It was 2006 and I was 55 years old when I started having “aging” symptoms, poor sleep patterns, afternoon “I want to take a nap at 4pm” energy slump, low sex drive, brain fog, unable to cope with a full schedule, aging spots on skin and a general feeling that something had shifted in my metabolism. So I set out to find out why……
Are you older than you were yesterday? You may think that’s a crazy question but you don’t have to be “biologically” older tomorrow, next month or next year and you don’t have to age like the average person, if you know about this ONE thing….
The average lifespan of an American today is, men 76.4 years and women 81.2 years old. But, there is a BIG difference between “lifespan” and “health-span”. We can live a long time confined to our homes, an assisted living home or a skilled nursing facility, but I don’t think that’s how you want to end your life!
Since I’m always learning, I started to explore aging when my own aging symptoms started to kick in. I had learned about Mitochondria when I was in school to be a Nutritionist but it didn’t really register HOW important they are as we age until it was affecting me. Trust me, you want healthy Mitochondria if you want a long “health-span”.
Basically Mitochondria are the batteries of your body. They run everything, without them you would not function. A great visual is to watch a room full of pre-schoolers, LOT’S of energy. Then watch a room full of adults in an Assisted Living facility, BIG difference, that is Mitochondria in action. As we age our batteries start to lose their power and when they die we die. So how do we protect them and keep them charged up for a healthy life span??
First we have to avoid those things that poison our Mitochondria.
- Rancid fats – most fast food is fried in rancid fat but make sure your fats you cook with are not rancid
- Pharmaceutical drugs – the worst one is the family of Statins
- Free Radicals – over exposure to sun, chlorine in our water, chemicals in our foods like pesticides, food additives such as preservatives and food colorings.
- Stress – this leads to inflammation
- Excess Body fat – this leads to inflammation and storing toxins in the fat tissue as well as our own fat becoming rancid
- Excessive alcohol
What can we do to help our Mitochondria live a long and healthy life?
- Eat fresh, pesticide free foods
- Avoid factory farmed meats that are fed antibiotics and GMO corn and soy
- Reduce or eliminate as many Pharmaceutical drugs as possible
- Purify your water
- Lower your stress
- Stop smoking
- Occasional alcohol
- Lose the excess body fat
- Supplement with protector nutrients
When I started to address my Mitochondria some amazing things begin to happen. My energy went back to what I remember in my thirties, my brain fog cleared up and I was able to work more efficiently and with less stress, my sex drive (and satisfaction) increased, my sleep patterns were improved, my ability to exercise at a higher level increased and weight came off and I saw the signs of aging diminish on my skin (aging spots disappearing). This all happened within about a 60 day window!
Here is what I did….
- Lowered carbohydrates and eliminated gluten and reduced dairy to only one or two times per week – simple carbohydrates create inflammation in the body and I found out I’m intolerant to gluten (it constipates and inflames me). Dairy is inflammatory as well as creates mucous in the body.
- Started on a product called Vitality that addresses the DNA of the Mitochondria. It targets the genes in the Mitochondria that affect all the aging symptoms I was feeling and influences those genes to “act younger”, this is called Epigenetic’s. Epigenetic’s is the science of influencing your genes to take a healthier path through “environmental changes” that surround the Mitochondria.
- Increased “healthy fats” in my diet. Your whole cellular system depends on the fats you eat to nourish the membrane of the cell and the Mitochondria. I added in Coconut Oil, Grass-fed butter, Ghee and healthy fats from foods like nuts, seeds and Avocados.
- I increased my antioxidants from supplements and foods – Resveratrol has been shown to be a very powerful antioxidant that specifically protects the Mitochondria.
- I started taking CoQ10, absolutely necessary to produce energy. This is why Statins are the #1 drug that poison Mitochondria, they deplete the CoQ10.
- Increased my Omega 3 fish oil in supplement form to 2,000mg daily.
- Added in “Interval Aerobics” to my exercise. Interval training increases the efficiency and function of your Mitochondria and strength training increases the amount of muscle and the number of Mitochondria (you want more!).
You might be thinking…
“Wow, that’s a lot of changes” and you would be right, but I was really concerned about what was going on with my body and mind at only 55 years old! So, fast forward twelve years later and how do I feel? Fantastic!!! I’m still on this program of eating, supplements and exercise and I feel so good I have to sometimes stop and think, “am I really 67 years old”??? I look around at so many people my age and then I look at the average life span and I can see them headed down the slippery slope, so sad, and I don’t want that for you!
We hear so much about healthy lifestyles, weight-loss, eating more fruits and vegetables etc. etc. that I think we sometimes tune it out….blah, blah, blah. Trust me, you DO NOT want to do that. I work with clients every week who are trying to RESTORE their health. It’s a whole lot easier to MAINTAIN your health than restore your health.
I encourage you to go look at this Video to get a “visual” of Mitochondria in action. If you would like to know more, email me and let’s set up a 15 minute intro call!
To your health-span,