The Key Issues of Healthy Aging
Science has moved healthy aging to another level in recent years. As we age we undergo many changes; we lose muscle mass, begin to slow down with less energy and generally lack the vitality we once had.
The key concepts of healthy aging are really the same for anyone. We have to provide our bodies with the right nutrition, keep the fat off, build lean muscle, and support our aging cells.
Two Recent Nobel Prize Breakthroughs for Healthy Aging
There have been two major breakthroughs that ought to excite you; both dealing with our unique cellular aging process. One deals with our telomere health and the other autophagy.
The following Isagenix video shows what a telomere does and the importance of supporting telomere health to slow down the effects of aging.
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Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of each of our four DNA strands in every cell in our bodies. As these cells age and die off, the DNA goes through a replication process in making the new cell look like it’s prior cell, i.e., if you have brown hair or blue eyes, the new cell must continue to look brown or blue. As the replication process continues to repeat throughout your life, millions and millions of times, the telomere protects the entire DNA strand from unraveling. Over time the telomere gets shorter and shorter. It’s like a tip of a shoelace. Over time, as you tie your shoes over and over again, that shoelace gets frayed until you can’t use it anymore. In our body when our cells can no longer replace themselves because the telomere is so short, the aging process accelerates, eventually causing death.
What Isagenix IsaGenesis®, a one of a kind nutritional supplement, does is supports telomere health. Learn more here.
The Importance of Enhanced Autophagy
Dr. Berg gives a brief explanation of autophagy. Autophagy was discovered by Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Ohsumi found that autophagy is essential to maintaining vital activities in the body as it recycles amino acids that are the building blocks for proteins inside the cell. It is thought that a malfunction with autophagy is a factor in disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and scientists are hoping that this research will lead to the development of preventative measures and new treatment methods.
It is believed by doctors, like Dr. Eric Berg, DC above and Jason Fung, MD, that autophagy is enhanced with cleansing and intermittent fasting. If you also consider the process of supporting telomere health while autophagy is enhanced with cleansing and fasting, you’ll support health and regeneration in the body.
Overall Importance of Health
To support overall health and the goal of healthy aging, a complete focus on the pillars of good health needs to be incorporated into the lifestyle of those who are aging.
The main pillars of overall health;
- Rest, recovery and stress avoidance & removal
- Movement; exercise, strength, flexibility, and cardio heart health
- Mental and spiritual growth
Michael Colgan, Ph.D., a nutrition scientist who coaches elite Olympic and Professional athletes, was asked how to improve the performance of athletes said, “The relative importance of nutrition, recovery, and exercise on performance is weighted 90% nutrition, 5% recovery and 5% exercise.” It goes without saying then that if you want to improve your health, the first and most important focus is on what, when and how you consume nutrition.
Rest, Recovery and Stress Avoidance & Removal
According to a study done by Gallup Poll, Americans are sleeping less than ever before. They said, “Medical studies have related a lack of sleep to health problems and cognitive impairment. Therefore, experts typically recommend seven to nine hours sleep for adults. Currently, 59% of U.S. adults meet that standard, but in 1942, 84% did. That means four in 10 Americans get less than the recommended amount of nightly sleep, compared with the 11% who did so 70 years ago.”
Stress is a silent killer. Stress is related to reduced health, weight gain (or inability to lose weight), poor sleep and overall brain dysfunction. A focus on removing and avoiding stress can yield quick results towards a person’s health.
Movement; Exercise, Strength, Flexibility, and Cardio Heart Health
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Use it or lose it.” That is very true about your body’s ability to move, gain strength and flexibility and improve your heart’s health. As most people age they slow down and become less active. The simple truth is that as we age, we need to stay active and even be more active, or as the saying goes, “We’ll lose it.”
Below are the goals to improve our health as we age;
- Functional strength training (at least once per week, preferably twice)
- High Intensity Interval Training (at least once per week)
- Walking more (at least 5 miles per week)
Mental and Spiritual Growth
Our brain is the most important organ in our body yet it is the least focused on when improving our overall health. It needs certain nutrients to improve cognition and mental clarity. An overall healthy eating plan like the 12 Food Eating Rules is a great starting point. Plus, much science is being discovered about the benefits of a ketogenic diet and the production of ketosis on your brain’s health. The brain would actually prefer to have ketones as its fuel source over glucose. In a TED Talk by my friend Dominic D’Agostino, P.Hd. discusses brain science with is work with NAVY Seal Divers.
In an age when our Country’s mortality rate was less than 50, Benjamin Franklin lived to age 84. How did he do that? Some believe it was because he engaged his mind daily with study and a life of purpose.
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