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Health Benefits

Please Note: Live the Fast, LLC is not qualified to make medical or health-related decisions or assertions. We share these resources to display the scientific and medical research by experts that has shown fasting to be beneficial. Please consult your physician if you have any questions about your own ability to complete a bread and water fast.

The physical, medical and long-term effects of fasting have been and continue to be researched and studied by doctors and scientists throughout the world. “Scientists are only just beginning to discover and prove how powerful a tool it can be,” says Dr. Michael Mosley who has written extensively on fasting, especially two days a week.

Live the Fast had the opportunity to interview Dr. Elaine Rancatore, DO, FACEP, IHC who has been practicing emergency medicine for more than 18 years and works as an integrative health coach in which she helps clients with behavior change to improve health. Dr. Rancatore is a strong proponent of fasting and has researched the medical benefits. They include:

• Decreased cardiovascular risk factors

• Decreased blood pressure

• Decreased LDL cholesterol

• Decreased triglycerides

• Increased HDL

• Improved insulin sensitivity

• Decreased markers of inflammation

• Decreased markers of oxidative stress

• Increased longevity

Dr. Elaine Rancatore has also found that fasting gives the digestive system a chance to rest and to do repairs. Specifically the liver because when one is fasting the liver can focus on detoxification and breaking down toxins in the body. This is why it’s important to stay hydrated when fasting. Dr. Rancatore encourages fasters to congratulate themselves on the commitment to fast and to begin slowly. Watch and learn more from Dr. Rancatore below:

In June 2014, a new study out of the University of Southern California was published, “Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds.” “Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.” Full article here.

In early 2014, the National Institute on Aging, studied the effects of intermittent fasting in lab animals. Head of the neuroscience laboratory, Mark Mattson, found that they had fewer strokes, better blood sugar levels and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and depression. Full article here.

In a 2012 article, the National Institute on Aging found that “fasting for one or two days a week may protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative brain conditions.” Full article here.

In 2012, John Hopkins published an article that showed preliminary research that fasting can reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy. Full article here.

In 2011, Fox News featured a segment on fasting with Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld who said that “cultures with fasting on a regular basis have fewer health risks than other people.” Dr. Rosenfeld said that fasting may cut down the risk of heart disease and diabetes. He also said, “There is no question that regular fasting is good for you.” The video can be watched here.

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