AGE IN RE­VERSE

Life­style and nutri­tion strate­gies that can help you slow the hands of time

Amazing Wellness - - BEAUTY INSIDE & OUT -

IF YOU TOLD ME I COULD LOOK 19 AGAIN, I’d pass. You see, at 19, I “looked 50” ac­cord­ing to my niece, Ce­celia (see my pho­tos, be­low, at 19 on the left and to­day, at 47, on the far right). I un­der­stand what she saw—the health is­sues I had at 19 are more com­monly seen in 50-year-olds. At 19, I suf­fered from an eat­ing dis­or­der that even­tu­ally led to life-threat­en­ing au­toim­mune and liver prob­lems. At 24, I fi­nally took charge of my health by dras­ti­cally chang­ing my diet and tak­ing sup­ple­ments. To­day, I look more vi­tal (who cares about “younger”?) with each pass­ing year.

EPI­GE­NETIC ROULETTE

There is a grow­ing area of re­search called epi­ge­net­ics, which deals with mat­ters of ge­netic ex­pres­sion. It turns out that our genes are not our des­tiny, and that even a ge­netic pre­dis­po­si­tion to dis­ease is not our fate. Rather, how our genes are ex­pressed im­pacts qual­ity and length of life—and nutri­tion and life­style can have an in­cred- ible in­flu­ence on that ex­pres­sion.

Ron Rosedale, MD, au­thor of The Rosedale Diet, ex­plains it this way: “Mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion between cells causes all dis­ease. Di­a­betes, for ex­am­ple, is a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion of [the hor­mones] in­sulin and lep­tin. We are not our genes, but rather the ‘mu­sic’ our genes play. Your break­fast choice alone can change 8,000 genes. Genes can play the mu­sic of ei­ther di­a­betes or of long life.” So how do we help our genes make beau­ti­ful mu­sic? Hor­monal im­bal­ances are of­ten caused by con­sum­ing ex­cess sugar and pro­cessed foods, as well as by a lack of good fats in the diet. Low-fat di­ets and trans fats can wreak havoc on hor­monal func­tion. But just as fast as a poor diet wreaks havoc, eat­ing the right way can have a stun­ning, nearly im­me­di­ate im­pact on hor­monal bal­ance. I have seen my clients ex­pe­ri­ence in­cred­i­ble re­ver­sals in health prob­lems linked to hor­monal im­bal­ance af­ter re­mov­ing sugar from their di­ets and in­creas­ing healthy di­etary fat (e.g., from grass-fed an­i­mal prod­ucts) —for ex­am­ple, their pe­ri­ods nor­mal­ize, fi­broids shrink, fer­til­ity in­creases, and hot flashes stop sud­denly. The great­est threat to longevity and health may be stress—the ef­fects of which can be con­trolled by our own choices, and mit­i­gated nu­tri­tion­ally, to a cer­tain ex­tent. And of course, life­style choices such as not smok­ing and ex­er­cis­ing can have dra­matic im­pacts on health, and thus how much life we get out of our years. Sleep (or a lack of it) also af­fects gene ex­pres­sion. Too lit­tle sleep in­ter­feres with the re­lease of hu­man growth hor­mone (hGH), a hor­mone found in higher lev­els in young peo­ple. This can have a domino

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