How can periodic starvation be good?

Posted on July 6, 2018

Contrary to popular beliefs about the negative effects of starvation, Intermittent fasting have been found to have tremendous benefits to the body. According to research done by Dr Mark Mattson, a senior scientist at NIH, fasting accelerates healing processes.

Eating provides us with our daily fuel to do work, but also produces reactive oxidative species and has negative impacts on our body. Fasting allows the body to preserve and repair damage produced by eating. Thus, switching between feeding and fasting states is the key to a healthy life.

On top of periodic fasting, activities such as yoga, massage and heat were also found to induce healing by the increase in production of genes involved in repair.

The researchers found 3 common factors that led to healing: Habits that enhance a person's experiential learning, support of the whole person, consistent stimulation of a biological response.

Healing is a counterpart to wholeness, and involves regenerating connections within the body. Whole system science is a biopsychosocial model that aims to personalise healing treatments to suit individual needs. Healing involves the introduction of conditions that can alleviate symptoms of mental illnesses or physical illnesses and improve the person's well-being.


Category(s):Health / Illness / Medical Issues

Source material from Psychology Today


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