Fasting: the faster way to health?

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Key Facts: 
  • New research by Prof Valter Longo’s team indicates that prolonged fasting can protect and repair the immune system after chemotherapy
  • Combined with appropriate physical activity, regular fasting is needed for proper function of numerous metabolic and immune-related functions
  • Our quick guide shows you how easy it is to incorporate fasting into your life
     

While governments, dieticians and even many nutritionists still remain firmly bound to the “eat little and often” bandwagon, an increasing body of evidence is emerging suggesting that the exact opposite gives most of us our best chance of long, healthy life spans. A comprehensive study, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, conducted by a group led by Prof Valter Longo – the gerontologist and cell biologist who has been at the forefront of research in this field, is one of the latest to come out.

The practical implications of Longo et al’s research can be summed up in just three words: eat less food! What’s more, it’s clear that one of the essential steps to optimum health is simple, available to everyone and kind to your wallet. Here’s our quick guide to incorporating the latest research on fasting into your own lifestyle.

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