The Effects of Autophagy on Infection

Here is something cool about autophagy you may not already know.

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0:05 About xenophagy 
0:50 What is autophagy?
1:15 Benefits of autophagy
1:26 Sickness and loss of appetite
1:56 What to do 

Today we’re going to talk about autophagy and the effects of autophagy on infections. 

You may already know about autophagy for recycling damaged proteins. But, there is another cool thing about autophagy called xenophagy. Xenophagy targets pathogens. 

Your immune system uses this mechanism to clean up microbes that shouldn’t be there. Unfortunately, certain viruses have adapted to this. So, you may not handle all of your microbes this way, but it can help lessen the load. 

What is autophagy?
Autophagy is a condition where your body starts to eat up damaged proteins and clean up microbes that shouldn’t be there. It then recycles them into new amino acids and materials. You can trigger autophagy by doing fasting for at least 18 hours. 

A few benefits of autophagy:

• It’s good for anti-aging
• It’s good for your immune system
• It’s good to help clean up old damaged proteins that shouldn’t be in your body 

Here’s what you could do in addition to fasting if you’re dealing with some type of infection or some type of chronic systemic immune weakness. 

Take antiviral and antimicrobial herbs even when you’re fasting (capsules): 

• Garlic 
• St. John’s Wort 
• Ginger 
• Astragalus 
• Oregano 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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