Posted By: Dquixote1217 [Send E-Mail]
Date: Thursday, 15-Nov-2012 23:49:20
(Adapted from the 3-part series by Jon Barron www.jonbarron.org)
The Nature of Aging
Probably no other area in alternative health is more subject to over-promising and under-delivering than anti-aging. We're talking about every magic bullet under the sun from face cremes to human growth hormone supplements. And what with the baby boomer generation now approaching the age where immortality no longer looks like a birthright, the market is exploding exponentially.
Ah, if only it were that simple! But alas, it isn't. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet.
The simple fact is that aging is not the result of any one single factor, but is the cumulative result of a number of factors, including:
• Cell senescence, or the aging of cells
• Diminished telomerase activity
• Protein degradation
• Advanced Glycation End Products
• Excess sugar activity
• Progressive systemic inflammation
• Progressive dehydration
• Accumulated toxic build-up in organ tissue
• Reduced circulation
• Reduced cellular energy production
• Changes in hormone levels and hormone balance
• Impeded energy flows in the body
• Excessive body weight
• And, of course, good old wear and tear
The above list is hardly complete. We could add stress or the accumulation of free radicals in the body or the results of cumulative poor nutrition, etc. The key here is not to identify every single factor (an impossible task), but to understand that if you want to slow the aging process, you have to look at more than a magic bullet approach involving one or two supplements. The only way to maximize health and lifespan is to use a Baseline of Health type whole-body systemic approach. In other words, you need to do everything all at once.
And that's actually good news. While there may not be a single magic bullet you can take, there are definitely a series of steps that you can implement that will help retard the aging process and keep you more youthful and more energized for longer than you ever thought possible.
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