What is Autophagy and How Does it Work?

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At first glance, the human body presents itself as one single organism, but soon after you reach only the most outer shell of a person, it becomes evident that there is much more at work. Nothing makes that more clear than a short study of an important process called autophagy. So what is autophagy and how does it work?

While it might not be on the top of your list, autophagy is one of the benefits you get from intermittent fasting.

What Is Autophagy?

In order for your body to function properly, it has to rely on a network of systems to all do its job at the same time every single day. When those systems fail to work, this can often manifest in the form of illness due to a weakening or exhaustion or a simple shut down for the same reason. If cells become too damaged to be repaired, then your body will sometimes use autophagy to dispose of the cells.

This is accomplished by sending in cells that can break down your tissues and recycle them into new, healthy tissues. This is an important process when cells can’t be evacuated through sneezing or daily waste evacuation. The best part is having a network of healthy cells instead of depending on failing cells. Nutrition is always important, but more complete nutrition should be highly important when thinking of the implications of rebuilding your body using the many fragments of chemicals contained in processed foods.

Over Time

As people grow older, they place stress on cells. These cells can wear down over time and accumulate a tired look. Autophagy helps to take care of that by recycling those nutrients and putting them with new materials. This effectively makes them new again. The important thing, though, is to make sure that you’re putting good things into your body to be used by it. Some serious disorders have shown improvement through the natural stimulation of common functions like autophagy. There are actually quite a few ways that you can keep this process going each year of your life.

Try fasting. It can trigger adjustments to your storage and release of energy and tell your body to repair or replace cells that don’t make the cut.

Put exercise into your routine. Working out and getting your body used to having to access energy that it has stored is always a good way to get it to engage internal cleansing processes.

Cut back on sugar. Sugar can stop some processes until its completely used. It has its uses, but this is not one.

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