Houseclean Your Body, Houseclean Your Life

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.  ~Zsa Zsa Gabor

Most people hate it, but housecleaning does more than remove the dust from your domicile, research shows that it also  speeds the removal of the body’s cellular garbage.

Every day our cells perform the job of recycling and sweeping away debris – broken proteins, cellular membrane remnants, bacteria, aged mitochondria. This process, called autophagy, turns out to be a very important function for the body as a whole.

Scientists report in Nature that the autophagy process  affects metabolism and has wide-ranging health-related benefits, very similar to the effects of exercise on the body.

Mice that exercised showed accelerated autophagy; an increase in autophagy, prompted by exercise, appears to be a critical step in achieving the health benefits of exercise.   The finding was hailed by researcher as “extremely exciting”:

“The study improves our understanding of how exercise has salutary impacts on health.”

~ Dr. Zhen Yan, Director of the Center for Skeletal Muscle Research at the University of Virginia

One implication of the research: it may be that people who don’t respond as robustly to aerobic exercise as have sputtering autophagy systems.  Autophagy-prompting drugs or specialized exercise programs might help these people get more  benefit from exercise, and make us more diabetes and weight gain resistant in the bargain.

The study further  underscores the importance of staying active.  Only mice that were active – and thus actively pumping up their autophagy – were able to fully regain health after being fed a fatty diet.  The finding was exciting enough to drive one of the researchers to purchase a treadmill.

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About Sandra M.
I am a co-founder of Nuehealth, we create cloud-based applications that helps surgeons anywhere work with patients from everywhere. We are globalizing health care, removing the borders and barriers to the most innovative medical practitioners, technology and procedures in the world.

One Response to Houseclean Your Body, Houseclean Your Life

  1. An amazing article, thanks for the writing.

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