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LIFESTYLE HABITS AND GUT HEALTH

It’s true that active cultures are good for you. However, improving your gut health goes beyond snacking on Greek yogurt. Exercise, sleep, mindfulness, meditation, and other lifestyle habits have just as much impact on your health as dietary choices.

As research unfolds about the gut-brain axis, we see further evidence of the relationship between mental health and the health of the gut microbiome. The gut microbiome reflects the community of little critters living in the gastrointestinal tract (a.k.a. the gut). This community is important in maintaining an environment in the gut that supports the production of neurotransmitters, serotonin, epinephrine, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are essential for regulating mood, behavior, and stress response.

On the other hand, our mental health and habits affect the function of the gut. For example, when we are sleep deprived or live in a stressful environment, the gut microbiome can suffer. Below are 10 examples of how healthy lifestyle habits affect the population and balance of the gut microbiome.

10 Simple Lifestyle Recommendations to Support Gut Health:

  1. Meditate 10 minutes each day to relax the mind and body. Stress is harmful to the gut microbiome and mindefulness & meditation can help to reduce stress and support gut health (9)
  2. Sleep in a room that is 64°–69° F (17.8°–20.6° C) to support sleep quality. Sleep loss can negatively affect the ratios of gut bacteria and cause other health problems. (1)
  3. Avoid using anti-inflammatory drugs and/or opioids (when possible). Overuse of anti-inflammatory drugs and/or opioids can have negative effect on the health of the gut microbiome. (11)
  4. Avoid refined carbohydrates and focus on nutrient-dense carbohydrate sources. Carbohydrates from vegetables are beneficial to the health and diversity of the gut microbiome. (3)
  5. Aim to avoid or reduce alcohol consumption less than 2 alcoholic beverages per week for the next 8 weeks. High alcohol intake can have negative effects on the diversity of the gut microbiome. (2)
  6. Increase water and fluid intake depending on thirst and exercise to support digestion and avoid dehydration. (10)
  7. Reduce consumption of caffeine-containing products and limit caffeine consumption to 1–2 cups before noon. Coffee consumption can be beneficial to the microbiome but excessive consumption can cause dehydration, irregular digestion, and sleep disturbances. (12,5)
  8. Focus on including a variety of protein-dense foods. Protein from whole-food sources is best, but it can be beneficial to include a supplemental protein shake, as needed, to meet protein goals. Protein is made up of amino acids and amino acids are used by gut bacteria to produce important metabolites, like indole-3-propionic acid, that can support health and wellness. (4)
  9. Incorporating either professional massage or self-massage weekly can stimulate neurotransmitters like serotonin, the production that helps to support gut-brain connection. (6, 8)
  • Spending at least 10 minutes in direct sunlight daily can benefit vitamin production which helps to support the function of the gut microbiome. For individuals living in an area with minimal sun exposure, consider talking to your doctor about vitamin D3 supplementation. (7)

Small lifestyle changes can make a big impact on the health and diversity of the gut microbiome. The health of the gut is linked to many aspects of your overall wellness, including cognitive health, the immune system, digestion, disease prevention, sleep health, and so much more. Adding just one of these lifestyle habits can support your overall health and the population of your gut microbiome.

References:

  1. Anderson, Jason R., et al. “A Preliminary Examination of Gut Microbiota, Sleep, and Cognitive Flexibility in Healthy Older Adults.”Sleep Medicine, Elsevier, 2 Aug. 2017, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1389945717303179.
  2. Bode, Christiane, and J Christian Bode. “Effect of Alcohol Consumption on the Gut.”Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology, Baillière Tindall, 20 June 2003, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521691803000349.
  3. Dominianni, Christine, et al. “Sex, Body Mass Index, and Dietary Fiber Intake Influence the Human Gut Microbiome.”PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, Oct. 2017, https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0124599.
  4. , Natalie, and Benjamin P. “Microbial Fermentation of Dietary Protein: An Important Factor in Diet–Microbe–Host Interaction.”MDPI, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 13 Jan. 2019, https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2607/7/1/19/htm.
  5. Felman, Adam. “Caffeine: Effects, Risks, and Cautions.”Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 7 Nov. 2019, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271707.php.
  6. Field, Tiffany, et al. “Cortisol Decreases and Serotonin and Dopamine Increase Following Massage Therapy.”The International Journal of Neuroscience, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2005, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16162447.
  7. Jones, et al. “Vitamin D and Allergic Disease: Sunlight at the End of the Tunnel?”MDPI, Molecular Diversity Preservation International, 28 Dec. 2011, https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/4/1/13.
  8. Kim, D Y, and M Camilleri. “Serotonin: A Mediator of the Brain-Gut Connection.”The American Journal of Gastroenterology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2000, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11051338.
  9. Kuo, Braden, et al. “Genomic and Clinical Effects Associated with a Relaxation Response Mind-Body Intervention in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, 30 Apr. 2015, https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0123861.

By Rachel Stuck, RDN and our Brand Partner, Ixcela

About the Author

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Rachel Stuck has a background in culinary arts and nutrition counselling. Rachel takes a positive approach to nutrition: she avoids recommending restrictive diets and instead focuses on helping people choose foods that promote health and well-being. She is passionate about empowering and assisting Ixcela members as they develop their unique, gut-healthy lifestyles.

Check out Ixcela’s microbiome test, nutrition and fitness plans on our SuperAger World app to help you optimize your health.

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FORGET THE BOTOX – ENERGISE YOUR MITOCHONDRIA

Every day there seems to be some new discovery or understanding about our mitochondria, that’s because they are so vitally important to how we feel and how we age. Our bodies contain trillions of these batteries generating and producing energy on a constant basis and they determine the daily function and activity of all our cells.

Anti-ageing and longevity research is focused around the 9 Hallmarks of Ageing and their influence on how we feel, the diseases that we develop and how long we live. They all have various parts to play in the ageing process. However, it’s the performance of our mitochondria that determines how much we can influence these other hallmarks. If we want our cells to clear out the junk and debris it has accumulated over the years, we need energetic and functional mitochondria. If we want our cells to lower inflammation and oxidation in our cell, we need energetic and functional mitochondria. If we want more stem cells to be produced and sent out to repair and regenerate, we need energetic and functional mitochondria. This principle is consistent across all 9 Hallmarks of Ageing.

A number of powerful compounds have been identified that support and fuel our mitochondria especially molecules such as C0Q10, Activated B3 & NAD, Resveratrol and Magnesium. Each of these activate and energise the mitochondria and bring them back to a more youthful and stable state. So, instead of spending all that time and effort on making ourselves look young on the outside, how about we spend time and effort where it really counts and power up our internal mitochondria. True youthfulness starts on the inside, repairing cells and tissue, improving the function of organs, activating the many pathways associated with regeneration right down to a DNA level.

Our blends include powerful compounds to support all the Hallmarks of Ageing but they place special focus on our mitochondria. Clinically, we know that if you look tired or depleted on the outside then this is mirroring how your cells are feeling on the inside. If we want to be full of energy and be able to regenerate ourselves then we need to have energetic and powerful mitochondria, cellular engines and batteries that are fully functional and have an abundance of good fuel to drive their activity day by day.

Written by our brand partner, Hydra Longevity. For Hydra Longevity products, visit ou SuperAger World app

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INFLAMMATION IS AGEING YOU AND YOU CAN’T EVEN FEEL IT

What’s all the fuss about? I’m not in pain, I don’t have any injuries, so I don’t need to be worried about having inflammation. Unfortunately for most of us we’re experiencing inflammation in our bodies 24 hours a day and we aren’t even aware of it.

Let’s start by discussing the fact that there are two types of inflammation. Firstly, there’s acute inflammation caused by an immediate reaction to a stress, infection or injury. This inflammation is beneficial as it primes and activates the immune system to deal with that infection or damage. It comes, does its job and then goes away. It’s when the infection or injury persists that we turn this positive inflammation into a negative. This is called chronic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation results from long term low level immune reactions to a variety of stressors such as excess cortisol from our adrenals due to situations arising from poor relationships or issues at work, from breathing in pollution from chemicals and city living, from processed food damaging the gut or even having belly fat. Yes, all of these and many more common living experiences cause low grade inflammation in your body. It’s these daily chronic inflammation reactions that we need to be concerned about. This chronic inflammation is the cause of the majority of our modern day degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Chronic inflammation was found to be such an insidious threat to our health that TIME Magazine devoted a whole issue to the subject (Feb 23, 2004). It was titled “Inflammation – The Secret Killer”. It’s “secret” because you can’t feel it. It’s “secret” because you can’t see it. It’s “secret” because your doctor doesn’t often test for it.

I liken chronic inflammation to a smouldering fire, a fire that is slowly creeping along burning everything in its path but it isn’t big enough to call out the fire brigade, until it’s too late and it has caused untold damage. This is exactly what happens with chronic inflammation. It slowly and silently damages all in its path and causes untold damage to your organs, glands, cells and DNA, making us look and feel older and progressively lose our vitality until we get diagnosed with one of the many degenerative diseases mentioned above.

So what is the answer to dealing with this “Silent Killer”? What does the science say about reducing inflammation? It’s simple, we take heavily researched natural compounds to reduce the inflammation and douse the flames to protect our cells and DNA from damage. These natural compounds contain antioxidants that mop up oxidation caused by the inflammation and also repair molecules to regenerate our cell membranes and DNA.

The next step is to test regularly to make sure our inflammation markers are kept at a low level and that the natural medicines we’re taking are doing their job. There are many inflammation markers we can request to have tested but the main ones that you may have heard of are highly sensitive: (hs)C Reactive Protein, Fibrinogen, ESR, Thyroid Antibodies, Homocysteine and Tumour Necrosis Factor-alpha. If one or more of these are even mildly elevated then we need to look at what might be causing our inflammation and increase our anti-inflammatory support.

Our blends are designed to provide powerful compounds and antioxidants to reduce inflammation and protect the cells from the continuous damage caused by day to day living in our toxic and stressful world.

Written by our brand partner, Hydra Longevity. For Hydra Longevity products, visit our SuperAger World app.

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THERE WILL BE NO MORE OLD AGE IN THE NEW AGE

Could old age be curable and not just an inevitability?

This is now becoming more and more the focus of longevity science around the world. New research techniques, new money , new theories, all excited by the discoveries that our cellular performance, our genetic code, our DNA function can all be protected and repaired to potentially operate indefinitely.

For millennia, our understanding of ageing has been dominated by the observation that as our years progress, we accumulate multiple diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and frailty, we get sicker and we die. This is what ageing is, something that is unavoidable and inevitable.

But a growing number of scientists are challenging this concept of ageing. They are questioning the validity of this view that as we age, we must get disease and frailty and then have to wait for death to claim us. What if we could prevent disease and frailty? What if we could repair and regenerate forever? Can we get old age classified as a disease that can be treated? These questions and more are leading us into a future where we can have more control of our own destiny and make giant impacts on our lifespan and healthspan.

David Sinclair, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School says that many of the serious diseases we see today are a result of ageing and that we need to concentrate on addressing the root causes of disease by finding the molecular mechanism of ageing. Sinclair is one of the most vocal scientists pushing for ageing to be classified as a disease with the World Health Organisation on its official International Classification of Disease list (IDC-11). This reclassification will allow our ‘linear and upward progress’ toward longer and healthier lifespans to continue at a faster pace as money would flow into biotech research, innovation and drug development.

Other scientists are not so convinced about this push for reclassification. Eline Slagboom, a molecular geneticist at the Leiden University Medical Center says that reclassifying ageing as a disease will turn ageing into a political and commercial discussion. To view ageing as a treatable disease causes the emphasis to be taken away from healthy living. To truly prevent chronic diseases, young and middle-aged people need to be encouraged to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Despite the vocal push by Sinclair and other eminent scientists for reclassification, just how long humans could live remains a contested topic with many hot debates. The underlying question being asked is, do we have to die at all? If we find ways to treat and beat ageing as a disease, could we live for centuries or even millennia? Or is there a limit on how long a human can live?

For decades now, scientists have been studying species that seem to be biologically immortal. Most famously, the bristle cone pine trees of North America, the C. elegan worm and the hydra sea creature, are all seemingly to be over 5000 years old or equivalent and don’t die. Research is focussed on how these living species regenerate and protect themselves from degeneration and damage. Can these findings lead to novel new drugs being developed to have an impact on the protection and regeneration of human DNA, genetics and mitochondrial function?

Whether we can all live to 120 or 1000, experts agree that we are missing out on many decades of healthy lifespan. Currently we are dying before the age of 80 so we have at least 30 to 40 years of life not being realised and that is where the conversation should be starting. Improve our healthspan and this will naturally extend our lifespan.

Brian Kennedy a professor of biochemistry and physiology at the National University of Singapore and the director of Singapore’s Centre for Healthy Ageing agrees that we need a change in the way we deal with ageing. “If we don’t do something about the dramatic increase in older people, and find ways to keep them healthy and functional, then we have a major quality of life issue and major economic issue on our hands. We have to go out and find ways to slow down ageing”.

We have made some exciting discoveries on how we age and have even started to develop medicines that can improve healthspan and lifespan. Much of the new research is focussing on the field of epigenetics, how diseases are caused by changes to the way genes express themselves rather than mutations in the DNA. Some of the body’s own epigenetic mechanisms work to protect cells and also repair them, and our DNA, but they become less effective with age.  If we can recharge or reinvigorate these mechanisms then we can look at winding back the ageing clock.

The exciting thing for all of us is that research is quite progressed in understanding how we age and what cellular mechanisms are involved in the ageing process. While there is a long way to go in the development of biotechnology and drugs to impact ageing, we have a large number of well-studied natural compounds that all show anti-ageing properties in various ageing models. Many of these natural nutrients and herbs have been around for centuries and have been shown to be safe and powerful in their effects. To date, there are nearly 6000 scientific research/review articles published in the anti-ageing field and these reports reveal more than 185 compounds with anti-ageing activity in multiple ageing models coming from natural products or extracts. Some of these highly researched nutrients are curcumin, resveratrol, green tea, blueberries, CoQ10, astaxanthin, lipoic acid and rosemary.

The bottom line is, while we are waiting for the scientific community to continue their work of novel drugs and biotech advances to slow down ageing, we need to be utilising everything we currently have at our disposal to improve our healthspan and lifespan. The daily use of scientifically validated natural nutrients that have powerful effects on our genes, DNA and mitochondria and the daily lifestyle choices we make in reducing stress, being more active and improving the foods that we consume.

In short, try to live like the centenarians in the ‘blue zones’ around the world and consume those researched anti-ageing nutrients that we already have available to us on a daily basis.

Written by our brand partner, Hydra Longevity

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INTERMITTENT FASTING – CAN IT MAKE YOU LIVE LONGER?

Did you know that Intermittent Fasting (IF) was the most searched diet worldwide over 2019? It easily beat related searches like paleo eating, keto diet, one meal a day (OMAD) diets, weight watchers, primal eating, plant-based diet, vegan diets, 5:2 eating and caveman diets.

So, what’s all the fuss? Why is this way of eating becoming so popular? What makes it different and is it something you should be doing?

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is the term used to describe eating your normal daily calories in a smaller window of time each day. Rather than eating 3 meals a day and snacks spread out over 14 hours e.g. eating all your meals and snacks starting at 6am and finishing at 8pm that night, you would restrict the amount of hours your food intake would occur to a 6 to 8 hour period instead e.g. eating your daily food from say 11am to 6 pm that evening and not eat anything else for the remainder of the day.

Sounds simple doesn’t it. The basic premise of the diet is to give your body a longer period of the day where it doesn’t have to be digesting, processing and absorbing foods. You are giving your body a longer period of time where it doesn’t have to continually secret insulin and the trillions of cells in your digestive track can have a break from the constant demand of food breakdown and digestion.

Not only do you reduce digestive and cellular inflammation, but you also put the body into a state of calorie restriction which forces the cells to access other forms of energy from around the body, namely your fat stores. Our cells are put into a protective state which switches on multiple gene pathways and defence mechanisms. This series of events is what propels Intermittent fasting into the world of anti-ageing and longevity research.

Intermittent fasting comes under the research heading of Dietary Restriction (DR). Researchers have known the health benefits of reduced calories for decades, having proven the reversal and prevention of many chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and various cancers (especially breast and prostate cancer). We should all be practising calorie restriction daily as our modern world encourages overconsumption of food. We simply eat too much on a daily basis and we overwhelm our digestive systems and keep our cells in a constant state of high alert and inflammation. Scientists have given us a figure we should be aiming for – between 10 and 30% restriction of daily calories to give cellular benefits and to improve human health.

Interestingly, researchers have uncovered several natural nutrients that can mimic the effect of calorie restriction and put our cells into defence mode and also upregulate our genes to repair and regenerate. Some of the stronger memetic nutrients are resveratrol, pterostilbene’s from blueberries, ECGC from green tea and turmeric/curcumin.

So, can Intermittent Fasting really increase our lifespan and healthspan? There are multiple ways IF can slow down the ageing process:

  • IF reduces inflammation, not just in the digestive track but all through the body and especially the brain. Chronic inflammation is directly associated with the development of chronic disease.
  • IF stimulates autophagy which is the body’s ability to remove and clear out damaged, dead and unwanted cell debris. Many of us are living with overwhelmed ‘garbage disposal systems’ and are getting clogged up with excess cellular garbage. IF maintains the ability to remove this molecular garbage and slow down the ageing process.
  • IF has multiple current studies showing how it reduces tumour growth and improves chemotherapy and radiation outcomes. Cancer cells exclusively use sugars as a growth agent and IF provides a habitual energy restriction process that starves cancerous cells and protects healthy cells from some of the damage caused by the cancer drugs.
  • IF has been shown to increase DNA repair, improve gene stability, increase secretion of protective enzymes, reduce reactive oxidative species (ROS) and reduce insulin and glucose that causes inflammation in the cells.
  • IF switches on and improves the function of our sirtuin genes that are the foundational genes effecting how we age and allows us to live longer and healthier lives

If you are worried about how you could possibly go without food for very long, researchers found that there are health and gene benefits evident after simply fasting or not eating anything for 12 hours. How simple is that? Have dinner about 6pm and then eat breakfast after 6am the next morning, you’re asleep for most of that time, so you won’t even notice the fast. The best and strongest effects of IF on our cells and genes were found after fasting for 16 to 18 hours so simply skipping breaky or dinner could be the answer for many of you.

The health benefits of IF and dietary restriction are impressive and are showing to be a powerful technique to use in our quest to reduce chronic disease, extend lifespan and improve healthspan.

Written by our brand partner, Hydra Longevity. To access Hydra Longevity products, please go to our SuperAger World app

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THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND YOUR GUT

We know more about deep space than we know about the workings and functions of our own gut.

There are over a thousand different viruses that live in our gut, but we only know the role and function of about 2% of those viruses. Why are they there? What purpose do they fulfil in keeping us alive? Are any of those viruses a problem if they get out of balance or replicate?

We have a whole other universe right here inside us ready to explore, however we still don’t have the technology and equipment required to observe and learn all there is to know about our digestive systems.

Our gut has multiple working systems, all interfacing with each other and being influenced by the trillions of microbes residing in our digestive track.

With over 70% of our whole immune system located in our gut, here’s a breakdown of the main players in our digestive tract.

  1. Digestive enzymes: secreted mainly in the upper digestive tract to break down our food into usable molecules, they also play a role in killing many pathogens and organisms that we ingest through our mouth.
  2. Microbiota: made up of the many individual micro-organisms in our gut such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. All these bugs can weigh up to 2kg and have lived with us since birth. Also known as probiotics, your bowels host an estimated 100 trillion micro-organisms from more than 500 different species.
  3. The Microbiome: describes the full complement of micro-organisms and their genes that influence our health. There are over 46 million genes in our gut compared to around 30,000 in our cells.
  4. The epithelium: a single layer of cells that act as a physical barrier and as a co-ordinating hub for our immune defences and crosstalk between our microbiota and our immune cells.

As you can see from above, our digestive tract is much more than a hollow tub that connects our mouth to our ‘behind’, it’s a dynamic system that houses trillions of living organisms essential to our biology and supports many different physiological functions, removes wastes and toxins and protects us from disease and illness.

While very complex in its activity and function, gut immunity is simple to understand, and to influence. The main aspect to remember is that the bugs in our digestive tract talk to and activate the tissue of our gut and the cells of our gut message and signal back to the bugs in our gut, it’s a two way street of communication and messaging.

Recent studies have found that our modern-day lifestyles, diet and overuse of antibiotics are causing major disruptions and shifts in our gut environment and microbiome and this is leading to lowered immunity and absorption problems.

Below are some more factors that interfere with our microbiome and lower immunity:

  • Diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Poor dietary choices with too many processed foods containing artificial ingredients.
  • Environmental pollutions especially chemicals we use in our homes.
  • Stress and lack of sleep.
  • Medications for various health problems we develop.
  • Lowered digestive enzymes secretions so we can’t absorb our food.

The importance of the link between diet, gut bacteria and immunity cannot be underestimated. More and more people are realising that eating the wrong kinds of food can have a negative effect on the bacteria in your gut and make you more susceptible to a range of diseases.

STEPS TO IMPROVE IMMUNITY

A diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods will encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut, helping to establish a strong immune system.

There are some specific steps that can improve gut-related immunity:

  • Eating probiotic foods containing Acidophilus, L. casei and L. rhamnosus.
  • Eating some fermented foods in our diet such as sauerkraut and kimchi.
  • Increasing fibre intake to give more prebiotic fuel to our probiotics.
  • Eating slowly and in a relaxed environment.
  • Increasing Omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing the levels of Omega-6 in the diet.
  • Moderate amounts of exercise, daily.
  • Enough sleep: 7-9 hours has been found to improve gut health and immune function.
  • Lowering stress levels such as 10 minutes meditation before bed every night.

All the points above are simple to implement into your daily lives and they all benefit your microbiome. Many of you will have read about and taken probiotics over the past 20 years – the wonder bugs such as acidophilus and bifidus. However, it’s now PREbiotics that are taking centre stage in research departments around the world. Scientists are finding that it’s the food you feed your microbiota that causes them to become stronger, more resilient and colonise the digestive tract, and it’s the food you feed your microbes that determine how they behave and how they reproduce.

Feed your beneficial bugs with the best foods possible to fuel their activity and boost their numbers so you can have a wide diversity of beneficial microbes and create a healthy environment in your gut so that pathogenic microbes can’t get a foothold and thrive.

Body Revitaliser Essentials has focussed on the best PREbiotics available to boost immunity and reverse many chronic disease processes. Discover them all in the Microbiome Prebiotic Stack – see our market platform on our app for these Hydra Longevity products

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IS AN ALKALINE DIET THE KEY TO LONGEVITY?

Rebalancing the acid-alkaline levels in your body is the one crucial and easy step you should take every day towards being healthy and energetic. But why is our pH so important for our cells to function properly? How can we improve our acid balance to impact our health?

ACID-BASE BALANCE

Everything around us depends on the right balance of acidity and alkalinity. Our oceans, the soil, plants, animals, and our own bodies, all require the correct pH level for life. Nearly every biological process in the human body requires the appropriate acid-base balance; human life requires a tightly controlled pH to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body functions in a specific pH. If the pH changes, your body faces the challenge of correcting this; otherwise inflammation and cell damage occur. In this imbalanced state, body functions are compromised.

It is the agricultural revolution and world-wide industrialisation that has made the most critical shift in our pH balance – as the world has changed, so has the pH levels. Our ocean pH has changed from 8.2 to 8.1, which impacts ocean life and coral reefs. The soil pH has changed to such a degree now that we have to add dolomite and manure to the soil to raise the pH from an acidic state to a pH above 6. Ultimately, this affects the availability of nutrients within the food we consume and affects the environment in which we live and breathe every day.

PREHISTORIC DIET VS MODERN DAY DIET

The prehistoric hunter-gatherer diet was rich in nutrients and low in acid forming foods; even today, it is still the best suited diet to the human physiology. Plants were a major part of the diet with meat making up about 30% meat and 70% plant matter. Not only did plants make up a large part of their diet but those plants were also rich in alkalising nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and citrates. In fact, scientists reported in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2010 that hunter-gatherers had a diet that was 87% alkaline producing. The hunter-gatherer diet is so much more suited to us as our genes do not differ to those of our ancestors – our physiology and biochemistry is best adapted to the diet of those living before us, not our modern-day diet.

300,000 generations – hunters and gatherers
500 generations – introduction of agriculture
10 generations – industrial times
2 generations – ingestion of highly processed foods

Today, the human diet contains high amounts of acidic animal protein and cereal grains and low levels of alkalising plant matter, which is lower in nutrients than our predecessors’ fruits and vegetables. Another important change has been the decrease in the potassium to sodium ratio and an increase in chloride to bicarbonate. We are consuming diets low in magnesium, potassium, fibre, but high in saturated fat, simple sugars, sodium and chloride. Largely due again to our industrial and agricultural revolution, we are generating an acid load that is not balanced with adequate, nutritionally rich fruits and vegetables.

“GENERALLY, THE WESTERN DIET INDUCES A CHRONIC, LOW-GRADE METABOLIC ACIDOSIS.”

WHAT IS ACID-BASE EQUILIBRIUM?

Acid-base equilibrium is the intricate balance between an acidic environment and a base, or alkalising environment. Part of the body’s role in staying balanced and in harmony is in maintaining a tight regulation of the pH balance inside and outside of every cell; this is crucial for any enzyme-controlled metabolic process. The abbreviation pH stands for ‘potential hydrogen’ and is a scale representing the relative acidity (or alkalinity) of a solution. Our scale uses 7.0 as neutral, below 7.0 is acidic and above 7.0 is alkaline.

In Clinical Practice we test urine and saliva twice a day away from eating and take an average score of both to assess the relative pH of a person. It is very unusual to have to test blood pH and it also doesn’t tell as us much about the everyday health of a person. Blood is also very tightly controlled and is more difficult to affect compared to most of our other bodily fluids. We are aiming for an average pH scoring between 6.8 and 7.2 to achieve the best long-term health benefits and reduction in chronic disease processes. Interestingly, we see the majority of people tested being quite acidic with a scoring closer to 6 and in some cases as low as 5.5 in obesity, diabetes and in the elderly.

METABOLIC VERSES LATENT ACIDOSIS

There are two types of acidosis that you will probably read about. Metabolic acidosis is when there is a measurable decrease in blood pH and is usually associated with conditions such as kidney disease or diabetes; although we have been starting to see diet-induce metabolic acidosis over the last 10 years. Latent acidosis, on the other hand, often involves only a slight shift in the blood pH, nearer the lower end of the normal range. It is more common than metabolic acidosis and is a chronic condition and doesn’t display any acute symptoms. The long-term cellular consequences of a chronic low-grade acidosis, or latent acidosis, has the potential to be very detrimental on health. Acidosis effects a wide cross-section of the population so most of us have probably been living with an acidic pH on a daily basis without even knowing it.

HOW DOES ACIDOSIS AFFECT OUR DAILY LIFE?

After eating, digesting and metabolising, our food releases either acidic or alkaline secretions into the circulation. The combination of an acidic diet along with emotional stress, high toxin exposure, exercise and ageing can all lead to an increased acid load in the body. This acidic load can be more than the body can cope with and your body faces the challenge of correcting this; otherwise inflammation and cell damage occur.

An important gel like substance, called the extracellular matrix (ECM), surrounds our cells and contains connective tissue, nerve endings, capillaries and immune factors. In fact, the gel of the ECM makes up to 20% of the human body weight. In acidic conditions, the ECM cannot protect the cells from damage; toxins and waste material become trapped, which leads to the damage and inflammation we are trying to avoid if we want to live a long healthy life.

Here are some of the causes of acidosis and pH changes in the body:

  • Diet – high in animal protein and cereal grains and low in alkalising plants and nutrients.
  • Too much salt in our foods and sprinkled on our meals.
  • Inflammation – anywhere including skin, joints, bowels or lungs.
  • Too much exercise each day – pushing yourself too hard.
  • Dieting and fasting for weightloss.
  • Gut, pancreatic and liver disorders/conditions.
  • Phosphoric acid containing soft drinks e.g. Coke, Pepsi etc.
  • Diabetes,
  • Menopause and bad periods.
  • Testosterone decline leading to muscle loss and low libido.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Fractures.
  • Benign tumours.
  • Lung and breathing disorders.

You may not be aware of your acidic state, as often symptoms do not show up until you are well into the development of a chronic disease such as osteoporosis or diabetes. However, here are some of the conditions you might be experiencing that can be signs of acidosis.

  • Feeling tired or exhausted even after sleeping well.
  • Lacking concentration and focus.
  • Reduced stamina and endurance.
  • Always stressed and irritable.
  • Nervousness and anxiety.
  • Always getting sick and taking longer to get over infections.
  • Painful and stiff muscles or joints.
  • Loss of elasticity in the skin causing sagging and wrinkles.
  • Noticing the appearance of cellulite.
REGULATION OF ACID-BASE BALANCE

The body has numerous buffering and compensatory systems within the blood, bone, kidneys, extracellular matrix and within cells to bind and neutralise any additional hydrogen ions that can lead to pH imbalances.

The kidneys play an important role in maintaining this acid-base balance as well. Here’s an example of this process in the kidneys – when we eat too much animal protein, we produce excess sulphates, phosphates, sulphur and chlorides which need to be cleared via the kidneys. During this process, calcium and citrate are also lost in the urine and these are important molecules responsible for buffering acids and regulating hydrogen. The kidneys must switch on their compensatory mechanisms to deal with this lowered pH and this places extra burden on the body. This process, when happening excessively, can lead to uric acid formation (gout) and kidney stones which are extremely painful.

THE IMPACT OF ACIDOSIS ON AGEING

Over the last 10 years, there has been a dramatic increase in research on the importance of acid-base balance – dietary, drug induced and metabolic induced acidosis. The daily consumption of diets with a high acid load favours the development of low-grade acidosis which researchers have linked to the presence of many metabolic alterations. High acidic load lead to some of the following issues.

  • Leaching calcium and magnesium from our bones leading to osteoporosis.
  • Creating excess calcium and citrates in the kidneys leading to chronic kidney disease.
  • Liver and pancreatic dysfunction leading to type 2 diabetes and fatty liver.
  • Increased cortisol from the adrenals leading to muscle loss and blocked arteries.
  • Chronic inflammation leading to cell damage and ageing.

Recently, scientists have been focussing on the effects excess acidity has on the kidneys and they found an amazing link to the length of our telomeres and the health of the kidneys. Remember that the telomers are the little caps on the ends of our chromosomes that prevent our chromosomes from unravelling, similar to the function of the little plastic caps on the ends of your shoelaces that prevent the shoelace from unravelling. The length of our telomeres has been found to relate to the length of life of our cells – the longer the telomers then the longer our life.

Nine recent studies, covering nearly 9000 participants, found that declining kidney function was associated with corresponding shortening of our telomeres leading to accelerated ageing and the development of many diseases. Kidneys are an essential filtering organ for our body and its activity declines as we age due to its constant role of having to compensate for our highly acidic diet leading to oxidative damage and kidney cell injury.

Other studies have shown that patients with kidney failure are less likely to progress in their disease if they follow an alkaline diet and use alkalising minerals daily. The most popular low acidity diet studied to date is the Mediterranean diet – it has been associated with longer telomeres, a more alkaline system and many markers for longevity are greatly improved.

WHAT CAN WE DO NOW TO REDUCE ACID BUILD-UP?

The key nutrients that have specific alkalising effects are – calcium, potassium, magnesium, selenium, Molybdenum, chromium, B2, Vitamin C, Zinc and Copper. The benefits of these nutrients are well studied and not only do they have functional activity in our cells but they also buffer acids and help in their removal from our body. It is imperative we increase their consumption in our diets.

  1. Eat more vegs and fruits – our meals should be made up of about 70% plant-based foods including nuts and seeds and 30% proteins including seafoods, eggs and white cheeses. This will provide us with many alkalising minerals and nutrients.
  2. Exercise regularly, relax and de-stress.
  3. Take time to eat slowly and mindfully – enjoy your food.
  4. Drink at least 2 litres or water a day (including herbal teas).

It is important to start making these changes today as our pH balance is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to improve our health and longevity. Test strips can be found in your local pharmacy to test your own pH levels, with the goal of moving our urine/saliva average closer to 7.0.

Many studies have been done on the new group of plants called superfoods and – no surprise – they are crammed full of alkalising minerals, anti-inflammatory compounds, cell protecting and energy producing nutrients. Healthy Ageing Essentials and Body Revitaliser Essentials provide you with over 52 superfoods and cellular cofactors helping to bring your pH back to balance and restore health to your kidneys and many other organs in the body. Start today – follow the Mediterranean diet, look online for a list of alkaline foods and eat more of them on every plate and follow the recommendations above to do everything you can to correct your acid-base balance so you can live  long and healthy life.

Written by our brand partner, Hydra Longvevity. To access Hydra Longevity products, visit our SuperAger World app.

https://hydralongevity.com/

Research information sourced from Bio-Practica and Prof. Jurgen Vormann from the Institute for Prevention and Nutrition in Munich, Germany.

 

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WINNING THE FIGHT AGAINST FREE RADICALS AND FREE RADICAL DAMAGE

What do antioxidants, ORAC scores, free radicals, oxidative damage, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and redox all have in common? They are all involved in the process of how we age and the development of chronic diseases. But if they are so important to human health then why is so little known about them and how to prevent them from making people sick?

It was back in 1956 that scientists first suggested that free radicals were the cause of ageing and degenerative disease. According to the free radical theory of ageing, free radicals break cells down over time, and as the body ages, it loses the ability to fight off these free radicals. This results in more free radicals, more oxidation, more damage, more disease and more ageing signs like wrinkles, grey hair and lower energy.

Some of the unseen damaging effects of oxidation from free radicals are DNA damage, nerve excito-toxicity, mitochondrial dysfunction, cell membrane damage, protein damage and a compromised immune system.

Over the past 60 years, we have come ahead in leaps and bounds with our understanding of all the ‘players’ involved in what causes oxidative damage to our cells and what we can do about it.

We now understand that it’s not merely the generation of free radicals but it’s also the breakdown of the antioxidant system to mop up or quench free radicals that causes us to age more quickly and develop chronic diseases.

LET’S GET A BIT MORE OF AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAIN PLAYERS INVOLVED IN OXIDATIVE DAMAGE.

THE ATTACKERS – FREE RADICALS

These are electro-chemically unbalanced molecules with an extra electron in their outer shell or membrane. These molecules are very unstable and can be short lived and often donate their extra electron to surrounding cell structures leading to tissue, protein, enzyme and DNA damage. You might also know free radicals as reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS).

CAUSES OF FREE RADICAL DAMAGE AND ROS:
  • Exposure to UV Radiation – from the sun, x-rays, scans, lighting, technology
  • Smoking
  • Air pollution/smog
  • Chemicals/pesticides
  • Food preservatives
  • Pharmaceutical drugs
  • Over exercise
  • Surgery
  • Stress
  • Poor food choices resulting in nutritional and antioxidant deficiencies
  • Infections and fevers
  • Some normal cellular respiration and functions also produce small amounts of ROS
THE DEFENDERS – ANTIOXIDANTS

These are molecules that are present in low concentrations that reduce, quench, mop up and prevent tissue oxidation. Antioxidants neutralise unstable free radical molecules so they can’t donate their extra electrons to sensitive cellular tissue. They prevent the body from going ‘rusty’ and ageing too quickly. Lists have been compiled to show the highest antioxidant containing foods called the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC).

ANTIOXIDANT DEFENCE NETWORKS

These networks in the body work closely together and act as electron buffers and stabilise free radicals. These networks include internal biological antioxidant enzymes such as catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione (GSH) and we also have external antioxidants that we consume e.g. vitamin C and B-carotene.

REDOX BALANCE

Redox describes a chemical reaction that takes place where a molecule can gain or lose an electron causing an increase or decrease in oxidative damage to cellular membranes. What we looking to do is promote a balance between antioxidants (the protectors) and ROS/RNS (the damagers). It is the imbalance between these two combatants that has been identified as the driver of premature ageing, atherosclerosis, diabetes, alzheimers and cancer.

We’ve mentioned the importance of getting the right ‘balance’. Free radicals aren’t necessarily focussed on destruction. We’ve discovered that in low amounts, they can actually lend a hand in helping us. In our immune system for instance, there are white blood cells called phagocytes to make their own free radicals and store them inside their bodies waiting for disease causing microbes to invade our body and then the phagocyte can absorb the bug and release those stored free radicals to destroy the bug.

The issue is when there are too many free radicals. If the production of free radicals exceeds the body’s ability to control them then this results in oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage.

We need to maintain this balance on a day by day basis. To do this our cells contain antioxidant enzymes, mentioned above (SOD, GSH and CAT), and these enzymes are reliant on optimal nutrition and adequate phytochemical supply to function properly. Daily doses of external antioxidants are required as our internal antioxidant enzymes are often overwhelmed by the load of free radicals and ROS production through our modern-day lifestyles and environments.

There are a wide number and different molecules providing antioxidant effects and they can be broken up into the following classes: vitamins; fats and lipids; amino acids, peptides and proteins; plant derived antioxidants (phytochemicals); minerals; and enzymes. These classes all have different functions, targets and signalling capabilities which is why it is so important to have a wide variety of these antioxidants consumed every day.

WHAT ARE THE BEST FOODS CONTAINING ANTIOXIDANTS WITH THE HIGHEST ORAC SCORES?

Fruits

Blueberries, Goji berries, Pomegranate, Red grapes, Acai berries, and Bilberries

Plants and herbs

EGCG from Green Tea, Resveratrol from Japanese Knotweed, Curcumin from Turmeric, Rosemary, Lutein/EFAs/Astaxanthin from Marine Phytoplankton, Spinach, Broccoli, Carob, Beetroot, Ginger, Cinnamon

Vitamins

Vitamin C, Vitamin A and B-carotene, CoQ10, Vitamin D, Alpha Lipoic Acid

Amino Acids

Glycine, Glutamine, L-carnitine, N-acetyl-carnitine

Minerals

Selenium, Zinc, Iodine from Kelp

WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO FIGHT FREE RADICAL DAMAGE?

  1. Start eating foods rich in antioxidants
  • Fruits and vegetables are some of the richest sources of antioxidants so double your intake of these! The brightest coloured foods contain the most antioxidants so try to get as many colours of the rainbow into each meal.
  • Drink lots of green tea. White, black and rooibos teas also have some antioxidant content.
  • Add nuts, seeds and some seaweed to your meals. Stir them into salads, stir-fries or fruit salads.
  • Indulge in a piece of dark chocolate as cocoa contains antioxidants. Chose raw and organic where you can and try to get over 70% cocoa content.
  1. Avoid pollutants and toxic chemicals
  • Improve your drinking water quality to have less environmental pollutants – get a filter.
  • Buy household cleaners and cosmetics that are chemical free and more natural.
  • Limit your use of medication and antibiotics. Try natural ways of managing your symptoms before reaching for drug medications.
  • Do some exercise every day. Being sedentary is a major cause of free radical damage so move more. Simply trying to get over 10,000 steps a day is a good start. But remember not to overdo it, excessive exercise and high acid build up causes lots of free radical damage in your muscles and cells.
  • Try to eat less. Every time you eat, you end up developing free radicals from the breakdown process of turning food into energy. The more often you eat, the more ROS you develop. It’s interesting that scientist have found life extension and gene activating activity from restricting calorie intake and intermittent fasting.

Researchers have discovered literally thousands of antioxidants in foods that we can consume and they exist in different forms and have various functions in our cells. Because of this complexity, scientist believe that the best way for antioxidants to combat free radicals is when they are in their whole food form and the ‘phyto-nutrients’ have the best chance of working synergistically with each other to quench excessive free radicals.

We need to realise that these high ORAC and colourful foods are greater than the sum of all their parts – antioxidants are important but so are the proteins, fats, fibres, minerals, and fluids. Our goal should be to provide the body with nutrient dense, unprocessed, whole foods rather than just an antioxidant supplement to prevent free radical damage.

HERE’S A SIMPLE SUMMARY TO REMIND YOU ABOUT WHAT WE’VE LEARNT ABOUT FREE RADICALS, ROS AND ANTIOXIDANTS

  • Our bodies produce free radicals as by-products of ordinary bodily activities like breathing or other vital cellular functions. Our bodies are able to cope with this small amount of free radical production, however, these days we have the additional harmful exposure to toxins and pollutants, a poor diet of processed foods with minimal plant matter, radiation, and high amounts of stress.
  • Antioxidants help slow down the effects of free radicals and protect us from disease and reduce the signs of early ageing. Antioxidant sources include plant foods like fruits or veggies, green or white teas, cocoa, spices, and herbs.
  • We know that the best way to combat free radical formation is through eating healthily and having a clean low stress lifestyle. The reality is that eating a healthy diet is not always easy, every meal and every day, with our busy lifestyles, so we have developed Healthy Ageing Essentials and Body Revitaliser Essentials. These blends are packed full of all the whole plant foods with the highest ORAC antioxidant levels available to provide extra protection and repair to your cells and DNA so you can live a longer and healthier life.

Written by our brand partner, Hydra Longevity. To access Hydra Longevity products, visit the SuperAger World app.

https://hydralongevity.com/

 

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IS THERE A LONGEVITY GENE – AND DO YOU HAVE IT?

How often do we hear someone say, ‘when my times up – it’s up!’ Seems pretty fatalistic to me, however, much of our society still believes that humans can only live up to about 80 years of age and it is only the extremely lucky that can make it to 100 years or more. However, it was only a couple of years ago that the National Academy of Medicine held a large event to kick off a challenge – The Challenge in Healthy Longevity – where they wanted to make living over 150 a reality.

IMPOSSIBLE YOU SAY!

Well, 30 years ago we would have said the same thing however, huge growth in gene-based science, bio-technology and artificial intelligence advancements has now made this goal a reality with some researchers and futurists pushing the boundaries and saying that over 200 will be possible for humans by the end of the century.

Longevity is an exciting topic and something nearly all of us want for ourselves and loved ones. But it is an extremely complex topic, so much so, that there are over 25 laboratories employing hundreds of scientists exploring the thousands of parameters that effect our cells performance and the ways we can influence our genes to cause us to live longer.

We have taken great strides in understanding our cells with their mitochondrial function and genetic pathways and identifying how they play a vital role in how long we live. The more we understand these genes and pathways, the closer we will become to developing strategies to extend our lifespan and optimise our healthspan.

WHAT HAVE WE DISCOVERED SO FAR AND HAS THE ELUSIVE LONGEVITY GENE BEEN FOUND?

Scientists searching for this elusive longevity gene have answered this question with a complex and simple explanation.

The complex answer first. Scientists have discovered hundreds of genes, that when manipulated, lead to extended lifespans. These genes have been labelled longevity-associated genes (LAGs) because when their function or expression has been modulated, it results in noticeable changes in longevity. These LAGs have a wide diversity of functions and have a high degree of connectivity and inter-connectivity. The science is showing us that these genes all work in a cooperative manner and form a ‘longevity network’.

An interesting finding about these LAGs and our longevity networks is that there seems to be ‘hubs’ located in different parts of the longevity network that control, regulate and influence all the other hundreds of genes that are responsible for age-associated conditions such as oxidative stress, chronic inflammation and cellular senescence.

The complexity comes with the time-consuming study and testing of these hundreds of genes, each associated with a different disease and all having an essential place within the longevity network. Not only are scientist studying what these individual genes do but also how they influence each other, and they also have to test and trial hundreds of substances that can inhibit or activate these genes.

Now to the simpler explanation about our longevity genes. These hubs located in the longevity network contain master or regulating genes that control huge numbers of other longevity genes. As scientists have looked deeper into these hubs, they have identified 3 groups of genes that can most accurately be labelled ‘anti-ageing genes’ and these genes are named FOXOsirtuin and mTOR.

INFLUENCING THESE 3 GROUPS OF LONGEVITY GENES CAN HELP US LIVE LONGER!

FOXO genes – especially FOXO3:

  • Increase energy metabolism by upregulating mitochondrial activity
  • Lower oxidative stress in tissue
  • Improve cell protein management (proteostasis)
  • Regulate senescence and cancer cell death
  • Improve cell cycle regulation – growth and repair
  • Increase metabolic processes by regulating insulin sensitivity
  • Strengthen Immunity
  • Promote anti-inflammatory activity
  • Improve muscle regeneration via stem cell maintenance
  • Destroy damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS)

This gene group is so amazing that it confers immortality to the freshwater polyp HYDRA (which our company, Hydra Longevity, is named after).

Sirtuin genes – especially Sirt1,2,3,6:

  • Called the ‘guardians of the genome’ they are activated by NAD+
  • Act as a gene on or off switch
  • Improve DNA repair and replication
  • Activate the mitochondria
  • Improve insulin signalling and pathways
  • Regulate abnormal cell death
  • Promote cell proliferation and survival
  • Encourage tissue regeneration
  • Enhance nerve repair and regeneration
  • Reduce brain ageing
  • Stabilise the genome and DNA
  • Reduce oxidative stress
  • Regulate the length of telomeres

mTOR genes – especially mTORC1:

  • Are activated by decreased insulin and IGF-1
  • Act as a central hub of nutrient signalling and cell growth
  • Organise gene protein synthesis
  • Promote autophagy and protein clearance
  • Increase mitochondrial creation
  • Improve mitochondrial function and dynamics
  • Increase ATP production
  • Prevent stem cell death
  • Improve the renewal and proliferation of stem cells
  • Protect against age-related decline of heart, nerve and skeletal tissue

Another exciting part of the research around these three groups of genes is that they all have common stimulators and inhibitors and that regulating one group of these genes actually improves the function of the other 2 groups of genes. That’s fantastic news for those of us developing strategies to treat and reverse the Hallmarks of Ageing.

The main nutrients found to strongly influence these three groups of genes are:

  • Resveratrol and other polyphenols
  • Pterostilbene from blueberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Green Tea
  • Ashwagandha
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Curcumin

THERE YOU HAVE IT! NOT ONE BUT THREE ‘LONGEVITY GENES’.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Anti-ageing scientists are continuing to explore our bodies and will undoubtedly find other genes strongly associated with the fountain of youth. One thing is for sure, it’s unlikely we will ever discover ONE single gene that is responsible for causing us to age or to reverse the ageing process – it involves multiple genes and numerous pathways.

The best strategies we develop now and into the future need to be able to target multiple genes and their pathways to give us the best chance to beat ageing. But don’t wait for tomorrow, start influencing your longevity-associated genes and your longevity networks TODAY with scientifically validated superfoods and nutrigenomic ingredients. We all have the opportunity to have an improved healthspan as well as a longer lifespan

Article written by our brand partner, Hydra Longevity. To access Hydra Longevity products, go to the SuperAger World app.

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DE-TOXING FOR A HEALTHIER & YOUNGER YOU

DO I NEED TO DETOX?

There are many ways that chemicals and toxins can get into our body – we can ingest them with food and drinks, we can absorb them through our skin, and they enter our body through the air we breathe. Our lifestyle and dietary choices play a large part in how much toxic burden we have to deal with – alcohol, processed and takeaway foods, smoking, artificial sweeteners and sugary snacks, food additives/preservatives, and coffee – all take their toll.

It’s up to our digestive system and liver to sort and process all these toxins entering our cells – they need to neutralise the toxins and then support their elimination from our body. If these filtration processes are compromised in any way, then these toxins can build up in our systems and leave us looking and feeling older.

CAN YOU TICK ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS?

  • Are you often tired or lethargic?
  • Do you regularly experience bloating, indigestion, constipation, or other digestive disturbances?
  • Do you get recurring headaches?
  • Do you regularly suffer from muscle aches, pains and stiffness?
  • Are you embarrassed about your body odour or bad breath?
  • Do you experience brain-fog and have trouble concentrating?
  • Do you have allergies and sensitivities?
  • Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, or mood swings?
  • Is your skin looking tired, lined, and blemished?

IF YOU ANSWERED ‘YES’ TO TWO OR MORE OF THESE QUESTIONS, THEN A DETOX WILL BENEFIT YOU.

Detoxification within our cells and organs is a complex process that requires several steps to be successful and efficient.

  1. We need to reduce the incoming toxic load to allow the body to concentrate its efforts on removing the stored and excess toxins overwhelming the system. This means lessening the exposure to harmful everyday toxins by modifying your diet and lifestyle for a short period.
  2. We need to provide the gut, liver, and cells with the correct herbs and nutrients to support the neutralisation, binding and elimination of excess toxins.
  3. We then need to help the cells of the gut and liver to regenerate, renew, and become more resilient to toxins in the future.

Optimal results cannot be achieved by just addressing one or two of these factors, as is often the case in many fad cleanses available. We need to target each of these steps in a systemised and methodical way to get the best out of a detox.

THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN ENSURING THAT WE DETOXIFY SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY AND ARE ALL CONTAINED IN OUR LIVER FIXA AND BODY REVITALISER ESSENTIALS

  • Organic Fermented Super Greens and Prebiotics (Inulin, Larch Arabinogalactan, Acacia, Guar and Green Banana Resistant Starch)– required by the gut and liver to neutralise toxins, alkalise tissue, and feed the microbiome.
  • Organic Red, Green, Yellow and Purple Superfoods– providing broad spectrum B Vitamins to transform toxins in preparation for elimination, increase bulk and fibre to act as a broom – sweeping out the pockets of the bowel and helping to ‘deodorise’ the colon.
  • Amino Acids -Taurine, Glycine, Selenium and Pea Protein– liver detoxification pathways require good quality protein to bind to toxins and facilitate their removal.
  • St Mary’s Thistle, Globe Artichoke, Broccoli Sprouts and Burdock– herbs that increase the body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, to offset the damage caused by toxins. They stimulate the liver, enhance bile production from the gallbladder, and reduce fatty deposits in liver cells. These nutrients are also involved in the regeneration and growth of new liver cells so the liver can continue its vital work of filtration for many decades to come.
  • Dandelion Root and Ginger– supporting healthy digestion by increasing digestive juices and enzymes to breakdown toxins, reduce bloating and indigestion, and regulate absorption of nutrients.
  • Chlorella– binds to heavy metals and other toxins, draws them out of the cell to enable effective elimination.
  • Glutamine, Nopal Cactus, Slippery Elm, Aloe Vera, DMG, Silica, MSM, Liquorice and Zinc– all nutrients that protect the gut, lower inflammation in gut and liver cells, and promote rapid healing of the gut membrane and liver cells.
  • Schisandra Berries, Rosemary, Curcumin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, N Acetyl Cysteine, Pomegranate, Grapeseed, Yucca, Bilberry, Blue Berry and Beetroot– providing powerful protection from chemicals and toxins as they leave the cells and get eliminated from the body. They lower inflammation, boost cell defences, and mop up free radicals and oxidative molecules.

LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY DETOX ADVICE

When starting a detox, plan ahead and make improvements to your meals. Stock up on plenty of healthy fresh foods to complement the nutrients you are taking. Focus on a diet rich in plant-based wholefoods such as colourful vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, small amounts of lean protein, eggs, herbal teas, filtered pure water, fermented white cheeses such as cottage and fetta, and of course, pre/probiotic fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut.

Eliminate (just for a short time to give your system a break) foods found in tins, boxes, packets, wheat, dairy, sugar, tea, coffee, and alcohol. You don’t want to be ‘RE-TOXING’ while you are DE-TOXING.

Natural detoxification can also be amplified by simple lifestyle measures such as dry skin brushing, working up a sweat with exercise or saunas, deep breathing regularly, and turning off toxic technology such as our phones and TVs.

Undertaking a regular detox can enhance your health and wellbeing and improve your quality of life. One week, two weeks, a month – continue for as long as you feel comfortable – cleansing and flushing – listen to your body and continue until you feel your symptoms melting away.

This article was written by our brand partner, Hydra Longevity. Please go to our SuperAger World app for access to their products.

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