Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Aging -vs- Growing Old ... how to come out WAY ahead!

The distinction between aging and growing old is instrumental in knowing how to ultimately nourish the body to provide bio-fighters in the combat against aging.

Growing old implies a decelerated lifestyle pace and enjoying the rewards achieved from a lifetime of labor and achievements.

In contrast, aging suggest tired images of wrinkled skin, brittle joints, and medicine cabinets filled with odd salves and dozens of obscure prescription bottles.

It is your cells, though, that ultimately determine who ages and who grows old.

Growing old gracefully is dependent upon how properly or scantily you nourish the ten trillion cells that make up your body. Healthy cells are constantly under attack by free radicals–molecularly unpaired cells that hunt the body in search of stable cells. Free radicals rob them of their missing components.

The more this occurs throughout the body, the more rapidly it ages.

Now, taking into account that it is environmentally impossible to avoid all contact with the toxins that cause free radicals, the only realistic option is to safeguard your healthy cells. Committing to a healthy lifestyle is the first step, and can be accomplished by eating healthier foods, exercising regularly, and avoiding stressful situations.

The next step is to nourish and protect your cells. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to consume foods and supplements that contain cellfriendly compounds.

Today’s adult is busier than ever, and this can make it difficult to constantly prepare fresh, unprocessed meals consequently the Nutritional Sciences and it’s stunning breakthroughs have made it possible to enjoy life while safeguarding and building cellular integrity.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants work at the cellular level to neutralize oxidation-free radicals throughout the body. They include vitamins A, E, and C, Selenium, Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Lycopene, Lutein, and CoQ10.

Although antioxidants are relatively similar in how they function, each of these free radical fighters plays a unique role within the body.

OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins)

OPCs are high-powered polyphenol antioxidants that belong to the flavonoid family.

Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extracts (Pycnogenol® and Enzogenol®), Bilberry, Gingko Biloba, Resveratrol, and others all fall into this category. Research continues to suggest that OPCs work in much the same the manner that traditional antioxidants do, though their ability to eradicate free radicals is much greater and more versatile. For instance, OPCs have a unique structure that allows them to easily cross the blood/brain barrier to support healthy neural tissues.

Mushroom Extracts

Throughout history, advanced civilizations have relied on organic mushroom extracts to promote wellness.

Though it is universally known that mushrooms such as Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi and others are rich in 1,3 Beta-glucans–soluble fiber compounds that help support both innate and adaptive immunity researchers have recently found that the active compounds in some mushrooms have been shown to stimulate the production of microphages, T cells, and other natural killer cells. These biological warriors serve at the front line when it comes to responding to attack.

These bio-fighters are of immeasurable value to the immune system, and are drastically lacking in today’s average diet.

Herbs

Herbs such as Astragalus, Olive Leaf, Rhodiola, Echinacea, Panax Ginseng and Ashwagandha have been used for centuries to help support healthy cells and a strong, responsive immune system. Many have also been shown to exhibit natural synergistic effects when used in combination with one another. Today, they remain one of the most popular ways to naturally support good health and general well-being.