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What is Autophagy and What Should You Know About It?

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  Published on April 14th, 2021
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If you haven’t heard of autophagy, it’s certainly worth knowing about. Autophagy is beneficial for your health and wellness. Let’s discuss this process is and what you should know about it.What is Autophagy?Autophagy refers to the natural process when your body cleans out damaged cells to regenerate healthier, newer cells. Auto means self and phagy means eat. The literal meaning of autophagy is ‘self-eating’ or self-devouring, but contrary to what you might think, autophagy is actually beneficial for your health.Autophagy is an evolutionary self-preservation mechanism where your body removes dysfunctional cells and recycles parts of them toward cellular cleaning and repair. Autophagy removes debris, so your cells can function optimally. Autophagy promotes adaptation and survival as a response to toxins accumulated in the cells.Your body increases autophagy when under stress to protect you. In times of starvation, autophagy keeps your body going by breaking down cellular material and using it for necessary processes. This process takes up energy and can’t continue endlessly, but it’s a protective survival mechanism to give you time and resources […]…

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