The 7 Powerful Ways to Increase Autophagy

Autophagy has a lot of benefits—but it’s not for everyone! Learn more about autophagy, how to get into autophagy, and who should try to inhibit autophagy.


Research paper deep-dive into natural plant-based inhibitors of autophagy:


More videos on Autophagy:

0:00 Introduction: Autophagy explained
0:13 What is autophagy?
2:50 Autophagy and cancer
5:10 How to boost autophagy
12:40 Autophagy inhibitors
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Let’s talk about autophagy. Autophagy is an incredible process. It basically eats up the junk in your body and transforms it into usable things.

This “junk” is unusable damaged proteins, which trigger inflammation. It also helps get rid of pathogens and viral antigens.

Autophagy is like an anti-aging cleaning system of the body. But it doesn’t just clean things up—it provides raw material to build new cells and provide fuel when you need it.

Two major things will stop autophagy: sugar and protein. But, any significant amount of calories will also stop autophagy.

Autophagy may act as a strong protective barrier against disease. But, if you already have cancer, autophagy can aid the growth and progression of cancer.

Autophagy can help you if you’re healthy and can hurt you if you’re not healthy. Unfortunately, many people wait until they get sick before they utilize strategies like autophagy.

The best way to trigger autophagy is to do fasting. You’ll notice more positive benefits from autophagy once you get into about 18 hours of fasting. You’ll notice even more benefits when you get up to 48 to 72 hours of fasting. You can take electrolytes, nutrients, and sea salt, but you shouldn’t consume any calories while fasting.

An additional simple strategy to see more benefits from autophagy is to go on a low-sugar, low-carb diet. Consuming a moderate amount of protein is also crucial—not excess protein or low protein.

Exercise is important to stimulate autophagy. Aerobic exercise (lower intensity and longer duration) will stimulate autophagy more than high-intensity exercise. But, I suggest doing both forms of exercise for different benefits.

Certain phytonutrients and adaptogens can also trigger autophagy to a certain degree.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and intermittent fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand autophagy and how to get into autophagy. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. @mikeking9719 on November 28, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Just completed a 9 day fast today. Lemon water, potassium, Magnesium and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was tough, and day 6 seems to be the worst each time. I do this every year. Always shooting for 10 days if possible

    • @SpamMouse on November 28, 2023 at 11:14 am

      Well done Mike.

    • @nourghafarji on November 28, 2023 at 11:18 am

      We do it for 30 days each year, in ramadan. No water, food, or any bad habits

    • @soloforce6187 on November 28, 2023 at 11:22 am

      @@nourghafarjithat’s not same as 9 day fast. Ramadan fast is dawn to dusk.

    • @nourghafarji on November 28, 2023 at 11:26 am

      ​@@soloforce6187we fast between 12 to 18 hours, for 30 days, yes not the same, even better

    • @proudgrandma138 on November 28, 2023 at 11:33 am

      Then I do Ramaden every day! I knew he was crazy bc the body cannot go without water for 30 days straight or 720 hrs.

  2. @C.N.1 on November 28, 2023 at 11:16 am

    🫣 Again, I say.. this is what makes Dr. Berg the greatest teacher. He doesn’t have to act facetious, talk all loud, overexaggerate, or act “extra tough” to deliver health information. We appreciate it, Dr. Berg!

    • @lilianflynn1876 on November 28, 2023 at 11:23 am

      Yeah Dr Berg is my favourite
      He is calm and grounded
      Not pretentious ❤

    • @Avengedsevenfoldrocks on November 28, 2023 at 12:49 pm


    • @km-bo3zx on November 28, 2023 at 5:42 pm

      Yeah, he’s not afraid to contradict videos that he’s posted in the past (sarcasm). 🙁

    • @sharifahmbabazi5175 on November 28, 2023 at 6:58 pm

      He is the only dr I trust

    • @deez3063 on November 30, 2023 at 8:39 am

      @@chapter4444 *ARE* things wrong on this one. And if so, tell us what Dr. Berg got wrong?

  3. @malars1358 on November 28, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg for sharing your knowledge with the world. I understood Intermittent Fasting from your videos and have lost over 8kgs, healed from my gut issues following your guideline. Thank you so much.

  4. @SarahPerine on November 28, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I’m doing a fast right now for my cancer surgery. I’ve done a 23 day, 14 day, and countless 3-5 day fasts. Going for 5 days this time, but Walter Longo’s research says 3 days is plenty. Yay for autophagy!

    • @brendathomas7173 on November 28, 2023 at 1:40 pm

      Did you watch this video completely? What he says about autophagy increasing the growth of cancer? No need to answer but just think you should know since you actually have cancer.

    • @SarahPerine on November 28, 2023 at 1:47 pm

      @@brendathomas7173 yes and it’s confusing because it’s the opposite of what he has said before. Thanks m not worried. But I would hope he can explain how autophagy feeds cancer.

    • @nimitaw1167 on November 28, 2023 at 2:24 pm

      I’m extremely confused too. I had started fasting because of this channel for cancer. Because he has said in earlier videos that fasting helps. I do a 72 hour fast every week with chemo just like Fred did and also the book keto for cancer mentions it. I really hope he clarifies this point!

    • @SarahPerine on November 28, 2023 at 2:36 pm

      @@nimitaw1167 Hi Nimita💚 I think you are doing great and wish you improved health beyond what you’ve ever had🙏🏽 I did a quick Google search and there are research articles at least since 2018 that say autophagy can basically fight and feed cancer. What I read was far too scientific for me to understand and I might show it to my oncologist. So all I can say is keep going 🙏🏽 I’m a fan of Paleomedicina. Dr. Berg has an interview with Paleomedicina’s founder Zsofia Clemens. They are able to keep you on a diet that mimics water fasting. They have great success with many diseases including cancer. I found them to be affordable to work with, also. Anyhow… don’t freak out! But I do agree… Dr. Berg needs to explain more because he has been preaching the exact opposite for a long time now. He said in many of his videos: “If I found out I had cancer, I would immediately do a 21 day water fast at the minimum.” So I hope he can give us a more nuanced explanation of his latest information.

    • @scottgood7888 on November 28, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      But this is contrary to what Dr Berg is saying in this video. In confused by this because what you’re saying is what I always thought to be true and makes sense.

  5. @tanja2340 on November 28, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    I have stage 4 cancer and I do intermittent fasting every day. Since I started fasting, my cancer’s gotten better. And I feel amazing now.

    • @alwaysright5901 on November 28, 2023 at 2:03 pm

      Sorry to hear you have stage 4☹️ Please pray for healing from our Lord Jesus daily. Please also look up metabolic therapy and Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried. He teaches Cancer Metabolism at Boston College. He makes total sense. I could listen to him all day, he’s filled with so much knowledge and has been very successful with knocking out this disease. Also look up Fenbendazole and Joe Tippens and his protocol. Fascinating as well and Dr. Seyfried mentions this drug along with Mebendazole in his interviews also. Joe Tippens took Fenbendazole and healed his terminal cancer with it.

    • @Iammram on November 28, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      I heard soursop is good for that. Wish you all the best.

    • @paulbarclay4114 on November 28, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      do long term fasting combined with sauna
      rotate your diet, 3 days regular eating, 3 days keto, 3 days fasting
      take probiotics prebiotics and postbiotics and colostrum
      take nac and shilajit
      take fiber and activated charcoal

    • @missblack8810 on November 28, 2023 at 2:52 pm

      I’m so confused dr. Berg has been an advocate for fasting and cancer now this.

    • @joemonroe9456 on November 28, 2023 at 3:03 pm

      What kind of cancer? have you tried heat and cold exposure?

  6. @markwhite6782 on November 28, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    I cannot tell you how much 1) Stopping sugar 2) 18:6 Intermittent fasting daily with a 4 day fast every 2 months plus 3) Regular weight lifting every other day has done to me, my blood work, physical appearance, attitude and confidence. This makes month 28 for me on this schedule with 52 pounds and 7 prescription medications missing from my life at age 61. Unrelated- Apparently there are some internet doctors out there who are butt sore about Dr. Bergs 11.2 million subscribers so they make a video trying to convince you they need more of your attention on health then his channel. Don’t fall for it, there’s a reason they only have 1 to 2% of the viewing audience.

    • @ChampaAinjel on November 28, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      I applaud you for the changes you’ve made to your health! Well done!

    • @plumpychunky on November 28, 2023 at 4:17 pm

      Congrats on your accomplishments! 52 lbs loss is amazing! And yes, I’ve seen those doctors attacking Dr Berg. I suspect they are bought and paid for by Pharma companies. Dr Berg is helping people be healthy (naturally) which is reducing their revenue! They view Dr Berg as a competitor and they’re trying to take him out.

    • @kingnole4237 on November 28, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      It’s hard to change life style

    • @mikepeek5655 on November 28, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      Good for you.
      I just turned 70 and although I have cheated too much , Dr Berg has a great following for a reason. He has a cool calm demeanor and does not throw a temper at others who criticize. In life as we know , no matter how many good things you do, you are gonna have the envy factor come back to hit you.
      Yes it’s good to seek others info and I have done that cause some things are not always perfect. So, I say keep on keeping on this journey. Cause it’s the journey that matters as much if not more than the finish.

    • @WheresBillie104 on November 28, 2023 at 10:25 pm

      Wow! 56 here and I have been doing nearly EXACTLY what you list except I do a 3 day fast at the end of each month. I also do 18-6. The benefits are real.

  7. @DianeSmith-ye4rr on November 28, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    To those of us with cancer.. Don’t lose hope! Through all my research, it still seems that being healthy has many benefits. Also remember these are the same people who told us we would not spread COVID if we were vaccinated.

    • @Fred_lost on November 29, 2023 at 4:54 am

      Ah I see some status quo individuals are barely waking up. Good luck on your journey.

    • @maisounla5243 on December 1, 2023 at 4:27 pm

      I dearly respect Dr’s knowledge and benefited from his info as a stage 4 breast cancer with metastatic bone cancer.
      Bur nevertheless, at times i feel confused by all the updates he suggests amd this info is a major confusion.
      Fasting has been proven solid to a good health and treating alignments i do long dry fasts hoping to control the spread.
      I will do further research on this subject.

    • @calesticall128 on December 3, 2023 at 9:45 am

      Take 8scoope Matcha consumtive needed authopagy in kanker to have release metabolism cell nothing braghh!!

    • @MPM6785ChitChat on December 3, 2023 at 1:05 pm

      Exactly who or when was it stated that getting vaccinated prevented people from actually contracting it ?

      Mitigation of the severity of the symptoms was the information if one contracted the virus.

      Edit: Re Covid

    • @raul7457 on December 9, 2023 at 6:22 am

      if you have cancer do some deep dive research on antineoplastons (AKA a viable cure for most cancer) only available in houston TX

  8. @somewhereincanada3335 on November 28, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Going to add myself on to Dr Berg’s sucess list. A1c was 6.4 beginning of July, now just tested 5.6. Intermittent fasting, low carb, not too much protein. Lots of weight training.

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on November 28, 2023 at 4:58 pm

      Awesome 👏 Thanks for sharing!

  9. @Worldpeace353 on November 28, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Excellent video Dr Berg I did all of this to cure cancer and it works wonders It takes great discipline and people need to value their health. It’s all with the reward Go ahead and start today don’t wait another minute ☑️

    • @trinityrising1877 on November 28, 2023 at 4:22 pm

      I cured cancer cause of him, so what is this new info?

  10. @thuywu2304 on November 28, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you so much Doctor Berg. I am grateful all of topics you have been given for us. Your information and your advice is important and helping my family ‘s health getting better day by day although i have just followed your channel 7 months.

  11. @winningvictory on November 28, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    You know how much Doctors never tell patients about Autophagy!
    Dr. Berg is absolutely humanitarian awesome for sharing thus invaluable health and wellness information/education!

  12. @taz9234 on November 28, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    This works. I did rolling 72 hours and literally lost over 50 pounds and my A1C took me out of being pre-diabetic state. Which was awesome! Dr. Berg keep up the information.

    • @rachelann3452 on December 1, 2023 at 3:15 am

      What is rolling 72 hrs

    • @calesticall128 on December 3, 2023 at 10:01 am

      Billion for million command for detected body going pleasure result good Liver, Probiotic and Cancer.

    • @calesticall128 on December 3, 2023 at 10:02 am

      ​@@rachelann3452 1 month 30 times do its click calculator brah.

    • @isleter88 on December 3, 2023 at 3:12 pm

      I presume it’s similar to my monthly periodic 168 hours of 72 hours water fasting plus 96 hours of therapeutic ketogenic diets

  13. @AR-yl9rf on November 28, 2023 at 11:39 pm

    Since I started watching Dr. Berg, I’ve actually been doing 22:2 intermittent fasting, which is basically OMAD. I’ve also been on keto for over 2 months, My energy is really high, and I’ve lost more than 12 pounds and have about 12 more to finally reach my goal weight. All of that without actually decreasing my calorie intake just introduced long walks and liifting weight as will.

  14. @PhilosophiesofEverydayLife on November 29, 2023 at 2:03 am

    I just love how they explain everything to us so we can understand them , and they make it fun so we don’t get bored or distracted ( which happens to me very often) plus they are having fun to which is amazing. So thank you! You’re amazing guys!

  15. @alhamilton8690 on December 1, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Berg, for giving insight in reference to the atopy that is within the cycles of the body and how to make it more efficiently done under fasting

  16. @dressseller on December 2, 2023 at 1:06 am

    Hi Dr. Berg… I always appreciate every video and all of your effort. However, I’m a little confused on the autophagy and cancer topic.… I really haven’t done keto for all that long… Started end of June of this year… So five solid months and I have lost 40 pounds. Feeling better but definitely cortisol and stress are still holding on extremely in my life but I’m battling.… Have more than a handful of your supplements and just learning all the time. So thank you.

    I would really and humbly request more information on the autophagy/cancer topic as I have finally gotten up the nerve to embark on a three day fast. Looking forward to it though I haven’t started it but I’ll definitely do that during this month of December. Also, what happened to the whiteboard! … I love the bullet points in the background as you go through the various numbers of what you are teaching us. That teaching tool is awesome and I hope you don’t lose it for the same background that this video shows continually. Anyway… That seemed a little off in this video so just wanted to give you some well-meaning feedback. Have a good weekend.

  17. @user-mp9id6yt1p on December 2, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    I was diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma in 2019. Your videos have helped a lot. What’s frustrating for me is, every time I get to a point where there is no sign of cancer, a new (as in one singular) lesion appears. I hope you could make a follow up video or newsletter article on this topic for those of us fighting the good fight! Blessings!

    • @calesticall128 on December 3, 2023 at 9:54 am

      Blessing have powerfull mostly income natural body unsually youre stress how about it yourself in syndrome. Take it selfie youre not Strees!!!

    • @casanjeevgarg on December 4, 2023 at 12:00 am

      Hi, I need help to understand this. In previous videos Dr berg has said that fasting and autophagy helps fight stage IV cancer. In this video he has contradicted that autophagy can promote cancer. Have you done autophagy and does it help in stage IV cancer

    • @smartwriterssolutions5623 on December 4, 2023 at 11:42 am

      ​@@casanjeevgargam also confused

    • @nimunguronald8286 on December 4, 2023 at 11:25 pm

      Me too my sister has ovarian cancer and we’d started her on intense fasting to fight cancer but after hearing Dr berg saying autophagy aids cancer I’m very confused again

    • @dymondgirltv7063 on December 14, 2023 at 3:41 pm

      ​@@casanjeevgargI was waiting on someone else to point this out. I thought I was the only one who noticed. His previous videos about fasting gave me so much. Hope but I started doing research and saw exactly what he is saying. Now that contradicts his original statements. In my research, research, I read multiple medical journals and he is correct. It helps AND hurts. It just depends on specific conditions such as your cancer/ disease type and mutations and progression. Your best bet is to do your own research based off of what’s in your medical chart.

  18. @Kylie-wc4gx on December 2, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    I’m so happy I have access to these videos at the age of 30, I get to live in an age where things like cancer and dementia are optional because of the access to information that I have.
    I utilize a combination of dry and water fasting with aerobic excersize to extend my health span! Thank you Dr. Berg

  19. @alphabeta8403 on December 8, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    5:00 Fasting 18+ hrs
    6:50 Low sugar, low carb
    8:00 Dry fast, no food no water
    10:30 Exercise
    12:30 Cancer loves sugar

    • @KetoMama777 on December 10, 2023 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks ❤

    • @MS-to1st on December 11, 2023 at 3:28 am

      Thank you

    • @sarah.j.777 on December 14, 2023 at 8:54 am

    • @debbiereyes1688 on December 20, 2023 at 4:18 am


    • @neilcurrie8419 on December 22, 2023 at 1:09 pm

      Try mashed up broccoli sprouts. After 15 minutes, supposedly, the shattered cells release chemicals the make sulforaphane, a natural insecticide. The first time I took it, all 15 of my moles quickly dried up and fell off. Got to be careful with fasting though, and a high fat diet, as some cancers eat fat, not sugar. Easy to find out what type yours consumes. This process is so powerful because ALL the potential sulforaphane is already in the seed. Greatest health benefit are in the sprouts, then the stalk, then the leaves, and finally there is a tiny residual amount in the florets. Be careful though as too munch can also trigger a psychotic break. Be by your self when you first take them, or better still, be with someone you want out of your life, permanently. Intermittent fasting is dangerous for people with a lot of comorbidities, and can trigger rapid cancer spread. The time to heal one self is RIGHT NOW, before it is too late.

  20. @RenySouthCarolina on December 9, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    This is the first I am hearing that autophagy can actually hurt you if you already have cancer…thank you so much for this info!🙏🏻 Definitely doing as much autophagy as I can now while I am in a healthy state!😂🙌🏻

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