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Autophagy and the Immune System

Autophagy and the immune system: This article will give you tips on what to do and what to avoid to enhance this important cleansing process in your body.

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PHOTO ABOVE: One way to enhance the cleansing of compromised cells is vigorous outdoor exercise.

This process is actually a microcosm of your whole body's repair mechanisms...

Each cell is a microcosm of our whole body. Like our body, each cell assimilates, digests, eliminates, repairs itself and produces energy (mitochondrial function). Like us, cells are born, grow up, hopefully stay healthy and live a long life - and all too often, like some of us - grow old too fast through damage, toxicity and stress.

In the same way that our bodies break down and recycle damaged tissues - eliminating toxic elements that are not useful for bodily repair - cells do the same on a microscopic level.

Autophagy and the immune system: A growing body of research indicates that this catabolic process is instrumental in fighting pathogens.

"The autophagy pathway is an essential component of host defense against viral infection, orchestrating pathogen degradation (xenophagy), innate immune signaling, and certain aspects of adaptive immunity."  (1)

"Autophagy is a homeostatic process that functions to balance cellular metabolism and promote cell survival during stressful conditions by delivering cytoplasmic components for lysosomal degradation and subsequent recycling. During viral infection, autophagy can act as a surveillance mechanism that delivers viral antigens to the endosomal/lysosomal compartments that are enriched in immune sensors." (2) 

Autophagy and the Immune System: Fasting

Autophagy and the immune system: is fasting necessary?

If you are like most people, the idea of fasting for a few days or more may be VERY unappealing.

In this article I am including measures you can take to make fasting much less necessary while taking your health to new heights.

Autophagy and the Immune System: Anti-Aging Benefits

Autophagy and the immune system - the process of breaking down unhealthy tissues helps us to be more resistant to disease and aging. 

As we grow older, the bodily processes for consuming, recycling and/or eliminating dead, dying and diseased cells becomes less efficient. All manner of detoxification helps this situation.

Lead, mercury, aluminum and other toxic metals CAUSE there to be MORE dead, dying and diseased cells - overloading our bodies with, essentially, biological garbage. When we detoxify from heavy metals, relieved of that burden, the body's healthy cells thrive and don't become sick. 

Less dying and diseased cells then lightens the body's burden of having to eliminate them. Less dying and dead cells means there is less material in the body to feed pathogens. Also, it means less inflammation, which is a big part of disease and aging. (For example, inflammatory activity in the blood vessels degrades the strength of the arteries and veins, irritating and corroding the inner walls which invites pathogens to eat the dead and dying tissue. It also makes it easier for platelets and other components of blood to get snagged on rough inner walls of the circulatory system - leading build-up of blockages.

Even with the indirect benefits of detox, taking into account autophagy and the immune system along with a consistent detoxification protocol can lead to impressive benefits!

Autophagy and the Immune System: What to Avoid

When taking a proactive approach to autophagy and the immune system, we INITIATE the process. There are a host of ways to do this. By taking measures such as the ones below, all the cells in our bodies will become healthier, and the need to fast less so. ALSO - doing these things will make our bodies MORE ABLE to eliminate dead or dying cells on its own... 

Minimize or totally eliminate exposure to the following:

A - Overeating and snacking.

B - Heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, etc.). 

C - Plant toxins

D - Wi-fi, microwave, radio waves and other EMF's

E - Alcohol, drugs (prescription and non)

F - Carbohydrates (ALL)

G -  Stress: news media, toxic people, being too 'busy and dizzy' etc.

Autophagy and the Immune System: Supportive Measures

- Move to a high octane diet - include more pasture-raised meats and raw dairy and minimize (or ideally, eliminate) carbs, plants and of course processed 'foods.'

- Intermittent fasting (increase the time spent not eating). Ideally, 18 hours fasting and 6 hrs in which you eat your meals. 

**By eliminating carbs, processed foods and plant based foods from your diet, fasting becomes MUCH easier.

**To get there, you MUST eat mostly fat and protein from healthy animal sources.**

- Regular sustained exercise, both resistance training and aerobics, enhance autophagy and the immune system.

- Outdoor activity.

- Detoxify from heavy metals using Medicardium EDTA chelation suppositories. This is  a safe, efficient and relatively fast. You may want to add Notoplex, as the purpose of this suppository product is to enhance your body's process of cleaning out dead and dying cells.

Autophagy and the immune system function MUCH better when you detox heavy metals

PHOTO ABOVE: Since heavy metal toxicity results in many more dead and dying cells in your body, detoxing from mercury, lead, aluminum, etc. makes it less necessary to fast.




Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.

She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy. 

Ellen Landauer is also a  PUBLISHED AUTHOR!

To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE


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