Maybe you ask what is actually autophagy? Such a strange title. The explanation is simple. It is a consumption of the body’s own tissue. It’s basically eating yourself. Scary, right? It will not be when I will explain it to you actually it will become your best friend as I hope. This word came from the ancient Greek word autóphagos. Meaning is not important to us but what is is what it does to us. Autophagy occurs mostly after 16 hours of fasting. You blind that effect when you eat anything else than water. I, personally, think you can eat some dry, not oily, or higher-calorie supplements and nothing major will happen but for the sake of this blog, I will live it more science-based, OK? So, what happening when autophagy occurs?! First of all, I have to say autophagy occurs all the time in some parts of our body. Sometimes in our toe, sometimes in our bicep, sometimes, you get the picture, right? After 16 it gonna occurs in all or almost all, our body. We are lack energy because of fasting so we gonna burn fat more efficiently and second we don’t have enough mitochondria, proteins, vitamins, minerals, etc. We don’t have enough building blocks for anything and then magic happens! All damaged, dead, old or not properly functioning mitochondria, proteins, DNA fractions, all viruses, bacteria, toxins, and other damaging pollutants are gathered by specials vesicles, called lysosomes, which are sacs full of very strong enzymes within the cell. It is an acid environment and contains 50 different enzymes that can dissolve pretty much everything. Enzymes dissolve those harmful, not needed, or not properly working products into building blocks. Those enzymes are able to dissolve even Advanced Glycation End product (AGE) to some degree. After that has a body, cells, enough material to do what they need. Stored fat is used for energy, building blocks for new proteins, mitochondria, etc.
So now we can see how powerful and desired autophagy is. It’s a recycling and cleaning mechanism of our body and you can bet your ass we need it. The real magic happens from 48 to 72 hours of fasting. Over that time autophagy starts to diminish. Feel free to fast more if you have enough stored nutrition be careful. Such long fasting can do just a very well-experienced person. I am experienced enough but I don’t do more than 3-4 days of prolonged fasting from an autophagy point of view. One more piece of advice from me before I wrap it up. Don’t start fast like crazy now. If you are in autophagy too often there is nothing damaged to recycle and then the body starts to recycle still good working cells, etc. What I do is monthly 3 days prolonged fasting (I always target different goals) and about 24-36 hours 2-3 times a week. Is it a lot? I don’t exactly know but I feel a lot better than eating every day to full. So this is it from autophagy and don’t think I mentioned all benefits of this miraculous survival mechanism.