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How to increase autophagy?

Autophagy is an incredible process. It basically eats up the junk in your body and transforms it into usable things.

This “junk” is unusable damaged proteins, which trigger inflammation. It also helps get rid of pathogens and viral antigens. Autophagy is like an anti-aging cleaning system of the body. But it doesn’t just clean things up—it provides raw material to build new cells and provide fuel when you need it.

Two major things will stop autophagy: sugar and protein. But, any significant amount of calories will also stop autophagy. Autophagy may act as a strong protective barrier against disease. But, if you already have cancer, autophagy can aid the growth and progression of cancer. Autophagy can help you if you’re healthy and can hurt you if you’re not healthy. Unfortunately, many people wait until they get sick before they utilize strategies like autophagy.

The best way to trigger autophagy is to do fasting. You’ll notice more positive benefits from autophagy once you get into about 18 hours of fasting. You’ll notice even more benefits when you get up to 48 to 72 hours of fasting. You can take electrolytes, nutrients, and sea salt, but you shouldn’t consume any calories while fasting. An additional simple strategy to see more benefits from autophagy is to go on a low-sugar, low-carb diet. Consuming a moderate amount of protein is also crucial—not excess protein or low protein. Exercise is important to stimulate autophagy. Aerobic exercise (lower intensity and longer duration) will stimulate autophagy more than high-intensity exercise. But, I suggest doing both forms of exercise for different benefits. Certain phytonutrients and adaptogens can also trigger autophagy to a certain degree.

Last updated: Dec 11, 2023 15:23 PM