What is Autophagy? Can we really heal ourselves with autophagy? Can we live longer with autophagy? How can we get the anti-aging benefits of Autophagy?

Autophagy comes from Ancient Greek word, which means natural mechanism of cells that recycles dysfunctional cellular components.

Autophagy is a natural mechanism that lets our body cope with starvation.

In every cells of our body there is a thing called lysosome. It is like a garbage disposal that recycles damaged cells in our body, breaks them down with the enzyme and spits them out as free fatty acids and amino acids. Free fatty acids and amino acids are the building blocks to make the body tissue. These are spread to different parts of the body.

Autophagy recycles the damaged cells into new raw materials and made into new cells, regrow new brain cells, nerve cells, regrow new heart cells, protects the immune system.

Imagine you have a garbage disposal in your house that recycles all your garbage and turn it into raw materials that you can use for building new kitchen, new furniture. Isn’t it great?!

garbage disposal

Your body will heal from many ailments, you will look young, and you will function more effectively. You think more clearly, you have better memory, and you have more energy.

What cells are recycled in the lysosome?

1. Defective damaged cells

Damaged cells are cells that are worn out

2. Intracellular pathogens (fungus, candida, bacteria, viruses, microbes)

You cannot kill the pathogens that have invaded your body from long time ago. All the viruses, candida, fungus, microbes are inside your body, waiting for your immune system to be weak and then they will attack you. Of course, it will be a good thing to get rid of these pathogens. One way to get them out is to activate your autophagy. It recycles them into raw materials and used as fuel.

Autophagy can do this. It recycles fungus, candida, bacteria, viruses, microbes into fuel and raw materials to build new cells.

3. Damaged proteins:

Misfolded proteins, oxidized proteins, mutated proteins, glycated proteins.

Different combination of proteins from the food we eat are structured and some are shaped incorrectly. Accumulation of these misfolded proteins are called amyloid deposits which are usually found in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients, Parkinson’s Disease patients, diabetic patients, cataracts. There are many diseases that are caused by these amyloid proteins plaguing. These proteins can be very toxic.

What caused amyloid deposits?

Insulin resistance and foods high in sugar and carbohydrates.

Oxidized proteins

Oxidized proteins are proteins exposed with oxidants like

  • Glucose (consuming too much sugar or refined carbohydrates)
  • Vegetable oils (mostly are GMO with herbicide): soy, corn, cotton seed, canola. This can create inflammation in the body and deplete vitamin C, E, and A.
  • Iron. Too little iron is not good for you, but excess iron exposed to oxidation is also not good.
  • Low anti-oxidants for not eating enough vegetables

Mutated Proteins

Mutated proteins are protein mutations caused by chemicals from the food we eat or from the pollution in the environment we live in. And now with autophagy, these mutated proteins can be recycled.

Glycated proteins

Sugar and protein combination like barbequed ribs becomes glycated proteins and becomes sticky blood.

Barbequed ribs cause AGE
Barbequed ribs: combination of sugar and protein can become AGEs.

There are other types of food that can become AGE (Advanced Glycated End Products). These are the cause of sticky blood and can be very dangerous to your health.

What stops autophagy?

  • High blood sugar
  • Protein
  • Stress
  • Eating too often that causes insulin resistance

You should always check if you are getting the benefits of autophagy for every change you make, check if you have better skin, or if you have more mental clarity and other benefits of autophagy.

Autophagy benefits your brain. It gives your brain protection and regrow your brain cells, it protects the heart, it improves your auto-immune, and it gives you anti aging benefits. The list goes on and on. You will benefit a lot from doing Intermittent Fasting and activate your Autophagy.

What Will help Speed Up Autophagy?

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting gives you healthy stress, it puts your body in a survival mechanism. It activates your Autophagy and helps recycle all the damaged cells into ketones.

Intermittent Fasting what is autophagy
Eating only at certain time – Intermittent Fasting

The Right Kind of Exercise

Hard and long exercise will trigger cortisol which will impede autophagy. Take yoga, walking, aerobic session, a lighter kind of exercise. This will help you speed up autophagy. (2,3)

Walking what is autophagy

Olive Oil

Olive oil

Regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil gives you neuroprotection and reduces the formation of amyloid plaques. Amyloid plaques are usually found in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients. (4)

Eating Cruciferous Vegetables

Include cruciferous vegetables in your vegetable intake. Cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bokchoy, spinach.

Cruciferous vegetables have a certain compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane induces apoptosis, autophagy, and has anti-cancer properties.(5)

Cruciferous Vegetables what is autophagy

Vitamin D3

You can take vitamin D3 as a supplement to help you speed up autophagy or take a walk in the sun. (6)

Sun helps boost autophagy
Sun helps boost autophagy

Vitamin B1

There have been studies that vitamin B induces autophagy. (7) You can take unfortified nutritional yeast as your vitamin B supplement. Put it in your soup or just take it as it is, followed by a glass of water.

Nutritional yeast helps with autophagy
Nutritional yeast

Coffee

There have been studies on coffee intake that induces autophagy. Coffee is good when taken without sugar. It has compound that can help induce autophagy. (8,9)

A cup of coffee in the morning with half and half or MCT oil will not break your fast and still keep you in Healthy Ketosis mode.

 coffee

Green Tea

Green tea has a compound inside of it called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a polyphenol, which is a class of nutrients that are powerful antioxidants. 

Antioxidants promote longevity, help with blood pressure, and have been shown to fight cancer. In fact, EGCG is the most potent anti-cancer polyphenol in green tea.

Green Tea is very good to boost autophagy because of its anti-aging benefit. Green tea is richer in antioxidants compared to other kinds of teas, and it induces autophagy. (10, 11, 12)

green tea

Coconut

Take Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to speed up autophagy effect. Coconut oil is a great source from the nature that fatty acids. It helps you crunch your hunger and induces autophagy by increasing ketone levels – especially when you do Healthy Ketosis diet. (13)

Coconut Oil

Now that you know what autophagy is and how to trigger it, you might want to try Intermittent Fasting and get the anti-aging benefits from Autophagy. You can heal your body, look young, and live longer.

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