Fighting The Two Spectres of Accelerated Aging
Ever wonder why you get tired earlier in the day, or why your general stamina goes down faster during prolonged physical and/or mental work? You want to go on, but this “I guess I am getting old” thought keeps coming back, haunting you more and more, day after day.
OK, you are not a kid anymore. But does it mean you cannot enjoy life like one? Does it have to be like most people seem to accept - the “fate” of advancing age?
You can’t escape aging. However, the right question is “can you slow it down?” – considering that many Americans are aging prematurely, suffering from what is commonly called “accelerated aging.” In fact, the US ranks only 42nd out of 191 countries in life expectancy, according to the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics.
Assuming a healthy genetic base, we observe three types of aging:
- Normal aging: people who are active, enjoy their life, consume food and alcohol in moderation.
- Accelerated aging: people who have a very stressful lifestyle or who are prone to a lot of excesses.
- Delayed aging: people who approach aging intelligently and who understand the need to support their bodies with knowledge, discernment and care.
What are the leading factors of an accelerated aging process, and can you do something about it? It is well recognized that unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can accelerate the aging process. But there are two major factors which tend to be overlooked in our modern society and yet are probably the most damaging culprits of accelerated aging – short of genetic abnormality.
Culprit # 1: Accumulated chronic stress
Stress can be defined as any factor, positive or negative, that requires the body to make a response or change to adapt. It can be psychological stress – trying to survive in a high-speed, high-demand society. Or it can be physiological stress—such as eating a highly processed diet…sitting for hours every day…absorbing toxins from food, water and air…and not spending enough time in the sunlight.
Chronic stress. Chronic, prolonged stress overwhelms the body’s homeostasis (balance), its inborn ability to adapt to stress and stay balanced, strong and healthy. The consequences? Your hormonal and immune systems are weakened. Inflammation flares up, damaging cells. Your daily energy dramatically decreases, fatigue sets in, and you can’t manage life as effectively. You start suffering from various illnesses, may have to take medications and you find yourself in a downward spiral of worsening health. Even though you might live to be 80 or older, you’re surviving, not thriving.
Increased cortisol levels. Chronic stress results in increased secretion of cortisol that causes a rise in blood sugar and blood pressure, reduces inflammation and immune system resistance to infection. All the cells in our body contain tiny clocks called telomeres that can determine how long they will live. New study shows that cortisol also suppresses a special enzyme activation called telomerase in immune system cells. Telomerase can slow, stop or even reverse the telomere shortening that happens as we age. The amount of telomerase in our bodies declines as we get older. Chronic stress accelerates the suppression of telomerase, so that telomeres are no longer protected during cell division and become progressively shorter. This leads to early cell aging and distorted replicas of the original cell that could lead to cancer and other diseases.
Adrenal fatigue syndrome. If you do not work at reducing stress in your life, you become eventually affected by the “adrenal fatigue syndrome,” defined by the Mayo Clinic as a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress.
Your adrenal glands produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors like a major illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure. Two of the most important adrenal hormones are cortisol and aldosterone.
The theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands get overworked when having to deal with constant stress. Long working hours, traveling, environmental pressure, etc. cause these glands to lose power and become less efficient in keeping up with the demands of the body. Signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency may include: constant fatigue (even after a good night of sleep), body aches, unexplained weight loss, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and much more.
As you grow older/wiser, this adrenal fatigue syndrome becomes almost a natural phenomenon. Doctors tell you that general fatigue and overall lack of stamina can be explained by your advancing age. But the constant beating of stress on your adrenals is probably one of the most destructive, yet hidden enemies to your health and your general stamina.
Culprit # 2: Decreasing metabolism
What is metabolism? It is your body use of energy at the cellular level; it converts the fuel in the food you eat into the energy needed to power everything you do. It is commonly used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy.
Basically, every time you eat food, your body works hard to process the nutrients you've swallowed. Long after the food is digested, the nutrients you've taken in become the building blocks and fuel needed by your body. So, your body gets the energy it needs from food through the process called metabolism.
Why is metabolism so important? The process of metabolism is ideally a balancing act which involves two “opposite” kinds of activities going on at the same time: (1) the building up of body tissues and energy storage and (2) the breaking down of body tissues and energy storage to generate more fuel for body functions when needed. These two vital activities are:
- Anabolism – also called constructive metabolism, is all about building and storing: It supports the growth of new cells, the maintenance of body tissues, and the storage of energy for use in the future. During anabolism, small molecules are changed into larger, more complex molecules of carbohydrate, protein, and fat.
- Catabolism – also called destructive metabolism, is the process responsible for producing the needed energy for all activity at the cellular level. In this process, cells break down large molecules (mostly carbohydrates and fats) to release energy. This energy released provides fuel for anabolism, heats the body, and enables the muscles to contract and the body to move. As complex chemical units are broken down into more simple substances, the waste products released in the process of catabolism are removed from the body through the skin, kidneys, lungs, and intestines.
The mitochondria: your energy factory... And the culprit for aging. Energy is produced in each cell of your body in special cellular organelles – called mitochondria (plural of the word “mitochondrion”), also known as the powerhouses of your cells. They act like a digestive system which takes in nutrients, breaks them down, and creates energy-rich molecules for the cell. In other words, mitochondria play a vital role in energy metabolism.
What happens when your mitochondria become weak? As we grow old, cells in our bodies accumulate different types of damage and have increased inflammation, factors which are thought to contribute to the aging process. Based on the mitochondrial free-radical theory, mitochondria become weaker as a result of increasing free-radical accumulation at the cellular level, as a by-product of energy production.
A decline in mitochondrial quality and activity is thus associated with aging and correlated with the development of a wide range of age-related diseases. There is ample scientific evidence that a decline in mitochondria function contributes to aging. In particular, mitochondria contribute to cellular deterioration, chronic inflammation and the age-dependent decline in stem cell activity. The same scientific studies recommend that strategies directed at improving mitochondrial quality and function might have far-reaching beneficial effects.
Metabolic syndrome. It is a condition also known as Syndrome X, insulin resistance syndrome, and dysmetabolic syndrome. The various manifestations of metabolic syndrome are: chronic fatigue, insulin resistance, increased level of glucose, lipids, cholesterol in the blood, and overweight – occurring together and increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome is a major contributor to cardiovascular illness and death. Nearly 35% of the US adult population and 50% of those 60 years of age or older are estimated to have the metabolic syndrome.
Adaptogens – The Most Powerful, Natural Anti-Aging Enhancers
Adaptogens, or adaptogenic herbs, are defined as “ A nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning”. Per scientific recognition across the world, adaptogens are natural herbs that work with a person’s body and help them adapt to stress.
Adaptogenic herbs can act as a natural ally in dealing with both persistent stress and fatigue. The reason is that they have a direct impact in regulating important hormones while balancing your whole-body system and optimizing your metabolism. In fact, adaptogens offer several health benefits, including:
- lowering cortisol levels
- regenerating brain cells
- alleviating depression and anxiety
- protecting heart health
- protecting the liver
- preventing and fighting cancer
- lowering cholesterol
- protecting against radiation
- balancing the immune system
- Decreasing fatigue
How adaptogens work
Adaptogens work a bit like a thermostat. When the thermostat senses that the room temperature is too high it brings it down; when the temperature is too low it brings it up. Adaptogens can calm you down and boost your energy at the same time without over stimulating. They can normalize body imbalances.
By supporting adrenal function, they counteract the adverse effects of stress. They enable the body’s cells to access more energy; help cells eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process and help the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently!
All adaptogens help the body adapt to external stress factors. But each adaptogenic herb has a specific range of stress factors that it fights. Sometimes they overlap. Sometimes they don’t. So, understanding which ones do what is important.
Primary adaptogens meet very specific criteria, have solid scientific research validating their use as adaptogens, enhance the general resistance of the entire body, act in a nonspecific manner, and have a normalizing effect against all forms of stress.
The activity of primary adaptogens is focused on metabolic regulation, through their proven effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis during stress-adaptation responses. They have an ability to maintain or restore homeostasis (balance) and allostasis (the process by which the body responds to stressors in order to regain homeostasis) and encourage anabolic restoration.
Primary adaptogens enable better response and recovery because they help to smooth out the highs and lows of the neuroendocrine stress response by regulating and normalizing the hormones involved. Primary adaptogens strengthen all systems, promote optimal response and hasten recovery of function, and help to regulate energy use by enhancing cellular energy transfer. Primary adaptogens enable us to make more efficient use of oxygen, glucose, lipids, and proteins.
How the BOOSTme® Formula Reduces the Negative Effects of Chronic Stress, Improves Metabolism... And Helps You Stay Young
The BOOSTme capsule formula and the All-Natural Energy Gel Shot were developed to naturally stimulate energy metabolism depressed by physical and/or mental stress. They are composed of the four primary adaptogens. This unique adaptogenic formula has clinically proven to improve general energy, endurance and well-being in athletes, active adults and overworked/overstressed people, because it acts at the cellular level by improving the health of your mitochondria. If mitochondria do their job well, they contribute to a healthy, feel-young condition.
BOOSTme® is also very helpful for people affected by the Metabolic Syndrome (see above for description).
The Magic Four – How the BOOSTme® Formula Has Clinically Proven to Slow The Aging Process
Our exclusive, proprietary formula is composed of a scientifically developed combination of four Primary adaptogens. The formula has proven to be extremely efficient in counter-acting the effects of aging due to permanent stress and lowered metabolism. Here is a short description of each ingredient.
1. The Stamina Booster: Rhodiola rosea
You’re lifting weights, or swinging a baseball bat, or running a marathon, or doing whatever kind of physical activity you’re into, and after a while what happens? You wear down. It’s not your fault: that’s how muscles work.
Now you’re studying. You’re pouring over your study materials to prep for an exam, or maybe you’re just reading a book for leisure. Either way: you can’t do it if you can’t focus, and after a while, no matter what you do, it becomes harder and harder to focus. Turns out: your brain is a muscle too. Same science applies.
It’s been a hard day at work. You come home and you’re drained. Your mental faculties are tapped out, and to add insult to injury, now your mental fatigue is taking a physical toll in the bedroom. Hey, it happens. It’s not just you: there’s a mental/physical link here that is not working in your favor. But, actually, this relationship can be straightened out…
In rigorous animal and human scientific testing, Rhodiola rosea extract has proven to give your body’s cells the compounds they need to significantly reduce the toll that physical and mental stress takes on you. That’s stress relief you can believe in.
This grassy herb, also known as Golden Root or Arctic Root, hails from those Russian Altai Mountains we mentioned earlier, and when taken regularly, rather than only when you see symptoms, is proven to help diminish the effects of:
- Mental Fatigue
- Muscle Fatigue
- Attention Deficit
- Sleep Disorders
2. The Muscle Maker: Leuzia carthamoides a.k.a. Maral root
When you’re in Siberia, hanging out in the Altai Mountains, watching male stags fight each other over mating partners, you might be keen enough to notice that the stags do something very interesting after a knockdown, drag out bout with a fellow deer: They dig up roots and eat them. And what roots do they dig up? You guessed it: Leuzia carthamoides.
You’ve probably heard of steroids before. Maybe in relation to sports performance and athletes getting banned because they used them. Steroids — at least the kind athletes take to build muscle — are man-made concoctions with the ability to increase muscle growth after a workout. In other words: if two people do the same workout, but one is on steroids, that person will see greater muscle growth than the non-steroid user. Fair? Not really. But there is actually a way to achieve similar results without cheating…
Get this: The key to muscle growth is increasing anabolic activity. That’s what steroids do. Problem is: they also decrease androgen function, which is why you hear about those less-than-ideal side effects that come from anabolic steroids. But here’s the best part:
Maral root is proven to increase anabolic activity naturally, without impairing your body’s androgen function.
Basically: you get a muscle-building head start without the side effects. All in all, it can help you:
- Grow muscle naturally
- Fight muscle fatigue
- Diminish mental fatigue
- Diminish insomnia symptoms
3. The Recovery Stimulator: Eleutherococcus senticosus a.k.a Siberian Ginseng
You know that feeling you have after you play a game of basketball for the first time in years? You know, the one where you can’t get off the couch because everything is so sore that all movement seems like a cruel and unusual punishment? The same applies to any situation that has you thinking, “Man, I’m not as young as I once was.”
Or if you’ve kept yourself in tip-top shape, maybe you can relate with the “plateau.” You know, that’s the one where you know your body just isn’t progressing the way it used to after workouts, and you’re not sure what to do. The bottom line is: You are experiencing a dip in your body’s ability to recover from repeated stress. Lucky for you, this is not a situation you have to accept. At least, not for long…
Siberian Ginseng has proven through decades of scientific testing that it has the ability to help the body recover more quickly from repeated physical stress when it is taken prophylactically (regularly). There are basically two reasons for Siberian Ginseng’s stellar ability to help athletes and laborers recover from their physical exertions:
- It helps activate the release of oxygen into tired muscles
- It regulates the activities of the endocrine glands.
This is a powerful 1-2 punch of recovery healing for those laying motionless after a pick-up basketball game AND those training for the Olympics. It doesn’t discriminate. It just helps. We can all get on board with that.
4. The Reflex Manager: Schizandra chinensis
Our last adaptogen has been scientifically proven to affect a system we haven’t really touched on to this point: the nervous system.
If you’re not familiar, your nervous system is basically the communications department in your body. Shooting messages back and forth along the — you guessed it — nerves! But just like communications departments, some systems function a little more efficiently than others…
As a result of prolonged exposure to stressors, your nervous system, just like your muscular system, can begin to wear down. It can get a little sluggish. Those messages just aren’t zipping back and forth the way they used to. Normally, you wouldn’t really notice this, but there’s a reason you want those messages flying as quickly as possible…
Long story short: A fine-tuned nervous system can save your life, thanks to these little things called Spinal Reflexes.
Spinal reflexes are what happens when your body reacts to something without bothering to talk to your brain about it. It’s what people are talking about when they say they “reacted without thinking.” It’s what happens when the doctor taps your knee and you kick, even though you didn’t tell your leg to do that.
And rigorous scientific testing shows that Schizandra chinesis, a lemony plant the Russians call “Limonnik,” has the ability to decrease the amount of time it takes for your body to respond with a spinal reflex. And when every second and split-second counts, that could just save your life.
Schizandra is in fact considered to be one of the premium mind tonics of herbalism. It is used to support concentration, memory and alertness. Yet, unlike caffeine-like stimulants, Schizandra does not produce nervousness. In fact, Schizandra is mildly “calming” while producing wakefulness and mental focus.
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