3 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

It’s one of the most frustrating dilemmas of aging – a sluggish metabolism. Unfortunately, as we age, we burn fewer calories a day. But don’t despair; there are easy ways to stoke your fat-burning potential. Here are three simple tips for cranking up your internal flame.

The #1 reason you are growing old before your time

We all know that our energy declines as we age, and we have probably heard that our “metabolism slows.” But what does this mean in terms of premature aging and illness? Your energy metabolism is spread throughout your whole body. Every living cell in your body makes its own energy locally by combining oxygen from your blood with sugars and fats that are also delivered by your blood. These are combined in the “mitochondria” of each cell to make ATP, a form of energy your cells use to live. As a result of aging, energy metabolism degrades and becomes less effective. And why does this matter? Basically, this means that every cell in your body has less energy to do its job. And your organs have less energy to do their jobs. For instance, your liver has less energy so it detoxifies less. Your kidneys have less energy so they purify less. Your digestive system has less energy so it digests less. Your immune system has less energy so it protects you less. Your heart has less energy so it beats less strongly. And of course your brain, which consumes up to 25% of your total energy, thinks and remembers …

The Newest Theory of Aging: Inflammaging

Cracking the code on aging remains one of the biggest challenges in science today. As recently as a decade ago, the general aging theory focused on the oxidative stress model. Basically, the idea was that aging is due to the sustained accumulation of cellular damage and a lifetime of reactive oxygen species and free radicals coursing through our veins.

How Crash Diets Make You Fat

Understandably, crash diets have long been popular with those who yearn to lose weight fast. There is no argument that starvation will result in weight loss. But what happens when we induce a metabolic starvation mode? And why do crash diets fail?

Fasting, Starvation and Caloric Restriction

Recently, conflicting information has emerged on the topic of fasting, starvation and weight gain. On the one hand, there is the ‘starvation myth’ based on the theory that starving oneself to lose weight can cause weight gain. However, on the other hand, there is now compelling new research showing the beneficial effects of caloric restriction, e.g., weight loss, decreased oxidative stress, inflammation, and increased longevity.

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Did you know that the typical adult gains between five and eight pounds in the short interval between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? It’s true! For many people, this signals a time for giving up on healthy eating practices.