Most allopathic medical practitioners would argue that the process of aging is nothing more than a normal process whereby cells deteriorate at a predetermined rate controlled by genetically determined commands and heredity. Standing in stark opposition is a rapidly growing body of research and documented evidence to indicate that aging is a product of many varied lifestyle choices including physical activity, smoking, and most importantly, the type of diet we regularly consume.
In addition to being a potent cellular antioxidant, carnosine exhibits a number of other unique capabilities that help limit glycation (the abnormal linking of proteins with glucose or lipids) to prevent injury to tissues and organ structures. These actions improve cardiovascular performance to protect against stroke, heart disease, dementia, and increased susceptibility to cancer. Researchers publishing in the journal, Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry demonstrates that carnosine from supplements can help protect against a first stroke, and can significantly lower the damage caused by stroke. (more…)
Acid-Base Nutrition Basics
When a food is ingested, digested, and absorbed, each component of that food will present itself to the kidneys as either an acid-forming compound or a base-forming one. And when the sum total of all the acid producing and the base producing micro and macronutrients is tabulated (at the end of a meal or at the end of a day), we’re left with a calculated acid-base load. If the diet provides more acidic components, it will obviously manifest as a net-acid load on the body. And if it provides more basic components, it will obviously manifest as a net-base load on the body. (more…)
Most of us have heard something about low carb dieting. Whether it is the Atkins Diet or the Paleo Diet, carbohydrate restriction is becoming more popular as more people experience dramatic weight loss.
While restricting carbohydrate intake does offer several health benefits, there are also dangers involved with eating too much
Inflammation is playing an ever-increasing role in many of today’s chronic diseases, and, at first glance, its bad reputation seems well-deserved. For example, chronic (sometimes called non-resolving) inflammation is thought to significantly contribute to the pathogenesis of many modern illnesses, such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, cancer, chronic respiratory and digestive diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and even the process of aging itself. In fact, in an article published in the reputable journal Cell, the authors claim that “… perhaps no single phenomenon contributes more to the medical burden in industrialized societies than non-resolving inflammation.”(1) (more…)
Free radical production plays a pivotal role in the development of systemic inflammation that fuels the aging process. Free radicals are formed as a result of essential metabolic processes such as breathing, walking and eating. Over the course of decades, these molecules damage sensitive cellular structures and can threaten the integrity of our genetic architecture.
Any natural compound that can minimize the effect of free radicals and lower our inflammatory response to stressors is critical to our health and well being. Melatonin , most commonly known for its ability to naturally help you fall asleep, has demonstrated an amazing capacity to blunt the impact of free radicals and lower the risk from many cancers, prevent neurologic deterioration and extinguish the flames of systemic inflammation.
Melatonin Provides Neuroprotective Benefits (more…)
Over the past century life expectancy has grown tremendously, to nearly 80 years of age. This increase has led to a surge in interest on the best methods to maintain our youth, and age as gracefully and healthfully as possible. This is probably due to the fact that we now die less from infectious disease, and more from chronic, degenerative diseases.
People don’t want to live longer with a poor quality of life; we want to live longer while maintaining a high level of functional capacity and high quality of life. This is where eating a balanced diet rich in real, whole, minimally processed foods, exercising regularly, minimizing stress and supplementing appropriately comes into play.
There is an absolute boatload of information out there on how to maximize your nutrition, exercise to improve your health and steps you can take to minimize stress. But what about proper supplementation?
Unfortunately there is also a lot of hyperbole and misinformation on supplementation. What foods, extracts or compounds have actually been shown improve your quality of life as you age?
Well a few of these foods are green tea, pomegranates and a compound in red wine called resveratrol. They each have their own uniquely powerful benefits that contribute to your health and help you to maintain your energy and vitality as you age.
Green tea contains some powerful compounds called catechins, with the most studied and most beneficial catechin being epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. EGCG makes up about 10-50% of the total catechin content of green tea, and it is 25-100 times more powerful than vitamins C and E!
Think you have to swap your afternoon hikes for a rocking chair just because you’re getting older? Well, think again. Your motor skills can take a hit as you age, but not if you take the right steps to keep your coordination sharp. And believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be difficult—in fact, the results of one recent study suggest that boosting your intake of just one trace mineral may help you to stay on your feet for life. (more…)
Melatonin is the principal hormone produced by the pineal gland, a tiny, pea-sized structure located in the base of the brain. Throughout the day the pineal gland monitors changing light levels and, sensing the approach of darkness, increases its output of melatonin. For this reason the primary secretion of melatonin occurs with nightfall, and nighttime melatonin levels are 10 times higher than daytime levels.1Although it is best known as a sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin also controls the timing and release of many other hormones and strongly influences our circadian bio-rhythms. Melatonin is one of the most potent antioxidants known, with a wide range of clinically beneficial effects. (more…)