Fasting increases the injury and the recovery of well-being

Refraining from healing: why fasting is so healthy

Fasting is much more than not eating. Researchers are amazed at the strong effects that systematic renunciation has on our body. And how beneficial it is for disease progression. An interview with Dr. Hania Luczak, biochemist and author of the GEO cover story "The Healing Power of Fasting"

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Fasting - isn't that against nature, when we have to eat in order to remain productive, in order to survive?

I felt the same way up until my research. Fast? A harmful procedure for slimming fanatics or anti-indulgence ascetics. That's something I thought when I was advised to go without food. No wonder. Grew up in a family in which everything took place around the well-laid table, on which there was always something good - cooked and seasoned with conversation, enjoyment and community ... Fasting is just as much a part of nature as eating. Animals and people of all cultures do it, willingly and unintentionally. It is a very sensible principle from an evolutionary point of view. It has always helped us to survive times of hunger efficiently for hunting and gathering - and it triggers healing processes in the body.

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How can fasting contribute to our health?

The voluntary withdrawal of food not only has a rejuvenating and regenerating effect. The medical meaning is also becoming clearer. Because fasting works like a - healing - shock to the body. It turns physiology upside down and triggers whole cascades of biochemical reactions. For example, special cleaning mechanisms are stimulated: the garbage disposal and the recycling system of the cells, so to speak. Or: Fasting has been shown to inhibit inflammation and lower high blood pressure. Or: as the latest research shows, fasting can even help with cancer.

People have always fasted. Why is the subject only now being recognized by science?

Because the findings in fasting research are just going through the roof. Research into the body's fantastic molecular waste disposal is now even shedding a new light on the concept of "waste products", which has long been rejected by medicine. Even more important are the results of great new experiments that show, for example: When fasting, age and cancer genes are immobilized in the genetic material. And most importantly, scientists are exploring new, simple types of fasting for everyone.

But you can only fast if you have a lot of free time. Or can I also incorporate the waiver into my everyday work?

Yes, that is also an exciting new finding. Not only long intensive fasting cures that should be carried out with knowledgeable support work. Even short periods without eating are good for you. It is often enough to take a fasting day from time to time, about once a week. Or sometimes just not eating for a few hours a day - 16 hours without food sounds like a lot, but with the occasional without dinner or breakfast you can easily get this amount of time together. The most important message from the research institutes is therefore: It is not the calories on the plate that count, but the hours without food.

What is the difference between fasting and diet?

In contrast to diets, fasting is not just about weight loss, but primarily about detoxification, elimination and regeneration. In addition: There is a big physiological difference between not eating and dieting: When fasting, the body quickly switches to burning fat. In the end, no more sugar, but so-called ketones are used as an energy source. This special “fasting metabolism” has positive effects up to neurogenesis, the formation of new brain cells. Whether and when this happens with different diets is doubtful. Furthermore: Diets always involve the risk of malnutrition, because you are not allowed to listen to your body (a diet usually forbids certain foods) and the cravings for something often means that the body “translates” a deficiency into appetite. When fasting, you can eat what you want - unless you are fasting.

Does fasting also have a psychological effect? Does the so-called "fasting high" really exist?

And how! I can only confirm it after my "self-experiment". Where researchers laconically measure serotonin concentration and mood enhancement and speak of stress reduction and parasympathetic disorders - after two or three days of starvation, a real fasting euphoria spreads. But you have to persevere with vegetable broth, fruit juice, tea and water. Then, as described in the article, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable certainty.

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