The Natural Path To The Fountain of Youth?
With the everyday advancements in modern science and medicine, such as stem cell technology, genetics and aging research, is seems as though humanity is on the path to eternal life. This path however, sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel. Is there another way to slow aging, heal the body and stay youthful without feeling like a lab rat or guinea pig? Luckily mother nature provides us with amazing superfoods and herbs, which combined with other practices and techniques, can lead to slower aging, faster recovery and a more youthful looking body. All without becoming the Frankenstein Monster!
Advancements in science and medicine are moving at an alarming rate. With headlines from scientific articles like "New Stem Cell Treatment Using Fat Cells Could Repair Any Tissue in The Body", it sounds we are living in a Steven Spielberg movie. Certain stem cell treatments are still in the experimental stages or untested. These treatments are becoming more available to people, as long as you have the cash for the steep price tag. Up to $70,000 to be exact!
So, if you don't want to be a test subject or you just don't have the money to be one, are there any other options? You are in luck! Mother nature supplies us with amazing superfoods and practices that can help us repair and heal injuries faster, like stem cell treatments do. Among these superfoods, is the nutrient dense powerhouse Chlorella.
Chlorella is a genus of single-celled green algae belonging to the division Chlorophyta, native to Japan and Taiwan. It has a long history of being used to boost energy, support the immune system and fat loss, fight cancer and slow aging by reducing oxidative stress. Stemming from pollution, stress and a poor diet. These health benefits can be attributed to the fact that chlorella is packed full of vital vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
One of the most commonly used varieties is Chlorella vulgaris, which is up to 58% Protein! Chlorella is also one of the few plant sources of vitamin B-12, which is very important for our vegan friends and other non-meat eaters. So much so, that a study from 2015 found that B-12 taken from chlorella helped to improve the health markers of 17 vegans and vegetarians between the ages of 26–57 years old with a history of B-12 deficiency. Last but not least, chlorella is an excellent source of Iron and can help prevent Iron Deficiency. One 2009 study found that a group of pregnant women given a chlorella supplement experienced significantly lower rates of pregnancy-associated anemia.
Chlorella isn't the only superfood out there capable of slowing the aging process and healing our body's along the way. A study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology showed that daily intake of leafy greens may slow cognitive decline. But thats not all! Coffee, believe it or not, is a superfood capable of helping the body fight off father time.
Coffee is something most of us drink everyday, to the point where we may even depend on it. However, this isn't typically because of its health benefits. It is coffee's ability to wake us up and kick us into gear, with it's high caffeine content, that makes it so desirable. What most people don't realize is, that morning cup of coffee may be keeping you younger. Coffee consumption has been positively associated with longer telomere length. Telomeres are a biomarker of aging whose shortening can be accelerated by oxidative stress. So the next time you are sipping on your coffee, thinking about how it's going to wake you up. Also think about how it is going to add years to your life!
Not only are foods good for slowing aging and staying young, but a certain type of diet in general may keep you younger and alive longer. A low carbohydrate, high-fat diet or ketogenic diet has been shown to extend longevity and health-span in adult mice. As well as reducing midlife mortality and improving memory of aging mice. These studies just back the mounding evidence that high-fat, ketogenic-type diets are very beneficial, especially for fat-loss. As well as, proving that refined-carbohydrates, not fats, are the cause of many common health problems including heart disease.
You are what you eat and how you eat it determines your health. But did you know that when you eat and how long you wait, could play an equally important role? Fasting and fasting-mimicking diets like intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting, and even prolonged 24-72hr fasts, have been shown to provide many health and fitness benefits. Weight-loss is probably the most commonly known and talked about, but fasting has been shown to slow aging and promote longevity as well. Check out this blog for more info and tips on fasting.
So, take the natural path to the fountain of youth. The path filled with mother natures gifts in the form of superfoods like chlorella and coffee. As well as the ability to determine what we eat by sticking to a ketogenic diet and when we eat by fasting. These are your steps down the natural path to the real fountain of youth.