Intraday hunger because of fasting may strengthen immune system against COVID-19 virus

May 11, 2020

A Turkish internal medicine and gastroenterologist specialist claimed that time-restricted eating practices such as fasting, strengthens the body’s immune system, and therefore facilitates the first line of defense against COVID-19. Specialist Dr. Yusuf Uzun said that hunger triggers autophagy or “protective cell care” in healthy people who do not have any additional diseases that preclude fasting.

Autophagy is the body’s way of cleaning out damaged cells in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells – it’s actually beneficial to one’s overall health because autophagy is an essential evolutionary self-preservation mechanism. Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi previously showed that time-restricted eating indeed has an effect on cell renewal and slowing aging in the body and was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his efforts.

“At the end of a 10-15 hour period of hunger – due to fasting – cells of the immune system regain a stronger, vital physiological balance and rejuvenate. These then exhibita more resistant and protective effect against cancer and infections,” Uzun explained.

He underscored the importance of regular sleep and a balanced diet in order to strengthen the immune system and also advised wearing a mask, washing one’s hands, and practicing social distancing as a way to maintain the immune system.


Category: Features, Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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