How to live longer

by on 08/01/2013

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To liver longer there are four major problems in the body to avoid. These are all problems which can be addressed and reduced, if not eliminated.

If we will address them then we will live longer, live more healthily, and be less likely to develop killer diseases – particularly heart disease and cancer. These are important factors which are not recognized widely: but they have a lot of science behind them.

These four processes to avoid are:

  1. Methylation
  2. Oxidation
  3. Glycation
  4. Inflammation

It is possible to reduce the effects of each of these four processes successfully thereby reducing them significantly. It is also possible to measure the improvements we achieve through use of blood tests.

Methylation

What is methylation?

At the cell level, methylation is the process of moving a methyl group – chemically, CH3 – around in a cycle, from chemical group to chemical group.

For this to take place, there has to be a source of methyl groups – a “donor”; there also needs to be enough B vitamins to enable the whole thing to work.

Methylation enables the body to eliminate certain cancer-causing toxins, helps to mend DNA which has become damaged and has certain hormonal effects beneficial to aging.

When methylation is deficient aging will occur faster. For example, deficient methylation is probably the most important indicator of heart and artery disease. It is a stronger indicator of artery health than cholesterol level.

This lack of awareness of the importance of methylation is largely because of the huge publicity afforded to statin drugs. It also takes a long, long time for information like this to become common knowledge among the medical profession and journalists.

Oxidation

Oxidation is the loss of an electron by an atom or molecule which can be damaging. If an important protein or an enzyme this, potentially, can produce serious damage. So oxidation needs to be minimised.

The agents causing the electron loss are called free radicals, which are produced as a side-effect of body metabolism. They are counteracted by anti-oxidants, which are present in vegetables and fruit and as supplements. For example, vitamin C and CoQ10 are both anti-oxidants.

Anti-oxidants slow down aging by fighting free radicals and reducing oxidation.

Glycation

Glycation is a harmful fusing of a sugar and a protein molecule to create damaged body tissue. Glycated tissue never reduces: it just keeps getting worse and worse.

Glycated tissue not only looks bad if on the outside (it is what causes wrinkles), but on the inside this wrinkled tissue reduces the function of important organs – such as the eyes, brain, and heart.

Furthermore, glycated tissue produces highly damaging free radicals called ‘AGEs’ – Advanced Glycation End-products.

Inflammation

What is inflammation?

The type of inflammation which leads to aging is very underhand in its effects before it is low grade inflammation which is not easily noticed. It can, however, be determined by a blood test.

Why does inflammation lead to aging?

More and more research is showing a positive link between low grade inflammation and:

This low grade inflammation makes these degenerative diseases more likely and an early death is likely.

The importance of dealing with these 4 issues

Dealing with these issues is an important part of any anti-aging programme. They can all be reduced to some extent by better habits, dietary changes, and herbs and supplements.

For more information on each of these processes see this website.

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