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Fasting promotes Better Health by Fighting Inflammation

Post by on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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While acute inflammation is a normal immune process used to help fight off infections, chronic inflammation is tied to higher risk of several chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer. People with inflammatory diseases such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis have a higher level of inflammatory markers in their body. These markers, (such as cytokines), are associated with disease. After a period of fasting, the body has reduced the number of these proinflammatory markers resulting in less risk of disease. The immune system is largely composed of white blood cells and fasting encourages the body to recycle any old white blood cells which results in a healthier, more robust immune system. Fasting leads to the production of restored tissues and cells within the human body, which is why it is tied to a lower risk of many diseases.
 
Dr. Farah K. Usmani
Global Health and Development
Expert based in New York

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