fasting as prevention & rejuvenation



Your body has two modes: ‘Building’ and ‘Rejuvenation’. Think of them as your ‘yang’ and your ‘yin’, the two halves that make you whole.

Building is oriented towards the outside. It is associated with eating, digestion, extraction of nutrients and adding to your reserves. Building is also a time when you are enterprising - busy planning, talking, hustling, doing.

Rejuvenation, on the other hand, is oriented towards the inside. This is the time when your body cleanses itself down to the cellular level - gets rid of rubbish and byproducts from digestion, neutralizes ‘toxins’, resets biorhythms, rebalances hormones, repairs defects and grows new tissues. A strong ability to rejuvenate is what keeps you biologically young and vital.

Although every night when you fall asleep your body automatically switches over to the rejuvenation mode, you maximize your body’s rejuvenation power if you retreat from your usual responsibilities from time to time and use this tranquility to fast.

The self-healing power your body unleashes during fasting not only protects you against diseases, it also boosts your health, your looks, your mental fitness and your lust for life.

Fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.
Valter Longo, Ph.D.
professor of gerontology and biological sciences
university of southern california
director of usc longevity institute