Fasting for Cell Repair

Cell injuries are the damage to our organs and tissues on, you guessed it, the cellular level. These injuries disrupt cellular homeostasis, and are directly correlated to internal and external factors. Let’s dive into why it is important for cells to be repaired, the reasons that cause cell damage, how fasting can help with cell regeneration, and the very benefits that come from it.

Why Cells Need to Be Repaired

The causes of cell injuries - which will be discussed momentarily - affect the vital processes that occur in any living system. These include mechanisms such as ATP depletion, access to intracellular/intraorganellar antibodies, interruption of biochemical pathways such as protein synthesis, and damage to its DNA. The cells in your body need to be able to fix any sort of “issues” in their DNA in order to stay healthy and alive. The DNA in dividing or nondividing cells is key to the everyday operation of cellular functions. If there is significant damage to the DNA, then it cannot be copied and the cells are unable to divide (if applicable). In turn, they become dysfunctional, diseased, and may ultimately die. 

The following are the most common reasons that cause cell damage:

  • 🛠 Hypoxia; this is the most crucial, direct cause of cell injury within the body. Simply put, it is the deficiency of oxygen within your tissues.
  • 🛠 A reduced nutrient supply that can “starve” cells of the essential components they need to function properly
  • 🛠 Physical, chemical, bacterial, and genetic factors
  • 🛠 Autoimmune diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's
  • 🛠 Allergies
  • 🛠 Aging

How Fasting Helps with Cell Regeneration

In a recent study done on both mice and humans undergoing chemotherapy, a prolonged state of fasting not only protected against potential immune system damage but also promoted its regeneration. Fasting helped to transform stem cells from laying dormant to become alive once again. This study also showed that long periods of fasting decreased white blood cells while fasting cycles, specifically in mice, showed a “rewiring of pathways of hematopoietic stem cells.”

During prolonged states of fasting, the body uses stored fat, ketones, and glucose for energy but a fair amount of white blood cells are broken down as well. The depletion of white blood cells prompt changes that generate new immune system cells. Prolonged fasting decreases the enzyme PKA - a regulator of glycogen, sugar, and fat metabolism - which needs to “cease” in order for stem cells to regenerate. Think about it in terms of the control tower clearing a plane for take off; PKA gives the green light for stem cells to reproduce and renew! Pretty cool, right?

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Benefits of Cellular Regeneration

Cellular regeneration is all about healing the body, and here are just a few of its many benefits:

  • 🛠 Has the ability to fight off infections as well as any foreign substance that enters the body (essentially boosting the immune system)
  • 🛠 Creates new blood cells
  • 🛠 Replaces flawed and damaged cells
  • 🛠 Decreases inflammation which may result in decreasing chronic pain
  • 🛠 May help you recover from injuries quicker
  • 🛠 Speeds up the wound healing process
  • 🛠 Vascular growth 
  • 🛠 Regrowth of capillaries
  • 🛠 Increases energy and overall stamina

Foods for Cell Repair

In addition, there are certain foods you can consume to naturally help with the regeneration process. In particular, an alkaline diet has been shown to help repair and rebuild cells. Some of these very foods include:

  • 🛠 Apples
  • 🛠 Berries
  • 🛠 Mushrooms
  • 🛠 Broccoli
  • 🛠 Pomegranate
  • 🛠 Oregano
  • 🛠 Plums

Beyond the power of food, intermittent fasting has shown great promise in its ability to repair damaged cells. If you are interested in learning more about intermittent fasting, and how to start, check out this!

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