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Aging

“The quality of our life is directly related to the quality of our choices.”

I believe aging is an illness. I say this because in my view aging is the combination of a host of progressive degenerative diseases. We accept aging in principle because we are all doing it together. I think we can redefine the aging process in a way that we have not considered. The aging process as we know it today is simply an outward expression of progressive degenerative disease.

Aging is associated with the following:

Increased blood sugar

Heart problems including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and hardening of the arteries and veins

Weight gain or loss

Cataracts and other visual problems

Fatigue

Organ system deterioration

Skin and other connective tissue breakdown

Constipation and intestinal disease

For reasons of passing understanding most American’s do not associate their chronic illnesses with the food they eat or their behaviors. I want you to think outside the box about aging. Aging is a normal and often disappointing part of life. As Americans we are so conditioned to the life schedule K through 12, college, marriage, kids, perhaps divorce, retirement and then ten to thirty years of progressive degenerative disease. A life style involving pharmaceutical drugs that we request from our medical physician because we have been bombarded with drug commercial after drug commercial telling us that this is our salvation. Just lovely sign me up!

No one can turn the clock back on aging. But perhaps we can “pause” it for a moment. There is an impressive body of scientific research that points to strategies that may help people maintain a youthful and healthier condition. It is possible that if we understand what is taking place in our bodies as we age we can then begin to configure strategies to prolong our youthful state. In some cases we may even have a greater quality of life for the duration.

FREE RADICALS - Scientific research suggests that the maximum possible human life span is estimated to be about 120 years. I believe it to be even longer at about 150-180 years. The culprit in aging research is a class of substances found in the human body and in nature, called "free radicals.” The free radical theory of aging, first presented by Denham Harman, M.D., in 1956, says that the changes that occur in the body with aging are caused by the build-up of free radicals.

What, exactly, is a free radical?

Basically a free radical occurs when an electron in an atom fails and the atom steals an electron from its neighbors atom, then the neighbor atom steals an electron from its neighbor, and so on, causing free radical chain reactions. This is the cause of aging and disease, as we know it today.

ANTIOXIDANTS - Think of antioxidants as molecular law enforcement. They are the good guys that donate electrons to halt free radical chain reactions. In theory then, this would halt aging and disease. Antioxidants include familiar nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E. The plant world is filled with a wide variety of antioxidants, which is one reason why fruits and vegetables are the defenders of our health. It is also note-worthy to state here that antioxidants are not found in any of the fast foods or flesh foods prevalent in the Standard American Diet or S.A.D.

One step in preserving our youth is to reduce our exposure to environmental sources of free radicals. A partial list of environmental free radical producers includes ionizing radiation (x-rays), ultraviolet light (a sunburn), pesticides and insecticides in water and food, and heavy metals such as lead and mercury (tooth fillings). This also includes the metals in cosmetics: for example, your underarm deodorant and sunscreen. Not to worry, there are many alternative products to replace these items at your local health food store.

Stress reduction is a key health measure that can help tip the balance in our favor in the battle against aging. Studies indicate that physical, emotional, and mental stress increases the formation of free radicals in the body. When the body is burdened with stress it causes the body to respond in the “fight or flight” mode. This alters the metabolism and the result is systematic weight gain. Reducing the stress in our lives is another quality choice we can make. (I discuss this concept in greater detail in the chapter entitled Stress)

NRF2 – Nrf2 is a powerful protein that is latent within each cell in the body, unable to move or operate until it is released by an Nrf2 activator. Once released it migrates into the cell nucleus and bonds to the DNA at the location of the Antioxidant Response Element (ARE) or also called hARE (Human Antioxidant Response Element) which is the master regulator of the total antioxidant system that is available in ALL human cells.

“High levels of free radicals turn on a specific protein in the cell’s nucleus called Nrf2. Activation of Nrf2 essentially opens the door for the production a vast array our body’s most important antioxidants. It is clear that excessive free radicals induce better antioxidant production through this pathway, but the obvious question is, what else activates Nrf2?

It turns out that a variety of foods are powerful activators of the Nrf2 pathway. While not necessarily rich in antioxidants, they directly and dramatically amplify our innate ability to produce vast antioxidant protection by signaling our DNA. In this way, specific molecules from Nrf2 activating foods can trigger the production of thousands of antioxidant molecules, providing far better protection against the brain-damaging effects of free radicals compared to standard antioxidant supplements.” Dr. David Perlmutter M.D Huffington Post 1/25/11

TELOMERES – Telomeres are sequences of DNA—chains of chemical code. Without telomeres, the main part of the chromosome—the part containing genes essential for life—would get shorter each time a cell divides. So telomeres allow cells to divide without losing genes. Cell division is needed so we can grow new skin, blood, bone and other cells when needed.

In human blood cells, the length of telomeres ranges from 8,000 base pairs at birth to 3,000 base pairs as people age, and as low as 1,500 in elderly people. (An entire chromosome has about 150 million base pairs.) Each time a cell divides; an average person loses 30 to 200 base pairs from the ends of that cell's telomeres. In this process, the telomeres become shorter and shorter. Without telomeres, the main part of the chromosome, the part containing genes essential for life, would get shorter each time a cell divides. In this way telomeres allow cells to divide without losing genes. Without telomeres, chromosome ends could fuse together and degrade the cell's genetic blueprint, making the cell malfunction, become cancerous, or die.

The good news is that there is a defense available to us in the form of an enzyme called telomerase. Cancer researchers have found this enzyme to prolong the life of the telomeres. This can and does prolong life in all living things. Unfortunately, the medical industry in all its wisdom has found that telomerase lengthens the life of cancerous cells as well as healthy cells. Therefore scientists are actively researching a way to inhibit telomerase production in an effort to cure cancer or kill cancerous cells. However, the greatest fear then, is the blocking of telomerase could impair fertility, wound healing, production of blood cells and immune system cells. The obvious solution is to avoid cancer in the first place with preventative medicine and life style choices. Implementing a proper diet containing raw organic whole foods that are combined properly and consumed at the proper time of day based on the biomechanics of the body. This life style change is a great place to start. I know simple, right?

Telomerase, like all enzymes, are found in the fruits and vegetables, dark sea, and land grasses that most Americans are not eating.

Geneticist Dr. Richard Cawthon and colleagues at the University of Utah found shorter telomeres are associated with shorter lives. Dr. Cawthon says that if all processes of aging could be eliminated and oxidative stress damage could be repaired, "one estimate is people could live 1,000 years," and they would die from causes..

Aging and hypothermia?

Imagine for a moment what I have discussed above.Now imagine yourself freezing to death from hypothermia in the Arctic cold. The body is in a ball shivering in an attempt at warming the core of your body. The effects of frostbite will set in. This is the body’s reaction to the cold expending the nonessentials. Things like toes and fingers—even ears—are expendable. This is the body’s attempt to save the core functions. The command on the MACRO comes from the micro. I theorized 25 years ago heat the cell in fact has a survival manual and protocol. Now compare this to the function of telomeres and then replace the Arctic cold with a poor American diet and you can see the analogy is true. We die because we in effect eat ourselves to death.

Can you build the same house with half the materials?

Think of DNA as the blue print for your house. The chemical code made of four nucleic acid bases: G for guanine, A for adenine, T for thymine and C for cytosine these are the paper that the blue print is printed on. The blue print like the rest of a chromosome and its genes, are sequences of DNA made from chemicals manufactured from the foods that your body consumes. The message can only be copied if the chemical paper is there for the blue print to be printed on. When we consume foods that cannot be transformed into the chemical paper for this purpose we lose the message or blue print that is our very existence. Once lost, that message cannot be retrieved. Keeping the message safe is completely reliant on proper diet. So the question is: can you build the same house with half the materials? No, and you cannot build the same human with half the chemical message either. It’s just common sense.

FOOD COMBINING - Even eating the right organic raw whole foods in the wrong combination and time of day can cause residual cellar toxicity. What does that mean? Simply put, your body can digest food in specific combinations and only at specific times of the day. We cannot just eat the food that sounds good to us at that given moment. The wrong combinations will result in spoilage and toxicity. The resulting condition causes progressive degenerative diseases and systemic weight gain to say nothing of aging. I will discuss improper food combining later, but for now realize that it’s really, really bad! For example you cannot combine fruit with yogurt or granola.

The most important anti-aging strategy is to increase our intake of antioxidant nutrients in the proper food combinations and in the proper biomechanical stage of our day. I call this eating on the wheel. As I said, the quality of our lives is directly related to the quality of our choices. The resounding evidence indicates that lifestyle choices greatly influence health, longevity, and the aging process. Avoidance of smoking, alcohol, and drugs, combined with regular exercise, keeping our weight down, and eating a healthy diet, as defined here, empower us to live longer, healthier more rewarding lives.

LONGEVITY – Here is something to consider, at the age of 30, all of your organs have a reserve capacity of 4-10 times the amount of tissue required to sustain life. This is why a surgeon can remove portions of your vital organs and you can still maintain homeostasis and the cellular metabolism necessary for life. As we do the math the reserve tissue equals 120-300 years. While this is still far short of Dr. Richard Cawthon’s best estimate, it is more favorable to the average mortality age of 77 years. In our current state an individual of 40-70 years of age will succumb to progressive degenerative disease, not old age. These systems fail because of cirrhosis, heart failure, strokes, cancer etc. A lack of enzyme defenders from proper diet leaves the body defenseless against a myriad of attacks.

It’s never to late, and you’re not too old.

Researchers at the Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tuft's University put seemingly frail adults ranging in age from 80's and 90's on three-month strength training program. In this relatively short period, they increased muscle strength by 180 to 200 percent. These individuals had notable increase in muscle mass by 12 to 15 percent. Additional improvements included an increase in metabolism, lower cholesterol levels, blood sugar, heart rate, and an increase in bone density for males and females.

Making positive change in your life.

Drink fresh squeezed fruit juices in the early a.m. and eat regularly starting at 11 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. eating your finial meal before 8 p.m. and no later. Follow the "Eating on the Wheel" food combining principles defined in this book. Daily caloric consumption should average approximately 1800 - 2200 calories. That's a lot of food when it's coming from whole organic raw foods and juices. It is important to fast and detoxify regularly to cleanse and rest the digestive system. The key to longevity is to consume the fewest amounts of calories while maintaining the greatest amount of nutrient.

Diet: A diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, seeds, nuts, legumes and quality fats is vitally important for preventing many of the chronic degenerative diseases associated with aging. Fast foods and processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. Studies report that organically grown foods have nearly twice the nutritional content as the same foods that are grown with commercial farming methods.

Phytochemicals: These are a vast group of plant-based compounds that offer many health benefits. Throughout most of evolutionary history, humans have eaten a primarily plant-based diet consisting of fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This means we have evolved on a diet rich in phytochemicals. Research has revealed a great deal about the health effects of phytochemicals. Many phytochemicals are designed to protect plants from disease (just like humans and animals, plants are vulnerable to free radicals and infection), and the evidence suggests they do the same for us.

Water: Water is vitally important for optimum health, and even more so as we age. For adults, this means drinking approximately eight 8-ounce glasses of quality water every day. Water is essential for flushing toxins out of the body. In general, the best advice is to use a water purification system, or some other source of pure water. Many individuals rely on soda, tea, and coffee to get their fluid intake, but these are no substitute for plain water.

Full spectrum light: One reason for the health benefits of being outdoors is that sunlight exposes us to the full light spectrum. Not with standing the known skin cancer risk from long hours of direct exposure to the sun's rays, full spectrum light is the most natural light. Moderate daily exposure to full spectrum light, either natural sunlight, or artificial indoor lighting that approximates the full light spectrum, is an important health measure. People who wear glasses or contact lenses should remove them and get 20 to 30 minutes of natural, full spectrum light in their eyes each day.

Exercise: Regular exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. The target should be 45-60 minutes of exercise at least 3 to 4 times per week that includes aerobic exercise, including core, stretching, and strength building exercises.

Sleep: More and more research is pointing to the role of adequate sleep in maintaining both physical and psychological health. Sleep's rejuvenating influence becomes even more important as we age, since rest promotes a healthy immune system and allows the body to repair itself.

Stress: Develop a stress management regimen. Given the toll that long-term stress exacts on the body, stress management is something that should not be neglected, especially later in life when we are more vulnerable to illness. Stress can elevate cholesterol, impair immune function, overburden the adrenal glands, and negatively impact the nervous system .

Super Green Food Supplement - Antioxidant Nutrients

A Super Green Supplement such as Elixir MRE a raw organic whole food meal that you drink (www. Elixirmre.com) Elixir MRE provides additional antioxidant nutrients that are considered an important step in slowing down the aging process. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, protecting cells from their damaging effects. Healthy aging requires optimum nutrition. Individuals who embark on anti-aging life-extension lifestyles regularly take a high potency Super Green Supplement in addition to following a diet rich in raw, whole, and unrefined foods. Achieving and maintaining a high-level of wellness and healthy aging requires amounts of nutrients that exceed the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs).

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