The two primary benefits of fasting, in Dr. Mrcola’s view, are stem cell activation and autophagy. Stem cells play an important role in longevity as they are instrumental in repairing and rejuvenating your cells and tissues, while autophagy is your body’s innate cleanout process, by which damaged mitochondria, proteins and cells are digested and eliminated.

By upregulating autophagy and mitophagy (autophagy in your mitochondria) and boosting stem cells you will lower your risk of most diseases, including cancer and neurodegeneration.

Nutrient composition is important here. Aside from autophagy and stem cell activation, fasting is known to provide many other health benefits, including:

  • Releasing ketones into your bloodstream, which help preserve brain function and protect against epileptic seizures, cognitive impairment and other neurodegenerative diseases

  • Boosting production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which stimulates creation of new brain cells and triggers brain chemicals that protect against brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

  • Increasing growth hormone by as much as 1,300 percent in women and 2,000 percent in men,15 thereby promoting muscle development and vitality

  • Lowering insulin and improving your insulin sensitivity; studies have shown intermittent fasting can both prevent and reverse Type 2 diabetes, which is rooted in insulin resistance

  • Increasing levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which helps your body break down fat to be used as fuel and benefits your metabolism

  • Boosting mitochondrial energy efficiency and biosynthesis

  • Lowering oxidative stress and inflammation

  • Improving circulating glucose and lipid levels

  • Reducing blood pressure

  • Improving metabolic efficiency and body composition, modulating levels of dangerous visceral fat and significantly reducing body weight in obese individuals

  • Reproducing some of the cardiovascular benefits associated with exercise

  • Regenerating the pancreas and improve pancreatic function, reversing diabetes

  • Protecting against cardiovascular disease

  • Reducing low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol

  • Improving immune function

  • Synchronizing your body’s biological clocks

  • Eliminating sugar cravings as your body adapts to burning fat instead of sugar

  • Increasing longevity — There are a number of mechanisms contributing to this effect. Normalizing insulin sensitivity is a major one, but fasting also inhibits the mTOR pathway, which plays an important part in driving the aging process

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