We’re always on the lookout for new ways to inform and educate our audience and recently we’ve been reading up on a little-known scientific process which is being described as the ‘new’ way to lose weight. In addition, it’s been linked to prolonging life and helping you look younger.
Autophagy is the process in which our cells naturally regenerate within the body, it provides fuel for energy and helps with cell renewal. Discovered in the 1960s, this process reduces our chances of contracting certain illnesses as well as increasing our lifespan. It has the ability to kill off bacteria and viruses as well as rid the body of damaged proteins which can cause ageing of the body.
Further understanding of the cellular process has helped scientists and medical professionals gain a better understanding of diseases such as dementia or Parkinson’s.
Following Japanese Scientist, Yoshinori Ohsumi’s Nobel Prize win for his research into Autophagy, drugs companies have been trialling drugs which could stimulate the regeneration process.
However, the regeneration process is something which is being researched more by Nutritionists such as myself as the process can apparently be induced naturally.
In terms of a natural approach, this would be induced by fasting, high intensity exercise or restricted consumption of carbohydrates.
Dr David Rubinsztein from the University of Cambridge and UK Dementia Research Institute has noted that in studies where the process has been stimulated, either with genetic tools, medication or fasting, the animals trialled “tend to live longer and be in better overall shape.”
More research is needed to understand the full impact this process would have on the human body. He did agree that fasting is beneficial and does stimulate autophagy.
Ohsumi’s research has identified the benefits for patients suffering from Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and some types of dementia as well as being beneficial for infection control and protecting against inflammation.
It seems that Autophagy will be something we’ll be reading about more and more as research into how to boost the process is carried out. If you’re considering a fasting diet, contact me beforehand to discuss in more detail. Excess fasting is not recommended without prior consultation.
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