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Intermittent fasting: The most natural strategy yet for fighting aging and autoimmunity?


Jill Brook MA

It has long been known that fasting can reduce inflammation and autoimmunity, and may extend life, however this strategy isn’t considered widely practical and has safety concerns. 

Several versions of quasi-fasting and intermittent fasting have arisen and gained popularity among people seeking benefits to health and longevity.  Research from the USC Longevity Institute suggests that an occasional 5-day diet mimicking fasting—which still allows quite a bit of certain foods—can produce many of the same benefits as water-only fasting while reducing the risks and deprivation.  This presentation will describe several methods of intermittent fasting, with an emphasis on the fast-mimicking diet.  It will explain the protocol, share a typical menu, and explain how it causes the body to destroy autoantibodies and then trigger stem cell regeneration to promote new healthy tissue growth.  Finally, Jill will share some practical tips from her experience helping her clients with the diet.

Attendees will be able to answer the following questions:
•       What are the benefits and risks of true fasting?
•       What is the fast-mimicking diet?
•       What does the menu and timing look like?
•       How does it appear to fight autoimmunity?
•       How does it trigger new healthy tissue growth?
•       What are other benefits?
•       What are the risks and contraindications?
•       If I want to try this diet, what are the next steps?

  • Fasting-What happens in the body when we skip a  meal (or a few days of meals)
  • Why true fasting hasn’t been promoted as a treatment for autoimmunity
  • The fast-mimicking diet (FMD):  how it triggers the same benefits while getting to eat
  • How the FMD works:  timing, foods, quantities
  • Mechanisms of action:  how the FMD may reset the immune system and promote new healthy tissue growth
  • Other benefits of FMD
  • Risks and contraindications
  • How to get started
  • Tips and tricks to make it easier, from Jill’s experience