Cellular Biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine “for discovering the mechanisms of autophagy” in his study that demonstrates scientifically that fasting is good for health.
What is Autophagy?
Autophagy (meaning “self-eating”) is when the body uses “cellular rubbish” (dysfunctional or unnecessary cellular components, including pathogenic bacteria) to produce energy. This process is triggered when the body is under stress (i.e. when fasting), thus initiating a thorough cleansing process of the body.
The Nobel Prize winner’s discovery indicates that abstaining from food and keeping fasts is wholesome — the body truly cleans itself. This is confirmed by the Nobel Prize Committee.
It is suggested that autophagy provides cellular renewal – cleansing out junk and stimulating new fresh cells – staving off ageing and reducing senility.
Read more about the discovery here.