Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lengthen Your Youthfulness By Lengthening Your Telomeres

Poor vitality, as well as health, are the unavoidable and unfortunate results of aging. And all of us will be undergoing this phase.

With the technological advancements that we are enjoying nowadays, great discoveries are popping out one after the other in combatting the unfavorable results of getting old.

One of these discoveries and the most notable would be:

The lengthening of telomeres

Studies have shown nowadays that lengthening the telomeres provides the possibility of delaying and even preventing the signs of aging that we see in our body as well as the diseases that old age can lead to.

Telomeres can be a topic so alien for others. After all, it is just a new discovery. 

So you might ask, what are telomeres? 

These are actually protective caps that are found at the end of every chromosome. 

As we grow older, these caps tend to shorten. Hence, they serve as our biological cap. Moreover, when these cells divide, replication cannot be possible towards the chromosomes’ ends. Thus, telomeres are lost along the way.

Fortunately, there are now supplements that are made available in order to lengthen telomeres. 

After all, you can look younger with healthy telomeres. 

These supplements are specifically engineered in order to promote the lengthening process of the telomeres. Most of these supplements have active ingredients such as astragalus extract, blueberry pterostilbene, bacopa monnieri, citrus bioflavonoids, and reservatory among other.

As you get older, the quality of life also decreases. 

As a result, old people experience less vitality, vigor, and energy. There is also the presence of degenerative disease such as cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis. 

Obviously, telomeres have an effect on our body for the most part. Thus, telomeres lengthening can help in protecting our organs, physical strength, brain, skin, and bones. It's very beneficial in helping our immune system.

In order to lessen the visual signs of aging, it is best to avoid the followings:
- Too much sun exposure 
- Poor nutrition
- Smoking 
- Not enough deep sleep
- Too much stress
- Not drinking water

All of these things will lead to sagging skin, blemishes, wrinkles, and fine lines.

And the worst of all, it can do so much damage to your chromosomes which will, later on, affect the telomeres.

The important thing is to be active almost every day.

Hence, lengthening the telomeres can help in order to make you look and feel youthful inside and out. 

It is best advised that taking supplements in telomere lengthening be done at an early age. 

The result of these supplements will be visible after 3 to 6 months. 

However, be particular as well regarding the dosage that you are going to take. This is so since dosages vary depending on physical demands, health, environment, and most importantly the age. 

When we are born, we pretty much have 15,000 units of telomeres. But when we reach the age of 25, we only have 10,000. So by this time, you can gauge when will be the time for you to take it. Or most especially if the signs of aging are already visible.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5 Hacks to Help You Get Your Best Sleep Ever

Quality sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. After just one night of tossing and turning, you soon realize how the lack of quality sleep can affect just about every area of your life—including your mood, job performance, relationships, and even success in weight-loss or maintenance goals.
Developing a healthy relationship with sleep is one of the best things you can do for your physical, emotional, and mental health. But it’s not always easy, so here we offer five of the most effective, science-backed strategies for you to get the best possible sleep every night.
1. Stick to a schedule (that promotes sleep).
Sticking to a daily routine is an important factor when it comes to quality of sleep (1-3). Your body becomes used to these daily routines, or social rhythms, allowing for the development of time cues that help regulate your biological clock. Regular exercise, school or work, and social activities can all be perceived as time cues to the body.
Keep your daily schedule as consistent as possible. Move your workouts to first thing in the morning, as late-night workouts may keep you up at night. Create bedtime rituals like reading or journaling. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Yes, even on weekends—it may be hard at first and things may come up here and there, but having a day-to-day schedule will train your body to recognize times, making it easier to wake up and fall asleep at those hours.
2. Avoid bright light before bed.
Bright light in the evening delays the release of melatonin, the hormone in the brain that regulates your sleep cycle. Lack of melatonin can delay sleep even if it’s late. Some research suggests that the “blue light” coming from electronics is the most detrimental to melatonin release (4).
Shut off any light-emitting electronics like tablets or smartphones at bedtime to not interfere with your body’s natural release of melatonin. An app or filter that blocks blue light could also be an effective tool, but it‘s best to shut off or dim all sources of light as night approaches.
3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as bedtime approaches.
Even if you don’t necessarily have a problem falling asleep with a little caffeine in your system or after an alcohol-infused nightcap, consuming these drinks close to bedtime may hurt the quality of your sleep, even interfering with your body’s ability to engage in deeper sleep necessary for better post-workout recovery (5-7).
Plan to stop consuming caffeine as early as your schedule allows. Switch your afternoon coffee to an herbal tea or if you’re still lacking energy, Adaptogen-rich t+ Chai. In the evening, have your glass of wine a few hours before bed instead of just before.
4. Be sure you are meeting your daily magnesium requirement.
Magnesium is essential to sleep quality and studies have also found that the majority of U.S. adults fail to meet the recommended daily allowance (8-9). One study on older adults suffering from poor sleep found that magnesium supplementation led to significant improvements across a range of measures including sleep time and efficiency (10). Another study found that the nutrient helps the body to better adapt to rhythms of night and day (11).
Enjoy plenty of magnesium-rich foods like dark leafy greens, nuts, and dark chocolate. If you aren’t eating enough magnesium-rich foods, consider adding a supplement like IsaFlush® (and maybe a dark chocolate IsaDelight® or two) to help meet recommendations.
5. Supplement with melatonin.
While our bodies make melatonin, natural production declines with age. Unfortunately, tart cherries are one of the only foods in a normal diet to have enough to have an effect on the body (12). But studies have found that melatonin supplementation around bedtime can reduce sleep latency and improve sleep time and efficiency (13).
Get extra melatonin just before bed—start with a smaller dose and gradually increase over time to find how much you require for restful sleep. Because Sleep Support and Renewal™ comes in spray format, it makes it easy for you to have ready for use on your nightstand and it allows you to better control the dosage each time you use the product. Sleep Support and Renewal™ also includes ingredients like L-theanine, valerian, tart cherry, and chamomile that promote quality sleep.
  1. Moss TG, Carney CE, Haynes P, Harris AL. Is daily routine important for sleep? An investigation of social rhythms in a clinical insomnia population. Chronobiol Int. 2015 Feb;32(1):92-102. doi: 10.3109/07420528.2014.956361. Epub 2014 Sep 4.
  2. Carney CE, Edinger JD, Meyer B, Lindman L, Istre T. Daily activities and sleep quality in college students. Chronobiol Int. 2006;23(3):623-37.
  3. Monk TH, Reynolds CF 3rd, Buysse DJ, DeGrazia JM, Kupfer DJ. The relationship between lifestyle regularity and subjective sleep quality. Chronobiol Int. 2003 Jan;20(1):97-107.
  4. Chellappa SL, Steiner R, Oelhafen P, Lang D, Götz T, Krebs J, Cajochen C. Acute exposure to evening blue-enriched light impacts on human sleep. J Sleep Res. 2013 Oct;22(5):573-80. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12050. Epub 2013 Mar 20.
  5. Drake C, Roehrs T, Shambroom J, Roth T. Caffeine effects on sleep taken 0, 3, or 6 hours before going to bed. J Clin Sleep Med. 2013 Nov 15;9(11):1195-200. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.3170.
  6. Clark I, Landolt HP. Coffee, caffeine, and sleep: A systematic review of epidemiological studies and randomized controlled trials. Sleep Med Rev. 2016 Jan 30. pii: S1087-0792(16)00015-0. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2016.01.006. [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Ebrahim IO, Shapiro CM, Williams AJ, Fenwick PB. Alcohol and sleep I: effects on normal sleep. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2013 Apr;37(4):539-49. doi: 10.1111/acer.12006. Epub 2013 Jan 24.
  8. Rude RK. Magnesium. In: Coates PM, Betz JM, Blackman MR, Cragg GM, Levine M, Moss J, White JD, eds. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Informa Healthcare; 2010:527-37.
  9. Ford ES, Mokdad AH. Dietary magnesium intake in a national sample of US adults. J Nutr. 2003 Sep;133(9):2879-82.
  10. Abbasi B, Kimiagar M, Sadeghniiat K, Shirazi MM, Hedayati M, Rashidkhani B.The effect of magnesium supplementation on primary insomnia in elderly: A double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Res Med Sci. 2012 Dec;17(12):1161-9.
  11. Kevin A. Feeney, Louise L. Hansen, Marrit Putker, Consuelo Olivares-Yañez, Jason Day, Lorna J. Eades, Luis F. Larrondo, Nathaniel P. Hoyle, John S. O’Neill, Gerben van Ooijen. Daily magnesium fluxes regulate cellular timekeeping and energy balance. Nature, 2016; DOI: 10.1038/nature17407
  12. Howatson G, Bell PG, Tallent J, Middleton B, McHugh MP, Ellis J. Effect of tart cherry juice (Prunus cerasus) on melatonin levels and enhanced sleep quality. Eur J Nutr. 2012 Dec;51(8):909-16. doi: 10.1007/s00394-011-0263-7. Epub 2011 Oct 30.
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If you’re an athlete, or someone who lifts weights, the amount of protein your body can use may be much more than the average daily requirements, a recent study reports (1).
Published in the Journal of Nutrition, Canadian researchers found the average requirement of protein in resistance-trained male subjects to be 2.6 times greater than the current recommendations from the Institute of Medicine.
Using an advanced method of assessing daily protein requirements, the researchers recruited eight male bodybuilders at rest on a non-training day. For two days before the study, all subjects consumed 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram bodyweight. On the study day, the protein requirement was determined by using a special method of tracking amino acid uptake from the blood in response to graded intakes of protein.
The series of experiments found the requirement of protein for these young male bodybuilders to be up to 2.2 grams per kilogram per day. This equates to 2.6-fold greater than the current RDA for protein (2).
Another interesting aspect of this study was that measurements were taken on a rest day, meaning subjects hadn’t exercised. Their protein requirements were still quite high demonstrating that protein intake should stay constant for both training days and off days. The reason for this is that muscle protein synthesis can be elevated for 24 to 48 hours after exercise (3).
Eating Protein Like a Bodybuilder
Despite a number of studies indicating increased dietary protein needs in bodybuilders with the use of advanced scientific methods of protein retention, the Institute of Medicine contends that “no additional dietary protein is suggested for healthy adults undertaking resistance or endurance exercise (2).’’ The organization cites methodological concerns in studies as the basis for this position.
In contrast, athletes today are consuming more protein and view this macronutrient as important for their recovery and performance. It only makes sense, since they place much more stress on their muscular system than the average sedentary person. Muscle is made of proteins and while you cannot “store” protein like carbohydrates and fats, they can be incorporated into muscle when there is a stress. Resistance training is a perfect example of this stress.
The major goal of bodybuilders and many athletes alike is to increase lean body mass, which requires muscle protein building to exceed muscle protein breakdown over time. It’s reasonable to assume that the optimal amount of protein should be consumed over time.
It is also important to appreciate that, although protein requirements are increased for athletes and bodybuilders, so too are those of both carbohydrate and fat (4). For both optimal performance and health, it is important to adjust nutrient intake depending on the total daily energy requirements.
For those training intensely or in a resistance training program, a moderately higher protein intake is not only safe, but appears to be also beneficial. However, it’s not necessary to consume at the level that these advanced bodybuilders in this study. The International Society of Sports Nutrition’s position stand on protein of 1.4 to 2.0 grams per kilogram is ideal (5).
  1. Bandegan A, Courtney-Martin G, Rafii M, Pencharz PB & Lemon PW. Indicator Amino Acid-Derived Estimate of Dietary Protein Requirement for Male Bodybuilders on a Non training Day Is Several-Fold Greater than the Current Recommended Dietary Allowance. J Nutr. 2017 Feb 8. pii: jn236331.
  2. Institute of Medicine, Panel on Macronutrients, Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes. Dietary Reference Intakes for energy, carbohydrate, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein, and amino acids. Washington (DC): National Academies Press; 2005.
  3. Phillips SM, Tipton KD, Aarsland A, Wolf SE & Wolfe RR. Mixed muscle protein synthesis and breakdown after resistance exercise in humans. Am J Physiol. 1997 Jul; 273(1 Pt 1):E99-107.
  4. Thomas DT, Erdman KA, Burke LM. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine: nutrition and athletic performance. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Mar;116(3):501-28
  5. Campbell B, Kreider RB, Ziegenfuss T, La Bounty P, Roberts M, Burke D, Landis J, Lopez H & Antonio J. International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: protein and exercise. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2007 Sep 26; 4:8.

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