released from our organs—during, and after, fasting.

Fasting has been utilized for thousands of years for cleansing, healing, and spiritual reasons by humans all over the globe. Only recently, have scientific studies confirmed how, and why, fasting can be so beneficial.

In humans, intermittent or periodic fasting has been shown to help reduce obesity, high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and seizure disorders. In rodents, fasting has been proven to protect from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and neurodegeneration!

So, it has been proven that specific types of fasting can delay aging and help prevent and treat different degenerative diseases.

One of the most beneficial ways to fast is for five days in a row, once a month, for three months in a row. This is if you are addressing any chronic symptoms or disease. If you are healthy, then fasting in this manner, three to four times per year has been recommended to help keep you that way.

What happens by the end of five days is, all the organs in the body shrink, except for the brain. When food intake is then resumed properly, the organs bounce back, releasing a whole shower of stem cells, as they re-grow back to their original size. In the process, aging and sick cells are killed off by a process called autophagy. Presto! New body!

Such great results, right? But… nobody likes to stop eating for five full days! That is a very long time to go without eating any food, and beyond the reach of most people, unless they are highly motivated. Maybe it is not even healthy for some people.

Here is the good (actually GREAT) news: You don’t actually have to stop eating for five full days to garner the benefits. Check out the “Fasting Mimicking Diet,” as an example.

In a landmark study done at the Longevity Institute at USC in Los Angeles in 2014, Valter Longo, Ph.D., proved the above benefits. The people involved in the study were fed a specific combination of low-carbohydrate, high healthy fats, and low protein foods at very specific amounts and intervals.

At the very least, this program (nobody likes the word “diet”) can provide regeneration/rejuvenation, healthy weight loss, greater focus, clarity, enhanced performance, and cellular function.
Results have shown that the release of a greater number of stem cells continues for up to five days after returning to a regular, healthy diet.

Can what you eat, and how and when you eat it, determine how long and how well you live? The answer is a resounding, YES!…

For further information contact Reno Integrative Medical Center, 6110 Plumas St., Ste. B, Reno, NV 89519, 775-829-1009,


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