Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
Fasting & Autophagy
by Christine Egbert
Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, wrote: “May the God of peace (shalom) make you completely holy—may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah). Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, but the thief (Satan) comes to rob, kill, and destroy.
In my first article in this new series titled Fearfully & Wonderfully Made, I want to talk about the benefits of fasting. While most believers know the spiritual benefit of fasting, few know about its physical benefit. Our body is God’s holy temple, and our Creator designed the human body with the ability to repair itself at the cellular level through autophagy when we fast. In 2016 Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in Physiology for his amazing discovery regarding autophagy, which is the body’s way of healing and preventing chronic illness through fasting. But before I get into those scientific specifics, I want to remind my readers of what Scripture declares, for anything man discovers, our Creator already knows! Romans 1:20 says: “… the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…”
Autophagy is a process of cellular metabolism—self-cannibalization—in which invading microbes, damaged cytoplasm, and organelles get broken down and then used to generate energy and build new proteins and membranes. During autophagy, the body begins to repair the damage done by degenerative diseases, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, infectious diseases including mold, skin aging, and even cancer.
How long must one fast in order to achieve a state of autophagy?
Autophagy does not begin until the body’s glucose and insulin levels drop considerably. So if you eat the Modern American Diet (MAD) which is 70% carbohydrates it will take two to four days of a water fast. But if you normally eat a low-carb diet like Keto (20 carbohydrates a day or less) you enter autophagy after 16-18 hours of fasting. That is why so many people on Keto incorporate intermittent fasting of 18 hours a day every or most days.
The father of LIES who wants to destroy our holy temples has propagated the lie that “it’s healthier to eat six small meals a day than three large ones” through unwitting health care providers. But more frequent eating (along with a high carbohydrate diet) desensitizes our cells to insulin, creating “insulin resistance”, the root cause of not only type two diabetes but many other chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and even dementia. (Many doctors now refer to Alzheimer’s as type 3 diabetes.)
Recent research suggests that over two-thirds of adults currently have some level of insulin resistance. But just as misrepresentations of facts can be found in so many biology textbooks that perpetuate a belief in evolution, much of the nutrition information presented to the public comes from outdated and unreliable sources in the food (sugar) and agriculture industry. I have included some links below to videos about autophagy and an article on insulin resistance.
Dr. Eric Berg – Weight Loss or Autophagy?
Dr. Eric Berg – The TRUTH About Health
Dr. Stan Ekberg – What is Autophagy?
Dr. Stan Ekberg – What Happens If You Don’t Eat For 5 Days?
T Zone – Don’t Eat 6 Meals a Day