FLASH: Fasting is Key to Longevity
Note: An important part of this is understanding is the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) a very important pathway responsible for controlling autophagy or how our bodies detox and repair themselves.
Fasting is biological stressor that produces many beneficial results, including autophagy. In fact, some of the benefits associated with fasting such as a reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease can at least in part be attributed to this process.
There are many different kinds of intermittent fasting schedules, if insulin resistant, experts recommend to fast every day by scheduling all eating within a window of approximately 8 hours or less.
Example, you could restrict eating to the hours of 11a and 7p. This equates to 16 hours of daily fasting.
Eating between the hours of 8a and 4p works better for some people, and this schedule actually has an added advantage, because one is now fasting for several hours before going to bed, as the last thing anyone needs to be doing is producing energy when they do not need it.
There is compelling evidence showing that when we supply fuel to our mitochondria at a time when they do not need it, they leak a large number of electrons that liberate reactive Oxygen species as free radicals.
These free radicals damage mitochondria and eventually nuclear DNA.
There is also evidence indicating that cancer cells uniformly have damaged mitochondria, so eating too close to bedtime is not a good idea.
I strive for 6 to 8 hours of fasting before bedtime, at bare minimum, avoid eating at least 3 hours before going to bed.
The Key Takeaway
Our lifestyle determines our fate in terms of how long we will live and, ultimately, how healthy those years will be. For optimal health and disease prevention, you need healthy mitochondria and efficient autophagy.
The 3 Key lifestyle factors that have a beneficial effect on both are these:
1.What we eat: A diet high in quality fats, moderate in protein, and low in non-fiber carbs. Eating Organic and grass-fed is also important, as commonly used pesticides like glyphosate cause mitochondrial damage
2.When we eat: Daily intermittent fasting tends to be the easiest to adhere to, but any fasting schedule that you will consistently follow will work.
3.Exercise: High intensity interval exercises being the most effective
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively