Aging is a very natural life process however, certain factors and lifestyle choices can actually make you actually age faster. There are anti-aging protocols that you can do to slow the process down and begin to look and feel a whole lot healthier in just, as little as, 10 weeks! There are many factors that contribute to aging including Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). AFS can increase the rate at which your body ages and stress also plays a role in the aging process. So before we go any further let’s take a look at AFS and the NEM stress response system.
Stress harms our bodies in various ways. The NEM Stress Response system is a model that shows how stress affects different body systems and organs and how they all correlate. Aging takes a toll on the body, especially as levels of growth hormone decrease. It affects our sleep patterns, our moods, skin, hair and just about every other aspect of our lives. In turn this puts stress on us and our bodies. In some cases, the stress of aging can trigger Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.
Aging has an affect on your pituitary glands and your liver. These effects can actually increase AFS symptoms, especially as the Human Growth Hormone decreases as we age. Many people have began undergoing growth hormone replacement as if it was the fountain of youth. It may alleviate some of the AFS symptoms however, you have to be careful. Hormone replacement can cause all problems such as edema and carpal tunnel, among other things. Be sure to contact your primary or specialist before undergoing hormone replacement. On the other hand, the following anti-aging protocols can improve your health and slow down the aging process.
Each week adds a new step for you to build on. That means for week 2, follow week 1 and 2; for week 3, follow week 1, then 2, then 3 and so on…
Increase your sleep. You know when you are getting enough rest when you wake up spontaneously without an alarm clock. Sleep deprivation is the number one and most the frequently overlook cause of premature aging. It is important to sleep in total darkness. Having enough sleep is an integral part of all comprehensive anti-aging protocols.
Increase your internal release of growth hormone by strength training of your large muscle groups (back, chest, and thigh) 3 times a week, 15 minutes each time and intensive aerobics exercise 30 minutes a day every day. You can break down your exercises into blocks of 10 minutes each. Addition benefits includes enhanced cardiovascular health, prevention of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, delay onset of Alzheimer's Disease, wrinkles, menopause and andropause.
Cut down your calorie intake. Eat a modified Mediterranean diet to 70% full with each meal, and take desserts only at lunch. Avoid low fat diets. Your body automatically readjust itself to a lower rate of metabolism and become more efficient in its use of energy as you eat less. You will find more energy after the adjustment period. In addition, growth hormone release is increased with calorie restriction.
Increase your green leafy vegetables intake. At least 10-15 servings a day .They are high in fibers, minerals, antioxidants and low in calories. They also boost the immune system and prevent cancer, the number one killer. Stay with vegetables that are grown above-the-ground such as broccoli and tomato and avoid underground vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and yams.
Reduce your stress. Stress kills. It elevates blood pressure, risk of heart attack and cortisol levels, a pro-aging hormone. The risk of irregular heart beat also goes up substantially. Develop a personal stress release plan like meditation, deep breathing exercises, tai chi, yoga, music appreciation, shopping, or a warm bath.
Increase pure filtered water consumption. Most of us are dehydrated and not aware.Bottled water is the next best. Avoid tap water. Start the morning with 2 full glasses of warm water detoxify your body. While on this stage of the anti-aging protocols, limit your fluid to water and carry a water bottle around with you during the day. Many are not aware that one of the most common cause of high blood pressure and gastric pain is dehydration.
Reduce fruit juice. Fruit juice contains little to no fiber. Fructose from the juice increases sugar, triglyceride , and contribute to atherosclerosis, sugar intolerance(Syndrome X) , and diabetes . Avoid milk, coffee and tea as much as possible.
Reduce trans fat intake. Trans-fat is commonly found in shortening used to make French fries and commercially prepared fast foods and cookies. It is the number one cause of cardiovascular disease. Stay with monounsaturated fat such as olive oil . Butter is better than margarine. Moderate consumption of saturated fat (30% of diet) from meat or consuming 1 egg a day will not cause a marked increase blood cholesterol level, but taking trans-fat will.
Reduce consumption of refined sugar rice, wheat, and corn products. These are all high glycemic index foods. Sugar is a socially acceptable addiction and the number one cause of degenerative diseases associated with aging, including obesity, diabetes, cancer, and atherosclerosis.
Protect your cells against free radicals of the time by taking in optimum amount of age essential supplements far higher than the RDA. Key age essential nutrients include beta-carotene, vitamin C, E, selenium, magnesium, chromium, and herbs. Avoid iron.