One of the dieting trends that’s making a come back now with the hipster communities are some nutritionists alike is fasting. Although that has a historic presence with the various religious beliefs detailing and imposing fasting for a certain amount of time or from a certain type of foods.
And if you’re still finding the concept of fasting and willingly denying yourself of certain foods or all kinds of food for a certain period of time to be too fringe or just flat out unnecessary then this article might just change your mind. So, stick around to find out what are the differences and processes that take place in your body while you’re fasting.
Firstly, before embarking on this process, the major credit behind the revelation of the wonders fasting can do to your body is due to Dr Yoshinori Ohsumi for his Physiology and Medicine Nobel Prize-winning Discovery on the inner dynamics of the autophagy process within the human cells.
If you’re unfamiliar with autophagy, fear not for we shall explain it for thee. Deriving from the Latin words that make up the word which is ‘auto’ that stands for ‘self’ (fairly well-known) and ‘phagy’ which means, eating. Now before you pull that disgusted and disturbed face, it’s not what you think it is.
In ridiculously brief detail, autophagy refers to the process cells do to disintegrate some proteins into acids within the older cells. These acids make up for the basic elements of the forming of new cells. Now with the image a bit clearer concerning the role of autophagy in forming new cells regenerating the older ones; I hear you ask: “why is this process so important? we eat proteins every day anyway”.
The answer to that is simple enough but it’s twofold. First off, we don’t consume enough proteins daily (the average daily consumption is about 70 grams) to replace all the degenerated cells in our body. Secondly, without the autophagy process, a lot of the ‘waste protein’ which includes danger bacteria and cancer cells will not be dealt with and can therefore cause serious issues and potentially life-threatening issues in your body.
With this in mind, your scepticism may still not be silenced and your thirst for more knowledge may not be yet quenched. That is perfectly okay; humanity, as a whole, has a never-quenching thirst just like your own and that is how we keep moving forward as a species. Your remaining questions may be about what’s the relationship between this autophagy business and actually fasting.