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Your Body Doesn’t Handle Food the Way It did When You Were 20

By |2019-08-01T16:47:35+00:00August 1st, 2019|Nutrition|

I remember a time when I thought little of my nutritional needs. If I managed to eat some protein, a few carbs and some fruits and vegetables (a “square meal” as they called it then), I thought I was doing the right thing. I was skinny as a rail and I could eat as much as I wanted without gaining a pound.

By the time I hit my mid-20s I could see that things were changing. I went home for Christmas one year and my mother told me I was getting fat. I’d gained about ten pounds, but I didn’t know […]

Surprising Life Extending-Benefits of Old Pharmaceuticals

By |2019-07-25T12:22:56+00:00July 25th, 2019|Pharmacology|

One well-known drug is a popular headache remedy, another is prescribed for diabetes, and a third is given to patients who’ve had a kidney transplant.

These seem unlikely candidates for helping healthy people add years to their lives. But it looks like that’s exactly what they do.

Should you take one or more of these medications the way you’d take a supplement? Let’s try to sort it out. . .

“Almost Like a Miracle”

All drugs have side effects, and when we hear that phrase we almost always think of bad side effects.

Yet some drugs have beneficial “off label” attributes. For instance, hundreds of […]

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

By |2019-07-18T16:44:15+00:00July 18th, 2019|Natural Health|

It’s not exactly breaking news that women live longer than men. According to the Centers for Disease Control,1 the average life expectancy for men in the United States is 76.4, compared to 81.2 for women.

There’s plenty of other evidence, too.

Take, for instance, the ill-fated Donner Party in 1846. Of the 87 original members of the group, 47 of them survived; 70 percent were women. And in Iceland during the 19th century, records show that women lived longer than men every single year … regardless of feast or famine.

You can pretty much confirm the same thing by visiting any nursing home: […]

Zapping Zombie Cells Marks a Breakthrough in Treating Age-Related Diseases

By |2019-07-12T02:51:00+00:00July 11th, 2019|Natural Health|

Stiff, aching joints, osteoporotic bones, Alzheimer’s disease, lesions that cause heart attacks and strokes: all these nasty “diseases of aging” have one thing in common — senescent cells.

Also called zombie cells, they stop normal cell division and lose their ability to function, but they don’t fully die off. Instead, they hang around wreaking havoc on surrounding tissues.

One of the most promising strategies in the field of health and longevity is to sweep these cells out of the body. The first human trial gives hope we can do exactly that. . .

Reduces Illness and Increases Lifespan

“I’ve never seen a field grow […]

Revive a Flagging Thymus Gland and Extend Your Life as Much as 30 Years

By |2019-07-04T06:37:17+00:00July 4th, 2019|Natural Health|

In a just-published paper, biochemists at Oxford University, England, state that “immune activity and life expectancy seem to be intricately linked.”

But as we age, the immune system becomes less effective. The process even has its own name – immunosenescence.

The good news is that scientists believe they’ve found an answer to this decline — a development that could help us live a lot longer.

Thymic Involution

Weighing in at roughly an ounce, the thymus is a tiny gland located between the top of the lungs – but it packs a powerful immune punch.

It produces progenitor cells that mature into T-cells (meaning thymus-derived cells) […]

The Surprising Anti-Aging Effect of Living in Space

By |2019-06-27T13:30:53+00:00June 27th, 2019|Lifestyle|

51-year-old astronaut Scott Kelly lived in the International Space Station for almost a year while his identical twin brother Mark continued with life on earth. As an astronaut, Scott is a member of group that’s been studied in greater depth than any other living humans. As part of a special study, so was his earthbound twin.

The many negatives of space travel were expected to take their toll on Scott’s health — and they did.

What researchers did NOT expect was a sizable and positive change in an important marker of aging. . .

Increases Risk of Heart Disease

The effects of extended space […]

This May Be the Most Valuable Mineral for Better Aging

By |2019-06-20T07:11:27+00:00June 20th, 2019|Nutrition|

To age better, you have to give your body the nutritional tools it needs to make your immune system hum, to help your heart stay healthy and to maintain the internal systems that fend off cancer.

Enabling your brain to stay at or near full capacity is also a good idea.

And there’s one particular mineral that’s involved in all of these functions. But many of us are missing out. . .

I’m talking about zinc. Many experts agree that taking a supplement of this mineral is pretty much a requirement for anybody who wants to age better. Since you’re reading a newsletter […]

To Know How Long You’ll Live, See if You Can Do This Simple Task

By |2019-06-13T16:25:34+00:00June 13th, 2019|Natural Health|

We’re all aware — or should be — that aerobic fitness lowers the risk of developing heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. It also decreases the risk of death and can potentially prolong life.

But there’s more to being in shape than heart rate and respiration. What about musculoskeletal fitness?

When it comes to muscular strength and flexibility and how they relate to life expectancy, there aren’t many studies to go on, so researchers from Brazil designed and conducted one.

The results were surprising. . .

The Sit-Rise Test

Dr. Claudio Gil Araújo, MD, PhD, specializes in exercise and sports medicine, but also works with heart […]

Will Fo-Ti Cure Your Top Aging Issues?

By |2019-06-06T09:17:52+00:00June 6th, 2019|Nutrition|

To be honest, when I first heard the term fo-ti, I thought it sounded like one of the martial arts. But then I learned that it’s actually a climbing knotweed plant that’s native to China and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

Its scientific name is Polygonum multiflorum, and some refer to it as “he shou wu,” which means “the black-haired Mr. He.”

Whatever the name, this plant has now sparked the curiosity of modern scientists for its myriad health benefits.

Take a glance at these research findings, and you’ll probably think fo-ti is an absolute cure-all! But it’s not quite […]

Want a Long Life? Don’t Imbibe These Drinks

By |2019-06-01T01:45:05+00:00May 30th, 2019|Nutrition|

The first large scale study on sugar-sweetened beverages has just reported, and the results are clear. These drinks shrink our lifespan. The more we consume, the shorter our lives will be.

The effect on longevity is just the latest in a long string of negative findings on sugar. Official recommendations to reduce sugar consumption go back to 1977.

In 2000 this was stepped up with the new edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. That’s when the government publication started giving specific advice to reduce the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).

Since then there has been some decline in the amount the average […]

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