Learning and embracing concepts that help keep your body healthier and potentially slowing the aging process has never been easier. You can look and feel younger, more energetic, and more beautiful by taking control of your life. If you want a better quality of life but feel you have fallen off the right course, pick yourself up and march forward to improve your health. You can learn to be a better you, just keep positive and follow our plan. Spell out L-E-A-R-N an you can LEARN how you can easily grasp the benefits from the new concept of anti-aging.
Lose Weight and Eat Right, Exercise your Body and Brain, Attack Age-Inducers, Replenish and Restore, Nourish Your Mind and Soul
Let’s look at each one of these actions a little closer.
Lose Weight and Eat Right
Embracing a healthy lifestyle eating the right foods and the right portions is essential for healthy living. We recommend that you eat a low carb diet packed with good protein foods, fruits and vegetables. Good oils are okay too, such as avocado, olive oil, fish oils and coconut oils. Some starches are okay in moderation, such as rice and potato, but limit your intake of wheat products such as breads and pastas.
We live in a world today that has “portion distortion”. In other words, we eat way too large of portions that our bodies do not need on a daily basis. This, amongst many other factors, has contributed to the rising incidence of obesity in the United States.
Being overweight is a serious threat to your health and longevity so we recommend that you lose any extra pounds and maintain a normal weight. Calorie restriction actually is associated with increase in longevity. Obesity and excess weight gain can increase your risks of developing degenerative medical problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, which can age you prematurely.
If you’ve tried dieting and exercise and you just can’t seem to get the weight off or to keep it off, then you might want to try our diet program, The True Diet. It is designed to change your metabolism while changing your lifestyle habits for the rest of your life. You will be successful if you follow our guidelines. Plus, once you lose the weight, our maintenance program can help you keep the weight off while giving you an energy boost at the same time.
Exercise your body and brain
Exercising your body is vital to keeping you looking and feeling young. Aerobic exercise, weight bearing exercises, physical sports or your favorite activity that gets your body moving are all good ideas. Since many of us just don’t seem to have time to exercise enough, try our PACE program of interval training which involves only 10-12 minutes a day. We can discuss this further during one of your visits.
“Exercising” your brain is just as important as exercising your body. None of us wants to get either dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Keep your mind active. Read, do crossword puzzles, learn a new language, study history, or whatever your interests are. Stay connected and enjoy the company of others. Maintain a loving relationship with someone and stay sexually active. A good sex life has been associated with longer life. All these also give you a better quality and meaning of life.
To fight the aging process, you must first understand it. There are many theories of aging and they probably all contribute to the process of debilitating your body. Inflammation, free radical formation, environmental toxin exposure, genetics, telomere shortening are some of these. All of these can be modified to help you live longer and with better quality of life if we attack these age inducers.
Inflammation is probably one of the most potent inducers of the aging process. Your immune system creates the inflammatory response which can be a good thing. This is the response of your body to external toxins, bacteria, viruses, etc. When functioning optimally, your immune system is your body’s “army” that keeps such foreign invaders from harming your body.
Unfortunately, as you get older, your body’s immune system doesn’t function optimally. Your immune system tries to build an even bigger defense, but sometimes results in harming your tissues instead. You could say your “army” doesn’t function as well and instead of pinpoint rifles to fight off offending substances, it uses hand grenades which kill the invaders but also cause collateral destruction to your tissues. This abnormal inflammatory response thus can result in many different degenerative medical conditions.
Arthritis or pain in your joints is one type of degenerative condition caused by these excessive abnormal inflammatory processes. Your army is throwing those grenades to fight off trauma or other invaders into your joints with resultant collateral damage to your joints, resulting in pain and deformities to your hands and joints. Decreasing inflammation to your joints with anti-inflammatory agents or boosting the efficiency of your immune system with immune boosters are some of the options to help decrease arthritic conditions from occurring.
When inflammation goes unchecked in your arteries, damage can occur to the walls of your arteries, the endothelium of the arteries. Inflammation here can combine with excess damaging lipids floating within your blood stream to result in formation of plaques in your arteries which can thicken and decrease the blood flowing through the arteries. If this happens in your heart arteries (coronary arteries), the clogged arteries cause heart disease. Preserving the health of your heart is paramount to living longer.
If you are like everyone else, you want to live longer, but you also want to do so with good mental abilities. Inflammation can cause changes within your brain in many ways. Damage to the arteries and decrease the flow of nutrients to sustain good brain functions. Inflammation to the nerve cells, called neurons, can result in destruction of the neurons and deposition of “gooey” material resulting in slowing of their function, which can result in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A properly functioning immune system could lessen the chance of your developing these conditions.
Another medical condition feared by everyone is cancer. Cancers are caused when one of your cells changes into a cancer cell and then replicates itself many times over to produce the cancer. It has been estimated that this process actually happens every day. However, if you have an efficient immune system, your immune system destroys that one cell before it has a chance to form the cancerous tumor. Thus, maintaining a maximally efficient immune system is vital to prevention of cancers.
Consequently, in order to prevent these problems from happening, boosting the effectiveness of your immune system is essential. Options to boost your immune status include eating lots of vegetables that contain phytonutrients. These phytonutrients also are available as supplements. We call these immune boosters because they increase the efficacy of your immune system to work adequately. Some immune enhancing supplements include Moducare(sterols and sterolins), DHEA, Turmeric curcumin, Quercetin, Omega 3 FFAs, Resveratrol, Vitamin C and Vitamin D.
When the immune system goes hay wire, toxic particles are formed called free radicals. These energized particles can attack your cells and cause damage to them, including their DNA. Anti-oxidants are substances that neutralize these free radicals to help prevent them from their destructive properties. Taking anti-oxidants is therefore another method to combating the effects of aging on your tissues. Essentially all the above supplements also are powerful antioxidants.
Inflammation can enter your body through many routes, but one of the most common is through your GI tract, i.e. your intestines. Protecting your GI tract can potentially decrease the inflammatory process from entering your body and is thus very important. First, you can tighten the junctions between the cells that line your GI tract by increasing your glutamine intake. We recommend you use a supplement containing high amounts of glutamine, such as our GI Health 1(TrueMD).
Next, you can coat the linings with natural substances to protect it with substances such as glycerizzha and aloe. GI Health 1 also contains these compounds providing you with an easy first step for improving your GI health. Simply take a scoopful of this powder mixed with water or your favorite drink three times a day.
Another action you can do to improve the health of your GI tract is to improve the bacterial flora within your GI tract by taking probiotics. Improving the fiber you ingest can also help decrease the inflammatory response by helping to eliminate them from your body. We have a great Probiotic by TrueMD that can help you restore your natural flora. All these actions are all easy things you can do to decrease potential inflammation from entering your body.
Environmental toxins, pollutants, heavy metals, and other substances can stimulate your immune response to create inflammatory destruction to your tissues. This process can cause degenerative changes and destruction of your cells which can age you prematurely. By eliminating these toxins, you can potentially improve your health and help to decrease these destructive processes and giving you healthier tissues. Removing them may require assistance from your physician.
You age differently than anyone else for multiple reasons and partly from your genes’ response to your environment. A new concept in anti-aging is to turn on certain powers of your genes to help keep you from aging prematurely. One of these is the concept of telomere shortening. Telomeres are an essential part of each of your genes which are made up of strands of DNA. Every time one of your cells replicates to form new cells, the strands of DNA divide and then reunite in two cells. This process is guided by the sequence of amino acids on the ends of the DNA called the telomere.
Unfortunately, every time this division happens, the telomere gets shorter. After multiple replications, the telomere is so short it no longer can control the process of uniting the strands of DNA together adequately and cell death occurs. As destruction of enough of your cells occurs, you show signs of your body aging. However, technology has developed a way to decrease this shortening process from happening, to preserve longer telomeres. A substance called telomerase activator (TA) has the power to keep your telomeres longer, which can result in less damage formation and subsequent maintenance of a more healthy, less aged body.
Replenish and Restore
As you get older, the levels of the hormones in your body decrease. Sex steroid hormones such as testosterone and estrogen dwindle down naturally. The result is that you may become tired, fatigued, your muscle mass doesn’t seem to be firm, your motivation may decrease, and your sexual desire (libido) and performance may decrease significantly. Women may get hot flashes and develop mood changes, sometimes even depression occurs. All these symptoms can result in a poor quality of life.
In addition, lack of hormones can make you age more rapidly. Frailty is sometimes the endpoint of this degenerative process that one sees in many people. Boosting their hormone levels to more youthful levels can potentially help reverse this debilitating process and help you have a better quality of life. Moreover, hormones have been shown to decrease the risk of your developing other degenerative processes, such a decrease in heart disease, bone loss (osteoporosis) and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, when these are taken preventively over long periods of time.
Optimizing your hormones to fit youthful levels is the key. Balancing your sex hormones is the goal. These may include the optimization of the sex hormones of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and DHEA. Other hormones which tend to lessen with age include thyroid and adrenal hormones. Optimizing these hormones to healthier levels can be a factor to boosting your energy level to higher levels
Maintaining good energy is partly a function of your adrenal glands (small glands just above your kidneys) as they secrete the hormones cortisol and mineralocortisol. The production of these must be done precisely in the right amounts to control your metabolism, which is a major factor in your energy level and in managing your weight. If you are excessively tired or gaining weight abnormally, abnormalities of these hormones may be contributing to these problems.
Another important hormone is insulin, which helps regulate your blood sugar (glucose). Proper insulin secretion from your pancreas can result in optimal glucose control and health. Unfortunately, abnormal secretion of insulin can result in poor health, obesity and a marked increase in inflammation with its coexisting degenerative destructive processes. Thus, it is imperative to control your insulin levels to optimal levels.
In addition to hormonal decline that occurs while we age, we also can see destructive mechanisms in our body that occur as we get older. These processes need repair and restoration. Preventing them is vital, but once we get them, repairing them is essential to reduce the disabilities that they may cause as we age. Of course, prevention is the best medicine, but when we get aches and pains, these need to be evaluated and treated when necessary.
Nourish your mind and sole
You must give your body the right food to stay healthy as discussed above. However, you must also feed your brain with not only good food, but also with mental stimuli to improve its health and function. Your brain needs good fats (lipids) to function properly. Some good fats are omega 3 FFA, such as fish oils, and medium chain free fatty acids, such as coconut oil. Many other nutrients are also essential, and we recommend a preparation called Brain Sustain to ensure you are getting all these nutrients adequately.
You want maximum function of your brain and exercising your brain regularly, as suggested above, is important to achieve this. However, after any exercise, you must give yourself a rest break. Thus, adequate sleep is important. You may not be able to get 8 hours of sleep every night, but if you can at least maximize your sleep, you can do just fine. The best sleep is called REM sleep, and is essential for brain health. One way to help is to take Melatonin; sometimes up to 10 mg to 20 mg at night help you get the REM sleep.
Along with mental rest, you have to have a good mental attitude to live life to the fullest. Someone once said, “Attitude is everything”, and we believe this is very true. You can overcome many obstacles in your life with a winning positive attitude. Getting up every morning with a smile on your face and an internal enthusiasm to enjoy every minute of your day can improve your mental outlook and keep you feeling young.
Managing the stresses in your life is also important. You may not be able to change the external forces that cause your stress, but you can change the way you feel about them. Stress can age a person prematurely. Stress has been associated with an increased risk of many medical problems, including worsening heart disease and mental disorders, including depression. Stress management can be any means to relieve your reaction to stressful situations. This could be yoga, meditation, prayer, or whatever works for you.
Sometimes just talking with others can relieve you of your stresses. Staying mentally connected with others is not only good for stress, but it also has been associated with longevity and enjoyment of life. Interact with others daily. Make and enjoy friends and relationships. Keep your social calendar active. Enjoying life is always better if you can enjoy it with someone else.
Use the above concepts as a starting point to LEARN about what you can do to improve your help, to help decrease the development of degenerative processes, to live with better quality of life, and to potentially help extend your longevity. Learning to improve yourself will prove itself every day of your life.