Since I have gone over intermittent fasting, I want to talk about something called autophagy; what it is and what are the benefits you can get from it. Intermittent fasting has many benefits but I’ve recently learned that the power of autophagy is one of them. Autophagy is short for autophagocytosis which is actually translated to “self eating”, sounds awful right? Just like we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover don’t judge this process by its name. I’m not sure why it took me 39 years to find out I had a dormant super power but now that I know, I intend to use it. Everyone has this super power and can tap into this glorious process at any time, its like an anti aging secret that took me years to discover.
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In plain English autophagy is when your body fixes itself by recycling damaged or dysfunctional cells by creating new and improved ones. Now I don’t mean to bore you here but I do to get into the science of things otherwise I wouldn’t expect you to take my words serious. I always do my research and inform my readers to the best of my abilities. To help you better understand I’m going to add in a video that helped me.
There are three forms of autophagy: Macroautophagy, Microautophagy and Chaperone mediated autophagy or CRA for short.
Macroautophagy– is when cells in bulk create double walled vesicle’s (a vesicle is just a fluid filled sac within a cell). This vesicle is called an autophagasome, the autophagasome melds with lysosomes (lysomsomes are like little recycling centers, they break down and recycle weaker cells) By melding with these lysosomes it breaks down unwanted cells in bulk and recycles the matter to create better. This process usually occurs after short periods of fasting.
Microautophagy – this process skips the double wall or membrane, instead the material that is to be digested melds directly with the lysosome and then gets broken down and recycled.
Chaperone mediated autophagy (CMA) – Refers to the breaking down of soluble proteins. Six proteins interact with each other and are known as the “chaperone complex”. Before CMA can occur it needs a lysosome that is acidified. The chaperone complex proteins are attracted to certain lysosomes and when they find the ones they need, they bind to it then start unfolding and entering the lysosome, which is called translocation. So as its name suggests it is chaperoned or transported into the lysosome specific to its needs. This usually occurs after prolonged periods of fasting.
The term autophagy was first created by a Belgium Biochemist, Christian de Duve in 1963. He discovered the functions of lysosomes and in 1990 the recognition of autophagy-related genes in yeast led to researchers discovering exactly what autophagy can do. Later in years a Japanese researcher Yo Shinori Ohsumi won a Nobel prize in Physiology for uncovering the mechanics of autophagy and how it can beneficial in many scenarios.
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Now that were out of the factual science part of autophagy lets get into the amazing benefits it provides us with. Thanks to the findings of the man above we know that autophagy recycles and makes better functioning cells. This happens naturally as we are growing up, there are plenty of autophagasomes running rampid in our bodies eating up any damaged or dysfunctional cells. As we get older we don’t produce as many autophagasomes but if we put ourselves into autophagy our bodies create more and more autophagasomes. Like I referred to Ketones as soldiers in my article understanding ketones these autophagasomes are much like sodiers as well. They find and target all the bad or weak cells, recycle them to create stronger ones.
In one study of autophagy, after 24 hours of fasting autophagosomes increased by 300% and after another 24 hours they increased by another 30%. Now, when I say these soldiers create stronger cells I mean they create stronger brain cells, nerve cells, skin cells…our bodies are full of cells and autophagasomes replace all the bad with new. This benefits us with anti aging affects, protects our brain cells, allows us to regrow new brain cells and nerve cells. It is proven to be good for heart health and to protect our immune systems.
So all of this great stuff can happen when we fast, I discuss intermittent fasting in another article I have published to give you an idea of eating/fasting windows. My new goal is to enter autophagy once a week in a 24 hour fast. I would suggest working up to 24 hours and this includes our sleep time so it’s really not as hard as one might imagine.
I personally find that after your in ketosis, you’re not as hungry as you are when not in fat burning mode.
I have touched base on the effects of sugar in my article “poison by sugar” but I feel that its worth mentioning again. Sugar feeds disease’s, our bodies were not meant to function on processed sugars. There are so many studies happening now on the ketogenic lifestyle and its benefits and now learning more about intermittent fasting and the benefits from autophagy, we are getting so much closer to either preventing diseases like cancers and diabetes to curing these diseases.
I have said over and over how much better I feel living this way and I will preach it to the high heavens because its undeniably the better way to live. Even if I never lost a pound, I would still live this lifestyle just based on how much better I feel when my body is utilizing fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates and sugars. I am adding in this video from YouTube because I would like you to hear what Doctors are saying about this lifestyle and how you can benefit from it to.
I recommend taking the time to watch these two video’s as they are very eye opening. Please leave me comment below and tell me what you think, leave a message if you like and as always be well.