by Dr. Will Cole
It may feel difficult to optimize health in the modern world with its chemicals, toxins, and processed foods. With rapid advancement comes a rapid decline in our environmental conditions. In the last 50 years, we’ve seen the rise of genetically modified foods, pollution on an unimaginable scale, food processing and preserving with industrial chemicals and processes, and soil so overworked that it has become drastically depleted of its nutrients. All of this together is a perfect storm that has lead to accelerated aging, chronic disease (including obesity), and an increase in free radical production that has made systemic inflammation into an epidemic.
And yet, in the midst of all this toxicity, there is hope that suggests there’s no reason the human body cannot live 80 to 100 years, disease-free and healthy. Clue number one: The Okinawa Study showed that older Okinawans are living 100 or more years practically disease free, although younger generations are developing the same chronic diseases that we see in our culture when they adopt a modern Western lifestyle. Clue number two: The Danish Twin Study found that longevity is only moderately heritable (determined by genetics). The major factor in how long we live is dictated by the lifestyle choices we choose to make.
Both these major studies demonstrate that despite the degradation in our food supply and environmental conditions, the lifestyle choices we make can significantly influence longevity. If living to a ripe old age feeling great sounds great to you, why not get started right now? Here are three things you can do to begin stemming the tide of chronic disease and living the long, healthy, abundant life you were meant to live:
1. Start burst training.
Burst training, or high-intensity interval training (HIIT), is a form of exercise in which periods of intense effort of alternate with periods of easier effort. This naturally increases the production of human growth hormone (HGH) much more than any other form of exercise, and that is a good thing for health seekers because HGH has strong anti-aging and fat-burning effects on the body. Burst training is quick, easy and it beats spending hours in the gym. You get an even better result than hours of steady cardio. There are different ways to do burst training, but here’s the technique that I use:
Step 1: Warm up for 3-5 minutes.
Step 2: Run, bike, or swim at 90 percent of your capacity for 30-60 seconds.
Step 3: Rest by slow jogging, biking, or easy swimming for 1-2 minutes.
Step 4: Repeat the sprint and rest between 3-7 times, reducing your rest time and repititions gradually as you get more fit.
Do burst training every other day, because your anti-aging and fat-burning homrones are doing their work through the next day to repair and rejuvenate.
2. Increase your glutathione levels.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps us stay young and healthy. Low levels of glutathione have been linked to chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, and accelerated aging, so boost those levels for better health all around. The best way to do this is through glutathione-rich food medicines. Here are some of the best sources:
- Grass-fed beef
3. Avoid processed sugars and refined grains
I know, this is a tough one because sugar is so addictive, but it is absolutely essential to reversing the aging process. Wheat, white rice, and foods with added refined sugar all increase blood sugar and consequently insulin levels, leading to premature aging, inflammation, and ultimately chronic disease. But that doesn’t mean you have to live treat-free. Try baking with these great flour alternatives and use only small amounts of natural sweeteners no more than a few times a week, to enjoy life and also stay looking and feeling your best:
- Coconut flour
- Almond flour
- Hazelnut flour
What works for one person may not be right for the next, as each one of us has individual biochemistry, microbiomes, genetics, and lifestyles. I consult with people all around the world, comprehensively looking at underlying health issues and designing a program to reverse chronic disease and maximize health.
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