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Autophagy—the body’s waste removal and recycling program—is essential to every single cell. When the autophagy process is running most efficiently, you’ll feel energetic, light, clear-headed, youthful, and your skin will glow. It’s much simpler to rev up this amazing natural cellular rejuvenation engine than you might think. Just making these easy swaps will kickstart autophagy to stop accelerated aging in its tracks, while also helping you look and feel your absolute best.
While coffee alone does boost autophagy, there’s a simple and delicious way to up your morning ante without sacrificing that caffeine kick. Combine one green tea bag with one bag of of whoe citrus bergamot Earl Gray tea, then stir in 1 tablespoon of raw coconut oil with a cinnamon stick. This warming, satisfying drink—which you can sip any time of day—burns fat, boosts brain power, increases your immunity, and makes your skin glow. What’s the magic? Citrus bergamot is one of the best and healthiest autophagy activators in the world (plus it protects your heart), green tea polyphenols such as EGCG stimulate autophagy as well as a process called thermogenesis (the rate at which calories are burned), cinnamon is neuroprotective and can protect against cell damage and cancer, and coconut oil increases ketone levels, which have been shown to be pro-autophagic, while helping you feel full longer.
Autophagy is activated when cells are undergoing a degree of stress. Restricting caloric intake has been shown to induce the process, ultimately helping cells become more robust and long-lived by making them more conservative with their energy. One of the simplest ways to do this is through fasting—but that doesn’t mean that you have to starve yourself. In fact, just going without food for 16 hours—think about eating an early dinner and skipping breakfast or eating it later than usual—gives autophagy a major boost. Doing this just three non-consecutive days a week puts your body into an autophagy-activating rhythm, giving your cells a chance to rest and repair damage, and to clean up any waste or toxins they’ve accumulated.
Autophagy can come from the outside in just as much as it does from the inside out. OMI’s patented Cellular Rejuvenation Complex, which lies at the heart of every product in the range, is comprised of the top ingredients clinically proven to activate autophagy: citrus bergamot, ceramides, trehalose, and caffeine. While each of these ingredients in isolation will do wonders for your complexion, including rebuilding the skin barrier, enhancing moisturization, and decreasing inflammation, together they are a powerhouse, improving skin’s youthfulness by providing it with the nutrition it needs to truly glow.
Studies have demonstrated that only 30 minutes of exercise will spark autophagy in muscle cells, as well as in cells in the heart and bones. One of the best ways to achieve this, while also reaping all of the other benefits of exercise such as increased strength and endurance, is HIIT, or high intensity interval training, which involves working out in short bursts, resting, and then going for broke again. By repeatedly pushing yourself to your anaerobic threshold, you boost autophagy and improve the health of mitochondria in cells. The great thing is that this can be done by tweaking any activity you already love to do, like swimming, running, or walking so that you’re cycling through bursts of exertion rather than committing yourself to a steady slog.
Resveratrol, a super-potent polyphenol found in red grape skins, peanuts, and berries, has been proven in thousands of studies to do wonders for the human body. It prevents cognitive decline by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation in the brain, it activates sirtuins which improve metabolism for weight loss and maintenance, and it improves cardiovascular health. While you’ll benefit from a small dose with a glass of red wine—cheers!—it’s most effective when taken daily as a nutritional supplement of up to 1,000mg. More good news? It also works from the outside in: When incorporated into skin care, it works to fight damage from toxins in the atmosphere, plump up collagen, and keep the complexion firm and wrinkle-free.