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Bright Side collected 10 scientific discoveries that anyone concerned about their health should know.
10. Fasting from time to time is good for the immune system.
A study held by scientists at the University of Southern California showed that fasting for 2-4 days helps to refresh the immune system. Over the duration of the experiment, volunteers fasted for several days in a row, every six months. During the days of fasting, their body started to use its own reserves of glucose, fat, and ketones and began to destroy a large number of leukocytes as well. As a result, their loss contributed to the renewal of the cells of the immune system.
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Long fasting also decreased the level of hormones that are connected with aging and the appearance and progression of tumors, including cancer.
It’s worth mentioning that fasting is contraindicated in severe body weight deficiency, malignant tumors, active tuberculosis, heart rhythm disturbances, urolithiasis and cholelithiasis, stomach ulcers, and liver cirrhosis. Additionally, children and elderly people should abstain from long-term fasting, as well as women during pregnancy and lactation.