Los Angeles, Calif. – April 21, 2018 – We have all heard the saying that “you are what you eat.” But in Fasting, a documentary film from director Doug Orchard and the new book The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight by Valter Longo, Ph.D.—both released in January—it is apparent that when you eat can also directly impact your health and longevity. Incorporating various types of fasting may help address our epidemic of chronic illnesses today. ProLon®, a five-day meal program that is scientifically proven and clinically tested to induce the health benefits of periodic fasting, is one type of fasting that is recommended by experts in the film and by Dr. Longo in his book.
Unfortunately, people are misinformed about fasting, often using the term to refer to any type of fast, whether it’s an overnight fast, a 24-hour fast, or a 5, 10, or 20-day fast. This is confusing because each has a unique impact and turns on a completely different process in the body.
The most comprehensive and objective look at fasting on film, Fasting aims to change this by educating viewers on the different methods of fasting, each with a unique set of benefits and risks. The documentary interviews the world’s leading scientists and medical professionals on fasting, as well as individuals who have used fasting as a way to deal with obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular problems, skin problems, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, joint pain, and many others.
A section of the film is dedicated to the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) called ProLon, which Dr. Longo developed at the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in sponsorship by the National Institute for Aging (NIA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ProLon is scientifically proven and clinically tested to induce the health benefits of water-only fasting—healthy aging, cell regeneration, and fat-driven weight loss—but without the same discomforts and risks. In the film, Dr. Felice Gersh explains the program simply: “The brilliant part of The Fasting Mimicking Diet is that…your body sees food but your brain sees fasting.”
The Longevity Diet is the culmination of twenty-five years of research on aging and nutrition. For living healthier longer, Dr. Longo recommends a mostly plant-based daily eating plan combined with a restricted feeding window within twelve hours or less. He also incorporates the fast-mimicking diet, which can be done several times a year for just five days at a time.
You can buy or rent the documentary Fasting by visiting www.fastingmovie.com. The Longevity Diet is available as a hardcover, eBook, or audiobook and can be purchased from your favorite bookseller. Please visit www.prolonfmd.com/the-longevity-diet for more information. For more information about ProLon, the internationally-renowned and clinically-tested five-day fasting mimicking program used to address age-related risk factors to promote a longer, healthier life, go to www.prolonfmd.com.