> WHICH FUEL DO MY CELLULAR MOTORS NEED?
Our diets are the linchpin of the regeneration process. Experts estimate around one-third of our health care costs are incurred as a result of nutritionrelated illnesses. These conditions include diseases of the metabolism, heart, and musculoskeletal system. That means: Diet is what determines how long we take to recover from an infection, how fast we age, and how healthy we feel.
“With the right nutrition, you can add up to 20 years to your lifetime,” reveals nutrition scientist Michael Ristow of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. But what constitutes a suitable diet? Currently there are countless examples of how certain foods can activate the body’s selfhealing mechanisms. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have proved that consuming three apples a day can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 14%. Another study has shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish slow the aging process of our blood vessels.
But why is fruit so crucial in the body’s aging process? It’s essential to note: Among the main enemies of our regeneration are free radicals— mutated molecules that are whizing through our bodies. These particles can trigger chemical chain reactions that lead to irreversible cell damage. Says sports physician Hans-wilhelm Müller-wohlfahrt: “Free radicals are behind 80% of all serious diseases and are responsible for the leading causes of death— heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s.” If you want to prolong your life, combating these free radicals should be one of your top priorities. “The problem is that our bodies have very few weapons to deploy against these dangerous metabolic devastators. The solution: fruit and vegetables—they’re able to form antioxidants. And antioxidants are free radical hunters that spread out through the body by way of the metabolic functions,” says Professor Doctor Jürgen Lademann of Charité teaching hospital in Berlin.
“WITH THE RIGHT NUTRITION, YOU CAN ADD UP TO 20 YEARS TO YOUR LIFETIME.”
MICHAEL RISTOW Expert on energy metabolism at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology