A Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting

You’ve probably heard of intermittent fasting in some way, shape, or form and you’ve likely formed some sort of opinion about it based on your experience or the information you’ve been presented.  If it’s something you’ve been considering to help your weight loss plan or you simply want more information, here is a beginner’s guide to intermittent fasting.

What is Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting (IF) really couldn’t be simpler: you go for a period of time when you are eating, and then a period of time when you are not eating. In fact, you already do this because you eat during the day and then don’t eat while you are sleeping.  IF has a lot of hype around it, for great reasons which we will get into, but really it is the more basic and obvious thing in the world. Eat. Then don’t eat for a while. And that’s your day.

You may be asking yourself if IF is safe, since you’ve been told all your life that...

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Autophagy Explained in a Nutshell

 

Autophagy (pronounced  "aw-tof-uh-jee") is a process of cellular renewal that is always in motion within the body.  Only recently though, has it been described that this process is greatly increased when the body experiences nutrient deprivation, aka fasting.  Starting at around 16 hours of fasting and extending beyond this time, autophagy begins to have a profound impact on our health.  The implications of autophagy in the formation of chronic disease is only now being researched, this is a hot topic, but unfortunately we must be patient and wait until researchers can tell us more.

Autophagy translates to “self-eating”.  Perhaps you can imagine autophagy as a form of self-cannibalization.  When the body recognizes certain stressors, in this case fasting, certain genes are expressed that lead to signals that tell the body to recycle components in the cells. 

The inside of our cells are packed with many structures, these include...

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