The Reverse-Aging Diet: Autophagy
Autophagy is the Key to Staying Young.
But what Is Autophagy and How Does It Reverse Aging?
The body's autophagy process was discovered in 1962 by the Nobel prize winning scientist, Christian de Duve.
- Eat all of your meals within an 8-hour window. You still need your essential nutrients, but you want your body to spend some energy cleaning up rather than digesting and functioning all the time.
- Fast between 16 and 28 hours intermittently. Periods of nutrient deprivation trigger autophagy. The reason intermittent fasting works is that it triggers the sort of secondary metabolisms we evolved to survive in harsh climates, but it does so in small windows of time without actually starving us.
- Sustain yourself and your energy with exogenous ketones. While fasting, water, tea, and black coffee are acceptable to consume. If you choose to add MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides from coconut oil) to your drink, your body will have just enough energy to function and feel satiated without interrupting your fasting goals for weight loss or cellular clean-up.
Autophagy is also triggered by vigorous exercise routines, like HIIT workouts (high-intensity interval training), which, much like intermittent fasting, utilize small windows of high stress to elicit the biological responses we need to stay young and healthy.
To stay healthy, there needs to be a balance. Feasting and fasting is a natural cycle of life. Not constant dieting. This allows for cell growth during eating, and cellular cleansing during fasting.
Enjoy the week ahead everyone and stay healthy!
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