5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet

5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet Results in Reprogrammed Pancreas; Improvements in Diabetes

An incredible new study shows that a 5-day “fasting mimicking diet” of broth, vegetable powders, extra virgin olive oil, essential fatty acids and fiber literally regenerates the pancreas.

According to the BBC, the “fasting mimicking diet” (FMD) used by the researchers mimics periods of feast and famine, since for 25 days of the month there are no real dietary restrictions. However, for those five days of the FMD, the diet is then restricted to a low calorie and low-carbohydrate diet resembling “a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day.”

The outcome of the diet in mice showed that the pancreatic cells were reprogrammed to restore insulin generation (read about our post a couple weeks back about on how the pancreas responds to a sudden influx of sugar, which can happen when drinking something like a soda or a conventional cold pressed juice – more on that later). Dr Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, stated in the BBC article, that “the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that’s no longer functioning.” The result: improvements in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

We are extremely excited about this breakthrough in research, which was just published in the scientific journal Cell on February 23, 2017. We’re especially thrilled because the study’s fasting mimicking diet is closely comparable to the Smart Pressed Juice cleanse program and menu.

Like the fasting mimicking diet, Smart Pressed contain only vegetable powders, not fresh juiced vegetables – meaning all of our products are similarly low sugar. Commercial juice cleanses such as Blueprint, according to the NY Daily News, contain up to 191 grams of sugar per day – almost five times the American Heart Association’s limits of 25 to 37.5 grams of sugar intake daily.

Also problematic with many traditional juice cleanses is the fact that there is no food or menu included in a traditional juice cleanse. Combined with the high sugar intake through fresh pressed juices, this is a recipe for disaster (and an eventual toll on the pancreas). Like the Smart Pressed Juice cleanse, the researchers’ fasting mimicking diet, did include food, rather than only juices.

If you have any health conditions, you should always consult with your medical care team before changing your diet. However, it is becoming more and more clear that for many people, a carefully planned diet for one week can have long lasting benefits.