Longevity with Vitality
By Cindy Bedore
Health is one of our most valuable assets. Without it, everything we do can be quite challenging. The question many of us have is, as I grow older, how do I preserve my health, and maintain vitality throughout my life? What is aging, and how and why does it happen? And most importantly, what can be done to increase the chances of living a long and vibrant life?
My quest is to have a better understanding of the aging process; what differentiates “normal aging” and “disease”, and how do we avoid aging's most serious consequences?
Most of us will definitely agree that "aging" is no picnic, particularly if quality of life diminishes as time goes on. The fact remains – aging is a part of everyone’s life. A complex process, aging reflects all the changes that occur in our body over our lifetime. As these changes take place, we increasingly become more vulnerable to physical and mental decline, and become more susceptible to disease. Many people associate these changes, or aging process with disease itself, and use the two terms interchangeably - the onset of disease is a result of the body getting older.
It’s important to understand the difference between “normal aging” and “disease”, as well as their similarities. Aging can be looked at from two angles, primary aging and secondary aging. Primary aging, as described above, is the natural changes that occur over time, and is gradual, but inevitable. Secondary aging is a result of disease and often poor health practices. Secondary aging is many times preventable, and even to some extent, reversible.
A common denominator of aging and disease is that they both start in the same place, the cells. Day by day, tiny changes occur in the cells that are ongoing and consistantly happening without our knowledge. Assaults to the cells by free radicals aren’t immediately apparent as they occur, by as time goes on, the structure and content of the cells weaken and become corrupt; illness results. Diseases such as cancer can take years to develop, although we are unaware that our body’s cells are being quietly altered.
Anti-Aging at the Cellular level
The good news is, we do have defenses. Good nutrition and exercise are pivotal in keeping our bodies strong and healthy as one eases into the golden years. Avoiding exposure to the toxins in the world we live in, the best we can, is another good strategy. Seek out natural ways to combat two of the greatest causes of aging and disease, stress and inflammation. And finally, go straight to the source of aging and disease, the cells.
“The old attitude of fixing people only when their bodies break is giving way to the realization that it’s preferable to prevent a health problem than to deal with it once it arrives – if it can indeed be dealt with."
Glutathione GSH, Your body's most powerful healing agent, Jimmy Gutman MD, FACEP, Stephen Schettini
Two super anti-aging substances we can not live without - -Glutathione and Carnosine
Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant. . Glutathione is involved in many cellular processes, and is essential for our immune system function, and
the detox function of the liver. Glutathione is found in every cell in the body, and particularly concentrated in the liver (detoxifer), spleen (immune system defense) and the skin. The presence of Glutathione regenerates a wide variety of other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and CoQ10.
The importance of Glutathione for our health can not be understated! Without it, we could not survive. Glutathione is essential for life, and high levels of Glutathione are essential for health and vitality. Glutathione is one of those things that tend to decrease in production as time goes on, and older folks, and those with chronic illness typically have far lower Glutathione levels than healthy people.
"You must get your levels of glutathione up if you wish to keep your youth and live longer"
"Glutathione GSH, Your Body's Most Powerful Healing Agent" Jimmy Gutman MD, FACEP, Stephen Schettini
"Stop Aging Now", Jean Carper
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Carnosine is a super anti-aging substance. Carnosine is produced naturally in the body, with high concentrations in the muscle tissue, heart and brain. But like Glutathione, Carnosine levels decrease over time. Carnosine is known to rejuvenate old cells by protecting them and their content from damaging rogue molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage is linked to many devastating conditions and diseases that tend to surface as the years creep up. Rejuvenating the cells help them live longer, which can help keep the body in peak shape in later years. Therefore, maintaining higher levels of Carnosine in the body has shown great promise for improving all-around health and slowing the aging process. The health benefits go on and on….
Carnosine aids in connective tissue repair.
Carnosine can help protect against the crippling effects of glycation.
Carnosine supports brain health by protecting brain cells from toxic metal reactions that can lead to neurodegenerative disorders.
Carnosine rejuvenates and strengthens muscles as well as increase energy, endurance, and stamina.
Carnosine helps protect the health of the eyes.
Carnosine helps stimulate wound repair.
Carnosine has been used for years by athletes and body-builders to overcome muscle fatigue and is key in helping the average person workout efficiently, a factor that can contribute to weight loss.
"Carnosine's age-defying effects make this critical nutrient an essential cornerstone of every anti-aging program."
--Edward R. Rosick, DO, MPH, MS program.
"Basic Health Publications User's Guide to Carnosine" Marie Moneysmith, Jack Challem
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