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How to Increase Metabolic Autophagy and Why You Should

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Autophagy refers to the biological process in which your cellular parts are recycled and converted back into replacements. It’s a recycling mechanism that prevents the accumulation of old and worn-out organelles
  • Autophagy gets activated during nutrient starvation and energy deprivation. Whenever your body is deficient in vital nutrients, autophagy is activated, allowing your body to recycle components. You can get similar results through intermittent fasting and regular fasting
  • When it comes to muscle building, the timing of anabolism activation can make a big difference. To optimize muscle building, do heavy resistance training while in a fasted state and then refeed directly afterward. Eating a small amount of protein before your workout can also be beneficial
  • Working out fasted might slightly reduce your maximum performance, but you don’t need to work out at your personal max to improve strength and muscle development
  • As you age, growth hormone levels tend to decline and your ability to synthesize protein and build tissue goes down. As a result, maintaining muscle will require different strategies depending on your age

Siim Land, a sociocultural anthropologist, entrepreneur and high-performance coach, is also the author of an excellent book, "Metabolic Autophagy: Practice Intermittent Fasting and Resistance Training to Build Muscle and Promote Longevity (Metabolic Autophagy Diet Book 1)."

I met Land at Dave Asprey's 2019 Upgrade Labs' event, formally known as the Bulletproof Conference, and was impressed with his depth of knowledge. "Metabolic Autophagy" is a marvelous companion book to "Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy."

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