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“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is the mantra of sustainability minded folks… Same goes for the phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally“.
But would the world, and you, be better off (and more successful in your personal life) if you really did reduce, reuse and recycle locally?
Like SUPER locally?
You can do so by reducing the amount of food you eat, and then let your body reuse and recycle itself.
How does this work?
What is Autophagy and is it Good For You?
When you drastically reduce the amount of food you eat, of fast, for a duration of 6-8 hours or more, insulin in your body drops and the natural process of autophagy increases.
The term ‘autophagy’, derived from the Greek meaning ‘eating of self’.
The term autophagy was first coined by Nobel Prize winning cytologist, Christian de Duve, over 40 years ago.
When we eat food, our bodies make new proteins and some of these proteins become damaged or “folded” the wrong way.
It is thought that the process of autophagy is a cellular cleansing that reuses and recycles old, damaged proteins in our bodies.
Thus autophagy is a survival mechanism.
Indeed, people who believe that aging is simply an accumulation of cell damage, also believe that autophagy has anti-aging effects.
However, the therapeutic potential of autophagy for the treatment cancer and other diseases is beset by paradoxes stemming from the complexity of the interactions between the apoptotic and autophagic machinery.
Apoptosis is a process of “programmed cell death” by which cells undergo an ordered sequence of events which leads to death of the cell, as occurs during growth and development of the organism, as a part of normal cell aging, or as a response to cellular injury.
Autophagy for Dummies
On a personal note, a purely anecdotal one, I have noticed that when I skip meals and push through feelings of hunger, I feel good.
I have also experienced the same feeling of elation by working out, or going for a run, and then not eating for 4 hours.
Short intermittent fasts seem to always provide me with energy and a feeling of alertness.
Contrast the feelings I get when I am fasted with the feelings of lethargy I get from eating a big breakfast, or any meal for that matter.
I have not tested this in any organized way, it’s just a personal observation…
But, in general, I think I would benefit from eating less and eating better.