No food. 2. A balanced diet helps wounds to heal faster. Whereas modern medical practitioners admit that they have no cures, only drugs that mask the symptoms while causing yet other symptoms to appear. Intermittent fasting is different than extended fasting. It is an account of my experiences. I was getting more infections than normal. So, make sure to apply essential oil diluted with a carrier oil and then cover the area with a sterile bandage. Significant differences were not observed in the percentage of wound epithelialization between the two groups on day 3 (P > 0.05). You are basically starving the bacteria out.”. Whenever we get sick (flu etc.) Day two I was all in. The second article cites a study at Yale in which mice were given viral or bacterial infections, then either fed or fasted. A few days isn’t going to make any difference. If it gets worse, we stop the experiment and get the antibiotics. I also took my first dose of testosterone. It’s a natural reaction, so it must be protective. This is one of the reasons why many people feel nauseated when they have infections. So, today is a very good day. Diabetes Mellitus welcomes several diseases due to over time exposure to high blood glucose; which may damage some of the most functional organs such as nerves, kidneys, eyes and blood vessels. I was doing a ketogenic diet with IF. I don’t know to what extent each of these interventions helped, but the undeniable result is that I cleared up a bacterial infection that normally would have taken a course of antibiotics, and that makes me happy. In 2016 – after being keto for 4 months – I came home from Belgium with a whopper of a virus that lasted all summer. Cut, scrape or puncture the skin and our bodies immediately begin to heal the wound. You become more aware of what your body likes and doesn't like when you start to eat again. There is a confounder in my experiment, however. Here’s a picture from day three. If it starts to appear gangrenous and smells putrid it would provide strong evidence for a diet rot hypothesis! There is no science one way or the other, but to me it makes sense. On top of fasting, I found that spraying the infected skin in the shower with hot water, as hot as I could stand, had a strange but pleasurable feeling, like you get when you scratch an itch. The reasons for this are multifold - the elimination of the emotional dependence on food, exclusion of stimulating foods like caffeine, processed sugars, recreational drugs, tobacco and trans-fatty acids, all of which can have a devastating effect on delicate emotions. Why does fasting have such a powerful effect in healing the body? For this reason, fasting is famous for its ability to rejuvenate and give the body a more youthful tone. Band aid/minor wound: Wounds respond to cleaning, drainage management. In fact, it may induce pain and even slow down the healing process. Dr. Tracy Berg answered. More antibiotics. This makes the first stage of fasting difficult but after the body has thrown off its load of toxins, then the brain is fed by a cleaner bloodstream and the mental powers and clarity of thought are extraordinarily increased and the other senses also become more acute. Your blood sugar level is the main factor in how quickly your wound will heal. I had actually stopped eating the day before, May 10th, but I had coffee with heavy cream twice in the day. Carl, pretty cool, though without more samples and controls it doesn’t show causality. Yet under that bandage (or in the open air), the body orchestrates a complex cascade of events designed to heal wounds big and small. This, however, is just a guess. She developed a cellulitis and is going to try fasting for a few days before going for the antibiotics. Here’s a quote from it: “In principle, one day a doctor could give a diagnosis along with a specific dietary recommendation. The last two scrapes I had turned into cellulitis, a painful (then itchy) condition where the skin gets infected and spreads. On the bacterial side, cuts and scrapes that should have healed were getting infected and requiring antibiotics to heal. There is a remarkable redistribution of nutrients in the fasting body. Don't use antiseptic creams, washes or sprays on a chronic wound. Do wounds heal faster covered or uncovered? Fasting is a Powerful Healing Modality. Your body needs energy to heal and rebuild. Great. Has anyone experienced any healing or at least fading of scars on an extended fast? That sounds like another phenomena which happens when you don’t complete a course of antibiotics. The Atlantic did a story on this same study, with a bit more editorial. Metabolic illnesses like diabetes can delay wound healing. If we get out of the way and allow nature to take its course, we will find that we can heal from any problem. We could start by burning your other wrist similarly and giving it about 10 days to reach a similar state of inflammation. But many minor injuries can be treated at home by observing a few rules to prevent infection and ensure complete healing. They jump to a couple conclusions. Fasting intensifies healing as deep tissue and tired organs are repaired rapidly. All rights reserved. If you are sick and depressed, then this might be the most important thing you can try in your healing program, because it gives you immediately an energy boost and increased awareness which might allow that you see things more clearly, allowing you the first step out of your sickness and onto the path of recovery. Make protein a priority. It blistered and reddened. This is when I really noticed it was starting to fade. Ok, let’s look at some pictures, shall we? Proponents of water fasting claim that skin tone can improve as a result of the fasting. Not everyone heals at the same rate. 2 rounds of antibiotics didn’t help. If these energies are not required there, they may be used by the brain for better thinking. I am a primary vocalist for my band, Franklin Brothers, and I couldn’t sing. Buy a triple antibiotic ointment and apply it a couple of times a day. Why Do Some People Heal Faster From Injuries? Know when to Seek Help. we stop eating. I will have healed an infection that would otherwise have required antibiotics. Yesterday I fasted all day with just a couple zero-carb drinks in the evening. This can help your skin heal faster and also stay less irritated in the future. I just updated the post (scroll up) with today’s picture. Wounds heal faster if they are kept warm. I asked her to take a picture of it every day. The next morning it did seem to be a bit more red, itchy, and I could feel a twinge of pain that wasn’t there the day before. Those with a viral infection did NOT survive, and those with a bacterial infection did. By this time the wound had healed but it was still very sore. I do have 2 drinks of non-carb alcohol (whiskey) in the evening. This is an innate mechanism of the body to influence us to fast so we can produce the proper environment for optimal healing. When due to nutritional deficiencies, sluggish metabolism, sedentary life, overeating and consequent poor digestion and assimilation of food, lack of fresh air and sufficient exercise and rest, our cells are deprived... they start to degenerate... the normal process of cell replacement and rebuilding slows down and your body starts to grow old, its resistance to disease will diminish and you become ‘sick’. study that indicates moderate alcohol consumption activates autophagy. Maybe it was just lucky timing - fasting on the day the infection had run its course and was ready to clear. Jason Fung’s response to me by email: “That’s super interesting Carl. Do wounds heal faster covered or uncovered? Here it is today. Fasting locks down glucose, and forces us to use fatty acids for energy, which the bacteria are unable to use. Perhaps the most instructive testimony as to the acuteness of mental powers during fasting comes from Dr. Herbert Shelton who supervised the fasting of more than 40,000 people over a period of fifty years. Hers may be a more pure experiment. During a fast, a metamorphosis occurs. On Day 4 I wanted to get a bit more focused in the experiment. While you may not be a pro athlete, there are steps you can take to expedite recovery. Knowing what I know about antibiotics, this scared me a bit. You are basically starving the bacteria out.”. The Best Damn Cheeseburger I’ve Ever Tasted. Practice stress-relieving activities to help wounds heal faster. These facts are due to physiological causes. You gain self-confidence in your ability to control your life process, to set a goal and carry out an intention. When fasted, the results were reversed. I have been doing intermittent fasting for about 2 months. I had actually stopped eating the day before, May 10th, but I had coffee with heavy cream twice in the day. When it comes to animal bites, cuts deeper than a quarter inch or those that bleed excessively, people should see a doctor, says UCI Health family medicine specialist Sara Etemad, MD.. Back to fasting. Some of us DO mend up faster than others. About 10 days ago I burned myself on the underside of my wrist. A bandage also keeps the wound cleaner. Contraction was improved in the fasting group on days 3, 5, 7, 11, and 14 post wounding (P < 0.05). The third time I decided to intervene with testosterone therapy and an extended fast. As a side note, I got a new doctor this year, Dr. Ken Berry. Now this is getting interesting. OK? Dr. Berry informed me that when T is low, skin infections take longer to heal. However, when you go to the hospital with a fresh injury, one of the first things a nurse does is clean the wound and cover it up. “I had a medical practice for 20 years in NYC, supervised hundreds of long fasts, and I found that the physical healing or weight loss was but a pleasant side effect. These resulting benefits can have lasting affects in your mental and emotional health. Each cell of your body is a complete living entity with its own metabolism. Again, if you have a bacterial infection, you should talk to your doctor immediately. The body uses quite a bit of energy to digest food, and when fasting this energy becomes available for other uses. He wrote a book called Lies My Doctor Told Me, which I read, and it rang true. Wounds heal in stages. Animals will naturally fast when they are sick or injured, and when we are ill, our hunger diminishes. DO NOT FAST after surgery. The larger or deeper the wound, the longer it takes to heal. Itâs well known that one of the best things you can do to help heal a bruise or sprain is apply heat to the area. If youâre an athlete, itâs better to get into a regular fasting schedule, as fasting ahead of incurring a wound will heal it more rapidly than fasting to heal it after the fact. The question still stands, do wounds heal faster covered or uncovered? I also posted this in the juice fasting forum but thought Iâd try here also. I started taking the testosterone on day two, which is helping my body heal itself. When you get a cut, scrape, or puncture, the wound will bleed. To heal faster, don't let the wounded place dry up. One’s mind becomes clearer and one’s ability to think and solve intricate problems is enhanced. I usually do â¦ Fasting not only removes obstructions and helps the body to heal itself, it is also rejuvenating and life-extending. I broke my fast at 3PM, and ate quite a lot of fatty food. He’s a family doctor in rural Tennessee. Choose foods rich in vitamin C. Speak with a doctor about vitamins or supplements that may treat the wound more quickly. Intermittent fasting is one of the most powerful modalities for reducing inflammation, boosting immunity and enhancing tissue healing (9, 10, 11). Water fasting is thought to help accelerate scar healing and may help with skin problems such as acne. 31 years experience General Surgery. This may make your skin look younger too. In order to understand why the skin wound in my older patient healed so slowly, it is important to first understand how wounds heal under the ideal conditions of youth. The elimination of these obstructions restores the immune system functionality and metabolic process to an optimum state. The other very important aspect is that your self-awareness will be elevated. When fed, the ones with a viral infection survived and the ones with the bacterial infection did not. Hey, as long as it doesn’t stop it, I’m all in! I read a study that indicates moderate alcohol consumption activates autophagy. 284, or 82 pounds. A little research confirmed this. As it becomes less efficient, the initial inflammatory stages and the debridement stage can become compromised. I suggest some more experimentation to help nail this down. Practically gone. I’ve hit a new low weight since going keto. Since the skin is well-hydrated, it heals and renews itself faster. This is why when we are ill, we naturally lose our appetite. Lean protein â Healing is all about repairing tissues, thus the need for proteins. Knowing what I know about resistance and how it happens makes me think there may be something similar happening here. I’m going to continue to fast without testosterone. However, my goal here is to get rid of the infection without antibiotics. Steiner Health was founded in 1997 as a donor supported 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing patient are, education, and research in anthroposophic medicine. As you can see it looks a little more red. Large amounts of blood and nervous energies have to be sent to the digestive organs to digest a meal. If youâre feeling stressed, take time to do things that help you relax, like meditating, doing yoga, working on creative projects, or spending time with friends and family. It’s a natural reaction, so it must be protective. The researchers then turned to mice to test the idea, discovering that, as expected, daytime wounds healed faster than nighttime injuries. ... 2018: The day I started fasting. Fasting restores good digestion and elimination, and peristaltic action is quickened. In the fasting state, the body will scour for dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumors, abscesses, all of which are burned for fuel or expelled as waste. Back to the infection. Having this nagging feeling about my immune system being affected by fasting I did some research and I found what, on the face of it, look like two studies with opposite findings. If you notice that you seem to bounce back from injury faster than your cohortsâ¦ you may well be. It’s not good. Please be smart when dealing with your biological life. I was getting more colds. Keep your wound dressed. Clears Acne Faster. Read on! Wet your hands. She started fasting yesterday. Here’s a photo from day 5: I am going to do another longer fast (at least 3 days) without the Androgel testosterone therapy, and post my pictures here every day by updating this blog post.