I have witnessed so many people sacrifice their health because they needed to earn an income. The stress and lack of time robbed so many of them of enjoying good health throughout their lives.
I was on this track until my mentor exposed me to network marketing, where I could consume the highest quality of nutrients while developing an income. Wow! Now I can enjoy good health while promoting good health!
Working alongside Mike Akins has been an enlightening experience. I have several relatives his age (69+) and I thought it was normal to be like my grandparents and other individuals this age. I thought slowing down, becoming stiff, suffering from arthritis, and living a limited life in one’s 60s, 70s and 80s was inevitable. Mike’s physical and mental condition has totally changed my perspective.
Now I have a whole new perspective about aging. I actually look forward to my journey of aging. There is so much we can do to maintain our “youthful” experience. Aging is the accumulation of damage throughout our lives.
Some of this damage can be reversed and we can slow this process down to a crawl. Where do we start? Where does premature aging come from? Oxidation, inflammation, and glycation!
Oxidation damages our DNA, cells, and glands that produce important body chemicals that keep us younger. As these glands and producing cells malfunction, producing less or too much of these important chemicals, we experience the side effects of this damage, physically and psychologically.
Limiting the wrong kind of oxidation can extend our “youthfulness” and allow us to enjoy great health long past 100 years old. Many scientists believe we can live to be 120 to 150 years old with the right regimen.
There are several different kinds of free radicals that cause deterioration. Most are oxygen radicals such as superoxide ion, hydroxyl radical, hydrogen peroxide, and singlet oxygen. There are also reactive nitrogen species.
The answer is antioxidants! The challenge is that different radicals require different antioxidants. Also, the environment that the radicals are active in requires both water and fat soluble antioxidants.
Another challenge is getting the antioxidant to the right areas of the body and mind. When you consume an antioxidant, it is used up as it circulates through the body and mind. The cells at the end of the journey may not get what they need.
Also, the body has a protective mechanism that protects it from overdoses. When you consume too much at one time, the body washes the excess out.
What is the answer? The answer is consuming nutritional products that cause the body to produce its own antioxidants. The body does this because it uses oxidation to transform food into energy, and the immune system uses free radicals to kill pathogens.
The body manufactures powerful antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase, and catalases.
The best approach is to consume a variety of antioxidants along with nutrients that cause the body to produce its own antioxidants. I personally consume transfer factor to achieve this objective.
In the next issue, we will address glycation.
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