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Prescription for Successful Aging in the New Year

January 4, 2010

Prescription for Successful Aging in the New Year

Can aging be slowed down or even reversed? The first decade of the 21st Century has provided insight into the age old search for the fountain of youth. The various schools of thought and practice exploited by longevity experts remain unproven.

Decrease Oxidative Stress to Age Well

Is that all there is to staying young? Chemical stresses due to dietary and environmental factors have negative effects, notably, acceleration of aging (Bonnefoy, 2002). As we age, body tissue, including fat, is oxidized by free radicals, which basically are chemicals with unpaired electrons exerting oxidizing, rustlike damage at the cellular level (Barja, 2004). The aging reaction of the body as a result of these combined negative energies is called “oxidative stress.” Antioxidants protect the over eighty trillion body cells from oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals and binding them to render them harmless.

Supplementing with antioxidants,essential oils,vitamins, specific dietary foods, juice therapy,hormones or extremes of surgical procedures and genetic engineering have all been suggested as the possible tools of aging meaningfully.

The aged population of the notable blue zones of planet earth have been consulted and studied. The centenarians (>100 years of age) prescription for successful aging is based on certain key principles.

What really works?  The centenarians reveal the secret significant adaptations which have  contributed to their process of  growing old gracefully. Their secrets are found in these four powerful and yet simple topics.

  • What to do
  • What to think
  • How to eat
  • How to build social relationships

The details of this prescription for successful aging will be one of  the foundational topics of this blog throughout 2010.

James Geiger MD

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