Aging is a Mistake
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Aging is a mistake. Actually, aging is worse than a mistake, it is a catastrophe. Aging reduces quality of life and causes so called “diseases of aging” such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis. Making yourself old and sick is not a sensible choice. Each disease, even a cold, accelerates aging, makes you sicker, and causes more disease. Then physicians manage these diseases with treatments that create still more aging and disease. It’s a vicious cycle, and you have to learn how to break that cycle.
To live a long disease free life, it is essential to learn how to prevent and reverse aging and disease. This is not difficult to learn. With just a little bit of effort, you can become healthier and biologically younger. While you cannot control your chronological age, you do have control over your biological age. Aging is a mistake you don’t have to make.
Some people have lived well into their hundreds in robust, vigorous health without suffering as much as a cold, so we know this is possible. For you to accomplish something similar you must learn how to prevent aging and disease, and to do this, you must learn how to prevent and reverse inflammation. There is only one disease, malfunctioning cells, and a malfunction common to all chronic disease is a process called inflammation. No matter what so called disease you have, inflammation is a major part of your problem. By learning how to prevent and reverse inflammation, you are learning how to stay young and never be sick again.
Inflammation is a natural and healthy process. If you cut your finger, your body begins an inflammatory process immediately. This process neutralizes harmful microorganisms, helps to repair your wound, and cleans up the debris resulting from your injury. Inflammation is beneficial when needed, but it is disastrous when chronic. Chronic inflammation generates a constant supply of free radicals that overwhelm your antioxidant defenses and damage DNA, aging you and causing disease of every description, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, allergies, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease, and infections. More than three out of four North Americans suffer from chronic inflammation. This is why we are aging so rapidly and why more than three out of four people have a diagnosable chronic disease. Even children are increasingly suffering from “diseases of aging” in epidemic numbers. To put an end to this tragedy, as a society and as individuals, we must learn how to prevent and reverse chronic inflammation.
Most suffer from chronic inflammation and disease because the North American diet is pro-inflammatory. Your diet lacks nutrients that help to prevent and control inflammation, while being rich in pro inflammatory compounds.
How do you reverse inflammation? Avoid the Big Four: sugar, white flour, dairy, and processed oils. These so called “foods” are pro inflammatory. They cause rapid aging and disease. By avoiding the Big Four, taking antioxidant supplements, you can control inflammation and allow your arteries and other tissues to repair and become those of a much younger person.
Sugar and white flour are deadly poisons. They have an inflammatory effect on your body. Unaware of this hazard, the average person consumes more than 160 pounds of sugar and 200 pounds of white flour per year. Children are also exposed to these deadly poisons, accelerating aging and causing lifelong health problems. Both of these poisons increase blood sugar levels. Even a modest increase in blood sugar generates free radicals that cause inflammation, thereby causing disease of every description. Because most people eat these poisons every day (in the form of bread, pasta, breakfast cereal, cookies, cakes, soft drinks, candy, etc.), disease is a growth industry.
Milk products also cause inflammation. Modern dairy cows eat grain containing diets that change the proportions of fatty acids in the milk, leaving very little omega-3 fats and creating a pro-inflammatory imbalance. In addition, a substantial percentage of your population (some estimate fifty percent) is allergic to dairy, often unknowingly. Daily consumption causes chronic allergic reactions, creating chronic inflammation. The fats and oils in your diet contain excessive omega-6 fatty acids, causing chronic inflammation. Omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation, while omega-3s are anti inflammatory. Historically, humans consumed roughly equal amounts of these oils, achieving a balance. Today, we consume 20 to 30 times more omega-6 as omega-3. The modern processed food industry fills stores with pro-inflammatory oils, including safflower, sunflower, peanut, and even most commercially available olive oils; all of these contain excessive amounts of omega-6 and insufficient omega-3 fatty acids. Grain fed beef, poultry, and farmed fish also contain excessive omega-6. These imbalances create a huge excess of pro inflammatory compounds. Unable to turn the inflammation off, chronic inflammation and disease are the result. It is extremely important that only healthy fats and oils be consumed. Hydrogenated oils are also pro-inflammatory. These oils find their way into many products including candy, baked goods, margarine, breakfast cereal, and peanut butter. These deadly oils disrupt body chemistry, causing many abnormalities, including inflammation. The trans fatty acids contained in hydrogenated oils inhibit the activity of enzymes that make anti-inflammatory compounds, but not those that create pro-inflammatory ones, chronic inflammation is the result.
In addition to diet, infections also contribute to inflammation. Avoiding infections by keeping your immune system strong pays off in many ways. It is important to minimize the number of infections you suffer. Infections are inflammatory, triggering powerful inflammatory processes to destroy invading microorganisms. The inflammation damages you as well as the invaders. Having one cold after another will do lasting damage, shortening your life and leaving you susceptible to every imaginable disease. Repeated infections, as well as chronic infections, lead to chronic inflammation that damages and ages your entire body. One way to help keep your immunity strong is to avoid eating sugar, which is known to damage immunity as well as causing inflammation.
Physical injuries also create inflammation. Nature intended inflammation to subside once an injury is repaired. However, by consuming a pro-inflammatory diet, injuries are seldom fully healed and often result in chronic low grade inflammation in the injured tissue. This is why athletes have problems with old injuries as they age. These incompletely healed tissues, by producing pro-inflammatory compounds, become sources of chronic inflammation for the entire body.
Allergies and food sensitivities also create inflammatory responses. Chronic allergic reactions create chronic inflammation. This is why allergic reactions must be minimized by strengthening your immune system and avoiding allergens. Unfortunately, allergies have become epidemic. Contributing to this epidemic has been the irrational misuse of antibiotics, and hormones. These dangerous drugs disrupt gut tissue, causing leakage of undigested food molecules into your blood, thereby promoting food allergies. A good idea for almost anyone is to stay away from the most common allergens such as dairy and gluten (half the population may be allergic to gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley).
Another promoter of chronic, systemic inflammation is fat cells. Given that two out of three North Americans are overweight, this is a huge source of inflammation. Pure and simple, if you are more than five pounds overweight, you have a serious chronic disease. The inflammatory process unleashed by being overweight accelerates the aging process and leads to every conceivable disease. Fat cells, especially those that form around your abdomen, produce large amounts of inflammatory compounds that affect your entire body. If you want to prevent disease, or if you are diseased and want to get well, what should you do?
First and foremost, stop promoting inflammation. Get the Big Four out of your life now! Eat a diet low in pro-inflammatory foods and high in anti-inflammatory nutrients. Exercise to get rid of those excess pounds. Take high quality anti-inflammatory supplements. If you take these principles to heart, you will be well on your way to a longer, higher quality, disease free life.
Consume a diet low in refined carbohydrates and high in a variety of fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Eat high quality organic animal protein, such as eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, and grass fed beef plus olive, coconut and flaxseed oil. Supplementing with antioxidant nutrients is critical to preventing and reversing inflammation. Supplement with omega-3 fish oil, vitamins A, B complex (including folic acid, B6 and B12), C, D, and E, plus quercitin, glucosamine, chrondroitin, beta-carotene, selenium, CoQ10, N-acetylcysteine, and alpha-lipoic acid.
By learning how to prevent and reverse inflammation, you can achieve power over aging and disease. What a wonderful goal and easy to do.
We all want to look good and age gracefully, without suffering from the same debilitating and chronic conditions as your parents. We all age over time, but the rate at which we age is a choice. Good health slows the aging process, causing you to feel and look younger. Poor diets, toxic exposures, stress, and lack of exercise all conspire to “age” you beyond your years. That’s why aging, relates more to disease than chronology. A healthy body will maintain healthy, youthful skin.
Your skin acts like a barometer for your body, revealing much about overall health. You may not think of your skin as an organ, but in fact it is the largest organ you have. It is also one of the most essential. Skin provides a nearly germ proof barrier to protect you against microorganisms and it also prevents moisture loss. Body temperature is regulated by blood flow through your skin. Vessels dilating and constricting with changing external conditions. Skin has sensory preceptors that give you information about your environment. Skin also contains millions of sweat and oil glands, which eliminate toxins while helping to keep your body cool and your skin moist. Healthy skin reflects a properly functioning organ. The skin of an unhealthy person often portrays the effects of poor diet, toxic exposures, stress, or lack of exercise. Skin cells are replaced monthly. If each skin cell is replaced with a healthy cell, the skin will always look and be healthy. When your body is deficient in the raw materials required for new cell construction, or poisoned by toxic exposure, it undergoes more cell damage than it can repair. When this happens, the outward appearance is that of “aging.”
External creams and treatments are useful and have their place, but true beauty comes from the inside out. If your body is working properly, every organ, including your skin, will also work properly. Wrinkles, blemishes, premature aging, and skin cancer are all symptoms of underlying metabolic malfunction that is affecting your entire body and not just your skin!
To be healthy, your body needs a precise mixture of all 59 known essential nutrients plus a bunch of others we don’t even know about yet. Modern, processed food diets are so nutritionally deficient, that almost no one is getting all the essential nutrients on a consistent basis. Numerous studies shown that we are chronically deficient in multiple nutrients.
Consider health as an equation: Level of Health = Nutrition + Exercise – Toxins – Stress. You can change your level of health and the appearance of your skin by improving the variables in this equation. Let’s look at each of them:
Nutrition: Your ancestors, did not eat spaghetti, nor did they microwave frozen vegetables. In the industrialized society, with its highly processed foods, it becomes very difficult to get all the essential nutrients we need for good health. Here are the nutritional fundamentals needed:
Avoid processed food Processing can include heating, freezing, refining and grinding foods. Essential nutrients required for cell construction and repair are lost during processing. This means avoiding packaged foods as well as products containing sugar, white flour, hydrogenated and processed oils, milk, and dairy products. These are low quality foods prevalent throughout diets today. Low quality foods fill your bellies with empty calories while providing a multitude of toxic side effects. Don’t eat them.
Eat fresh! Fresh foods, in the form that nature provides them to you, are absolutely essential. Harvesting ripe food and eating it shortly thereafter is ideal. Each step away from the farm process decreases nutritional value. Foods picked green and then ripened, or processed and stored are misconceived as healthy foods.
Drink your water Fluid deficiencies cause upsets in electrolyte balance, and can send your body chemistry into chaos. Water aids in blood circulation and toxic elimination, directly affecting skin complexion and appearance. Water is an essential nutrient. Try to drink 8-8oz glasses per day.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) – Without a very specialized diet, obtaining adequate EFA’s is impossible. As a result, up to 90% of the population may be deficient in essential fatty acids. Fats are essential to cell structure, but they must be the right kinds of fats.
Antioxidant chemicals are essential A recent study found that ozone in urban environments significantly reduces the amount of antioxidant vitamins in the epidermis, leading to measurable free radical skin damage. Another study found a 70% drop in skin cancer risk simply by taking a daily vitamin E dose of more than 100 I.U., and a 90% drop in skin cancer risk by taking 5000 I.U. of beta-carotene. Skin damage is prevalent in cities where you have constant exposure to toxins such as air and water pollutants. Because these toxins are nearly unavoidable, it is important to get adequate amounts of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, & E, as well as carotenes and selenium. To do this, eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, accompanied by high quality supplements.
Exercise: Exercise is another way to affect your health equation. Your bodies were designed when humans were physically active, so it follows that your physiology is dependent on such activity for proper function. Physical activity is an essential element to youth and vitality. Regular exercise can actually prevent and reverse many of the effects of aging. Consider that elderly people who exercise improve their life expectancy by an average of ten years. One study found that people who walked for 30 minutes a day, six times a week achieved almost the same health benefits as people who ran 30 to 40 miles a week. Exercise promotes healing, waste elimination, and new skin growth. Physical activity increases the production of collagen in your skin, thereby improving its elasticity, keeping it “young.” Your body must be given the proper nutrients, as well as proper activity to function at an optimum level.
Toxins: Cells need an adequate supply of nutrients on a daily basis, to comply with the first part of the health equation. Your body must also be protected from toxins, as they can interfere with proper cellular function. North Americans fail to protect themselves from the toxic exposure that their lifestyle generates. While many toxins are unavoidable, such as in the air you breathe, it is surprising how many toxins people voluntarily, if unknowingly, administer to themselves. For instance, processed foods contain dozens of toxins including artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Many FDA approved products; such as soaps, shampoos, skin creams, and toothpastes, contain known toxins. Often these products are loaded with chemicals that penetrate through your skin and mucus membranes, accumulate in your tissues, and cause cellular malfunction.
Stress: Living in a modern urban environment is like living in a big stress machine. When your body is stressed, the adrenal glands release hormones (stress chemicals) called glucocorticoids. While these hormones are designed to help you through a specific event, chronic stress can precipitate a host of destructive processes. These include immune suppression, hypertension, muscle wasting, fatigue, impaired mental function, fluid retention, and thinning of the skin. Equally important to avoiding external toxins, you must avoid stress chemical toxins which will damage your health and cause you to age faster. Stress chemicals reduce your blood supply to the skin and also slow down your body’s normal repair processes. This deprives your skin of needed nutrients and causes cells in the basal layer of the epidermis to divide more slowly. Your skin doesn’t renew itself as quickly, wounds don’t heal as quickly and essentially the skin is “older.” Stress also inhibits the immune function of your skin thus increasing the opportunity for infection. Modern life is full of unavoidable external stressors, and the way you respond to these events is what matters. In fact, how you choose to respond to stress event makes all the difference, and new ways of responding can be learned. Many people find techniques such as breath control, meditation, and yoga helpful in keeping stress levels down on a daily basis. The bottom line is that stress creates toxins, which must be avoided for health reasons.
Your skin shows your level of health, affecting how you appear to others. Choices you make, regarding your health equation, directly affect how you look. To be healthy, you must give your body what it needs, and protect it from toxins. Provided that these simple requirements are met, your body will deliver a life filled with youth and vitality. If not, it will fail catastrophically, aging and debilitating along the way. It is clear that diet, exercise, toxins and stress all have profound effects on your health. That’s why you all need to educate yourselves on how to choose health. How you manage your health equation can keep you sick and aging, or healthy and beautiful.
The choice is yours.
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