Fasting mimicking diets (FMD), as researched by Dr. Valter Longo, are designed to replicate the benefits of fasting while allowing for minimal food intake.
Why they are considered beneficial:
1. Cellular Autophagy (cellular clean-up)
Fasting stimulates autophagy, a process where cells clean out damaged components and recycle them. This can help maintain cellular health and function.
2. Stem Cell Regeneration
FMD has been shown to promote the regeneration of new stem cells, especially in the immune system. This might enhance the body's ability to repair and rejuvenate tissues.
3. Improved Metabolic Health
FMD can improve various metabolic markers like blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and triglycerides, which in turn reduces the risk of chronic diseases.
4. Weight Management
Like other restricted calorie diets, FMD can help in weight loss by reducing calorie intake and stimulating fat burning.
Studies on mice have shown that FMD can extend lifespan. While more research is needed in humans, it's believed that the diet might help promote longevity by reducing the risk of age-related diseases.
6. Reduced Inflammation
FMD can help reduce inflammation, a key driver in many chronic diseases.
7. Brain Health
Fasting and FMD can increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein that supports brain function and reduces the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
8. Cancer Risk
Some studies suggest that fasting mimicking diets might reduce the risk of cancer by slowing down the growth of tumors. However, more research is needed in this area.
9. Ease & Convenience
Traditional fasting can be challenging for many people. reSET - our 5-day Fasting-Mimicking program - provides the benefits of fasting while allowing for limited food intake, potentially making it easier for people to stick to.
It's important to note that while FMD has potential health benefits, it's not suitable for everyone. Before starting any fasting regimen or diet, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it's safe and appropriate for individual health needs. You can do such a diet if :
- aged between 18 and 60 years old
- healthy weight
- feeling strong in your body
- not sick – even a mild flu
- not taking any medication
Consult and seek approval from your doctor or nutritionist before signing up for reSET.