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 …

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.