Oct 19, 2010

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Things that make you age faster

Things that make you age faster
















Things that make you age faster

Did you know that the leading cause of premature aging and death is due to high insulin and leptin levels?  When you don’t exercise and your diet consists of processed foods and tons of sugar, the end result is high insulin and leptin levels.  90% of high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes could be eliminated, just by keeping these to things under control.

High fructose corn syrup is in everything.  Pick up anything that is in a box, package, jar or bottle and you will see it is listed as an ingredient.  I am shocked when I see it in things that should never require any sugar.  High fructose corn syrup is an extremely potent pro-inflammatory agent that speeds up the aging process.  You need to take the time to read labels and do your best to avoid.  People are surprised to see that my diet primarily consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and protein.  The only grains I consume are from Ezekiel bread and part of that is due to a gluten issue.  When I shop it is on the out side of the grocery store. Every now and again I will have things other than this, but it is not a daily or even a weekly thing.

Many people know what insulin is but are not familiar with leptin. Leptin is a hormone that signals to the brain that the body has had enough to eat and increase energy expenditure, particularly from stored body fat. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they don’t feel full so they keep on eating or they eat large amounts of food.  Leptin is also important for fertility.  A study showed that people that had a diet high in fructose found it suppressed their leptin levels.  Also people with low levels of leptin are at higher risk for age related mental decline.

Of all the healthy lifestyle strategies I know of that can have a significant impact on your longevity, normalizing your insulin and leptin levels is probably the most important. There is no question that balancing your insulin levels is an absolute necessity if you want to slow down your aging process, and that means modifying your diet to avoid excessive amounts of fructose, grains, and other pro-inflammatory ingredients like trans fats.

You need to learn how to cope with stress.  We all have it, it is a part of every day life and so developing ways like payer, meditation and other energy techniques can be beneficial. Adptogens are also great to help maintain balance.  As we discussed above you need to make healthier choices in your eating.  What you eat does matter.  Vitamin D is also important for helping to keep you young and healthy.  I have written on this before so go back and read on this.  I explain what is the right amount.  Even people who live where there is a lot of sun, they find have low vitamin D levels. Make sure you are getting your omegas and antioxidants.  Another great fat that is ant aging is coconut oil. It can be used in place of other oils, margarine, butter, or shortening, and can be used for all your cooking needs.  Avoiding toxins as much as possible is another thing.  Pay attention to what you are exposing your self too.  Again, read labels.  One of the most important things is regular exercise.  You would be surprised by what 30 minute a day will do for you, not just your physical appearance, but also your mental attitude and it is a great stress release.

Here are four anti-aging things that U.S. News & World Report offers some tips:

  1. Free radicals. Free radicals are chemically unstable molecules that attack your cells and damage your DNA. You can limit your exposure to them by avoiding cigarettes, trans fats, charred meats, and other sources.

Organic fruits and vegetables will also limit your exposure to pesticides and herbicides, which contain the harmful molecules.

  1. Inflammation. Inflammation is a major player in many diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. One way to avoid it is to follow a Mediterranean-style diet.

Other great anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, dark chocolate, and the anti-aging chemical resveratrol (you want to get this from foods like grape seeds or raspberries). Exercise is another great way to lower inflammation.

  1. Glycation. Glycation is what happens when sugar mixes with proteins and fats to form molecules that promote aging. Advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, are thought to accelerate your aging process by churning out free radicals and promoting inflammation. One way to avoid ingesting AGEs is to turn down the heat when you cook. The browning effect of high-heat cooking causes these molecules to form. Limiting your intake of sugar-filled foods in general will also help.
  2. Stress. Stress initiates the release of a variety of hormones that make your pulse race and cause your blood pressure to rise. The hormone cortisol, released to lessen these effects, also creates problems when it remains chronically elevated. Try practicing relaxation techniques to help manage stress, and get enough sleep every night.