Your body's 'self-cleaning' crew...

What do you envision when the word cleansing or detox comes to mind? Do you picture a specific detox diet or fasting? While there is definitely a place for the aforementioned it is worth noting that our body has an innate ability to ‘self-clean’ through a process called autophagy, and it does so to maintain homeostasis. Picture it as a self-cleaning crew that takes care of all the ‘rubbish’ such as cellular debris, toxins and bad cells that no longer serve the body. Autophagy has been getting a fair amount of attention since Yoshinori Ohsumi, a molecular biologist, won a 2016 Nobel prize for discovering its mechanisms. The word autophagy, originating from the Greek meaning ‘eating of self’,

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