World No. 1 Novak Djokovic shared some secrets to his diet on his latest Instagram Live show with Dr. Dragan Ivanov, a specialist in internal medicine. Djokovic has been having a series of guests on his show 'Conscious Living' on Instagram Live in recent weeks during the lockdown.
During the chat with Dr. Ivanov, Djokovic some of the dietary practices he has been following in recent years. The Serb said that he goes 16 hours without eating everyday, which is part of a process called 'autophagy', and it has seemingly been working very weel for him over the past 18 months.
"Going 16 hours a day without food has contributed to improvements in my digestive system. I have better sleep and more energy during the day." On being asked for his views on the same, Dr. Ivanov commented, "If we don’t ingest anything for 12 hours, our brain looks for food reserves.
It finds a microorganism, a pathogenic bacterium and destroys and recycles it. The brain then finds a mutated cell which produces extra energy from decomposed materials." "The body derives extra fuel from previously dysfunctional cells.
"If we have lunch at 2 or 3 pm, 12 hours later, autophagy is activated. It cleanses our body and prepares fuel for the next day. But the process takes 12 to 16 hours depending on individuals." "The secretion of melatonin will be higher if we do not have food in our intestines.
When we fast, our body cells regenerate and recover. As a lifestyle, it is ideal to have breakfast in the morning, have lunch from 2 to 3 and then eat nothing until breakfast the next day. This routine would prevent many diseases." Djokovic has also been known to follow a plant-based diet over the past few years.