From the March 2004 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times, here is Dr. Fuhrman’s seventh secret to longevity:
Viral infections such as colds and influenza can be seen as life-extension opportunities. These viruses help the body with internal housecleaning and create an excitation of the body’s powers of elimination. Viral infections are opportunities for the body to reduce cellular debris and cellular congestion. In that sense, they can be seen as having anti-aging benefits.
As we produce mucus and develop a fever, we expunge not just virions and dead cells, but other cellular debris and cellular toxins. The body has the innate intelligence and power to heal itself from within, if not hampered. We assist this renewal by thorough rest, which includes not eating much or not eating at all.
We naturally lose our appetite when we are ill. This is Nature’s way of telling us when we are not equipped to digest food efficiently. The loss of appetite when we catch a virus has been labeled “the anoxia of infection,” and the loss of desire to eat when sick should be heeded. Fasting when ill speeds recovery, reduces mucus production, and activates the immune system’s defenses to rapidly and dramatically eliminate the viral load.
Periodic fasting has been shown to increase life span in all species of animals, and this has been seen even when the caloric intake over time was not lowered. When you are sick is the perfect opportunity to partake in a short fast. Stay home, drink pure water, rest. and fast; you can turn the illness into a longevity opportunity.
Here's more from this DiseaseProof miniseries:
- Intro: Seven Secrets of Longevity
- Secret 1: Eat Fewer Calories and Live Longer
- Secret 2: Prevent Deficiencies with Plant-Based Nutrition
- Secret 3: Regular Exercise Pays Big Health Dividends
- Secret 4: Avoid Toxins, Including Medication
- Secret 5: Get Sufficient Rest and Sleep for Recovery
- Secret 6: An Emotionally Satisfying Environment is Vital
- Seven Secrets of Longevity: In Conclusion