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Your Sweat Nation Guide To Body Cleansing.

"I think i'm going to give the latest hollywood juice cleanse a try." Ooh, I might also try that detox diet after that, my body should be squeeky clean after that." What if I told you to forget the juice cleanses and detox diets. While there’s probably nothing wrong with drinking your weight in liquid kale, it not going flush out toxins any faster than if you were eating, you know, actual food. At any case nothing cleanses and flushes more than good ol' H2O.

You’ve Tried Almost Every Cleanse. Here’s Why I'll Try & Persuade You To Never Do One Again.

Let's begin with this question. Will a cleanse/detox help me lose weight. Yes, it will. The issue is you can't live in a state of just sipping juice and eating next to nothing, which means that although you lost the initial weight. the weight will come back and it most probably bring some friends with it. This is the exact definition of the yo-yo diet.

There's is a better-known way for your body to cleanse itself, and it’s a process that is completely in your control.

All you need to do is practice some autophagy. What in the? I don't want to write an autobiography!!! Ok, good one but we're talking about autophagy which is a way you can actually train your body to eat itself. Flip, dude! You're not getting any better at explaining why this is a better concept than cleanses & detox's. I'll give you that, but believe it or not, you want your body to do a little self-canabalism..

Autophagy (literally “self-eating”), is the body’s way of cleaning house: Your cells create membranes that hunt out scraps of dead, diseased, or worn-out cells; gobble them up; strip ’em for parts; and use the resulting molecules for energy or to make new cell parts.

Think of it as your body’s innate recycling program. Autophagy makes us more efficient machines to get rid of faulty parts, stop cancerous growths, and stop metabolic dysfunction like obesity and diabetes.

There’s also evidence that the process plays a hand in controlling inflammation and immunity. And when scientists engineer rats that are incapable of autophagy, they’re fatter, sleepier, and have higher cholesterol and impaired brains.

To sum it up, autophagy is key to slowing the aging process. And you can learn how to do it better.

3 Ways to Re-Construct

"How will I learn this self-eating reconstructing magic?” This is probably a question you've never thought to ask before, but asking new questions will lead to new and interesting results. First, autophagy is a response to stress, you’re actually going to want to put your body through stress in order to drum up a little extra auto-cannibalism.

As is often the case, short-term discomfort can bring long-term benefits. Here are three main ways to boost your autophagy.

1. Exercise

In case the sweating, grunting, and post-workout pain didn’t tip you off, here’s a reminder: Exercise puts stress on the body. Working out actually causes micro tears in your muscles, that the body then rushes to heal, making the muscles stronger and more resistant to any further “damage” you might put it through.

Regular exercise is the most popular way that people unintentionally help their body to cleanse. (So there’s actually something to that fresh, renewed feeling you get after working out.)

Regular exercise is the most popular way that people unintentionally help their body to cleanse.

One study looked at structures that form around the pieces of cells that the body has decided to recycle. After engineering mice to have glowing green autophagosomes (as one does), scientists found that the rate at which the mice were healthily demolishing their own cells drastically increased after they ran for 30 minutes on a treadmill. The rate continued increasing until they’d been running for 80 minutes. (This actually inspired the study’s lead scientist to buy a treadmill.)

It's been clearly shown that exercise has many benefits, aside from the possible role of autophagy. it's a good bet in general. And if you like tough workouts, all the better: Sweat Nation recommends relatively intense exercise for maximum benefits.

2. Fast

Let's get the lambo and get to cleansing!!! Although that does sound like a good plan, Ok getting back to the article. For the peeps who "cleanse" by drinking juice, the act of eating actually works against autophagy. Skipping meals, it turns out, is a much more effective way that granted, your mind may not immediately love but ultimately gets great benefits from.

In fact, research shows that there is great benefits to an occasional fast, and some of them—like lower risks of diabetes and heart disease—might be attributed to autophagy.

It’s also pretty remarkable how much research has focused specifically on the way fasting promotes autophagy in the brain, suggesting that it could be an effective way to lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

In some studies, intermittent fasting was shown to improve cognitive function, brain structure, and neuroplasticity, which may help the brain to learn more efficiently. That said, it wasn’t totally clear if autophagy was the cause; plus, those studies were done on rodents. People aren’t rodents, and we can’t always assume the benefits will be the same for us humans.

In any case, here's our quick guide to intermittent fasting. Practitioners usually forego food for anywhere from 12 to 36 hours at a time, making sure to drink plenty of water. (Also limit activity and work during a fast—I;m going to suggest that it would be a good day to practice your meditation.

3. Lower Your Carb Intake

While I've done fasts for up to 18 hours per day, I recognize that for the average citizen, that can be a tough routine to follow. Simply forgoing food on the odd occasion seems to work (one study showed a lower risk of heart disease from just one fast day per month), but there’s another way to get similar benefits without giving up your favorite rib eye (though you’ll probably need to quit candy). It’s called ketosis, and it’s an increasingly popular diet among bodybuilders and anyone seeking a longer lifespan. The idea is to reduce carbohydrates to such low levels that the body has no choice but to use fat as a fuel source instead.

Ketosis is like an autophagy hack. You get a lot of the same metabolic changes and benefits of fasting without actually fasting.

Ketosis can help people lose body fat while retaining muscle, and there’s some evidence that it helps the body fight cancerous tumors, lowers the risk of diabetes, and protects against some brain disorders, particularly epilepsy. (Researchshowed that more than half of children with epilepsy who go on the diet have at least a 50 percent reduction in seizures.)

Ketosis is like an autophagy hack. You get a lot of the same metabolic changes and benefits of fasting without actually fasting.

Keto diets are super high fat: Between 60 and 70 percent. Research is finding that higher fat diets are proving to have great health benefits. I know it seems counter intuitive, but at one time we also thought the world was flat. Protein will make up 20 to 30 percent of calories, while carbs are kept below 50 grams per day.

If ketosis sounds even harder than not eating at all, take heart. Similar benefits have been noted in people following a diet in which carbs didn’t exceed 30 percent of their overall calories.

Is There an Easier Way?

Let's look at the concept of easy. You are a Sweat Nation Citizen. This means that your on the constant mission to make what seems hard easier. It may be difficult in the begining, but like most things. The more you do it the easier it will get. SO yes, this can get easy.

Of course people are looking for ways to induce autophagy through chemicals, because it would be "easier" than dieting, but be cautions and know that we’re a long way off.

Anti-epileptic drugs are being developed that mimic the effects of ketosis. If they become available to the broader public, there’s a chance we’ll be able to pop a pill that cranks up autophagy with practically no effort.

Like in most cases though, nothing really beats the real thing. There are so many metabolic changes that take place during ketosis that mimicking all of them with a pill will take a long time with some unintended consequences popping up throughout the learning process. The bodily stress that comes with entering ketosis might be necessary for the benefits.

Just remember: You don’t have to fast, stay in ketosis, or exercise intensely all day every day to experience these benefits—even a few hours of any of these activities can help.

The Skinny

There’s a pretty strong case to be made that stress and self-destruction lengthens your lifespan. It’s our ancestral and evolutionary response to dealing with feast and famine in times of stress. Since a lot of these things would kill us, like starvation and exercise, it only makes sense that after millions of years we adapted those mechanisms to make them positive.

There’s still a lot to learn about the process, and it’s too early to definitively say that autophagy will cure cancer, make you a genius, and stave off aging for good. I'm pretty sure we will see these in sensationalist headlines from time to time though.

There’s a pretty strong case to be made that hormedic stress and self-destruction lengthens your lifespan.

One fundamental problem is that it is still difficult to monitor autophagy in a living organism, especially humans.

The bottom line: Regular exercise and occasional carbohydrate restriction carry an ocean of benefits in addition to their likely impact on autophagy. The best that could happen is a stronger, leaner, and cleaner body. That’s the kind of detox you're looking for.

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