Research shows that Intermittent fasting activates autophagy, a cell surveillance system that boosts up immunity.
So before we start, just to remind ourselves about the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020. As of 6 January 2021, more than 86.7 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.87 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.
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Since we know that while you are doing an intermittent fast or just fast in general, your body does something magical called autophagy. Which is basically a cell surveillance system that boosts up immunity. In 2016. Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries on autophagy
Autophagy is an evolutionary self-preservation mechanism through which the body can remove the dysfunctional cells and recycle parts of them toward cellular repair and cleanin. - Dr. Luiza Petre, Board-certified cardiologist.
Could this mean that autophagy could potentially protect us by making our immune system stronger?
Possibly yes, but let's see what you could do at first signs of COVID-19 according to Dr. Berg, a leading expert in IF & ketosis.
So let's start by looking at what could be the first signs of COVID-19. 82% of the time it's going to be fatigue, 72% of the time it's going to be a headache, surprisingly just 40% of the time you are going to have a fever, you may also have a loss of smell & sore throat.
It's important to say that just because you may have those symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19, there is a number of different conditions you could have for any of those symptoms.
But in case you do have an infection what you have to realize is that all of those symptoms stated above are caused by your immune system. It's called cytokines, and it's part of your immune defense to fight off a foreign pathogen - invader.
Those symptoms are not directly caused by the virus, it's your immune system reaction to infection.
So let's get back to autophagy, as Dr. Berg says the goal should be to support your own immune system to decrease the duration cycle to increase the recovery and decrease the symptoms, which really is the collateral damage that's done in the attack of this virus.
There have been many studies done on this topic, and they all agreed on one thing, autophagy alarms the immune system and participates in its effector functions.
The serious complications from the COVID-19 really come from metabolic syndrome, these other health problems are mainly connected to metabolic syndrome which is insulin resistance. This would relate to high blood pressure, heart problems, blood sugar issues like diabetes, all these additional other metabolic problems to increase your risk for more serious complications.
So what actually to do at the first sign of COVID-19?
Most important is to drop your carbs & start a low-carb diet, don't start snacking on carbs! Start fasting as much as you can. Intermittent fasting is going to be really important because you are going to directly strengthen your immune system.
Also start taking vitamin D & C immediately, zinc is very important to take also since if it goes down, your immune system could shut down, so make sure to take enough zinc. Do your best to drop your stress since if you are in constant fear that's not good for you & increase your sleep & your body heat. The Reason to increase your body heat is to mimic a fever which is going to speed up the recovery. You can increase your body's heat by sleeping in clothes with the heat turned up or taking a hot shower.
The Last thing to note is if you are taking vitamin C, just make sure it's non-GMO because most of the vitamin C is made from corn starch and sulfuric acid which is going to kick you out of ketosis.
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