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How does fasting produce intestinal starvation?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Intestinal starvation is a condition that can occur as a result of fasting. Because the gastrointestinal tract is deprived of nutrients, mucus lining the tracts is depleted. This can cause infection and stop movement in the lower intestine. This is a damaging potential effect of fasting and might require medical care.

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