The Key To Healthy Anti Ageing - What You Need To Know. Here, health professional Jaymes Gleeson examines the latest facts.
In this world there are innumerable things one may wish for, varying according to age, nationality, culture, sex, political affiliation, mental disposition, intellectual level, physical prowess, world view, even sexual proclivity.
Underpinning them all, however, are two things without which all else is meaningless: Potential for longevity and quality of life. Rarely considered is that the former without the latter is nothing more than a nightmare.
So to our question: how does one age well?
Without doubt, inflammation is the biggest villain for those who wish to avoid premature ageing. It’s the single greatest cause for making you look and feel old, as well as the driver of age-related diseases (and all diseases for that matter).
Inflammation – What to Avoid
Eliminate foods that inflame us, with the two main culprits, sugar and industrially made seed oils being the “poster children” for inflammation. Sugar causes glycation, a process by which sugar binds with proteins and lipids causing them to stiffen and rendering them less effective. The products of these oxidative reactions are called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs for short – quite appropriate).
Industrially made seed oils, I consider a ‘hidden’ danger because despite their toxic , inflammatory effects, have received very little bad press, at least in the mainstream. Most know little to nothing about them. Man-made in factories using solvents and all manner of nasty chemicals, they are highly oxidative, inflammatory, and cause the formation of free radicals (atoms with unpaired electrons that can have a highly damaging effect on cellular function). canola oil, vegetable oil, safflower / sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, corn oil, rice bran oil and others…
Inflammatory are also foods with a processed flour base. Such foods, for most people, lead to increase in body fat. In addition, the gluten component causes inflammatory problems for many. Either celiac disease or widespread non-celiac gluten sensitivity are autoimmune conditions characterised by inflammation. If you get bloating in the stomach after eating bread or pasta, you are probably gluten sensitive to some degree.
Omega-6 is an essential fatty acid but in excess is unduly inflammatory. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 1:1. If you have the following foods / oils in your diet, your omega-6s will be elevated. This is associated with increase in inflammatory disease, particularly cardiovascular mortality.
So, keep your blood sugar levels as stable as possible, and strive to be as insulin sensitive as you can by avoiding high glycaemic index foods.
Avoid Chemicals from Contacting Your Skin. Chemicals can enter your bloodstream trans-dermally (without being filtered by liver)
Anti-Inflammation – What to Consume
Garlic contains a potent antioxidant – allicin. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, relaxes and enlarges blood vessels (especially heart), inhibits plaque formation in arteries and oxidation of cholesterol. The best way to have it – smashed and freshly chopped
Prolonged stress or anxiety causes a steady stream of cortisol to flow through our bodily system. This leads to
Here are 4 key concepts you should know about anti-ageing: Key Concept 1: Telomere Length
Telomeres are protective caps on the end of our chromosomes. As we age they shorten causing cellular degeneration. Shortened telomeres are the main cause of age related cellular breakdown. When they get too short, the cells can no longer reproduce, leading to degeneration and death.
Three lifestyle factors that positively affect telomere length:
• Industrially made Seed Oils (i.e. most processed food)
Key Concept 2: Sleep Quality and Quantity
Here are 9 tips to assist you getting a good night’s sleep
Key Concept 3: Downregulation of the mTOR Pathway Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR)
Researcher Dr Ron Rosedale has done extensive work on mTOR, and has concluded the following:
mTOR is an ancient signalling pathway responsible for
So how do you initiate autophagy?
The most effective way is intermittent fasting (anywhere from 16 to 24 hrs on a regular to semi regular basis).
Longevity and quality of life – nothing is more important.
Plus, here is another story by Jaymes Gleeson on fasting.