As one ages the body is not repairing itself as quickly as in our youth. There are physical issues and degeneration which give us challenges like:
- Calcification & Inflammation
- Hormone imbalances
- Poor nutrition/malnutrition/lack of absorption
- Environmental toxicity (radiation, pollution, etc)
We need to rid the body of calcification and inflammation, detoxify our bodies, maintain our ideal weight, strengthen our immune system and ingest exceptional nutrition in order that we may live a long and healthy life with no dis-ease. If our hormones are not balanced and at low levels we can experience a chronic health situation.
New studies suggest inflammation has a deep cause – a “cellular trigger” hiding deep within our DNA which are the true culprit behind the modern epidemic of inflammation and the disease that comes with it.
Deep within our DNA, located in the nucleus of each cell, are the building blocks or “blueprint” of every cell in your body. At the end of each strand of DNA is a little bit of genetic material called the telomere. This is the part of your chromosome that controls ageing. As you age and your telomeres get shorter, your body produces cells that are older, weaker, and more decrepit. The shorter your telomeres, the “older” your body is, regardless of your chronological age. And this new research now reveals that it’s the short telomeres that ignites inflammation. But when you slow the loss of your telomeres, you can extend the youthful quality of your blood vessels and avoid disease altogether.
A healthy inflammation response is essential for life (e.g. a cut finger), however chronic inflammation is a condition where an area is ALWAYS irritated, swollen and inflamed. It’s the chronic inflammation that destroys your endothelial cell barrier (ECB). Your ECB wraps the inner lining of your blood vessels and constant inflammation will eventually destroy this protective covering. New studies suggest the telomere is the controlling element, the ultimate trigger for chronic inflammation that leads to: heart attack, heart disease, mental decline and stroke.
This now means you have a lot more control over your health and your future than you may have ever thought. When you CONTROL the length of your telomeres, you can stop and reverse the damage cause d by chronic inflammation.
Researchers have found out resveratrol stimulates the product of adult stem cells called endothelial progenitor cells. These stem cells are very powerful and have the ability to repair and heal the trouble areas in your ECB. The more progenitor cells you have, the more likely you are to avoid disease. This is supported by the fact that patients with high blood pressure and/or cardiovascular disease or diabetes have low levels of progenitor cells.
Resveratrol has the distinction of activating telomerase, the enzyme that rebuilds your telomere. Resveratrol is in: Raisins, Purple Grape Juice, Peanuts, Mulberries, Eucalyptus Trees, Japanese Knot Wood. You’d need to drink 1,000-3,000 glasses of wine to experience the life extending benefits of resveratrol! However, taking supplements of 10-20mg/day will enable telomerase activation and the stimulation of endothelial progenitor cells. Resveratrol has a cousin that may be more effective, pterostilbene which works harder to support the colon, brain and cardiovascular system. Both have remarkable effects on learning and memory. Pterostilbene is more bioavailable and may be better than resveratrol at promoting a healthy, normal inflammatory response. In clinical studies, pterostilbene seems to block an enzyme that oridinarily would make some free radicals stronger.
You can get pterostilbene from: red-skinned grapes, blueberries, cranberries, lingonberries, bilberries and sparkleberries.
One of the best ways to measure inflammation is to have your doctor do a test ca;;ed C-reactive protein (CRP) which can be detected by a blood test. Elevated levels indicate there is inflammation in the body, and this test is a predictor of heart disease. To keep your levels of CRP low do moderate physical activity, or squats for 30 seconds or more, increasing the number every few days. People who went from not exercising at all to exercising a small amount five times a week cut their CRP levels by as much as 30%.
Also, the carotenoid, astaxanthin, can lower inflammation and thereby lower your levels of CRP. In one study, volunteers took 4mg of astaxanthin three times a day dropped their CRP by almost 21% Astaxanthin also protects your DNA – your “cellular blueprint” that determines whether you stay healthy or not. Those who took 8mg, it dropped by 43%. Astaxanthin may be the best antioxidant for DNA protection since it’s 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C, 800 times more than CoQ10 and 550 times more than Vitamin E or green tea.
Our sex hormones are our health hormones. As we get older they need to be within a certain range otherwise we get estrogen and cortisol dominance which can lead to thyroid disorders, disable the immune system and interfere with the energy production in our cells thus signalling the body to age. Hormone irregularities eventually erode our potential to experience optimal health and vibrancy and affect every facet of our life, including our natural state of well-being, our ability to exercise, and our sex life.
Once our hormones drop, calcification ensues. This can also be caused by taking calcium tablets without magnesium and thus builds up in our joints (finger joints, ankles, etc.). So any calcium rich hard waters, especially well and municipal piped waters must be avoided. Many parasites and calcium-forming microorganisms can be passed orally by touch or sexually. Calcium acts like sand in our biological gears and eventually turns into dogging plaques causing friction and interferes with blood and fluid flow, oxygenation and movement of white blood cells.
Nutrition is a critical factor in experiencing the very best of health. Not only does it affect how we feel on a daily basis, it also determine the future of our health.
More than 3,000 chemicals are added to the food supply and over 10,000 chemicals are involved in food processing, storage and preservation.
Your chances of being contaminated by this toxicity is high, and it has a cumulative effect which could eventually lead to hormone irregularities and calcification conditions.
There has been a great rise in debilitating conditions which is closely linked to the toxic load generated by the following substances and types of contamination:
- Toxins: Phthalats and bisphenol A used in plastics, furans, toluene, and xylene petrochemicals; polychlorinated biphenols, perfluorooctanoic acids used to make stain resistant non-stick products, depleted uranium in mattresses, and poly-brominated- diphenyl-ethers used in mattresses, couches and carpets.
- Pesticides and Fertilisers: arulazine, azinphos-methyl, benomyl, GHC, and many more are commonly found in grocery store shelves. Only organic foods are free from these common dangerous plasticides.
- Genetically modified substances: soy, corn, potato, wheat, etc.
- Hormonally altered substances: e.g. rBGH milk
- Grain-fed factory farmed meat: now known to be heavily contaminated with pesticides, larvicides, fungicides, and antibiotics. In addition, these animals are also fed artificial, genetically modified grain, which if you ingest this meat will suffer the consequences down the track.
Buy eco-friendly, non-outgassing furniture to reduce the burden on your immune system, and buy hemp or other natural clothing. Eat living raw food with lots of colours and drink smoothies chock full of cacao, hempseed, coconut chips, 1/2 an avocado, water kefir, probiotics, maca, nuts, seeds, herbs, mesquite, kale, carrot, turmeric, black pepper, vanilla, chia seeds, goji berries, golden/incan berries, and the like. This will sustain you well through the day and give your body what it needs for longevity – a younger you.