by Dr. David Minkoff September 11, 2019 7 min read
Your own metabolism is killing you.
The incomprehensible bazillions of biochemical reactions firing off every nanosecond in every one of your cells have consequences.
Because there is no free lunch.
Not even in biology. The truth is...
Your metabolism makes byproducts. Like pollution from a coal-firing power plant, your cellular machinery produces free-radicals that slowly destroy your cells from the inside out.
In addition, the mind-boggling dance that is protein-folding goes wrong far more often than we’d like to believe. These left-over junk proteins are laying around your cells like discarded toys in a toddler’s room.
The free-radicals, disfigured proteins, and metabolic garbage eventually piles up and blocks the normal cellular function. They are collectively a box of wrenches thrown into your delicate cellular machinery.
Things just don’t work as well with all that crap in your cells. And when your cells don’t work well, it begins to manifest as symptoms.
Symptoms we generally lump together and throw under one big umbrella term:
Fortunately, there is a growing scientific field showing us that our bodies come fully equipped with a self-cleaning feature. Our very own robot vacuum cleaner that goes into each and every one of our cells to clean up the mess.
You don’t even have to think about it, take anything, or “make something happen.” All you need to do is get out of the way and let the automatic clean-up crew do it’s work.
The research shows that this natural cleaning mechanism can potentially add decades to your life. It is already proven to increase the life spans of yeast, worms, flies, and rodents [1-4].
It can dramatically reduce the incidence of chronic diseases like arthritis and autoimmune disease . It slows the progression of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s [10,11] and may be a key factor in the prevention of many, many other diseases [4-8,13].
It even reduces the risk of cancer .
It’s called Autophagy. And it is the centerpiece of the exponentially growing field of longevity and performance research.
Autophagy literally means “self-eating,” but not in some tabloid “Boy Eats Own Head” kind of way. It’s a critical evolutionary mechanism where your cells begin eating all the garbage built up in your system.
To understand how autophagy works, let’s shift gears and talk about sleep.
If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter, you know how much it affects your performance the next day. You can function (more or less), you can make mostly coherent sentences, walk around, and do what you need to get done… but you’re definitely not at your best.
You were “on” for too long and now you pay the price.
It’s the same with your metabolism. If it is “on” all the time, your body never gets a rest. It never gets to reset and start the day fresh.
This is how most of us live our lives. Most of us have become accustomed to life without “metabolic rest,” aka life without autophagy.
Our hyper-convenient, snacking, always on the go-go-go culture is largely fueled by constant snacking, late-night meals, and drinks that modulate our glucose levels at all hours.
Like a person who has never really had a great night of sleep, few of us actually know how good autophagy makes us feel. We don’t know what we’re missing.
The story of autophagy goes all the way back to 1935 when a scientist at Cornell called Clive McCay began investigating the effects of nutrition on aging 
He wanted to see what the difference was between mice that ate as much as they wanted anytime they wanted and mice that were put on varying degrees of calorie restriction.
It was another 50 years before the rest of the world outside of academia began paying attention to his findings: the mice who ate the least lived the longest.
(think about that the next time you’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet)
Over the next decades, scientists began investigating the role of nutrition, calorie restriction, and fasting. The longevity benefits of fasting are now irrefutable.
And the reason is autophagy.
So let’s get practical here. How do we turn this on for ourselves and gain all these health- and performance-boosting benefits.
Strangely, there is no “on switch” for autophagy. Autophagy is basically the inverse of digestion and anabolic growth —— these are the processes where you take food from outside yourself and turn it into new cells, muscles, and anything else your body needs to build.
This means whenever you don’t eat for a long time, autophagy is on.
Fasting = autophagy.
In the calorie restriction studies, the mice were eating so little they didn’t switch on the “anabolic growth” pathway and therefore spent more time in autophagy.
And on the flip side of fasting, anything that turns on the metabolic machinery of the stomach shuts down autophagy.
Especially anything that raises insulin, like carbs or protein. Fats certainly dampen autophagy because your body needs to process them —— any energy spent processing external food takes energy away from the autophagy process. However, there is little clear research to say exactly how much or to what degree.
(NOTE: This is why there are so many differing opinions about whether you can stay fasted with “keto coffee” —— coffee with butter and MCT oil. Our opinion at BodyHealth is that your personal health goals should drive your decisions in your journey to Optimal Health and what that means for you).
In short: fasting is an incredibly healthy practice to add years to your life and reduce the risk of many diseases.
It helps your body detox, kills dysfunctional mitochondria, and helps every system of your body perform better. [4-6] You’ll even think more clearly.
In general, the longer you fast, the deeper the clean.
But that doesn’t mean you need to go on a 5-day water fast just to get some health benefits.
Research shows there’s an easier way.
Digestion takes a while. And after you digest, your metabolism is in gear for hours. Finally, about 10 hours after a meal, autophagy begins to kick in and clean you from the inside out.
But realistically, it’s just getting started. To get real health benefits, you need to give it some time. The latest research shows that you get the best health and performance results by eating all of your meals within a 6-8 hour window.
This gives your body a solid 16-18 hour window to mop up the metabolic mess and leaves you feeling lighter, clearer, and more focused. But don’t let that turn you off. The important thing is to listen to your body. If you are very active or an athlete, you may want to shorten your fast.
Even going 12 hours between meals gives your body enough of a break to do a little cleanup.
But it can be hard to go so long without food, especially in the beginning. And we have the perfect biohack to maximize your results from intermittent fasting and build up to longer and longer periods of autophagy.
Earlier we talked about how anything that activates your digestion or raises insulin shuts down autophagy. This means taking almost anything other than water, tea, or black coffee is going to negatively impact your self-cleaning mechanism during a fast or intermittent fast.
And that’s where this hack comes in.
Because Perfect Amino does not raise insulin. Not even a little bit. It requires no digestion —— no bile, no enzymes, nothing.
Since the formula is scientifically designed for 99% utilization, nothing digested into sugar like BCAAs or other amino acid formulas.
Amino acids are thebasic building block of life and are absorbed directly into your blood within 20 minutes of ingestion. They keep you feeling sated even while fasting.
This means you get the best of both worlds: the health and performance benefits of intermittent fasting or regular fasting, AND a keto-friendly supplement that keeps you feeling full without pulling the emergency brake on autophagy.
Here’s an example timeline you can use to structure your day:
This gives you a solid 17-18 hour fast.
Anytime you feel hungry or low energy during your fast, just take a few more Perfect Amino tablets or mix some Perfect Amino XP into a drink.
Adding Perfect Amino as a “fasting support” helps you maintain your fast and get all the benefits of increased longevity health, less disease, and enhanced performance.
And all without ever succumbing to the hunger pangs and urges that throw so many people off this powerful health practice.
Now before we go, there’s one more level to maximize the benefits of fasting.
Human Growth Hormone is one of the most important hormones for health and fitness.
And when you fast, Human Growth Hormone levels begin to rise. According to an article in Science Magazine , fasting can increase HGH production by up to 2000% in men.
This has a massive impact on the effectiveness of a workout. HGH is one of the master switches for triggering muscle growth . Synthetic HGH is widely used as an anabolic drug to stimulate muscle growth .
And just by working out in a fasted state you can give a massive boost.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Because when you workout, you also get a boost in testosterone. So if you work out while in a fasted state, you get a synergistic hormone combo of HGH AND testosterone to help fuel your workout gains.
Add in the performance enhancing boost of Perfect Amino, and you have a performance enhancing perfect storm.
So if you’re ready to take full advantage of the benefits of fasting and autophagy and want an extra boost, click here to order Perfect Amino today!
by Dr. David Minkoff
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