Anti-Aging Secrets #1 – Enzymes
Enzymes are found in every cell in your body where they help your body carry out thousands of biological functions. At the most basic level, enzymes speed up processes in your body that would otherwise occur too slowly to keep you alive.
At a much deeper level, enzymes are involved in a mind-boggling number of bodily activities, from producing energy and breaking down food to helping you fight infections, reduce inflammation and rid your body of toxic wastes.
When most people think of enzymes, they typically are thinking of digestive enzymes, which convert the food you eat into small molecules that your body uses as fuel. But enzymes actually do so much more. Other enzymes, such as maltase and lactase, help to convert certain sugars into glucose while an enzyme known as renin helps you to digest proteins specifically found in milk.
There are also metabolic enzymes, which exist inside your cells, where they work to keep your cells, tissues and organs functioning. Metabolic enzymes are involved in such important biological processes as keeping your heart beating, building bones and healing wounds – and some believe a deficit in such enzymes is a root cause of aging itself.
Does Your “Enzyme Potential” Dictate Your Lifespan?
Dr. Edward Howell, one of the pioneers of enzyme research, in particular believed that you are born with a limited supply of enzyme energy, and if you don’t consume enough enzymes via your diet (in raw foods, for instance), your digestive system will become stressed and unable to properly break down your food.
This could lead to a reduced availability of metabolic enzymes (which are ‘used up’ to support digestion), which he believed was at the root of most chronic health problems. According to Dr. Howell, you life expectancy is only as good as your “enzyme potential.”
Many signs and symptoms that we attribute to aging can also be signs of enzyme deficiency. If you have blood-clotting disorders, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, obesity or other chronic health ailments or even grey hair, these could be signs that you’re already enzyme deficient.
Naturopathic physician Keith Post explained:
“At birth, we have an abundance of enzymes. However, researchers have discovered that somewhere between the ages of 27 and 35, our body begins to conserve the remaining enzymes in order to make them last as long as possible. So, this is the time of life when many of us begin to develop various aches and pains, which we often blame on old injuries. The truth, however, is that our repair mechanisms are not what they once were. A lack of a continued abundance of systemic enzymes is probably one of the main reasons behind the aging process.”
What are Systemic Enzymes?
The more widely known digestive enzymes are very useful, especially if you suffer from regular gas, bloating, abdominal pain, heartburn or other signs of trouble with digestion. However, they do not survive well in your stomach acid (although giving them an enteric coating can help), so after being used for digestion they will provide little other benefit.
Systemic enzymes, on the other hand, are designed to survive your stomach acid, allowing them to enter your small intestine and be absorbed into your bloodstream — and that’s where the real ‘magic’ happens. As reported by Michael Sellar, editor of Enzyme Digest:
“Systemic enzyme therapy (SET) refers to enzymes taken by mouth on an empty stomach, which, after absorption, flow throughout the body to wherever they are needed. These make up the metabolic shortfall directly. The most important enzymes for the purpose of SET are the hydrolases, which are mainly proteolytic enzymes, since they have such a wide range of activity in the body.”
While it used to be thought (for more than 100 years) that enzymes consumed orally were not absorbed by your digestive tract or bloodstream, research has proven this to be wrong. Orally consumed enzymes can, and do, pass through your digestive tract and into your bloodstream for systemic effects. According to researchers:
“The histological, radiological, biochemical (chromatographical, enzymological), immunological and biological methods have convincingly proven that a part of swallowed enzymes may pass the intestinal barrier in an undamaged macromolecular form and realize their activities in the body.
… The absorbed enzymes are rapidly complexed with naturally occurring blood antiproteases. In these complexes the potential immunogenicity of enzymes is restricted and they are concentrated into pathologically affected areas of the body. Complexes in addition display important immunoregulatory activities.”
In your body, systemic enzymes are known for fighting inflammation and stimulating your immune system, both crucial for fighting the signs of aging.
Why Don’t You Have Enough Enzymes?
For starters, enzymes in your food become inactive with heat, which means if you eat most of your food cooked, the enzymes have already been destroyed. In addition, proteolytic enzymes are naturally produced in your pancreas, but your natural production declines with age.
Hydrochloric acid in your stomach is also reduced with age, and this is another variable, as hydrochloric acid plays a role in activating enzymes. So what can you do? It’s important to include raw foods in your diet to help replenish some of your body’s enzyme stores naturally, however for anti-aging effects you’re going to want Heal-n-Soothe, the best systemic enzyme formula to replenish your body’s supply of vital enzymes
Note: Systemic enzymes must be consumed on an empty stomach (if you take them with food, your body may use them for digestion before they have a chance to enter your bloodstream for systemic effects).
Anti-Aging Secrets #2 – Vitamins
There are 13 essential vitamins your body needs for normal cell function, growth and development. Four of these (vitamins A, D, E and K) are fat-soluble, which means they’re stored in your fat tissue. The other nine (vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12 and folic acid) are water-soluble, which your body uses right away and excretes any leftover in your urine (except for B12, which is stored in your liver).
Each vitamin has a very important job, and if you’re deficient your body will suffer in multiple ways. Depending on the vitamins you’re lacking, your body’s metabolism or cell production could be impaired, or your tissues may not be repaired properly. Your digestive system also requires vitamins to work properly, so if you’re deficient you may have trouble breaking down carbohydrates, fats or protein.
Certain vitamins, such as folic acid, may even reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, including those associated with aging. Let’s take a look at several of the essential vitamins and what makes them so important for fighting aging:
- Vitamin C: This antioxidant has been linked to a lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease and all causes. It also boosts your immune system and makes collagen, which not only helps with wound repair but also keeps skin supple. In one animal study, vitamin C actually reversed several age-related abnormalities and restored healthy aging in mice with a premature aging disorder.
- Vitamin B1: This vitamin helps your body to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which your cells use for energy. It also provides immune support and helps your body to adapt to stress, which is why it’s known as the “anti-stress” vitamin.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D, which your body produces after exposure to sunlight, is important for immune system function, heart health, bone and muscle health and much more. Research shows that people who have low vitamin D levels are more likely to have aging problems, including an inability to perform tasks of daily life (like walking up stairs, dressing and cutting their toenails).
- Vitamin K: This fat-soluble vitamin is necessary for blood clotting, but that’s not all. It also plays an important role in your heart and bone health. Inadequate levels of vitamin K are linked to multiple degenerative diseases of aging, including osteoporosis and atherosclerosis.
- Vitamin E: This family of eight antioxidant vitamins is known for its role in fighting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress. It addition to its role in maintaining the integrity of your cell membranes, vitamin E may help regulate gene expression and could play a role in preventing and/or minimizing oxidative stress-dependent brain damage that could lead to dementia.
Are You at Risk of Vitamin Deficiencies?
Many U.S. adults fail to get enough of all 13 essential vitamins. Research shows, for instance, that fewer than half of adults get recommended amounts of vitamins A and C from their food, and fewer than 10 percent get the recommended amounts of vitamin D.
The best way to ensure you’re getting plenty of vitamins? Eat fruits and vegetables, a lot of them … daily (remember, your body doesn’t store water-soluble vitamins, so you need to replenish them often). If you eat mostly processed foods or fast foods instead, you might get enough of the vitamins fortified in such foods (such as folic acid or thiamine), but they won’t be in their natural form. Plus, you’ll be missing out on many others, at your body’s expense. Aside from poor diet, many other factors may also increase your risk of vitamin deficiency:
- Stress, which leads to a deterioration of vitamin status (especially vitamins E, A and C)
- Aging: One-third of elderly people don’t get enough of certain vitamins. As you age, your body may have a harder time absorbing certain nutrients, and certain medications also prevent vitamin absorption.
- Avoiding sunlight, which increases your risk of vitamin D deficiency
- Eating a strict vegetarian or vegan diet, which may lead to vitamin B12 deficiency
- Gastric bypass surgery, which has vitamin deficiency as a common complication
- Smoking, which interferes with the absorption of vitamins like C and D
- Drinking excess alcohol: alcoholics often have vitamin deficiencies, including vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and folic acid.
Again, it’s incredibly important that your diet includes whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables daily. You’re probably well aware of the role such foods play in preventing chronic diseases of aging like cancer and stroke, and this is in large part due to the generous amounts of vitamins they provide.
If you want to do one thing to slow down aging and feel younger … eat more fruits and vegetables so your body gets enough vitamins.
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Anti-Aging Secrets #3 – Minerals
Like vitamins, your body needs minerals to function on a daily basis. Some minerals, the macro-minerals like sodium, potassium and magnesium, are needed in larger quantities while micro-minerals (or trace minerals like zinc, copper and selenium) are needed only in limited amounts.
All minerals are examples of inorganic elements, which mean they come from the earth and aren’t made by humans (or any other animals or plants). Plants absorb minerals from the soil in which they’re grown, and animals get the minerals they need by eating those plants (or eating other animals that have eaten mineral-rich plants).
You’re probably aware that minerals such as calcium are important for strong bones and teeth, but they have many other functions as well. Iron is necessary for energy production, for instance, while potassium is needed for nerve and muscle function (including the function of your heart). Your immune system also depends on minerals to help it function; zinc may help you fight infections, heal wounds and repair cells, for just one example.
If your body is lacking in minerals, your immune system health and energy metabolism may suffer, as can your blood sugar metabolism (which involves the mineral chromium) and even your enzyme function (enzymes contain minerals such as manganese and molybdenum).
Without minerals to carry out these and other important functions, the aging process may be accelerated and so too may your risk of age-related chronic diseases. Also like vitamins, however, minerals often work synergistically together. A deficiency or excess of one can impact the function of others and also put your health at risk …
Important Anti-Aging Minerals
The best way to ensure you’re getting all of the macro- and micronutrients your body needs, in the proper amounts, is to eat a varied, balanced diet based on whole foods.
Dark leafy greens and other vegetables, nuts and seeds, unprocessed salt, fruit and animal foods such as grass-fed meats, free-range poultry and wild-caught fish, along with organic eggs and dairy, are examples of foods to eat to increase your mineral intake naturally.
Sea salt and other forms of unprocessed salt are actually among the best sources of natural minerals, in the proportions your body needs. To ensure your body stays healthy, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting enough of the following:
Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth, as well as muscle function, nerve transmission and more. Research shows that men who have relatively high intakes of dietary calcium (i.e. calcium from food sources) reduced all-cause mortality and lived longer than men who did not. Some of the best food sources of calcium are sardines, kale and broccoli.
However, you must be very careful to avoid taking in excess calcium, especially from calcium supplements, as this has been linked to soft tissue calcification and other health problems.
As Dr. Richard Thompson, MD writes in The Calcium Lie 2, your bones depend on at least 12 minerals to stay healthy, and if you overload your body with calcium it may lead to mineral imbalances in your bones as well as elsewhere in your body. If you do not get calcium in proper proportions with other minerals it will pool in various parts of your body causing kidney and gallstones, arterial plaque, bone spurs and more.
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Magnesium is used by every organ in your body. It activates enzyme, helps with energy production and also helps to regulate your body’s calcium levels. Low levels of magnesium are associated with numerous chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, asthma, nose-related hearing loss, heart problems and osteoporosis.
Magnesium deficiency is difficult to detect because it can’t be tested with a blood test, but it’s estimated that up to 77 percent of Americans aren’t getting enough. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle cramps and twitches, fatigue and weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, tingling sensations and more.
You can find magnesium in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, bananas and even cocoa powder. Your body can also absorb magnesium from Epsom salt baths.
Potassium is also necessary for the function of all your cells. It’s important for heart function, digestive function and muscle function, and levels in your body depend on a proper balance of sodium and magnesium. The ratio of potassium to sodium is also important, and if you consume too much sodium your need for potassium increases.
Low levels of potassium have been linked with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, stroke and inflammatory bowel disease. Many foods contain potassium, including fruits, vegetables and free-range meats.
Low selenium intake is associated with poor mood, and people with low levels of this mineral who took selenium daily for five weeks had decreasing levels of anxiety, depression and tiredness.
Selenium is also important for immune system health and thyroid function, and because it functions as an antioxidant, it can help neutralize the free radicals that contribute to aging. People with cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions often have low levels of selenium.
It’s possible to overdose on selenium supplements, however, which is why it’s better to get it naturally via your diet. Organic butter, shellfish, garlic, sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts are good sources of selenium.
Zinc plays an important role in immune system, insulin and thyroid function. It also has antioxidant properties that may help fight free radicals that contribute to the aging process. Although your body doesn’t require much zinc, it’s not unusual for elderly people to have low levels.
Your body absorbs only about 20-40 percent of the zinc in the food you eat, and animal sources are more easily absorbed than zinc from plant foods. Some of the best food sources include oysters, grass-fed red meat, poultry and cheese. You can also find zinc in greens, mushrooms, green beans, tahini and pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Want to Know Your Mineral Levels?
Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling famously said, “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” To find out if you’re getting enough, Dr. Thompson highly recommends getting a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, which can tell you your levels of 36 minerals, including calcium, sodium and potassium.
This is especially important if you don’t eat a whole-foods based diet, your smoke or drink alcohol, you’re elderly or you’re considering taking mineral supplements.
For more information, including where to find a physician who can order you this test, get your free copy of The Calcium Lie 2 now.
Anti-Aging Secrets #4- Growth Hormones
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a protein made by your pituitary gland. It’s secreted into your bloodstream at varying levels, rising during childhood, peaking in adolescence and then declining once you reach middle age.
In children and adolescents, HGH stimulates growth and development, especially in bones and cartilage. As you get older, HGH plays a role in the production of protein, promotes fat utilization and is also involved in insulin and blood sugar metabolism. It’s received attention as a possible tool for anti-aging, too, because it triggers increases in muscle mass along with decreases in body fat (the opposite of what typically happens as you age).
What Does the Science Say About Human Growth Hormone?
In 1990, a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed when men aged 61-81 received HGH injections for six months they had increases in lean body mass … they lost body fat …. the elasticity of their skin improved, and so did their blood pressure, blood sugar and even their moods … Even their vital organs, which tend to shrink with age, appeared to be returning to normal size!
Separate research has also shown that growth hormone supplementation had positive effects on cognitive performance in elderly adults (including those with cognitive impairment). According to a study published in Neurobiology of Aging:
“Declines in the activity of the somatotrophic axis have been implicated in the age-related changes observed in a number of physiological functions, including cognition. Such age-related changes may be arrested or partially reversed by hormonal supplementation [daily growth hormone release hormone (GHRH)].”
To sum up, some the top benefits of HGH include:
- Weight loss
- Increases in lean body mass
- Decreases in body fat
- Improved skin elasticity (fewer wrinkles!)
- Enhanced mood
- Boosts to energy levels
- Improved physical function
Why Synthetic Growth Hormone Use is Not Recommended
In children and adults with growth-hormone deficiency, synthetic growth hormone is available via injection (by prescription) to stimulate growth and increase muscle mass.
It’s also widely used among athletes to boost muscle mass as well as for anti-aging purposes. It’s estimated that up to 100,000 people may use growth hormone for anti-aging therapies each year.
It should be noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of growth hormone for anti-aging purposes or athletic enhancement, and, in fact, it is illegal to market or distribute the hormone for these purposes.
This may be for good reason, as synthetic HGH injections may interfere with your body’s natural HGH production, and have been linked with side effects, including fluid retention, joint pain, breast enlargement, and a potential increased risk of death. Not to mention, HGH injections are expensive costing upwards of $1,500 a month.
The safer solution that allows you to tap into your inherent anti-aging potential is to ramp up your body’s natural production of HGH, restoring it to the more youthful levels produced in your 20s … Even Dr. Oz has acknowledged the importance of HGH for warding off obesity and staying younger and healthy.
How to Increase Your Body’s Natural Production of HGH
According to Harvard Medical School:
“The pituitary puts out GH in bursts; levels rise following exercise, trauma, and sleep. Under normal conditions, more GH is produced at night than during the day.”
Indeed, of the few known ways to increase your body’s natural production of growth hormone, sleep and exercise are among the most important. One study found, for instance, that at least 10 minutes of high-intensity exercise, performed consistently, can increase growth hormone levels in men.
Another option? Fasting? HGH increased an average of 1,300 percent in women, and nearly 2,000 percent in men, during a 24-hour period of skipping meals and drinking only water.
The amino acid l-arginine also helps boost HGH. L-arginine’s effect on human growth hormone secretion was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 1988.
L-arginine inhibits the production of somatostatin, or the growth hormone-inhibiting hormone (GHIH). So, by countering the effects of somatostatin, l-arginine indirectly allows more HGH to be secreted.
You can find l-arginine in animal foods, including grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, and wild-caught seafood, as well as dairy products like cheese and yogurt.
You can also find l-arginine along with six more important HGH precursors in our top-selling ThinMist supplement. This includes the amino acid glutamine, which has been found to boost circulating plasma growth hormone concentration within 90 minutes.
You’ll also find the amino acid glysine, which has been found to enhance growth hormone secretion in healthy middle-aged and elderly adults when taken orally.
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Anti-Aging Secrets #5 – Stress Management
If you’re stressed out, you’re going to age faster than you would otherwise. The research is really quite clear in this area. All of your efforts to eat right, exercise and live healthy may be in vain if you forget the all-important area of stress management.
It’s virtually impossible to avoid stress in your life – but it’s definitely possible to keep it in check. Why is this so important? According to the American Institute of Stress:
“Chronic stress is widely believed to accelerate biologic aging and support comes from studies confirming its adverse effects on immune system function, as well as how we respond to hidden inflammation.
… In one study, senior citizens who felt stressed out from taking care of their disabled spouses were 63 percent more likely to die within 4 years than caregivers without this complaint. In another study … spouses and children who provided such constant care shortened their lives by as much as four to eight years!”
We all know how detrimental to your health smoking is, and research shows stress may be just as dangerous. Stress ages your heart and is associated with high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, increased oxygen demand and increased heart rate.
Chronic stress has also recently been found to interfere with your body’s ability to regulate the inflammatory response, as it alters tissue sensitivity to stress hormones like cortisol. Inflammation, in turn, underlies many age-related chronic diseases, including heart disease.
Stress may also accelerate aging by shortening your telomeres, which are protective ‘caps’ on the ends of your chromosomes. It’s thought that as your telomeres shorten, your cells age faster and die sooner. As reported by Psychology Today:
“Telomere length is a marker of both biological and cellular aging. Stressful life experiences in childhood and adulthood have previously been linked to accelerated telomere shortening. Shortened telomeres have been associated with chronic diseases and premature death …”
People with the greatest amounts of job stress have been found to have shorter telomeres than those without it, for instance, as have mothers of chronically ill children and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the National Institute on Aging:
“These findings could suggest that emotional or psychological stress might affect the aging process.”
Stress has also been shown to cause premature aging in the following ways:
- Anticipating a stressful event may promote and accelerate cellular aging
- Chronic stress ages your brain and may be the reason why women tend to have faster age-related declines in cognitive function
- People who are stressed are more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, and eating poorly, being sedentary, overdoing alcohol, smoking and not sleeping enough all accelerate the aging process
The Best Stress Relief Strategy of All?
There are many ways to manage and relieve stress in your life … and I’ve detailed my top 10 stress busters here. Stress management really should be an ongoing habit that you take time for each and every day.
As such, ideally you’ll engage in multiple stress-relief habits daily, such as deep breathing, laughter, meditation, journaling or soaking in a warm tub or sauna.
If you’re looking for just one thing to do to really help nip stress in the bud, I’d have to recommend exercise. As you exercise your body releases endorphins, what I like to call “happy chemicals,” because they literally melt stress from your body like magic.
Research shows that people who exercise regularly decrease their levels of tension while improving mood, sleep and self-esteem. Even just five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
What this means is that even a super quick intense workout like the No Excuses Workout can boost your mood, fast. It takes just four minutes of your time, so you can fit it in whenever you’re in need of some speedy stress release.
A regular exercise program – one that includes high-intensity interval training, strength training and core work (like yoga) – is excellent too … but I like to keep the No Excuse Workout as my secret stress-busting ace in the hole. It works every time to melt away stress … in just four minutes flat.
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