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The Facts about Cholesterol…the truth may surprise you!
Cholesterol. The word itself conjures up all sorts of scary images: so-called “bad” cholesterol causes heart attacks…plaque buildup…strokes…and peripheral artery disease.It’s common knowledge that doctors and scientists are convinced that high levels of cholesterol are a grave and immediate threat to your continued good health. As a result of this belief, prescription pads for statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are issued in an almost assembly-line manner.
But is this approach always the right way to go?
Is it true that cholesterol really is the scoundrel that it is made out to be? Are we too obsessed with numbers? If so, is this obsession causing us to attack both good and bad cholesterol by over-prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs?
To answer these questions, let’s take a detailed look at cholesterol: what it is, what functions it performs, and its effects, both good and bad.
What precisely is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance that lives in every one of the cells in your body. Cholesterol is a sterol (also known as steroid alcohols, sterols are a subgroup of the steroids and an important class of organic molecules) that travels through your blood by way of lipoproteins (any of a group of soluble proteins that combine with and transport fat or other lipids in the blood plasma). Lipoproteins consist of lipids (fats) internally and protein externally.
The level of cholesterol in the body is measured in the blood by two different types of lipoproteins:
- High-density lipoproteins (HDL), the so-called “good cholesterol”
- Low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the so-called “bad cholesterol”
Cholesterol is found particularly in the brain, spinal cord, and adipose (fat) tissue, functioning mainly as a protective agent in the skin and myelin sheaths of nerve cells. Also, cholesterol acts as a detoxifier in the bloodstream, and as a forerunner of many beneficial steroids.
Here’s where things get interesting. Cholesterol is responsible for many crucial functions that are important in maintaining your good health. If your cholesterol levels are balanced at their optimal numbers, you will be protected from several types of cerebrovascular diseases (a group of conditions that affect the supply of blood to the brain, causing limited or no blood flow to the affected areas). Conversely, unbalanced cholesterol levels can increase the risk of cerebrovascular diseases.
What about the so-called “miracle drug” statins
First developed in the 1970’s, statin drugs are sold under various names:
- atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- pitavastatin (Livalo)
- pravastatin (Pravachol)
- fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL)
- lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev)
- simvastatin (Zocor)
- rosuvastatin (Crestor)
Throughout the decades that statins have been prescribed, they have been praised for not just lowering bad cholesterol, but reducing the risk for strokes and diabetes, as well as providing protection from Alzheimer’s Disease and osteoporosis.
Also, study after study has concluded that statins are remarkably safe. The only exceptions are people who have liver disease, are pregnant, or suffer from an allergy to statins. In short, statins have been touted as a “wonder drug.”
But is this true? Are statins really safe?
As with all medical treatments, there are two sides to the story. There is no question that statins have delivered everything promised for some people.
But for others, it has not been smooth sailing. There are several hundred studies that have linked statins to several adverse medical conditions: elevated liver enzymes, anemia, thyroid problems, acidosis, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.
Indeed, an impressive list. Yet the continued use of these drugs indicates that these dangers are often ignored or downplayed as exceedingly rare.
The result is that many patients may lower their cholesterol levels at the cost of developing the conditions listed above.
More problems with statins
In a 1993 study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), statins were directly linked to an increased risk of non-cardiovascular health problems.
The researchers concluded that patients who lowered their cholesterol levels with statins increased their risk of developing other chronic and severe health issues. This emphasizes the point that statins are not always the “safe, wonder-drug” that they are promised.
“Meta-analyses of primary prevention trials in middle-aged men reveal an increase in non-CHD (coronary heart disease) deaths among those randomized to cholesterol interventions, an unexpected finding that is more substantial than the decrease in CHD deaths,” the authors reported.
“This raises the possibility that one or more of the cholesterol interventions could have severe adverse effects among young adults, whose risk of non-CHD death is usually 100 times their risk of CHD death.”
A similar study conducted nearly a decade later confirmed those findings: the danger of statin drugs often exceeded the risks of high cholesterol.
In a more recent study published in the March 2015 edition of the journal Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers concluded that statins interfered with the biosynthesis (the process in the body that converts simple structures into more complex structures) of selenium-containing proteins. This is important since one of those proteins is glutathione peroxidase, which lowers peroxidative stress. This often results in heart failure and atherosclerosis.
Still another study published in the 2002 edition of The Lancet, a United Kingdom medical journal, link the use of a popular cholesterol-lowering drug Pravastatin to increased cancer risk.
The good news? Pravastatin worked. LDL cholesterol levels were lowered in patients by an average of 34%. The bad news? New cancer diagnoses “were more frequent on pravastatin than on placebo.” A trade-off that might not work to the benefit of the patient.
Worse, cholesterol may not be the serious problem that it is commonly thought to be.
Why you need cholesterol
Cholesterol is a crucial component of many cell functions that make cell membranes that maintain cell fluidity. This allows the cholesterol lipids to transport cholesterol via our bloodstream to wherever in the body it is needed. Also, cholesterol has several other vital roles to play such as:
- Excess LDL cholesterol can accumulate and stick to the walls of your arteries. Over time, excess cholesterol can clog your arteries, resulting in diminished blood flow and possibly leading to a stroke or heart attack. HDH cholesterol acts like a mop by absorbing the surplus cholesterol from your tissues and arteries and carrying it back to the liver, thus preventing cholesterol build-up.
- Cholesterol is a significant element of myelin, a soft, fatty material that consists mainly of lipids and lipoproteins. Myelin envelops certain axons and nerve fibers and plays a key role in the smooth functioning of the nervous system. If your cholesterol levels are too low, your nervous system components will have a hard time communicating with each other.
- Adequate levels of cholesterol deliver protection to your immune system. This gives you protection from all types of disease, including cancer.
- Cholesterol provides fuel to your brain, thus enabling the brain to function optimally.
- Cholesterol is also an anti-oxidant that delivers protection from inflammation.
- Finally, cholesterol is a precursor to the manufacture of your essential stress-busting hormones, sex hormones, and the hormone vitamin D.
The dangers of low cholesterol
Consider this: cholesterol is produced in your body naturally, and has a beneficial role to play in maintaining your continued good health. In fact, think of cholesterol a nutrient rather than a dangerous, toxic substance that must be minimized at all costs.
In addition to playing a protective role in cancer prevention, the reverse is also true: not having sufficient levels of cholesterol can increase cancer risk, as noted in the above-quoted studies.
Also, lower levels of essential hormones and vitamin D can be a symptom of low cholesterol, and depression and brain fog can also result. This is due cholesterol’s protection of brain cells.
The real hidden health problem: excess sugar
Most researchers and medical professionals agree that most of our common health afflictions are a direct result of the wrong, unhealthy nutritional choices and a sedentary lifestyle…not high levels of cholesterol.
When it comes to poor eating habits, one startling fact stands out: according to a University of North Carolina study, there has been a skyrocketing 30% increase in the consumption of added sugars consumed by Americans in the past three decades!
“Added sugars increase excess energy and reduce nutrient density in our diets, often contributing to weight-gain and obesity,” said study author Elyse Powell.
Added sugars have insidiously crept into all types of processed foods: the usual suspects such as candy, soft drinks, sports drinks and other sweets AND places where you wouldn’t make the connection: pasta sauces, ketchup, and salad dressings.
Many healthy foods contain sugar naturally, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing unless you are in the diabetic “red zone.”
But when you see the word “added” on the label of processed food, then sugar becomes problematic, since you are getting a double dose of sweeteners that is unnatural. So, here’s what to remember about healthy eating and cholesterol: avoid or minimize your sugar intake by avoiding simple carbs as much as possible. Then cholesterol will hopefully not be an issue that threatens your health.
To sum things up, there are indeed times that statin drugs can be beneficial, if not life-saving. But never forget that the cholesterol story has two sides, good and bad. If your LDL cholesterol levels are rising, here are a few steps to consider as ways to slash your LDL levels naturally:
- Make nutritional changes by dramatically lowering your consumption of processed foods loaded with added sugars and increasing your consumption of fresh low-glycemic vegetables and fruits. Nuts like almonds and walnuts, garlic, and soluble fiber from beans, legumes, and oats should not be overlooked. Also, add green tea to your daily beverage consumption.
- Get active. A combination of strength, cardiovascular, flexibility and balance work will combine to get your body functioning smoothly and blast the excess cholesterol out of your system once and for all.
- Consider adding nutritional supplements to the mix. Niacin, Red Yeast Rice Extract, CoQ10, fish oil, and Artichoke extract have helped the battle against high LDL cholesterol with some people. But for many, the evidence is inconclusive. If you decide to try any of these supplements, you must check with your physician, as there can be side effects depending on your condition.
- Finally, consider growth hormone replacement therapy. Increasing your growth hormone levels decreases LDL cholesterol levels This is as a result of increased liver LDL receptor activity.
So now you have the story and the facts of cholesterol. At our clinic, we include cholesterol-monitoring as a part of your growth hormone replacement therapy. We will ensure that your cholesterol levels remain in balance: the ‘golden mean” of not too high and not too low.
Telomeres: The overlooked key to solving the puzzle of aging
Telomeres. Until recently, this word was seldom mentioned in anti-aging circles. Research scientists have been aware of telomeres since the 1930’s when DNA researchers determined that telomeres played a role in stabilizing the ends of chromosomes.
However, it was not until the early 1980’s that more information was uncovered and the anatomy and functions of telomeres became well-known. But the role this fascinating substance plays in the battle against aging and other severe diseases was still not recognized. Recent research, however, has changed the entire equation, and the importance of telomeres is now finally recognized.
What are telomeres?
Telomeres are the caps at the end of our DNA strands. As mentioned earlier, they provide protection to our DNA by adding stability. They act as boundaries between chromosomes. Without telomeres, our chromosomes would attach to each other, which would cause their structures to change. This would result in a broad range of health problems: inflammation, cancer, and aging.
Telomeres are named from a combination of two Greek words: telos (Greek for “end”) and meros (Greek for “part”).
Here’s a good way to understand their function. Think of the plastic ends of your shoelaces. They protect your laces and prevent them from fraying and falling apart. But eventually, with enough use they wear out. When this happens, it’s time for new shoelaces.
Telomeres play a role similar to those plastic ends of your shoelaces. To keep us healthy, our cells must refill by making copies of themselves by dividing. The problem is that every species, including humans, has a finite number of cell divisions. When they reach the end, so do we.
With each division, our telomeres shorten. When telomeres stop protecting our cells, the door is open for cancer, inflammation and accelerated aging.
The good news and the bad news
Hopefully, you can now realize the crucial importance of telomeres. When they become worn out and frayed, they sending signals to the cells to stop dividing. This causes our tissues to have a harder time regenerating. The result is the increase in age-related diseases.
Therefore, the key to good health and longevity is to protect our precious telomeres. The good news is that our lifestyles can play a huge role in the health of our telomeres, both good and bad.
Numerous studies have concluded that oxidative stress – a build-up of dangerous molecules called free radicals – can speed up telomere shrinking. As damage increases, telomeres are no longer able to carry out their protective role.
So how can I protect my telomeres?
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to guard your telomeres against oxidative stress, thus allowing them to do their critical work. Here are some proven ideas that you can start doing immediately:
- Get moving. Exercise and physical fitness are at the top of the list. Several studies have confirmed that exercise can keep your cells young, boost your oxygen capacity, reduce stress, improve circulation, help you get regular deep, restorative sleep, and lengthen your telomeres.
- Control stress. This is every bit as important as regular exercise. Meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, chi kung, nutritional supplements (phosphatidylserine, L-Theanine, Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), Magnesium, Valerian Root, Melatonin, Kava, Lemon Balm, and B vitamins) and adequate sleep are the foundations that help you deal with this potential killer. A small amount of stress is healthy. But left unchecked, stress can spread like wildfire in your brain and body – with devastating consequences. Controlling stress is crucial. Don’t neglect to address this important step.
- Eat smart. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. They are jam-packed with anti-oxidants that will help your telomeres battle the effects of free radicals. Lean protein, a good multi-vitamin, healthy fats (olive oil, walnuts, almonds), green tea, and staying hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of water will round out a good nutritional foundation. This also means being strict and disciplined about nutritionally useless “junk foods” and processed foods. They are loaded with all types of toxic chemicals, sugar, and preservatives that are designed to maximize the profits of the big food companies – not your health. Be tough.
- Avoid the “super no-no’s”. Smoking, sodas, street drugs and excess alcohol consumption are a wonderful way to shorten your telemeres…and die years or even decades before your time. Enough said.
- Consider Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Replacement Therapy. In a recent study at the University Hospital La Paz in Madrid, Spain, Dr. Gomez-Garcia and fellow researchers concluded that HGH boosted the enzyme telomerase. This enzyme plays a role in capping telomeres, thus preventing them from shrinking and allows them to continue their mission of repairing our DNA. High growth hormone levels have a definite correlation with telomere length.
The choice is yours
No question about it. More research scientists and medical professionals are finally recognizing that aging is a disease, and they are devoting more time and effort to understand it, slow it down, stop it, and eventually reverse it.
The cost of medical care in the United States is spiraling out of control at a frightening pace. If it is not reigned in, our country will eventually go bankrupt as a result of increasing lifespans due to medical technology but not comparable increasing health spans. This means that we are living longer, but not healthier. Our life quantity is growing, but our life quality is suffering as a direct result of aging!
And this is far from a uniquely American problem. This applies to virtually every other nation in the world as well. In short, something has to be done to stop this monster.
We may be on the verge of enormous breakthroughs in the field of anti-aging and life extension.
Regrettably, however, the odds are that these earth-shaking developments will not occur overnight. We could be years and even decades away from finally uncovering agings deepest secrets.
Therefore, to stay around long enough to reap the benefits of anti-aging developments, the time to protect your telomeres is now.
Contact our clinic for the latest anti-aging developments.
Are you constantly feeling tired?
Having trouble losing weight?
Often experiencing brain fog?
The cause may not be what you think! Keep reading and learn the facts about the overlooked and neglected organ that is so vital to all aspects of our health and well-being: Your Liver
Read the three questions that were just asked. Answer them honestly. Then add joint pain, age spots, weak, flabby muscles, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, an under-performing immune system, skyrocketing blood pressure and digestive issues to the list of afflictions you may be experiencing.
Not a pretty picture or a holiday parade. More like a parade of nightmares that reduce your quality-of-life. Any of these problems deserve all of your attention to discover their cause and deal with it. You and your doctor should never leave any stone unturned.
And that includes your liver
That’s correct. Your liver is always busy performing several hundred duties. This three-pound, football-shaped organ is constantly on-the-job. And you need to be thankful it is always on call. Did you know that the liver…
Regulates more than 50,000 enzyme systems to control metabolic activity throughout the entire body
Plays a key role in stabilizing hormones, including essential sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen
Filters gallons of blood daily, which removes toxic chemicals and bacteria from your system. This also includes breaking down ammonia that is manufactured in the colon. This keeps you alive
Stores fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and helps them absorb into your tissues
Produces nearly a quart of bile daily, which breaks down fat
Metabolizes the nutrients you eat (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) to provide you with energy. The liver stores glucose and releases it depending on the body’s energy needs
Helps the kidneys maintain electrolyte and water balance
Removes broken-down red blood cells
Detoxifies every substance that is toxic to the body
Stores excess blood and facilitates blood-clotting
Boosts your immune system. The liver is jam-packed with T-cells, B-cells, and natural disease-killer cells. When the liver is not functioning at its highest levels, your immune system suffers
Performs many more functions…way, way more, too many to list
WOW! What a powerhouse! However, there’s a catch. As with all things related to health, aging is a net negative – and that includes the liver as well.
Of course, it’s never a good idea to abuse your liver by overworking it. But a young liver can withstand abuse far more efficiently than an older one. Think about it. We live in an increasingly toxic environment. Everyday household products are loaded with chemicals that are difficult, if not impossible to pronounce. Air pollution and unfiltered drinking water also add to the liver’s workload.
More horrifying, when the liver is overwhelmed and overworked the result may be a shortening of your telomeres. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each DNA strand. To understand the function of telomeres, here’s a simple analogy. Your shoelaces on your tennis shoes have a protective cover at their ends.
Without this cover, it would become increasingly difficult to tie your shoes. Eventually, the cover wears down from continual use, and the result is either new shoelaces or a new pair of shoes.
Telomeres work in the same manner. They shrink at different rates, and the rate of shortening determines how fast you age. The formula is simple: the shorter the telomeres, the faster you age.
Remember, the liver provides glucose to meet the body’s energy needs. A sluggish liver = a more inefficient conversion of glucose to energy = more fatigue, weight-gain and more fat clogging the liver.
And that’s not even considering the effects of alcohol on the liver
Excess alcohol consumption damages and eventually kills liver cells by causing oxidative stress. This occurs when the liver is forced to work overtime to process heavy amounts of alcohol. This sets off a series of chemical reactions that can damage liver cells.
If alcohol abuse continues, the result may be severe inflammation of the liver cells. In a desperate attempt to preserve itself the liver will develop scar tissue to halt the killing of its cells. This is called cirrhosis.
Excessive alcohol use can also damage the large intestine. The result is a flood of toxins released that find their way back into the liver. The result? More scarring and increased inflammation.
Liver disease is increasing, and it’s not only caused by alcohol
Chronic hepatitis (hepatitis C) is a silent killer that may lie dormant for decades before any symptoms manifest. Left untreated, hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis and eventually liver cancer. If you were born between 1946 and 1964 you are advised to be tested for this insidious killer.
Fatty liver disease, also called steatosis, is on the rise. As with hepatitis, there may be no symptoms for decades, then symptoms arise: an enlarged liver, fatigue, and pain in the upper right abdominal area.
This condition is defined as a buildup of fat in the liver. Like all organs, every liver has at least a small amount of fat which is needed for the liver to function at a healthy level. However, when the level of fat in the liver accumulates to the 5-10% level, this may indicate fatty liver disease.
There are two types of fatty liver disease: Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Although there is some uncertainty about the causes of fatty liver disease, the condition has been associated with being overweight, bad eating habits, heredity, developing insulin resistance, having elevated blood sugar levels and having high-fat levels in the blood, in particular triglycerides.
As with other liver afflictions, fatty liver disease can eventually lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Additionally, the best way to check your liver’s function is a blood test. If your Alanine transaminase (ALT) and Aspartate transaminase (AST) levels are elevated beyond the normal range, this may indicate damage or inflammation to your liver. Don’t ignore this! Check with your doctor immediately.
If your level of triglycerides (a type of fat that provides a vital function) in your blood is greater than 250 on a standard blood lipid profile, consider this a warning signal that fatty liver disease may be looming on your horizon.
Liver disease is serious…deadly serious. Here are some facts and numbers to consider:
Annually more than 100,000 patients are hospitalized and diagnosed with chronic liver disease or cirrhosis
According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2014 38,170 deaths occurred in America as a result of liver disease. This makes liver disorders the 12th leading cause of death in the USA
Among the baby boomer generation (born 1946-1964) it is number 4 in mortality, right behind cancer, stroke and heart disease
Hopefully you can see the critical importance of maintaining your liver’s continued health and proper functioning. Here are a few ideas on how to keep your liver smiling:
Watch your weight. Fact: Obesity does nothing…absolutely nothing to improve your health in any aspect. And that includes your liver. Slash your intake or eliminate simple carbohydrates (baked goods, soda, cookies, etc.), processed foods that are loaded with preservatives, and trans-fats. Pro-biotic foods and supplements will aid in digestion and promote overall gut health, which will make your weight-loss efforts a bit easier. Eat smart. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy carbohydrates, and stay hydrated.
Be aware of toxins in your environment. Air filters, water filters, and natural sprays and cleaning substances will help you minimize toxins in your home
Enjoy your coffee guilt-free. Research has shown that coffee drinkers may lower the risk of liver problems, so if you enjoy coffee keep drinking it. No need to overdo it; research points to moderate consumption delivering the most protection.
Alcohol. This is a challenge for many people. When it comes to socializing, we live in an alcohol-based society. But your liver doesn’t know that. Even occasional binge-drinking can cause a spike in liver enzymes. If you have no liver issues, keep alcohol in moderation. If you have even the hint of a liver problem total avoidance is the best and perhaps the only road to go.
Beware of constipation. Remember the liver’s function: remove toxins from the body. Constipation allows toxins to accumulate in the body. Guess where they end up? That’s right, your liver. Don’t make your liver work harder than necessary. Stay hydrated and load up on fiber.
Get off that couch! In addition to all the benefits that physical fitness delivers, liver health is one of them. Regular workouts will boost the oxygen transporting ability of the blood, which means more oxygen speeds toward the liver, enhancing its functioning. Exercise will also ramp up your mood, erase brain fog, strengthen your muscles and reduce the risk of scarring and cirrhosis in Hep C patients. All-in-all, exercise delivers way too many benefits for anyone even to consider staying on the couch…especially people with liver problems.
Watch what you put into your system. Just because a substance is “natural” or bought over-the-counter (OTC) does not mean it is always safe to ingest. The worst of the worst seem to fall into two broad categories: weight-loss and body-building supplements. Be extremely careful when it comes to “fat-burners,” and some muscle-building formulas may have a bit more in them that the label reads. Certain herbs (kava, germander, chaparral, shark cartilage, and mistletoe), certain vitamins and minerals (iron, significant amounts of vitamin A, and niacin), and some OTC medications (substances that contain acetaminophen) are extremely problematic. Finally, oral anabolic steroids are guaranteed to elevate your liver enzymes, at least temporarily. If you have the slightest hint of liver damage, any oral anabolic must be “off-limits”!
Are there supplements that may help the liver?
Yes! We have covered in detail what to avoid. Here are some supplements that have proved beneficial to some people. This is a debatable issue, and before you try any of these substances, please check with your physician.
Milk Thistle. This is considered the “granddaddy” of all natural supplements for liver health. With a rich history of more than 2,00 years of helping people with liver disease, milk thistle belongs at the top of your shopping list for liver protectors. The active ingredients in milk thistle are silybin, silydianin, and silychristin, three flavonoids that are potent anti-oxidants. How does milk thistle provide a protective shield to your liver? One study concluded that milk thistle stabilizes the cell membrane and boosts protein synthesis. This speeds up the process of liver regeneration. Other studies state that milk thistle puts up a powerful moat that stops toxins from entering the liver.
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). This potent anti-oxidant acts like “Pac-man” by gobbling up free radicals, the damaging atoms with odd numbered (unpaired) electrons. Left unchecked, free radicals wreak havoc throughout the body, and that includes the liver. One of the keys to the effectiveness of ALA is that it is both water and fat-soluble, which means it can travel anywhere in the body and go to work tearing free radicals to shreds. ALA is also a known precursor of glutathione, a substance that is considered by many research scientists to be “the master-anti-oxidant”. Studies have shown ALA can lower the fibrosis (scarring) of the liver.
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC. Another name for glutathione is “the master detoxifier.” The problem with glutathione is that it is not easily absorbed when taken orally. This is where NAC comes roaring to the rescue. NAC, like ALA, is a glutathione precursor that enters the liver and cleans house of the toxins and heavy metals that accumulate in a compromised liver. If that weren’t enough, NAC also delivers a smooth flowing river of blood to the liver. This provides the crucial nutrients that this vital organ needs to remain healthy.
Licorice Root. Grim fact: an impaired liver all-too-often is associated with compromised adrenal glands. Licorice root directly improves adrenal gland function by delivering a substance called glycyrrhizin to the adrenals. Glycyrrhizin inhibits the release of adrenal hormones (cortisol and progesterone) which eases the adrenals workload. This has a spillover effect on the liver, easing it’s workload as well.
Phosphatidylcholine (PC). PC is more commonly known as a nootropic, or “smart pill” since is increases the level of choline in the brain. But it is also super for the liver. Why? Because it sweeps away fat deposits and excess cholesterol in the liver
Now is the time to stop ignoring your liver
Hopefully by now you can see just how important this powerhouse organ is. Like an unsung hero the liver keeps soldiering on, dealing with every type of insult, abuse, and assault thrown its way.
Until it doesn’t. Tragically, all-too-many people have lived in complete and total denial of their liver problems even after they were aware of them. For some, by the time they decide to change their lifestyle and try to reverse the damage it is too late.
There are many promising stem cell cures and pharmaceutical trials for liver disease that are in the research and development stage. But that won’t do you any good whatsoever if your liver decides that enough is enough…and shuts down.
Don’t let this happen to you. Your liver wants to keep up the battle and protect you from toxins. But it can’t do it alone. When it quits you quit.
At our clinic we specialize in hormone replacement. We are experienced in human growth hormone (HGH), testosterone, and sermorelin replacement therapies. But we never neglect any other areas of your good health, and that includes the continuing optimal functioning of your liver.
Follow these simple guidelines and stop liver problems before they begin!
What is a gene? Simple and easy answer:
The vital portion of DNA that makes us who and what we are
Keep reading to learn more about this fascinating miracle of nature
Why do some brothers and sisters have different physical traits such as eye color, size, and temperament in spite of sharing the same two parents? It’s all in the genes, the part of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that is on a mission of making us who we are. DNA contains the blueprints for specific enzymes and other proteins.
The genes include strands of DNA that whorl together similar to stairs and form chromosomes. This DNA contains the signal for the chemical action (through ribonucleic acid aka RNA) and dictates where certain proteins and enzymes are manufactured.
Why are genes so important?
Genes control both the metabolic functions and structure of our cells. This means they control the entire body, and pass their DNA coded information to the next generation. Without genes, the genetic code of thousands of our ancestor’s generations would be lost.
Contained within each gene is an exact sequence of nucleotides, which are DNA building blocks. There are three subunits that make up each nucleotide: sugar, a phosphoric acid, and a compound containing nitrogen. Geometrically, the gene is structured as a double helix shaped by the nucleotides.
What is “junk DNA?”
Gene loci are often positioned next to parts of DNA that do not code for proteins. These non-coding parts are called “junk DNA” and makeup 98% of the total DNA in the entire human genome (all genes in the body).
Why is this important? Because in spite of its name, junk DNA is needed for the correct operation of the cells. To help understand why consider this: the moniker “junk DNA” may not be accurate. Perhaps “non-coding DNA” would be more appropriate.
There are several theories as to the origin of junk DNA and why it still exists. One theory suggests that junk DNA could be the remnants of ancient DNA that lost its coding ability but survives in a new role as a “protective barrier” from genetic mutations and damage.
Another hypothesis proposes that junk DNA might be the proper environment from which new genes can be born and emerge. This would explain genetic evolution.
Still another explanation states that junk DNA could be akin to “filler material” designed to allow enzyme groups to develop around working DNA elements more quickly. If true, this means that junk DNA would play a vital role in our genetic code even if it contains no relevant codes.
Finally, it is possible that junk DNA has no useful role to play, or may assist some currently unknown regulatory functions.
The human genome
The total of all the genes in our body’s chromosomes is called the genome. Here is a brief explanation of the steps involved in the functioning of the human genome system:
- Each chromosome is unique and contains a precise number and accurate alignment of genes. If either one of these figures or arrangements is changed in the slightest, a mutation can result. This mutation can occur in both the egg and sperm cells
- When this mutation occurs, the alteration can be passed on to the next generation. This can result in severe, adverse conditions. For example, if the somatic cells are mutated, cancer may result
- Genetics is the study of inheritance. An organism’s genetic makeup is called its genotype. Both the environment and the genotype play a role in the characteristics of the newborn
Gene Therapy: A potential life-saving treatment
Genetic Engineering (the use of genes) in treating genetic disorders or prolonged diseases is called gene therapy. This exciting, new technology holds out the promise of curing many afflictions that are currently not treatable. At present, most of these techniques are still in the experimental stage. Let’s take a look at the two main approaches.
The two primary methods of gene therapy are called in vivo and ex vivo. The in vivo approach inserts genetically altered genes directly into the patient. The ex vivo method uses the patient’s own cells by removing tissue from the patient, pulling out the required cells, genetically altering them and then returning them right back into the patient.
However, ex vivo is not a simple, straightforward procedure. The challenge lies in figuring out how to deliver the nuclei into the right cell in a manner that will allow it to be reproduced in the ordinary process of cell division and have a long-lasting effect.
One approach to solving this puzzle is to remove cells from the patient, alter them with healthy blueprints of the defective gene, then inject them back into the patient.
Another attempt is to insert a gene into an inactive or harmless virus and “piggyback” the desired gene on this latent virus and deliver it into the patient’s cells. A liposome (a small, fat-encased pouch that can cross cell membranes) can also be used to transport genes into human bodies
Here is where things get interesting. Once back in the patient’s body, the gene may produce a necessary chemical that cannot be expelled from the patient’s body. The protected gene then attacks the gene or substance causing the disease. The new gene can also subject cancer cells to assault by conventional drugs.
Gene Theory isn’t just theory
Its been done before. 1990 marked the first time gene therapy was used to treat a child stricken with adenosine deaminase deficiency (ADA), a hereditary and rare disorder of the immune system.
As research continues, there is increasing optimism that gene therapy can become a powerful and efficient weapon in fighting cancer, genetic disorders and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
However, there are still obstacles to overcome. Cells treated by gene therapy may be vulnerable to attack by the patient’s immune system. Also, the new cells could mutate and become deadly. Or the altered genes could be passed down to future generations, with unknown consequences. So the research continues.
In America, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has oversight of gene therapy clinical trials.
To sum things up, gene therapy is a potential game-changer in the battle against a wide array of major diseases. Patients with afflictions that are current incurable are hopeful that these potential breakthroughs are coming sooner rather than later. And investors in the companies doing research are hoping to catch the profit explosion potential of gene therapy.
At last! The Complete, Total Blueprint for How to Live a Conscious Evolution Lifestyle
The facts are in, and the conclusions are clear and inescapable: Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy (HGH) and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) have ushered in a golden age of youthfulness, vitality and physical and mental fitness. For the first time in history, we are actually able to erect a powerful roadblock to aging…and even begin to push the clock backwards.
This is the miracle of HGH and TRT. In fact, if you do nothing else…absolutely nothing else…the results will shock and amaze you, as you experience and witness in awe the incredible transformations these therapies produce.
But why stop there? There is more you can do, so much more. And the best news is this: The Conscious Evolution Lifestyle is easy to adapt. There’s much more to tell you, but before we delve into details, keep in mind the over-riding, single philosophy of Conscious Evolution: you are in charge! You, and only you, will make the decisions that will propel your vitality, health, youthfulness and personal improvements to unimaginable heights.
That’s right. Once you begin to make these positive changes in your life, you will see and feel the difference – the astonishing, mind-boggling difference – in all areas of the quality of your life. But first, let’s take a brief look at the big picture. Where we’ve been. Where we’re at now. And, most important, where we have the potential to be in the immediate future.
Did you know that for most of human history, the average human lifespans were minuscule in comparison to today’s standards? Anthropologists tell us that our cave-dwelling ancestors were for the most part toothless at 25, dead by 35.
In fact, as recently as 1900, the average male lifespan in America was 47 years
Read that number again, and let it sink in. In the overall scheme of things, 1900 was a mere nanosecond in the past. However, thanks to breakthrough’s in medicine, hygiene and nutrition, the 20th century witnessed an explosion in life expectancy. Living until the late 70’s and 80’s became the expected norm, not the exception that had previously been the case.
However, in the past few decades we have experienced a reversal in this longevity trend. Not only are we not living longer, but we are spending an increasing number of years languishing in poor health. In fact, when American lifespans are compared to 34 other developed nations, Americans have dropped from number 20 in 1990 to number 27 in 2010. This is in spite of the fact that per-capita health care spending in the United States is far higher than any other country, and we lead the world in medical research.
So, what’s the problem? Why is this so?
There is no one direct cause of the pathetic state of health for all-too-many Americans. Poor dietary choices, lack of physical activity, chronic sleep deprivation, dehydration and stress all add up to take a terrible toll on our health. However, on second though, perhaps it all boils down to one cause after all:
The failure to live a Conscious Evolution Lifestyle
Think about it. Every one of the problems listed above are a direct result of bad decision making when it come to lifestyle choices…every last one of them. At first glance, this may seem depressing. However, upon deeper reflection, it is actually encouraging, since it proves what was mentioned earlier: The philosophy of the Conscious Evolution Lifestyle is that you are in charge, for better or worse. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the proven, scientific principals of Conscious Living, principals that you can put to work immediately.
Why supplements are needed…the grim reality is that eating right is not enough
How could that be? After all, we are what we eat, right? Yes – and that’s the problem. Here’s why. Did you know…
The way we eat has changed more in the past 50 years than in the previous 10,000 years
If you took a stroll through the aisles of today’s supermarkets, you could count up to 47,000 products – or more
A great many of these products turn out to be artificial byproducts of just one acidic food…corn. Quick quiz: Which of the following contains ingredients derived from corn? (a) Kellogg’s Corn Flakes; (b) Pepsi; (c) Smucker’s jam; (d) a McDonald’s Big Mac; or (e) Wonder Bread. Answer: all of them. And then some.
The American food supply, in fact, is drowning in corn. Last year, U.S. farmers reaped 13 billion bushels of the yellow stuff—the largest corn harvest in American history. Such bumper crops, made possible in part by massive federal subsidies to corn farmers, help keep corn prices—and food prices in general—down, but health experts worry that the glut of corn is harming our health. And it is…since corn is acidic, it wrecks havoc on the all-important pH level of our acid/alkaline balance
If that weren’t bad enough, many of the most important foods in our diet have been genetically engineered – and the food industry is moving mountains to pass laws that will not require them to label these foods as “Frankenfoods”.
In their mad scramble for profits, the food industry has created a food supply system that is dangerously vulnerable to bacterial contamination. Proof? Last year, 73,000 Americans got sick from the deadly E. coli
Don’t forget the dangers of cloning. Last year the food industry obtained permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put meat from cloned animals on the shelves of your local markets without labeling them!
Due to soil depletion and drugged livestock, our food is far less nutritious today than 50 years ago. In fact, much of food is nutritionally worthless – and can easily make you sick.
Our Paleolithic ancestors were free of the crippling diseases that plague modern folks. But their food and game was produced from soils that were much richer in vitamins, minerals and nutrients than today’s soil.
This is why supplements are so important
However, hopefully you get the point. The food you eat is by far the best way to get the nutrition you need. But the above mentioned issues make this task at best challenging. Therefore, supplements are not an option. Here are our supplement recommendations for the Conscious Evolution Lifestyle:
A daily multivitamin. Consider this your nutritional insurance policy. Due to soil depletion, it has become more difficult to obtain all of our vitamins and minerals from our food alone. Buy a product that is balanced, not overloaded with some nutrients and underweight on others. The key is to experiment by trying a few different varieties, and let your body tell you what is working best.
Vitamins B,C,D and E. These are recommended in addition to your multivitamin. Vitamins B & C are water soluble, so don’t be too concerned about taking too high a dose. We suggest you start small to discover your tolerance. Vitamin E is fat soluble, and is therefore best absorbed when taken with a meal containing some healthy fat. When buying Vitamin E, always look for a brand that contains mixed tocopherols (including gamma-tocopherol), the Vitamin E with the best cancer-fighting properties. Avoid the form of Vitamin E called alpha-tocopherol. This form is synthetic, and lacks the vitamin’s seven other compounds: three tocopherols (gamma, beta and delta) and four tocotrienols. Some companies love to cut cost – at your expense. Don’t fall for it. Finally, there are two main forms of Vitamin D: Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol) and Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) . D2 is synthetic, and is found in fortified milk and cereals. The trouble with this form is that it is not the same as the Vitamin D that comes from the sun. In addition, it has a shorter life span. D3 is far more potent, and goes to work immediately, fighting a plethora of diseases: cancer, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis,and many more. In addition, Vitamin D3 acts as a powerful immune system strengthener. Get D3, and avoid D2. Once again, don’t fall for the cost-cutting company’s sleight-of-hand.
Fish Oil. From battling depression to protecting your heart and easing the pain of your joints, omega 3 fish oil is an all-star. Add it to your starting line-up.
Melatonin. In addition to helping you fall into a deep, restorative sleep, this miracle hormone also promotes the release of growth hormone, and is a very powerful anti-oxidant. Melatonin is produced and secreted by the pituitary gland, and as with so many things, it’s production declines with age. Restoring it to youthful levels has resulted in many benefits.
Ribose, Magnesium, CoQ10 and L-carnitine. If you are looking to preserve the health of your heart – the most important muscle in your body – or if you are recovering from heart problems, then put this winning team to work. They work synergistically to boost your heart health…control your blood pressure…skyrocket your energy levels…and regain your youthfulness. As with vitamins, there are two different kinds of CoQ10: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Animal and human studies clearly show that ubiquinol is much better absorbed than ubiquinone. Look for this form when buying CoQ10.
Astaxanthin. This substance may be the most potent and efficient antioxidant available. Reduced inflammation, improved joint health, skin condition, and eye health are among the numerous benefits that have been reported. When it comes down to destroying free radicals (causes of aging), astaxanthin is 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C! WOW! Jump on this bandwagon NOW.
Phosphatidylserine (PS). Many drug-free body-builders have experienced muscle growth and increased strength with phosphatidylserine (PS). This is due to the ability of PS to block the release of cortisol…a muscle-melting, testosterone-destroying, stress-producing hormone. PS blocks the release of cortisol in a safe and natural manner. Users have reported more testosterone levels, a laser-like mental focus and increased fat loss with PS.
Resveratrol and Pterostilbene. Resveratrol became somewhat of a household word in the late 1990’s when it was shown to be the reason that the French can drink wine daily, eat tons of fatty, artery-clogging foods, and still have better cardiovascular health than most Americans. In fact, studies have shown that it may activate the “longevity gene.” One reason may be that resveratrol mimics the effects of calorie restriction. A dramatic reduction in caloric intake has knocked-out the activity of many genes that promote cancer. Since living on a starvation diet is something most of us are not lining up for, resveratrol have seen an explosion in popularity. Pterostilbene is closely related to resveratrol, and it produces beneficial effects on gene expression in ways that enhance resveratrol. This is what makes this combination so incredibly efficient.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). Yet another devastating weapon in the war against aging and it’s agents: free radicals. Free radicals are constantly on the attack in our body, destroying our tissues and weakening our organs and cells. Free radicals respect no boundaries. They attack everywhere in our bodies, from our brains, livers, hearts and nervous systems. What makes ALA so special is this: unlike vitamin C, which is not lipid soluble, and can’t penetrate the lipid walls of cell membranes, and unlike vitamin E, which is not very water-soluble, ALA is both! This means that it can go on the offensive against free radicals…anytime, anywhere.
DHEA. (dehydroepiandrosterone). This hormone is produced by the adrenal gland, and as with so many hormones, it begins to decline around age 30. Studies have shown that the level of DHEA in the body is an excellent predictor of age related afflictions such as cancer, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and atherosclerosis (hardening and clogging of the arteries). Some research even supports the claim that it can extend human lifespan.
Glutathione. This little-known amino acid is often referred to as “the master antioxidant” for the effect it has on all the other antioxidants. Glutathione has the amazing ability to destroy free radicals and poisons like heavy metals and mercury out of your body. When we’re young, our bodies make enough of it to smash toxins before they can do damage. But if you are stressed, older or otherwise weakened due to illness, your levels of glutathione are low…usually too low to do the job that glutathione is made to do: grab mercury, heavy metals, other poisons and toxins by the neck…and show them the exit door. The bad news: some studies have shown that supplementation with pills or tablets is useless, since most of it doesn’t make it past the stomach. But don’t despair. The most effective way to put this powerhouse weapon against aging to work for you is to apply glutathione cream to the skin, in the direct vicinity of the liver ( on the lower right side of the torso, just below the right ribcage). It is so important to increase your glutathione levels. Your liver needs all the help it can get in the life-and-death ongoing struggle against free radicals, mercury and toxins. Give it a fighting chance to win.
Telomerase. We may have saved the best for last. Telomerase is the enzyme that helps to restore the biological clocks at the ends of your DNA called telemeres. Without getting too scientific, here’s how this works: every time your cells divide, your telemeres shorten. Eventually, this causes your cells to stop dividing. The result? DEATH! Another analogy is the plastic ends of your shoelaces. They protect your shoestrings, and prevent them from fraying and falling apart. When they are worn out, trouble. The take-away? We must slow down the loss of telemeres to slow aging. Companies are in a mad scramble to produce a high-quality, yet affordable supplement to provide this desperately needed protection. We will keep you updated on all developments along those lines.
This is far from a comprehensive list of supplements. If you have specific conditions, other supplements can be helpful. For example, Milk Thistle, Saffron, Licorice Root, Astragalus Root and N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) can protect the liver. Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle, Lycopene, Pygeum Africanum, Beta-Sitosterol, Zinc and Pumpkin Seed are great for the prostate.
The Chinese herb Dong Quai can provide relief from painful menstrual cramps, and if you have painful joints, Hyaluronic acid, Glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin and Tart Cherry can be a blessing. And, if you’re having trouble falling and staying asleep, Maelatonin, Valerian Root and Tryptophan can be the answers you’ve been looking for.
The take-away is this: Supplements will not replace good eating habits, and what is on your plate is the best way to take in your nutrients. But supplements can plug gaps…and multiply the effects of HGH and TRT many times over. Things evolve quickly in the field of supplements, and it is hard to keep up with all of the changes. That’s where we come in. It is our job to keep you abreast of all new supplemental developments…and we will.
However, always remember that proper nutrition is still king!
Why you must avoid dehydration at all costs
No question about it: drinking an adequate amount of water is essential to maintaining good health. The human body is approximately 65-70% water, and water is present in virtually every cell and tissue in the body. Remember this simple rule: without water, life is impossible.
Water is the key to enabling the body to maintain homeostasis – internal stability and balance. The body uses water to maintain correct temperature, remove wastes and lubricate joints. The average person loses approximately 2.5% of water per day through urination, sweat, and even breathing. We lose water much faster when the weather is hot, when exercising, or if we have a fever.
Our cells are made up of water and require an adequate supply of water to function properly. Dehydration has adverse effects on our vital organs like the heart, brain, kidneys, liver – even our skin.
Several studies have shown a link between water intake level and coronary heart disease. The most important factor here is Blood Viscosity, which is a measure of the thickness of blood. To keep things simple, the thinner the blood, the easier it flows through the body. Thick blood can cause clots in the veins, which can force the heart to work harder to pump the blood. Over time, this can dramatically increase the chances of heart problems.
Also, water enables proper physiological function in several ways, as well as helping these bodily processes:
Elimination of waste products (via urination)
Strengthening the immune system
Lubricating the joints
Proper liver and kidney function
Proper functioning of the lymphatic system
Improved muscle tone
Production of hormones and neurotransmitters
Regulation of body temperature (via perspiration)
Improved skin tone
In addition to the above, water has been shown to improve the condition of many diseases and afflictions that commonly affect so many of us. Since these facts have been known and scientifically proven, they have been publicized by nutritionists, physicians, personal trainers and just about everyone else involved in health and fitness. In short, the health benefits of drinking water no longer need to be debated.
The best way to get into the habit of drinking more water is to gradually start substituting water for your other favorite beverages. A bit of lemon helps to add a bit of flavor to your water if desired. No matter how you do it, just do it! Make drinking more water a top priority.
The importance of a good night’s sleep
Of all the things you can do to improve and maintain good health – eating better, exercise, stress reduction and taking supplements – one of the most important actions to take is one of the most overlooked…a good night’s sleep.
Sleep deprivation is worse than imagined
The obvious bad effects of a lack of sleep are low energy and trouble concentrating. But there are other bad effects many are not aware of. Here are a few of them:
Weight gain: Most dieters know that eating before bed is not helping their efforts to lose weight. But a lack of sleep can pack on the pounds as well. Deep sleep allows our bodies to release growth hormone, lower blood sugar and process leptin, a protein hormone that regulates appetite and metabolism. When you are sleep deprived, none of these things happen as they should. This can wreck havoc on our waistlines.
A weakened immune system: Our immune systems protect us from bacteria, viruses, toxins, microbes and parasites. Considering that we are entering flu season, a weakened immune system is the absolute last thing we need. Yet this can happen as a direct result of a lack of sleep
High blood pressure: As if these other concerns weren’t bad enough, add this nightmare to the list: when you sleep, your heart gets to rest, and is able to take a break. But skipping sleep makes your heart work overtime. This can elevate blood pressure, and lead to other cardiovascular problems.
Lack of Growth Hormone production. During sleep, growth hormone is released. Scientists believe that this is a natural part of the body’s normal tissue repair. Can you see why deep sleep combines so well with HGH therapy? Sufficient sleep kicks in HGH therapy, and creates the internal environment in your body to allow HGH therapy to work at its highest level, with one goal in mind…to make you younger.
And more…many more: lack of sleep can make you accident prone, cause a lowered sex drive, accelerated aging, depression, and even increased mortality.
All of these reasons should make you aware of the importance of consistent, sound sleep as a key component of your overall health plan. Yet the pace of modern life, with a plethora of distraction and an ever-increasing workload, can make getting a good night’s sleep challenging…far more challenging than in the past.
In desperation, many folks turn to prescription sleeping pills. But they may come with some horrendous side effects. Hallucinations, sleepwalking, memory problems, excessive grogginess and fatigue the following day are all too familiar.
This is due in part to the fact that sleeping pills can reduce the overall quality of your sleep; this means less of the deep, restorative and dream-inducing sleep your body craves. Another drawback of sleeping pills is that they can lead to addiction. Some people swear they can’t sleep without them. They also lose their effectiveness when you quit using them, since they produce no long-lasting beneficial effects.
If all of that weren’t bad enough, consider this. It is easy to build up a tolerance to sleeping pills. This is caused by the brain receptors becoming less sensitive to them. This can happen in less than a month. Clearly, sleeping pills are not the answer.
Here are a few general guidelines for getting and staying asleep
No caffeine or alcohol for at least 5 hours before bedtime
No strenuous exercise just before retiring
Try to get to bed at the same time every night. This will develop a body rhythm that will make it easier to fall asleep
Keep your bedroom completely dark
Try to relax and wind down before going to bed
There is also something else to consider. Did you know that failure to drink enough water can aggravate sleep problems? Here’s why:
Dehydration – a hidden cause of insomnia
It’s really a simple equation. The more you are dehydrated, the harder it is for your body to recharge and detoxify. The longer it takes to detoxify, the more sleep your require. Yet dehydration can adversely effect your ability to sleep, thus resulting in a vicious circle.
Most people know that they should stay hydrated during waking hours. But your body needs to stay hydrated during sleep. Also, research indicates that dehydration may cause your mind to be over-active. This can result in you having trouble getting to sleep.
Have you noticed how these energy drinks have exploded in popularity? When standing in the checkout line at your neighborhood grocery store, notice the wide array of energy drinks, shots and chews beckoning for your attention. And how about the continual bombardment of advertising on television and radio for these products?
It seems as if we are becoming a nation of sleep-walking zombies, constantly in need of an unnatural “energy jolt.”
And it’s not just energy drinks. Coffee, tea, sodas and other caffeine-loaded drinks have become a bigger part of our daily consumption. The seemingly continual need for an “energy fix” explains the allure of these drinks.
Energy drinks are not the answer
Overlooked is the danger of these drinks. There is no question that they are effective in the short-term. But since they are loaded with sugar, caffeine and other ingredients, serious side effects can result. Insomnia, increased or irregular heartbeat, irritability and agitation are common complaints. There have even been fatalities as a direct consequence of consuming energy products.
There must be a better way to avoid chronic fatigue
Don’t worry, there is – and we will discuss that in a minute. But before we delve into that, let’s look for an answer to this question: Why can’t we seem to make it through the day without being on the verge of collapse?
Dehydration: a hidden cause of fatigue
When we are dehydrated, our internal cleansing system can’t work anywhere nearly as efficiently as it should, which overloads our organs and increases their workload. The result? Feeling tired. Most of our body functions operate best when they are in proper fluid balance. In fact, minute changes in fluid balance can affect us far out of proportion to what we may think.
If our fluid balance doesn’t return to correct levels, our blood volume can drop. This makes our heart work harder, which causes the heart to draw blood from the muscles and organs. The result? Muscle cramps, light-headedness and fatigue.
If that weren’t bad enough, dehydration causes cravings…and cravings are quite common among chronic fatigue suffers. Of course, these are the wrong kind of cravings – sugar, alcohol, caffeine and other harmful things that make a bad situation worse.
Finally, there is one more thing to consider. Dehydration cause poor digestion. This causes the digestive system to work harder, resulting in…you guessed it…feeling tired…and possibly causing insomnia.
Now you can see why the Conscious Evolution Lifestyle places so much emphasis on water. The message is simple: if you are looking for deep, restorative sleep on a continual basis, forget sleeping pills, ditch the energy drinks, consider trying the supplements recommended earlier (Melatonin, Valerian Root and Tryptophan)…and drink more water.
Get Off The Couch! Physical Fitness: The Fountain of Youth
As your body moves feels the surge of growth hormone flooding though your veins, you will notice your energy levels will skyrocket! So why not take advantage of this by getting and staying active?
If you are sick and tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what you see…or if you need to lose weight and gain more energy…and if, after years of neglect, you are feeling a bit guilty about not doing more for your body…then stop thinking about it. Do something about it.
Combining the correct workout routine with the Conscious Evolution Lifestyle recommended high-quality nutrition, the latest cutting-edge supplements and HGH and TRT will produce wonders far beyond what any of these practices could ever do on their own. So let’s get after it, and start looking and feeling decades younger. The right fitness program will allow you to:
Blowtorch ugly, unhealthy fat
Skyrocket your energy levels and reduce stress
Discover muscles you never knew you had
Strengthen your heart and lungs…in amazing quick time
Develop freakish flexibility, fluidity and balance
Pump up your health and quality of life
Develop a lean, toned, muscular body that is efficient, and will do what you want it to do
Prevent or reduce the effects of illness and disease
Improve your favorite sports performance
Prevent injury and improve bone density
Dramatically boost your metabolism
Fall into deep, restorative sleep – every night
Improve your posture
Develop laser-like mental focus
Add color and youthful glow to your skin
Finding the correct exercise and fitness routine that fits your lifestyle and personal circumstance will take some research and experimenting, and you may consider hiring the services of a certified fitness trainer. But for starters, here are a few general guidelines:
Start Slowly. Every January, gyms are crowded with new members, intent on keeping their New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get in shape. However, by March, the gyms are back to normal. Why? Because the overwhelming majority of new members are in a mad rush to achieve their dream body. Consequently, they try to do too much too fast. When the inevitable injuries come, or their progress is not happening as quickly as they were led to believe, they become discouraged – and revert back to the recliner. Don’t become a fitness casualty. Take things slow, especially if you have been inactive for quite a while.
Strive for balance. Strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and balance are all important components of health and fitness. Yet many people only want to work at what they feel comfortable with. For example, muscular men continue to lift weights, and refuse to get out and run. Marathon runners built like matchsticks refuse to touch a barbell, and flexible women capable of performing Yoga at contortionist levels are afraid to pump iron for fear of becoming “too muscular.” This is wrong on all levels. Everyone needs strength, endurance, flexibility and balance for daily living. If you are weak in one of these areas, this is your body telling you to devote more time to it…not ignore your weakness.
Compete with yourself. You do not have to enter a bodybuilding competition or run a marathon to become physically fit. Nor do you have to compare yourself with anyone else. Instead of looking at someone and wishing you looked like they do, focus on developing the best body you can.
It’s a marathon – not a Sprint. When asked when you plan to stop exercising, the correct response is to answer with another question: “when do you plan to stop brushing your teeth?” Remember, when done correctly, fitness is a way of life. Many people continue to be active well into their 80s and 90s…and a few even beyond.
Let’s break these fitness categories down for a closer look.
One of the best ways, if not the best way to stimulate our natural production of growth hormone is by resistance training, or as some would say, strength training. This can be done with barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, exercise bands, or just plain old body-weight exercises. Here’s a quick look at each of these methods:
Barbells and Dumbbells
They’re old-fashioned. They’re basic. They’re hard. But they work. All serious, competitive bodybuilders and power-lifters use them as their foundation – every single one. But so do countless housewives, harried executives, senior citizens and just about anyone else that wants to get stronger. Remember, you have the freedom and luxury to lift to just slightly beyond your comfort level. You are not in competition with the huge monsters in the popular muscle magazines. But that doesn’t mean for one second that you can’t reap the benefits of working out with weights.
There are countless theories, routines and a seemingly endless array of advice about how to approach the activity of bodybuilding. But the message to remember is this: relax! It’s not as complicated as it initially seems. Here’s the deal…
The basic exercises work wonders. Always have, always will. Barbell bench presses, incline dumbbell presses and dumbbell fly’s are a good, basic chest routine. For the back, you can’t beat the combination of pull-ups and bent-over barbell or dumbbell rows. If you have access to a lat-pulldown machine, add lat pull-downs and seated rows. For the shoulders, overhead presses with a barbell or dumbbell, along with front, side and rear lateral dumbbell raises will do the job.
For arms, barbell or dumbbell curls will work the biceps, while Close-grip barbell bench presses, overhead dumbbell triceps presses, and dips will blast the triceps. For legs, squats are the king. For that ripped abdominal six-pack, hanging leg raises from a chin-up bar, crunches and planks will hit all angles.
This is far from a comprehensive list of weight-lifting movements. But no matter how long you have been lifting, never stray too far from the basics. They are your foundation, so make your foundation strong.
For the sake of brevity, we have omitted the details of the correct form for these exercises. This information is available through books, magazines, You Tube or a personal trainer. No matter how you learn proper form, never forget that form trumps weight. If you can’t perform the exercise in strict form, check your ego at the door and drop the weight. This will both speed up your gains and prevent injury.
One last thing: many women are concerned about gaining too much muscle. Is this likely? In a word, no. The overwhelming majority of women just do not possess the hormones to get huge in a muscular sense. But if you are a woman who is concerned about looking too masculine, consider this: you can always stop lifting if your muscles are growing too fast for you, or at least drop the amount of weight you are lifting and change your program. So please don’t worry…you won’t turn into a man!
Kettlebells are an ancient fitness secret from Russia that has been referred to as “The AK-47 of muscle-building, fat-burning fitness.” They look like small cannonballs with handles. As with weights, there are many exercises to do with kettlebells. If you give them a try, pick the one’s you are comfortable with.
These are available at any sporting goods store, as well as many retailers. They come with instructional DVD’s and are ideal for taking on the road.
What we’re referring to hear is good old-school calisthenics. They fell out of favor decades ago, due to the popularity of weight-lifting. But they have made a remarkable comeback. They can ramp up your strength, as well as endurance. They put little stress on your joints, you can do them at home, and, like exercise bands, are perfect for the road.
A grim fact: as we age, the cells in our lungs start to evaporate and disappear. This causes our lungs to shrink and we lose our stamina, strength and our ability to fight off disease and infection. We begin to show all the debilitating and insidious effects of aging: always getting tired, getting sick more often and staying sick longer, not wanting to get out of the rocking chair, and even having trouble concentrating, since our bodies and brains become oxygen-starved.
Several decades ago, this problem was recognized, and the solution of the time was aerobics…running, jumping around or pedaling for 45 minutes to an hour. But there were some problems with this approach.
At the time, the prevailing wisdom was “the more, the merrier.” Spending up to an hour on a treadmill, stationary bike or stair-stepper was the normal and accepted way to do cardio. This was done at a slow, steady pace, and in spite of the fact that simple observation in any gym revealed many folks did hours and hours of this week after week (but didn’t lose much weight), no one ever questioned the effectiveness of training this way – until recent research has shattered this antiquated notion.
Let’s start with some simple logic. The main benefit of aerobic exercise is to strengthen the heart and lungs. The heart is a muscle and should be trained like any other muscle. Let’s take a brief look at how we train other muscles.
For example, if we are training biceps, we usually do 3-4 sets of barbell or dumbbell curls with 60-80% of the maximum weight we can curl for one repetition. As a general guideline, we would do between 6 to 10 repetitions.
What we wouldn’t do is take a one pound dumbbell and curl it 10,000 times for one-half hour. Yet that is exactly what slow, long-distance jogging does.
Human beings did not evolve running this way. Our caveman ancestors didn’t run marathons. Instead, they sprinted short distances to either get dinner or avoid being dinner. Today, this is called High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
A huge benefit of HIIT is that this type of training allows you to get a great cardio workout in 10 to 20 minutes…no more! Here are some ideas for a HIIT routine. Keep in mind that these are only guidelines. Every person’s conditioning is different, so some folks will need more intensity, some will need less. Once again, this will give you ideas for developing your own personal routine.
Running: begin with a slow, 2-minute warm-up jog. Then sprint for 30 seconds, then walk for 30 seconds. Repeat this cycle 12 times, then finish with a cool-down walk for 2 minutes. In less than 20 minutes, you’re done!
Stationary Bike, Elliptical, Rowing Machine, Jumping Rope or Stair-stepper: Same as above. Always begin with at least a 2-minute warm-up at a comfortable pace for injury prevention. Then start the explode/recover cycles. Don’t forget to take at least 2 minutes for cool-down purposes.
An important point to remember is this: the recover part of the cycle does not mean coming to a complete stop. Keep moving but at a much slower pace.
HIIT workouts are done for 20 minutes at a time, three days a week. This adds up to only one hour per week! Contrast that with the hours of training spent by long distance runners each week.
Another benefit of HIIT is that your joints, muscles, and tendons will not be subjected to the constant pounding that long distance runners suffer. Over time, this pounding adds up, causing many long distance runners to stop running altogether.
More good news: you are allowed and encouraged to set your own pace. Please don’t be intimidated by the sound of high-intensity. Just remember, it’s all relative, depending upon the shape you’re in. As mentioned earlier, everyone is at a different level of conditioning. Therefore, the above-mentioned interval times are only guidelines.
For example, an Olympic-level athlete may sprint all-out for 2 minutes, then walk for 10 seconds. At the other end of the spectrum, if you have been sedentary for a long time, or if you are very old, over-weight, or recovering from a serious illness, you will probably be reversing the Olympian’s ratio, and substitute a slightly quicker pace for an all-out sprint. You can alternate between slow and very slow, and pick things up gradually. HIIT will still work.
The keys are consistency and improvement. By gradually increasing the intensity time, you will vaporize fat and ramp up muscle gains – as a direct result of more growth hormone being released.
What about walking? Can that help? YES! There are a few concerns about HIIT. One is that HIIT is impossible for most of us to do 5-6 times a week, due to over-training. Also, HIIT may lead to injury more often than the old-fashioned, long and slow cardio. Both of these are valid concerns.
The answer to both of these concerns is simple. If you are just starting out, or not in good physical condition, simply substitute walking for the more intense cardio activities…and vary the pace of your walking. Again, this could be 30 seconds walking quicker, then 30 seconds walking slower. As always, the intervals can be adjusted, depending upon your conditioning. If done in this manner, HIIT can work for virtually anyone, at any age, in any condition.
Still another benefit of HIIT is that this type of activity triggers what is called “afterburn.” When you finish this explode/recover training, your body immediately begins to burn fat to replace the energy you have just expended.
Here’s the secret as to why HIIT works so well: this style of training triggers the release of a “super-hormone” that melts fat at a blistering pace. The hormone? Human Growth Hormone.
Slow-paced, long-distance jogging can trigger the opposite response. We are told by many fitness trainers that long, slow bouts of cardio will burn fat while you work out – and you are told to stay in that fat-burning zone as long as possible.
The problem with this approach is that this type of cardio can produce the exact opposite effect! Why? Because we don’t want to burn fat while we are working out. When this happens, we are telling our body that we need fat. Our adaptive bodies acknowledge that by making more fat and saving it for the next cardio session when it will be needed.
By contrast, as mentioned earlier, HIIT burns fat only when we are done with our workout and are resting.
Still not convinced? Here’s something else to consider. Look at a sprinter’s muscular body. Then look at a typical (extremely lean) marathon runner. Who would you rather look like? The reason for this is easily explained: HIIT causes more muscle retention since it activates more muscles than slower cardio.
When HIIT is combined with Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy, the results are astonishing. Save time, blowtorch fat, pump up your muscle, look younger and skyrocket your energy levels.
At first thought, it may seem a stretch (pun intended) to connect yoga with growth hormone release. As mentioned earlier, the pituitary gland releases growth hormone naturally during sleep. At this time, there is no direct research that can definitively tie yoga to growth hormone release. However, we do know that the pituitary secrets more growth hormone when we are relaxed – and relaxation helps us sleep better.
Regular practice of yoga can also lengthen the muscles. This may help correct posture and make you appear taller. Yoga classes are increasingly common, and much is available through books, dvds and You Tube.
When we do traditional exercises on a stable platform (like the floor or on a bench), we decide what muscles to use. Consequently, the larger muscles do most of the work, and the smaller muscles and our nervous systems tend to get lazy and go to sleep. As a result, our muscles don’t work together as a team.
But when we do movements on unstable surfaces (stability balls, PVC pipes, wobble disks and slant boards), we are continuously stabilizing and re-balancing ourselves. This means that our bodies decide on what muscles are needed, and our smaller muscles and nerves are summoned into active duty.
This results in a dramatic increase in proprioception, which is defined as the ability to perceive position, pattern and speed of the body or parts of the body by gathering more accurate information and delivering that information quickly to the brain.
The result? Increased endurance, balance, agility, all-around athletic performance and far more efficient body movement. As an added benefit, this style of training is great for preventing falls…a major hazard for senior citizens.
As with earlier-mentioned training methodologies, the specifics of this program is available through books, dvds and You Tube.
Chi Kung is the art of developing energy by deep breathing, coordinated with slow movements and visualization. For thousands of years, the Chinese people have sworn that Chi Kung can cure and prevent disease, promote health and longevity, reduce stress, eliminate toxins, increase libido and improve sports ability. Chi Kung has also been described as a “Fountain of Youth.”
The practice of Chi Kung is soft and comfortable on the body. As with Yoga, the more relaxed we are, and the more healthy we are, the more efficient HGH therapy will be.
If you are interested in learning and practicing Chi Kung, try to find an experienced instructor, or, failing that, learn from a variety of books, videos, and You Tube.
A Word About Fitness Supplements
Decades ago, most fitness supplements were nowhere near as effective as hyped. This was due in large part to the widespread abuse of anabolic steroids. Since steroids were previously relatively easy to obtain, serious bodybuilders had no need for effective supplements. Therefore, the supplement companies produced and marketed many inferior products.
However, due to the enactment of new laws targeting steroids, demand for bodybuilding supplements that worked soared. At first, the supplement companies were challenged. An analogy is the fuel crisis of the 1970’s. In the 1960’s, engines were big, bad, loud gas hogs. Fortunately, gas was cheap at that time.
But suddenly, the days of paying 30 cents per gallon at the fuel pumps was a distant memory. The auto companies were forced to produce a more powerful, fuel-efficient car, in a smaller package. It took time, but by the 1980’s, the result was cars that had engines far more powerful than the “muscle cars” of the 1960’s. The bodybuilding supplement industry has a similar evolution. Here are a few supplement recommendations:
Protein drinks. Whey protein is fast acting, and should be taken immediately after your workout. Casein protein is slower acting, and should be consumed in the evening, allowing it to slowly work while you are sleeping
Creatine Monohydrate. This safe and efficient supplement can increase muscle size and strength by altering cell volume (allowing more water into the cells).
Myo-X. This is a myostatin inhibitor. Myostatin is a potent negative regulator of skeletal muscle mass that restricts muscle growth. There is a medical condition known as “double muscling”, which is a medical term used to describe extreme muscle hypertrophy (growth). When you think about it, if our muscles grew out of proportion to the rest of our body, we couldn’t move. Clearly, there is a need for myostatin. However, when we are trying to gain muscle, we could use a little less of it. Several bodybuilders have stated that Myo-X does exactly that. This safe and legal supplement is easy-to-buy, and well-worth the investment.
Miscellaneous Tools and Approaches
Medicine balls, Indian Clubs, Suspension Training, Plyometrics, Tai Chi – the list can go on and on. The point is this: we are living in a true “golden age” of physical fitness. Never before in history have we been blessed with such a vast array of fitness options. To make sure that your HGH therapy has the maximum effect, stay active. Try several methods for a balanced approach, or find your fitness niche…then just do it!
Regardless of your age – old, young or somewhere in-between – the time to get serious about extending your life and preserving your good health is NOW. The bad news: aging progresses a little, day-by-day. The good news: there are steps you can take to slow and at times completely halt the aging process. These are actions you can begin to take not years from now, but today!
And it’s not a minute too soon for you to confront aging. Think about this. We have never had to face the hidden, insidious challenges to our health that we currently do…and from many different sources. For example, how many people read the labels on the packages of their food? And how many understand what those lines of chemicals mean? Probably very few.
But everyone should read those labels, and understand what they are putting in their bodies. Also, what about the huge pharmaceutical companies (Big Pharma)? They hold out the promise of seemingly miraculous cures. Do these promises hold up? At times, yes. At other times, they fall short, with harmful and severe consequences.
The point is this: there has never been a time in recorded human history that we have had access to such an incredible amount of information. Therefore, we have no excuse for not doing the research. That’s the good news.
The bad news? There has also never been a time in recorded human history that we have needed to do this research AS NOW! We – all of us – are subjected to a non-stop, 24/7 advertising campaign for products that will supposedly lead to health and happiness. Just take this pill…or eat this food…and conveniently ignore the fact that the promoter of these miracles has their financial interests at heart, sometimes at the expense of your health and money.
To compound the problem, the pace of life is becoming increasingly quicker. Time seems to be moving faster then it ever did, and the day-to-day struggles of daily life leave so many people too weary or otherwise preoccupied to research the things that are so vitally important to them.
So, what to do? The key is getting back to basics, and taking actions that anyone can begin, immediately. Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to add years of healthy, vibrant living to your lifespan.
People disagree on many things. But there is one thing that is almost certain to get universal agreement: the fact that we are too sedentary, too over-weight, and just too plain lazy to get off the couch and get moving.
Granted, for true couch potatoes that have been inactive for long periods of time, the task of swinging into action can seem daunting. But keep this in mind: you do not have to be an Olympic-level athlete to get the benefits of regular exercise. Begin slowly, and work up your intensity level gradually. Before you know it, regular workouts will become a habit.
As for the type of exercise program you follow, remember that there are several components of fitness: strength, cardiovascular capacity, flexibility, and balance. A good mix of weight-lifting, good old-fashioned body-weight calisthenics, aerobics and stretching will cover all bases. The techniques of the correct and safe ways to workout are widely available through personal trainers, books, magazines, videos and the Internet. Check out many things, then decide what fits your personal situation (time available, your goals, your present fitness level, etc.). Then absorb what is useful, and discard the rest.
In addition to the many well-known benefits of regular exercise (burning fat, building muscle, stress reduction, better sleep and circulation, more energy), there is another lesser-known benefit that just may be the most important one of all: exercise prevents the shortening of the protective segments of your DNA called telomeres. Here’s why this is so important:
Telomerase is the enzyme that helps to restore telomeres, which are the biological clocks at the ends of your DNA.Without getting too scientific, here’s how this works: every time your cells divide, your telomeres shorten. Eventually, this causes your cells to stop dividing. The result? DEATH! Another analogy is that telomeres resemble the plastic ends of your shoelaces. They protect your shoestrings, and prevent them from fraying and falling apart. When they are worn out, trouble. This is exactly what happens to worn-out, shortened telomeres.
The take-away? We must slow down the loss of telomeres to slow aging. Companies are in a mad scramble to produce a high-quality, yet affordable supplement to provide this desperately needed protection. But until that process is perfected, exercise is by far-and-away the best way to prevent the shortening of telomeres.
Enough said. No more talk. The time to get off the couch is NOW!
You Are What You Eat
There is an old cliché in the health and fitness words: “You can’t out train and out pill-pop bad eating habits.” How true this is. Just look around. More Americans are obese now than ever. There are many possible explanations for this sad state of affairs. The need for convenience that is ever-present for so many folks has resulted in an explosion of fast-food outlets, which play a huge role in our ever-expanding waistlines.
How about asking your physician for nutritional advice? Is that a good idea? Maybe. But maybe not. Doctor’s are well-trained in the latest surgical life-saving procedures and are up-to-date on the latest miracle prescription drugs. But just like the rest of us, they have only 24 hours in the day. To keep up with the most recent advances in medicine is at best a full-time job, and at worst it is nearly impossible. So many busy physicians overlook the importance of nutrition.
Also, there is the confusion factor. In their never-ending quest for profits and satisfied shareholders, the giant food companies (Big Agra) have loaded much of our food supply with “who-knows-what’s-in-them” additives. Needless to say, these additives are not designed to enhance your health. The emphasis is on good taste and preservation, which equals more profits. Here are a few of the most flagrant examples:
Trans-fats. This monstrosity was born during the “saturated fats are horrible” craze of the 1970’s and 80’s. Initially, they were touted as a heart-friendly alternative that combined good taste with cholesterol lowering ability…what’s not to like? Just this: trans-fats do indeed lower cholesterol…but the wrong kind – the “good cholesterol” that protects us from heart attacks. Studies have shown that trans-fats may have been directly linked to as many as 100,000 fatal heart attacks annually. Prodded by public outcry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally is moving to ban this killer. But they are a day late and a dollar short, since there are loopholes like re-naming them (“partially hydrogenated” “hydrogenated” and “fractionated”). Therefore, read labels, and avoid this stuff like the plague.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Like something out of a late-night horror movie, this Frankenstein-like additive is a recent man-made addition to our food. The problem? Our bodies have a hard time recognizing HFCS, which means it is harder to digest and adds more calories than regular sugar. The result? Obesity, diabetes, liver problems, metabolic syndrome, and other health nightmares. Thanks to the generosities of Congress included in each new version of the government farm bill, HFCS is cheaper than sugar…at least, in the short term. Long term, the costs of suffering from this insidious poison are incalculable. As with trans-fats, read labels and avoid this hideous toxin.
Eat Fresh. A recent study from the University College of London has concluded that those who eat seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day cut their risk of death and serious illness by 42% compared to those who get far less fresh produce, or none at all. This doesn’t mean that anything less than seven servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day is useless. Just start adding more now, and go from there. It’s time to get tough. Simple sugars, bad carbs, bad fats, processed foods and excess sodium are not found in natural foods. Therefore, keep them to a bare minimum. Or better still, cut them out completely.
Remember this: we are digging our graves with our knives, spoons and forks. But we can use these same utensils to dig our way out. The choice is yours, so choose wisely.
Don’t smoke, or abuse alcohol and prescription and illegal street drugs
These are really in the “DUH” category. The evidence of the health damage that smoking causes is so overwhelming, so proven and so all-pervasive that it is really perhaps the only topic in the fields of traditional and integrative medicine and alternative health that virtually everyone agrees with, totally and unconditionally. And that says a lot. Don’t smoke, period!
Likewise, there are many documented examples of the ruin resulting from alcohol and drug abuse. The financial, social, health and legal consequences of this abuse speak for itself. Again, enough said. This is a dead-end street that is avoidable. So don’t drive down it.
Take Quality Nutritional Supplements
Flash back one-hundred years. Most families could go out their back door and pick fresh fruit, get access to fresh vegetables, lean meat protein, home grown dairy and toxin-free well-water. The air was clean, clear and pollution-free…the soil was rich with nutrients, as was the food grown in it…and the food was produced and consumed locally. In short, eating nutritious foods was all that was needed to stay healthy. Our ancestors were, for the most part, free from the disease epidemics that are running rampant today.
But that was then – and this is now. Fast-forward to today. Soil depletion due to over-planting in the name of profits (thanks, Big Agra), laboratory created synthetic chemical additives to our food (thanks again, Big Agra) and steroid-laced livestock (one again, stand up and take a bow, Big Agra), our food is not anywhere near as nutritious as it was then. And we are paying a terrible price by consuming all of those empty, fat-producing calories.
This is why we need vitamin supplements. Consider adding a quality multivitamin and mineral supplement as a nutritional insurance policy. No matter what, it is very difficult to eat correctly every meal, every day. And even if we could, we would still need nutritional insurance for the reasons mentioned above.
Look for a balanced product, try a few different ones and go from there. Also, individual vitamins like B, C, D and E should be considered, as well as magnesium. The world of supplements has made exponential progress in quality in the last few decades, and more and better things are coming, due to new research discoveries.
Exercise your brain as well as your body
Think about this: there is no point in staying healthy and living a long time if you are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association
Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer’s.
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
Alzheimer’s disease is serious…deadly serious. But the goods news is this: there are steps you can take to prevent this debilitating affliction from robbing you of your humanity. Here’s how, and why:
As recently as 40 years ago, the common knowledge was that the number of brain cells was fixed. Your IQ was what you were born with. At best, you could only hope to not lose too many IQ points to aging. And, if you were unfortunate enough to suffer a brain injury, forget about it. The damage was considered permanent, and there was no way you could come back.
However, the science of Neurology has advanced by leaps and bounds. We now know that it is possible with correct brain exercises and stimulation, proper nutrition, staying physically fit and the use of supplements and nootropics (smart drugs and cognitive enhancers) to allow our brains to create new cells, and add connections between them!
Synapses are the connections between the nerve cells in our brain, and these connects must be functioning as intended to allow our brain cells to communicate with each other. This process is dependent on the exchange of chemical signals, called neurotransmitters. As we age, or if we suffer injury, disease or even nonuse, the cells and synapses can breakdown. This may lead to a host of developments, none of them pleasant: mood swings, depression, impaired cognitive functioning, memory loss, intellectual stagnation, lower IQ, lowered problem-solving skills, and, if things get worse, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
That’s what you are up against. But don’t despair. Brain deterioration is not inevitable. As mentioned earlier, there are steps you can take to prevent Alzheimer’s;
Follow the previous recommendations. Exercise, correct nutrition, staying hydrated, avoiding toxins and the right vitamin supplements are your foundation – your first line of defense
Control stress. Long-term stress levels can wreck havoc on your brain synapses. Meditation, learn to relax, enjoying hobbies and keeping things in their proper perspective can work wonders for lowering your stress levels.
Keep your brain active with new challenges and constant mental stimulation. Use it or lose it. You’ve heard that cliché about your muscles. Your brain is no different. Watching mind-numbing television and doing the same things over and over again will result in a mental rut. To stop that from happening, keep the brain stimulated. Learning to play a musical instrument, speaking and reading a foreign language, doing puzzles, reading about new topics and meeting new people can all combine to help you stay sharp.
Consider Nootropics. Nootropicsare smart drugs and natural substances such as vitamins and herbs that have been shown to improve mental functions like memory and concentration, along with protecting the brain from physical and chemical injury. The racetam family (piracetam, oxiracetam, aniracetam, etc.) were the first nootropics, and have been called “pharmacologically safe” drugs. Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopa, DMAE, Choline, Centrophenoxine, Vinpocetine, Huperzine A and Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) are over-the-counter substances that can increase blood flow to the brain and boost memory. Modafinil is a prescription drug that has also shown promise in increasing focus, alertness, and concentration. As with all new supplements, start slow and closely monitor your body’s reactions.
Stay Strong spiritually and keep a positive outlook.
A wise sage once said that “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.” Studies have shown that maintaining a positive approach to aging can add an average of seven and a half years to your lifespan. Why? The answer to that is uncertain. But many researchers see a link between a positive attitude and the will to live.
Focusing on the positive and believing in something greater is a winning attitude. Dwelling on negativity and surrounding yourself with negative types has the opposite effect. As with everything else mentioned so far, the choice is entirely in your hands.
Don’t discount the importance of deep, restorative sleep
The more researchers study sleep, the more benefits of sleep they discover. Conversely, they also continue to learn more about the debilitating effects of chronic sleep deprivation. From keeping your energy levels high and your mind working efficiently, to keeping your weight under control and resting your internal organs to allow them to function optimally, the importance of sleep cannot be overemphasized.
Humans evolved over millions of years with diurnal sleeping patterns: sleeping during the dark, and being active in the daylight. Science has confirmed that this is an essential component of health. So, if you have been cutting corners and “burning the candle at both ends,” make getting the right amount of sleep a priority that will morph into a habit…a habit that will add years of healthy living to your life.
Here are a few ideas that will help you get the quality sleep that is so vital to your health:
Sleep in complete darkness. One of the benefits of deep, uninterrupted sleep is the release of a hormone called Melatonin, which also causes the release of Growth Hormone. Sleeping in darkness maximizes the release of these two vital, anti-aging hormones. Conversely, sleeping with even dim lights on will result in less release of these two twin powerhouse hormones. Also, beware of the electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) glowing from the electrical devices in your room. These suppress these two hormones as much as light.
Don’t eat or drink too much liquid before going to bed. Both of these activities can disrupt your sleep, and raise your insulin levels, resulting in (as mentioned earlier), less melatonin and growth hormone release.
Consider supplements that promote sleep naturally. Sleeping pills work. But the side effects (drowsiness the next day, sleepwalking, trouble concentrating, increasing dependency on the pills, etc.) can easily outweigh the benefits. Supplements like Melatonin, Valerian Root, and Tryptophan can help you fall asleep SAFELY.
Protect your skin
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it is also the most abused. An often overlooked fact is that skin care starts internally. The right foods and staying hydrated are the foundation of good internal skin hygiene, and there are also supplements that will hydrate the skin from within.
In addition, limit direct sunlight exposure to 10-15 minutes. This will give you all of the vitamin D you need, and should not cause skin damage. Aging skin gradually loses its ability to retain water. A natural moisturizer called Na-PCA can draw moisture from the atmosphere. In fact, if Na-PCA is sprayed into a small dish and left out in the desert sun, within a few short hours it will be filling up with water. Na-PCA is a great aftershave for men, and it works equally well for women.
Finally, don’t smoke. One picture is worth a thousand words:
There has never been a time like the present that you have had the opportunity to take charge of your life and health. What we’re talking about here is gigantic advances in the potential to dramatically increase your life’s quality and quantity. But it won’t happen by just thinking about it. Start with the basics we have discussed here, keep researching, AND GET GOING! Contact Us for a free medical evaluation. Start by filling out the online contact form, so we have your information and then call us to confirm for no obligation discussion.