Parkinsons or Alzheimer’s?

An old man was asked, “At your ripe age, what would you prefer to get –Parkinsons or Alzheimer’s?”

The wise one answered, “Definitely Parkinsons. Better to spill half an ounce of  wine  than to forget where you keep the bottle!”

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Four Essential Habits To Increase Longevity

Just a quick reminder of four essential habits to increase your average life expectency. According to Dr. Norman Shealy, these four habits can increase the average life expectency to 100.

  1. No smoking – 20 % still smoking
  2. BMI not fat [18-24]  –60% people are fat
  3. 5 servings of fruit of vegetables – average 2.2
  4. 5 x min 30 minute sessions of moderate cardio exercise a day – 10%

Only 3% USA have these 4 essential habits – are you one of them?

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How Much Exercise is Too Much?

We now know that it only takes a relatively minimal amount of exercise to product optimal results – it is more about the type of exercise, than the level of intensity or duration. Exercising too hard or too long can produce negative effects – this is known by marathon runners. Endurance running on a regular basis strips down muscle, damages joints and doesn’t give the body enough time to rid the toxins that build up during intense workouts.

Just like nutirition and medications – finding the right dose to meet your goals is the aim. The same applies to exercise. What we want is to achieve the desired results with the minimum effort – a ‘minimum effective dose’. Just as we don’t want to waste food by eating more than we need, or risk toxicity by taking too much medication, we want to exercise to the point, where beyond this point there will be diminishing returns – the exercise starts to harm us, rather than help us.

Numerous studies have proven that short bursts of intense exercise and occasional lifting of heavy things delivers far better results than lengthy endurance training or weight lifting on a more than needed basis.

High Intensity Interval Training – short bursts of sprinting interspaced with periods of low intensity [walking], provides better results in less time. You will lose more weight, feel better, look better and importantly, become more healthy.

So give away the miles of pavement pounding, and consider 30 minutes of HIIT. Try it for just 2 weeks – 5 times a week and let us know your results.

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Coconut Oil – Is It A Cure For Alzheimers?

Alzheimers has been dubbed the ‘Diabetes of the Brain’. This is because it appears that, with age, insulin prevents glucose being absorbed by brain cells. Glucose is an essential nutrient for the healthy biology and function of the brain. However, it has been found that ketones are a great alternative – and Coconut Oil is a form of ketone, that is easily accessible to consumers. However, one must take care to get the right form of coconut oil: pure, non-hydrogenated Coconut Oil. Avoid the hydrogenated versions – they are pure trans fats, which we all know are bad for our health.

Watch this brief video to find out more.


Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

There are two kinds of cholesterol – LDL [Bad] and HDL [Good]. Coconut Oil is HDL form – so it helps with cholesterol, which in turn improves circulation to the brain for many related illnesses, including Alzheimers. Coconut is also a natural antibiotic – it keeps bacteria levels down to ensure the body can respond more efficiently to viruses and invasions of bacteria.

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Get Health Benefits From Vitamin D Without Skin Cancer

Whilst the Northern Hemisphere is in the middle of summer it is a good time to remind you all about protecting the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

The flip side to sun exposure is its contribution to your Vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is a used by the body to maintain healthy bone and muscle function. Low levels can lead to bone conditions such as osteomalacia in adults, and there is also growing evidence linking a lack of vitamin D to colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease and even skin cancer!

Exposure of the skin to ultraviolet B (UVB) from sunlight is the main source of vitamin D for most of us. UVB can synthesise all of their vitamin D requirements in the skin. But if we need to expose our skin to harmful rays in order to access Vitamin D, is there a less risky alternative?

Food – Vitamin D3 is found in small quantities in fatty fish – North Sea salmon, herring, tuna and mackerel. Some products are fortified with vitamin D. However, it is difficult to gain an acceptable blood level of vitamin D through diet alone.

Vitamin D supplements – is the best non-sun alternative, and many Doctors are now prescribing Vitamin D to their aging patients. In some instances, this is just one tablet a month.

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The Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Most studies on antiaging come from different perspectives, however all will agree on one thing. The level of inflammation in the body is a contributing factor in most age-related illnesses. The main cause of this inflammation is our highly acidic diet. I don’t mean acidic foods, rather those foods which cause the body PH to become acidic.

After researching the concept of alkalinity I started with Green drinks – those which contain a combination of barley grass, wheat grass and spirulina. Whilst I enjoy this drink, a lot of people cannot get past thier mental limit that they are drinking grass. So I searched around for an alternative, that would be more acceptable on the palette, and the pocket.

The answer was found in Apple Cider Vinegar. Despite first thoughts, it is not an unpleasant taste, when mixed with a little water. I add 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar in 1/4 glass of water, with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. I take this first thing every morning. To fairly assess the impact I stopped taking my green drinks during my 3 week trial. The results were amazing. I don’t know what impact it had on inflammation as this will require a blood test [which i am having after the 3 month test period] noticed that my already slim body was sleeker in the hip and abdomen area. I was already in good shape but the difference was quite noticeable. I didn’t adjust my diet at all during this time. I also noticed that the rings on my fingers were slipping off. It is almost like fat was disappearing….or was it that my finger joints were no longer inflammed, even though i had no symptoms of problems.

When our bodies are acidic, more fat cells are required to process the acids out of our system – less acid, less need for fat cells. The body is highly capable of adjusting to our needs, and inherently self healing.

So, although i don’t have any scientific data to present to you – one thing I feel very confident in saying – apple cider vinegar has definitely had a positive health impact on an already healthy body. Imagine what it could do if you were overweight!

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Can Your Self Image Survive Cosmetic Surgery?

We all have different reasons for why we want to fight the aging process. We also all have different ideas about how we want to achieve this. For some it is a highly preventative approach, and for others they are happy to live it up and take to anti-aging cosmetic surgery.

When someone decides to have some cosmetic surgery done, it seems that there is not enough thought given to the body – mind impact. Well, that’s the opinon of Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics. According to Maxwell, [was a cosmetic plastic surgeon] some patients who got physical deformities fixed STILL acted AS IF they had them.

From this he deduced that true change was something that took place “from within” – and so the concept of ‘self image’ was launched.

a concept he called the “self image”.

Your Self Image is basically the perception you have of yourself – identity, abilities, worth, etc. “Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become”

Most success coaches will tell you that your self image becomes your reality, regardless of the FACTS. Just talk to someone suffering from anorexia to confirm this. In spite of their true weight being very, very low they BELIEVE they’re overweight, and find evidence to support it.

This is an extreme illustration, but serves to remind us that we ALL have an accepted self image – whether it is one you simply accept from the words of others, or one you design yourself, you are in control of that choice. But is your perception the reality. This is the danger of cosmetic surgery – Michael Jackson is another extreme example. He engaged in the process to a point of improvement, then went way past the point of normality. We obviously cannot rely on all cosmetic surgeons to have integrity in how far they are willing to let a patient go – from becoming an improved version of oneself to the point of being hideous. [I apologize to the many, many ethical cosmetic surgeons out there – I am not referring to you]

If you are considering undertaking cosmetic surgery, make sure your self image is realistic. Ask people you can truly trust and seek advice from several surgeons before you do anything that may not be reversible.

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Resveratrol Antiaging Properties Hot in Media

It seems by the headlines in my antiaging news group this morning that red wine, or specifically Resveratrol is back in the headlines in a big way, for example:

  • Study examines red wine’ anti-aging ingredient – CBS News
  • Resveratrol’s anti-aging potential gets a boost in study – Los Angeles Times
  • Red Wine Study Could Lead to Anti-Aging Pill – Voice of America
  • Red wine anti-aging properties shown in new study – Global Post
  • Could Red Wine Be the Secret to Anti-Aging? – ABC News
  • Red Wine’s Anti-Aging Properties Confirmed in Study – LA Weekly
  • Red Wine Anti Aging Properties Confirmed – Medical News Today

That’s a whole lot of media for what appears to be just another update on an already well known fact- resveratrol has antiaging properties. Just how many studies does it take? And that is the issue I have with many so-called anti-aging treatments and products – they work, but before anyone is allowed to say commercially that they work, a 50 year longitudinal study needs to be undertaken by at least a dozen or more independent research groups.

At 57, I need to know NOW! I can’t wait another 50 years. So what to do – like most things in life we just need to make our own decisions. I work on the basis of – if there is nothing in there that ‘might’ hurt me [in other words I want to understand EVERYTHING that is in there], then I am happy to pay out my money and take the risk that it may not help – but the insurance that is just might is worth it.

I think we need to treat most products today with caution – not just the ingredients, but where they are made and the manufacturing processes used. Different countries/cultures seem to have different thresholds as to what is deemed toxic or harmful to humans – some just don’t care as long as they make the money. So my advice is to track down the manufacturer, make sure the process doesn’t destroy the key antiaging ingredient and that no toxic process was used.

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3 Keys To Maintaining Cognitive Function With Aging

A study published April 11 in the Journal of Neuroscience outlined research done into how and why aging results in changes in the brain that impact the ability to make decisions in new situations. Their findings indicate that the decline in decision-making is associated with the weakening of two specific white-matter pathways that connect an area called the medial prefrontalcortex (located in the cerebral cortex) with two other areas deeper in the brain, called the thalamus and the ventralstriatum.

  • The medial prefrontal cortex is involved in decision-making
  • The ventral striatum is involved in emotional and motivational aspects of behavior, and
  • The thalamus is a highly connected relay center.

The finding is leading the way towards effective interventions – ways to strengthen the connections using specific forms of cognitive training.

Most healthy individuals focus on the diet and exercise factors in keeping fit – but what about brain fitness – ways to maintain or improve brain health as we age?
Our increased knowledge in overall health and aging in resulting in an older population – meaning that the percentage of those with age-related cognitive problems will rise. According to the National Institute on Aging, it is expected that this will reach 20% of the population by 2030.

Whilst many advocate word puzzles and certain types of music to aid brain health, it is actually simple habits that will have a greater impact. Many lifestyle choices are linked to brain health, including:

  1. Exercise – enhances nerve cell formation and survival in parts of the brain associated with learning and memory.
  2. Diet – diets high in fat and sugar increase the formation of a protein implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Chronic stress – can damage the hippocampus — a brain region linked with learning, memory, and emotion.

Aerobic fitness enhances learning and memory, and the speed of learning. Exercise encourages the development of new brain cells — a process called neurogenesis — in the hippocampus. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are characterized by a decreased number of neurons in this brain region.

Physical fitness prevents the atrophy of brain regions, including the hippocampus. One study showed inactive older adults who begin to walk three times a week have improved efficiency in the neural networks involved in cognition. Physical activity affects executive control functions, such as multi-tasking, scheduling, and planning. Thus, exercise has a wide range of benefits, from cellular to behavioral.

A balanced diet esures that blood sugar levels maintain a positive affect on brain health. The right levels of blood sugar glucose provides the brain with fuel, without overwhelming the body’s ability to use and regulate sugars effectively. Abnormally low levels of glucose, a state known as hypoglycemia, impair the delivery of nutrients to the brain and injure cells.

Avoiding undue stress also plays an important role in maintaining brain health – a brain subjected to long-term psychological stress is impacted by the constant exposure to the steroid hormones ( glucocorticoids), which are released in response to stress.

So it seems the basic three win out again — regular exercise, diet and weight management, and low stress —support your cognitive abilities with aging.

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New Study Identifies 4 Key Markers of Aging

A new study, conducted by researchers at King’s College London, has identified a group of ‘ageing’ genes that influence the rate of healthy aging and longevity. These genes are switched on and off by natural mechanisms called epigenetic factors,

Epigenetic processes – caused by external factors such as diet, lifestyle and environment – seem to be initiated from an early age and continue through a person’s life. Epigenetic changes are being mooted as potential “markers” of biological aging, making them targets for future antiaging treatments.

Epigenome-wide association scans were done to analyse changes related to chronological age. 490 age related epigenetic changes were identified. Analysis of DNA modifications in age related traits also lead to the discover of epigenetic changes in four genes relate to cholesterol, lung function and maternal longevity.

Many age related epigenetic changes happen naturally with age throughout life, including some that are initiated early in life. The four changes that to impact the rate of healthy aging and potential longevity are targeted as the potential markers of aging.

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