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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