Learn More About Anti-Aging
What is anti-aging?
Anti-aging has always been a point of fascination for mankind. For most of us it was just a buzz word that we paid little attention to in our youth. It is also a word that takes on a different meaning for everyone. Some connotations of this word might be wrinkled skin, hair loss, low energy, weight gain, loss of mobility, decreased libido, and a host of other ailments. You probably first became aware of the affects of aging from your grandparents and wondered why they took so many pills and moved about laboriously. Then your parents showed signs of aging as well. And finally, you started to become affected by the aging process.
In the next sections we will explore a widely held viewabout how aging occurs, some research that points to the effects aging has on hormones, and how diet and exercise can help one age gracefully.
Free Radical Theory Defined:
Free radicals are the byproduct of energy production involved in normal cellular function. These unstable oxygen molecules have a free electron. This free electron makes this molecule highly volatile and allows it to bond to other molecules in the body. This causes deleterious effects to the molecules that they indiscriminately bond with. The molecules that are bonded with cease to function properly.
Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Resveratrol and Coenzyme Q10 can help reduce the impact of these free radicals. A great source of these antioxidants comes in the form of a well formulated multivitamin. When these antioxidants are readily available in the cell they bind to the free radicals and decrease the damaging effects that ensue. They are therefore the first line of defense against this cellular threat.
While exploring oxidation in the body, it is important to notethat metal oxidation is called rust. Aging is thought to be related to this incessant attack on our bodies from within. Some damage caused by free radicals includes: damage to mitochondrial DNA, breakdown/ hardening of lipids in cell walls, damage to DNA, RNA, and protein enzymes.
As we age our bodies begin to slow down hormone production. This leads to the loss of muscle tissue, slowed metabolism, mood effects, decreased libido and fatigue. One of the most pronounced conditions that this decrease in hormone production produces is commonly referred to as menopause (andropause for men). “By the age of 60, DHEA levels are only about 5–15% of what they were at their peak at younger ages” (Ebeling P, Koivisto VA. Physiological importance of dehydroepiandrosterone. Lancet 1994;343:1479–81) Unfortunately DHEA cannot be attained from one’s diet. Therefore, when your body is done producing this essential hormone you have to get it via supplementation. It is produced in the adrenal glands. It is important to note that DHEA is the precursor for testosterone, estrogen, and other hormones.
Coinciding with the reduction of hormones overall, the body greatly reduces the amount of human growth hormone (HGH) as well when we age. HGH has three positive benefits on the body. It promotes the development of new muscle cells. This is important because as we age muscle tissue declines at a steady pace. The second benefit is increased metabolism and energy levels. The last benefit received from HGH is that it speeds up the healing process.
You may be a bit confused by the title with the bad stigma that fats receive. You have probably heard plenty of diets that advocate little to no fats. Well all fats are NOT created equally. There are essential fatty acids that we need for proper function. These fatty acids cannot be synthesized in our bodies. Due to our diet, which is heavy in grains, we get plenty of omega 6 and omega 9, but we consume very little omega 3. The body needs a balance of these essential fatty acids, but unfortunately we do not get much omega 3 in our diet.
Some exciting new research studying the health affectsof proper levels of omega 3s is currently going on. According to the an article on MSNBC.com titled ” Want to live longer? You need this nutrient,” omegas 3s have the following benefits: “better vision and eye-hand coordination, better mood, enhanced general movements, and an increased capacity for sustained attention.” Omega 3s are also good for cardiovascular health, inflammation reduction, and proper brain function.
Surely you have come across the phrase, “You are what you eat.”Well that phrase has now become more relevant than ever. In this modern day, science is linking diet with all sorts of disease, cancer, and general malaise. We are in an exciting time where nutrition and science are synthesizing to produce profound new evidence regarding the benefits of a healthy diet. The following sentence from a WebMD article titled “The Anti-Aging Diet” does an excellent job of stating that “Age-related changes may be reversed by consuming foods and beverages that are rich in a variety of compounds, including antioxidants, and are anti-inflammatory, such as cold-water fish and richly colored fruits and vegetables.” Diet is a very crucial part of aging well
A very effective method for reducing the pains of aging is exercise. Yes, exercise. You have read this tip time and time again; however you want to find some way around it. So what is the real reason that you show exercise? Well there are many. Exercise makes us not only look better on the outside, it makes us feel better on the inside as well. It has been proven to increase muscle, elevate energy levels, build bone density, improve circulation, release endorphins, reduce stress, and increase lung capacity.
According to a Webmeds.com article titled “Exercise”, exercise also provides the following benefits: Mental health, reduction of high blood pressure, reduction of bad cholesterol, reduces fat, lower risk of developing diabetes and diabetes type 2 management, weight control, reduction in the risk of some types of cancer, decreased risk of osteoporosis, reduced risk and management of arthritis.
So you are starting to like the idea of exercise; well the recommended daily amount is 30 minutes. Walking has long been the choice method for a low impact low injury exercise regiment. It is as easy as taking a stroll through your neighborhood at night, or going to the local track. Another very popular low-impact exercise is cycling. While these are great exercises for cardio, one also needs some weights for resistance exercise which helps build bone mass. It is recommended that you do some low weight bearing exercises 2 to 3 times a week to build bone density.
Exercise is a key to improving overall healthand it is a cornerstone of healthy aging. There is no escaping this key element to achieving a well balance anti-aging regiment.
Anti-aging is a very large subject that affects everyone. There are many theories regarding the process on a cellular level; we have covered a very widely adopted theory known as free radical theory. It is important to get antioxidants daily for counteracting the negative effects caused by free radicals. We have also looked into the affects of aging on our hormones and how the levels decline as we age. If you feel you have been affected by this decline, one way to increase hormone levels is through supplementation. Don’t believe all the bad hype on fat and be sure to get the healthy essential fat Omega 3. Lastly we explored diet and exercise and looked at their important roles in overall health and longevity. There is still much we do not know about the human condition, but thanks to science and technology we are closing the gap.
*It is very important that you consult your primary care physician before beginning any supplement, diet, or exercise regiment.
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4. (Ebeling P, Koivisto VA. Physiological importance of dehydroepiandrosterone. Lancet 1994;343:1479–81.)