Do you realize that 90 years is less than 5000 weeks! Before you know it …
AGING and GLYCATION:
As you probably know, there are different forms of sugars – the white stuff, alcohol, honey, etc and these sugars become glycogen in the liver and glucose in the blood and so forth. Sugars are instant fuels. All food – from simple sugars, simple carbs, complex carbs and even proteins – eventually become sugars and potential energy – glycogen.
Some hormones age us and some hormones youth us. There’s some control we have – depending on which ones we encourage to circulate. HGH makes us younger, helps with repair and allows us to feel perkier, etc. HGH is a tricky hormone and in short, is released only when insulin is NOT around.
Aging types of hormones are cortisol (connected to weight gain, fluid retention and other challenges) and insulin. The latter, although very essential, is released to help rebalance bloodsugar and usher it into all of our cells and mitochondria for fuel or to escort the overage blood-sugar/energy into storage.
Insulin can be made on demand (to rebalance a large amount of incoming sugar) in very large amounts by the pancreas (except by type one diabetic people) leaving it overworked, and often.
Eating small meals frequently, throughout the day, in snack form, or as we call grazing, was all the craze back in the 90’s… Eating for energy like this and even though in small amounts, means that there is always an invite for insulin to be in circulation in our blood. We can store (give or take – we are all different) 50gms to 70 gms of glycogen (sugar) in the liver for immediate use and another 200 gms in our muscles for more use… but then we need to turn to our own fat stores for more back-up energy access. (Hormone sensitive lipase is, in short description, key to this and is released ONLY if there is NO insulin present…)
That’s why intermittent fasting is so popular now… the same amount of daily calories are consumed as usual, but in a shorter time period so our bodies decide to access the fat stores for some energy in the other hours when readily available sugar has been used up (such as 10 or 12 or 14 hours) once the stored glycogen in the liver and muscle is used up. The liver can always make more glucose. There are many reasons for going on a gentle or even severe fasting regimen / diet, which are so well covered by the major intermittent fasting gurus, that I certainly won’t go on about here!: Dr Joe Mercola, Dr Victor Longo, Jim Shades, Felice Gersh, Dr Yoshinori Nagumo.
Glycation is a very particular process: sugar molecules attach to lipids or proteins without the beneficial interference of enzymes – this can happen particularly to our collagen and elastin proteins in our skin. Fructose is the sugar that seems to be the biggest culprit. This process can produce advanced glycosylation end-products (AGEs) which can cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed, resulting in wrinkles and brown spots, stiffness and loss of elasticity and this is our accelerated aging process showing on the outside. Our bodies do not recognize AGE’s as normal, and will even produce antibodies that cause inflammation – even in our skin tissue. HGH, our natural repair hormone, can’t come to the rescue when insulin is still around as it is moving the sugars / glucagon / glycogen away to storage or to cells for energy.
And this is why body builders / gym bunnies / etc, take carnitine as a supplement before a workout – as this compound moves long-chain fatty acids, once they have been accessed, into the mitochondria of our cells so they can be burned to produce energy. Carnitine is found in meat, poultry, fish and dairy.
Looking at one’s anti-aging diet choices, one could superficially divide our food choices into three stages. The first one is eat anything – what the hell, you only live once! The second one is to eat a diet that slowly and surely diminishes the simple carbs – for example – first remove the alcohol (incl red wine) and get used to living without it; then eliminate the processed sugars (by so many names); then remove the simpler carbs such as wheat and grains. The third stage is to eat a clean, healthy diet with intermittent fasting… and to allow HGH to form and to give insulin and the pancreas an occasional rest…. even daily. And there are so many healthy fats to include…
When you eat a fruit you get some fructose – that’s how it was supposed to be consumed – lots of goodness including fibres, minerals and vitamins and with a tad of fructose included in small amounts. But juicing a pile of fruit all at once – it means you remove the fibres and take in a week’s supply of fructose in one whack! Even the gorillas that eat half fruit and half veggies live longer than the ones that eat only fruits.
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Merrie Bakker – Live Blood Analyst / microscopist – Health Educator – Author – Teacher – Speaker – Editor – Hands-on-Healer – Reflexologist – Dowser – Reiki Master – Nutritional Coach – a life-long student of holistic medicine and preventative health who believes with a passion that cellular disorganization can be prevented or reversed by ortho-molecular medicine, emotional healing work, environmental detoxification (many areas of concern) and nutritional and lifestyle re-balancing (many possibilities). Combined with vigilance, monitoring and team work, clients are encouraged to detox, rebuild, re-nourish, resolve and re-educate.
This is where research money should go! My longstanding dysbiosis – leaky gut syndrome, which was shown to me on Merrie’s microscope and was not found on my trips to my doctor and others. Two months and I’m my old self. And a few bonuses – more energy and better skin. I’ve made sure the rest of my family was given a “look-see”, too.