Anti-aging and Age Reversal – To What Degree Is It Possible?

When it comes to anti-aging and age reversal, there are two components – the way you feel and the way you look. It is an indisputable fact that the first component is easily affected by your diet, sleep, exercise and levels of stress. The second component however, has been a focus of many new products on the market. Let’s look at what causes aging in the first place, what are it’s signs and can it really be reversed:

DNA multiplication errors

This is the main reason why we age and why the rate of cancer increases exponentially with age. Since we don’t yet understand the mechanics behind this, we are still unable to influence it. Therefore, we can assume that correcting DNA multiplication errors is outside of our control for now.

Collagen synthesis & anti-oxidants

This is where the magic happens. The older we get, the harder it becomes for our skin to synthesize the elastic substances needed for it to be wrinkle-free. This is also connected to lower vitamin C levels. Many anti-aging products use a simple topical vitamin formula in order to replenish the vitamin stores of the skin cells and aid collagen synthesis. Surprisingly, this can work quite well and in a very short amount of time. When it comes to deep wrinkles however, it is still not clear how much we can reverse them, as they have already became a structural defect in the structure of the skin.

Slowing aging down

Slowing aging down is clearly possible. However, the most results often come from your diet and not from a topical cream you use. Smoking, drinking and sun exposure are all contributing factors to skin aging and eliminating them can greatly slow down aging. In addition to that, antioxidants can temporarily protect us from those ‘free radicals’. When it comes to skin aging, vitamin c and vitamin a are the most important anti-oxidants, as we know for a fact that they take part in collagen synthesis.

 

Burning Calories Through Exercise – Not As Easy As You May Think

We all know the benefits of cardio exercise – a low to moderate pace exercise for a long period of time, usually more than 20 minutes. These benefits include improved mental function, feeling better overall, increased levels of energy, low resting heart rate and weight loss. Wait, weight loss? Can running, or any activity for that matter, really help you lose weight? Sadly, the answer is NO.

Why cardio exercise is not a good way to burn calories

Cardio exercise is an extremely inefficient way of burning calories. Most of your caloric expenditure is in the form of heat – heating up the body. That’s why sitting on the couch, watching TV will burn you about 100 calories per hour, compared to about 130 if you spent that time running or walking.

Why cardio exercise might help you lose weight

However, as we also know, burning calories does not equal losing weight and there are plenty of examples to support that. Cardio exercise helps you lose weight by improving your overall health, including circulatory system, insulin sensitivity and serotonin levels. The reason why being lean is considered attractive is because it is healthy. This often means that becoming more healthy will result in weight loss, if you are currently overweight.

Diet vs. Exercise

When it comes to weight loss, your diet is infinitely more important than exercising. If you regularly consume a lot of bread, pasta, sweets or other insulin-spiking foods, you will have a hard time burning off fat through exercise. Making your diet a high-fat one, will quickly lower those blood sugar spikes and will put your body into fat-burning mode – even if you don’t exercise at all. That said, exercise is recommended and even only the increased mental performance is worth it.

Fish Oil – Why You Should Take It

Fish oil is one of the most well-researched supplements and has many functions in the body. Unfortunately, it is now losing it’s popularity and people are starting to look for the new and shiny thing, ignoring the fundamentals, like this one. If you are serious about your health, taking fish oil is one of the best things you can do.

Recently, the frightening theory that fish oil may increase prostate cancer risk in men has been discussed on various forums. This came as a result from a research, published on PubMed, which stated that men with higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in their bloodstream seemed to have higher risk for developing prostate cancer. The first obvious flaw here is that blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are not necessarily correlated with higher omega-3 diet intake. In fact, the reverse seems to be the case. I’m not going to make this post all about this research, as there are plenty of people out there who have already debunked this myth. Intake of omega-3 fatty acids will not increase your risk for any type of cancer. Period.

I personally began taking fish oil a little over a year ago. After the first month, I really did start to see certain health benefits, especially improved joint health. The results from any fatty acid supplementation come so slowly that it can be easy not to notice them. It’s the same process, by which people get unhealthy and overweight – the change happens so slowly, that you don’t realize it. Meanwhile, if you woke up one day and you were suddenly 30 pounds overweight you would probably freak out.

This is the first important point – fish oil works SLOWLY. But it does work .I’ve noticed better mood, lack of mood swings, better looking skin (which my wife commented on) and most of all – lack of joint pain and about 3 times more joint mobility. Apparently, fish oil acts as a ‘lubricant’ on your joints, which is why it works so well for arthritis, as several studies have pointed out. This was enough to convince me to keep taking it and I’ve never known anyone who has experienced anything but good results from taking omega-3.

Just make sure to take a quality product with a high EPA/DHA content, which is what actually counts.