Today more than ever, individuals are looking for ways to slow down their aging process. Scientific research indicates our ancestors lived much shorter lives because of harsh living conditions. These days we are expected to live longer due to a more civilized lifestyle and medical advances in the diagnosing and treating of disease. Despite our attempts to follow our doctor’s recommendations by exercising, eating correctly and taking nutritional supplements, we are often dismayed when we look at our wrinkled selves in the mirror noting our deflated and flabby bodies.
We note our energy, stamina, and strength are down and we no can no longer do many of the activities we once enjoyed. We are often exhausted after a long day. On the weekends we stay at home more, sit on the sofa and watch TV. This is made worse with poor sleep quality in which we never feel rested. We note that our memory for events, names and numbers and concentration has declined and we don’t feel like ourselves anymore. Our sex drive has gone down or may be non-existent. What is going on?
Scientists have postulated multiple theories of aging. Some feel aging is a result of chronic inflammation. Free radicals react in our bodies and damage cell membranes, mitochondria, DNA and other cell structures. Others theorize it’s our sugar consumption that leads to aging. Excess ingestion of simple sugars causes a reaction with our proteins which damage them and accelerated wrinkles, hardening of arteries, and other age-related symptoms. A third theory posits we are genetically pre-programmed to age when our telomeres (Those sections of DNA occurring at the extreme ends of each chromosome in our body’s cells.) are damaged or shortened. When we reach the point where our cells can no longer divide (The Hayflick Limit), we die. A final hypothesis suggests changes in the brain and pituitary, which serves as master control centers for our hormones, are the culprit. These regulators malfunction as we age and subsequently hormones are thrown out of balance and/or stop being produced altogether. These imbalances are compounded by the increased production of the hormone, Cortisol; a result of our stressful lifestyles. Hormone imbalances and excess Cortisol production are thought to accelerate aging.
The good news is we can now alter the aging process. By addressing metabolic imbalances, supplementing with potent anti-oxidants, taking nutraceutical adaptogens which switch on our longevity genes and regrow our telomeres, we are capable of significantly slowing the development of heart disease (the most common cause of death in men and women), cancer and strokes.
Sugar alternatives, sleep optimization, stress management, hormone rebalancing, proper exercise, sound nutrition and nutraceutical supplementation help slow the aging process and maintain your appearance, functionality and zest for life.
|Cause of Death||Percent of Total|
|1. Diseases of the heart||28.5|
|2. Malignant tumors||22.8|
|3. Cerebrovascular diseases||6.7|
|4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases||5.1|
|5. Accidents (unintentional injuries)||4.4|
|6. Diabetes mellitus||3.0|
|7. Influenza and pneumonia||2.7|
|8. Alzheimer’s disease||2.4|
|9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis||1.7|
|10. Septicemia (blood poisoning)||1.4|
|12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis||1.1|
|13. Primary hypertension and hypertensive renal disease||0.8|
|14. Parkinson’s disease (tied)||0.7|
|15. Homicide (tied)||0.7|
Source: CDC/NHS, National Vital Statistics System