The Surprising Benefits of Autophagy: the Secret to Good Health?

Turn on the television and there will be countless advertisements on how to be healthy. We’re told what to eat, what not to eat, what medicine to take, etc. While much of this advice may be worthwhile, there’s one health tip that everyone should be aware of, and that is the power of autophagy.

Autophagy Defined

Autophagy is “the consumption of the body’s own tissue as a metabolic process occurring in starvation and certain diseases.”

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On the surface, this sounds bad, but in reality, it’s a key component to good health (and intermittent fasting.)

Intermittent fasting is when a person doesn’t eat for an extended period of time, say 14-24 hours (or more.)

The human body gets energy from two sources: the foods we eat or stored fat. If we don’t eat, the body is literally forced to use stored fat for energy.

Unfortunately, most people never use use this stored fat because they are eating 3-6 times per day. However, by simply skipping breakfast and eating a healthy lunch, a person can begin to use this unlimited energy source.

For this to work, a you must eat until full. Even though a person doesn’t eat for 14 hours or more, that doesn’t mean they are starving themselves. In actuality, when a person breaks the fast, they are to eat until they are satisfied. This lets the body know that it’s ok to use that stored fat, and not hold onto every calorie received while fasting. There is no need to count calories, only to eat healthy.

This is where autophagy comes into play. The longer a person fasts, the more the body shifts into autophagy. Here’s a video of me on a recent 24 hour fast, where I discuss autophagy:

A Best Kept Secret

Intermittent fasting has many amazing health benefits, including being an effective weight loss tool and regulating blood sugar levels, but autophagy may be one of the most important. Since the body isn’t eating, it diverts its energies to other things, like feasting on diseased and damaged cells in the body.

This is important because those damaged cells are believed to be linked to many of the illnesses and diseases we face today, including auto-immune disorders and even cancer.

A study from the Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center concluded that autophagy may protect against infectious, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. 

If a person hasn’t tried intermittent fasting before, it can take several weeks to get used to not eating. As time goes on, the body becomes accustomed to skipping meals, enabling them to fast for longer periods of time.

Give intermittent fasting a try and reap the benefits of autophagy. Your body will thank you!

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