Eat less, live longer, doctors say

The latest scientific study offers a revolutionary perspective on the fight against aging and many diseases (including cancer): eating less, and much less than usual.

As a result of experiments conducted on mice, it was found that under conditions of severe dietary restriction, the body is able to switch to another mode – practically, self-sufficiency, as a result of which the nutrients of the cells of its own body are used, including “secondarily”. At the same time, the body receives, as it were, a “second wind”, and many diseases, including cancer, are cured.

Previously, doctors believed that this natural process was evolutionarily “built in” by nature itself to save entire populations of animals (and humans) from long periods of food shortages. However, the latest discovery of Australian doctors sheds new light on this most valuable natural mechanism that can be used for health purposes.

Dr. Margot Adler of the University of New South Wales (Australia), who led the research team, said that in fact, science has been moving towards this discovery for several decades – after all, the fact that hunger or severe food restriction heals the body and can even give longevity is not news to biologists.

However, under natural conditions, according to Dr. Adler, food restriction does not lead to recovery and prolongation of life, but to extinction, especially in wild animals. In an animal weakened by hunger (and a person living in nature), immunity drops significantly and muscle mass decreases – which increases the risk of death from diseases and various dangers. “Unlike in a sterile laboratory, in nature, starving animals die quickly, usually before they reach old age – from parasites or in the mouths of other animals,” says Dr. Adler.

This method gives longevity only in an artificial, “greenhouse” environment. Therefore, Dr. Adler denies the possibility that this mechanism was allegedly built by nature itself to prevent extinction – because in the wild it simply does not work. She believes that this find is a purely laboratory, modern “life hack”, an elegant way to get around the traps of mother nature. Her experiments have proven that under protected conditions, people with controlled fasting can be cured of cancer, a variety of pathologies that are characteristic of old age, and simply increase their life expectancy.

During fasting, Dr. Adler discovered, the mechanism of cell repair and renewal is turned on, which leads to a radical renewal and rejuvenation of the body. This pattern laid the foundation for a practically applicable method: cancer patients can be put on an ultra-low-calorie diet in a hospital; it is also planned in the near future to create a drug for painless fasting according to a special scheme.

The results of this scientific discovery, which claims nothing less than the creation of a new evolutionary theory, have been published in the scientific journal BioEssays. “This has tremendous potential for human health,” said Dr. Adler. – The increase in life expectancy is, as it were, a side effect of reducing nutrient intake. A deeper understanding of how this mechanism works is leading us to a real increase in active longevity.”

It is already obvious that the new theory, confirmed experimentally, has quite practical application: the fight against premature aging, the treatment of diseases in old age, the treatment of malignant tumors, chronic diseases, and the general improvement of a conditionally healthy body. Although, they say, “you can’t buy health,” it turns out that you can still afford to live longer and healthier if we are ready to give up our eating habits, scientists have come to this conclusion.

In fact, this “revolutionary” discovery of biologists is not new for vegetarians, vegans, raw foodists. After all, we know that by consuming significantly less protein foods and calories during the day, a person not only will not “die” (as some incredulous meat-eaters believe), but experience a surge of strength and health, and feel great – and not just for one or two days, and years and years.

It’s safe to assume that the benefits of meat-free, low-calorie, low-protein diets are yet to be finally recognized by modern science and triumph in a new society that will live longer, more ethically, more actively, and healthier.  


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