Have you heard of the Benjamin Button effect? Would you like to slow down the aging process?
Brad Pitt played a 70-year-old man who grows old in years while his body becomes younger. I am a wellness advocate, biohacker, and functional medicine nutritional coach. I am all things related to slowing down the aging process and maintaining health, youth, and vitality. I personally do not feel like I am getting older physically, but the reality is years are going by. It is hard to have a full life if your health is going downhill. Our healthcare system is messed up as more and more people are getting sick and having more health issues as they age. The current stats are ten years ago 1/3 of us were obese. Now that number is closer to 45%. The American Obesity Association has just projected it will hit 50% by 2025, and a whopping 60% by 2030. Are you going to be a part of this statistic? Will you not be able to travel, or become too slow or fragile, sick, or lethargic to actually enjoy life fully? You can take charge of your health and change the trajectory of your life.
So how can one get healthier and shine so brightly and increase vitality? We can do this by reconnecting to nature and learning how our body has a natural ability to heal itself while finding a trusted resource to educate ourselves on what works best for us individuals. There is “no one size fits all” or a “quick fix”. It requires a lifestyle change that will pay dividends. My health journey continues, and I feel thankful I get to practice each day to build a strong health and wellness foundation.
I will touch on a few topics on cellular health and inflammation here.
Our cells have a powerhouse engine called the mitochondria. Healthy mitochondria are directly responsible for how the body functions, repairs itself, how well it produces new body tissue and so much more. When our mitochondria decline, we age more quickly, and health issues arise.
Inflammation is good and a natural response when our body encounters a virus, bacteria, toxic chemicals or we have an injury. To start the healing process our body sends white blood cells to the injury. Inflammation is our body's natural response to protect and repair damaged tissue.
Chronic inflammation is another story. When inflammation becomes chronic, which is more common than one might think in our western culture it becomes very problematic. It is when our body continues to send white blood cells even when there is no outside danger. Chronic inflammation is involved in the disease process of many conditions including Alzheimer, asthma, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, etc. The most common reasons for chronic inflammation are stress, blood sugar dysregulation, high body mass index (BMI), not moving your body (exercise), and drinking excess alcohol.
So, what can you do to slow down our aging process while we treat chronic inflammation and increase your cellular health?
Lifestyle changes will help with this process, but this requires a shift in mindset and choosing differently.
Benefits of Fasting
● Raise growth hormone and protects all cells and the DNA from oxidative stress
● Reduce inflammation and its markers
● Improve mitochondrial function
● Weight loss
● Mood stabilization
● Hormone regulation
● Increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol
● Lower triglycerides
● Better blood sugar regulation
● Memory and cognitive improvement
● Neuroprotective (protects our brains from toxins and stress)
We’ve all heard about the benefits of fasting, but one of the most important benefits of fasting is it triggers autophagy, which is the process that the body uses to remove cellular debris. This process entails your body “eating” the bad cells and tissues. “Auto” means self and “phagy” means eat. Autophagy is the body's way of cleaning out damaged cells to regenerate newer and healthy cells. And that’s a good thing because these bad cells can lead to a variety of health ailments including:
● Increased inflammation
● Food allergies
● Autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, etc.)
Studies have shown that fasting can turn down an overactive immune system (inflammation), which is the reason for these issues.
Fasting cost zero dollars and the benefits are huge. Fasting also helps with getting into ketosis, which is your body’s other fuel source. Another benefit of fasting is the production of ketones or putting your body in ketosis. This forces your cells to use fat as a primary energy source. After only about three days of fasting, your body will adapt to using these ketones, and the quantity will increase dramatically. Dr. Jason Fung wrote a comprehensive book called “The Complete Guide to Fasting”. In his book, he explains why fasting is actually good for your health, what to expect, and the various way to fast.
These ketones help downregulate cellular inflammation and heal the gut and the brain. They can also turn off bad genes and turn on good ones that help us live longer healthier lives.
New Stem Cells - For Free! Stem cells are unspecialized cells that give rise to differentiated cells. Studies (HERE) also show that ketosis can also help certain health conditions such as;
● Obesity and Hyperlipidemia
● Alzheimer’s Disease
● Cardiovascular Disease
● Metabolic Syndrome
● Fatty Liver Disease, and so much more
There are many things to consider when changing your health and your lifestyle. Being in nature is so important for our overall health as it grounds us and connects us to ourselves. Finding things that mimic nature is also important such as the sun (redlight therapy), water (hydro and cold therapy), air (breathing exercises), and the earth (nutrient-dense foods – minerals and vitamins).
Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, and feel, is connected and that what we believe has an effect on our state of well-being.
I’m here to help!