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Why fasting and exercise may help you live a longer life

Cells age with us as we get older. Their regenerative capabilities become subpar, and they start dying at a much faster rate.

As a result, the aging process is sped up, especially if you haven’t taken the time to invest in anti-aging when you were younger.

First things first: by anti-aging, we don’t mean anything cosmetic. We’re not talking about vanity treatments, or any other topical treatment for that matter. What we’re pertaining to is an internal, holistic anti-aging regimen.

Investment doesn’t pertain to money either, but time: the time to take care of yourself and participate in activities that will boost the cells’ self-regenerative capabilities that will definitely help in the long run.

How The Body Renews Itself

Our body is able to stand through years of vices, overeating, and poor lifestyle choices because of autophagy.

Autophagy is a process where the body rids itself of damaging toxins and renews damaged cells. It is our body’s “innate recycling program”, allowing us to self-repair, even without medical intervention.

As the body gets older, it becomes harder for the cells to perform their regular recycling functions.

Instead of building new cells to fight off diseases, the body loses its capability to repair, replace, and renew the body, accounting for a weaker immune system.

But all hope is not lost. There are many ways that the body can get into an autophagic state, even in old age.

However, it is important to start an earlier age in order to establish a good rhythm of cell regeneration early on in your life.

Aiding your body’s natural detoxification process is easier than you think, and here’s how you can do it:

Exercise Releases Toxins

Regular exercises has been proven to help stave off cancer, so it’s a wonder why not enough people do it regularly.

We get it: it’s hard. People get lazy, busy, and bored with exercising. But when you realize the many health benefits it can give you, especially down the line, you’ll understand that the power of exercise isn’t limited to developing a strong body: it can very well spare you from chronic, age-related diseases.

A more recent study involving people from the Gulf War shows that exercise speeds up the body’s natural detoxification process.

By combining methods like sauna, niacin supplementation, and exercise, the researchers found out that these three methods, done simultaneously, worked best in eliminating toxin.

Not only does it speed up the detoxification process but it also optimized blood flow and vasodilation among participants.

In fact, there is a direct link between exercising and a rapid rate in cell regeneration. In a recent study, researchers found that a mouse that ran for 30 minutes on the wheel showed a significant improvement in cell regeneration. This rate increased the longer the mice ran.

Not much of a runner? The great thing about exercising is that it can be tailored according to your skill, age, and dedication.

Running isn’t the only thing you can do to help your body.

There are other low-impact exercises you can perform on a daily basis. The problem most people have is that they don’t have enough time or they don’t enjoy the exercise enough to stick with it.

Too often, the enthusiasm we get from starting a new workout regimen fades away within days, never to be picked up again.

To avoid this,  go for something fun, like dancing, swimming, biking, or walking your pet daily, and use these activities to get your body moving.

Fasting Regenerates New, Healthy Cells

Intermittent fasting has become the giant fad in the health community, and it’s easy to see why.

Tons of people are reporting that this strict diet has curbed their unhealthy snacking habits, helping them lose weight in the process.

On the other hand, weight loss isn’t the sole reason why you should consider intermittent fasting.

Eating is good for the body. This basic information is something we pass along from generation to generation. However, what we omit are the grave dangers of overeating, and the impressive benefits of regulating eating.

What does this mean? Science has proven that overly supplying your cells with fuel, through food, releases radicals that can harm the immune system.

Fasting prevents this from happening, and can actually jumpstart cell regeneration.

Fasting rewires the cell from dormancy into a state of self-renewal. Instead of using oxygen to do the same things it’s supposed to do, fasting will trigger a cellular reaction that will force the cell to regenerate.

Here’s how it works: fasting kills of old and useless immune cells. This trigger is treated by the body as a need to develop completely new cells that are not only healthy but incredibly effective in staving off diseases.

As a result, people who fast have longer lifespans, resulting from their bodies’ optimized capability to fight off diseases and protect the body.

Using Fasting And Exercising To Your Advantage

Instead of treating fasting and exercising as obstacles towards weight loss goals, they have to be treated as a real health changer.

One effective way to stick through a healthy, active lifestyle is by internalizing that fasting and exercising can mean the difference between a healthy, happy older you, and a sickly older version of yourself.

If you’re looking for a new diet that might work for you, check out the Tom Brady TB12 Diet

If you’re looking for a supplements to help you out, check out our article on Mushroom supplements

And here is an article on Reishi mushroom which has been revered as immune boosting for thousands of years. 

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Lachlan Brown

Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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