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How To Improve Your Body and Brain and Lose Weight

by Laura Power, MS, PhD, LDN

© September, 2013

Anti-aging is not just about looking younger.  It's also about having more energy, thinking

clearly, attaining optimal weight, and being healthier in general. With nutritional help it is

possible to look 20 years younger, improve muscle tone and organs, and banish some wrinkles

and excess weight.

ANTI-AGING: Science has identified several factors that are involved in anti-aging, including:

growth hormone, DHEA, melatonin, telomeres, and mitochondria.  These factors help us mature,

keep us healthy as adults, then decline after mid-life.  Research has shown that people with the

highest levels of these factors live the longest.  But nutritional supplements are now available to

repair and / or supplement most of these factors.

THE 5 FACTORS: Growth hormone is a pituitary hormone that helps us grow when young and

maintains our muscles and organ functions as adults.  DHEA is an adrenal hormone involved with

muscles, bones, and sexual function.  Melatonin is a pineal hormone that controls sleep, daily

rhythms and life cycles.  Telomeres are little caps on the ends of our genes, used up each time a

cell replicates, until we run out and the cells die.   Mitochondria are the tiny batteries in the cells

that create energy out of the foods we eat.

A New Paradigm:

Consider a new way of thinking about how the body works: With age, stress, and poor

nutrition our metabolisms slow down, adrenal and thyroid hormones decline and fail to stimulate

fat-cell hormones, which then decline.  These in turn fail to adequately stimulate mitochondria.

Meanwhile, the mitochondria wither and die from oxidation, stress, and 85,000 man-made

environmental toxins.  As a result our ability to burn calories declines, we tire, we store fat in our

fat cells, arteries, and organs, causing us to gain weight and have elevated triglycerides and

cholesterol.  Hence, aging, fatigue, and ill health!   But this is not inevitable.

TESTING: We can now test for these factors and use diet and supplements to repair our

metabolism and improve our health.  Basic lab tests include: adrenal and thyroid hormones, fat-

cell hormones, and some mitochondrial functions.  We can even test for IGF-1 (growth

hormone), melatonin, and telomeres.

THERAPIES: We can change our diets to avoid food allergens and prevent oxidation and

inflammation.  We can use specific nutrients to repair and improve our hormone functions.

Finally, we can improve pH balance, antioxidant status, and nutrient status to repair and even

grow new mitochondria.

CONDITIONS: Based on how nutrients interact with our biochemistry, these strategies can help

improve: heart function, muscle tone, brain function, diabetes, weight loss, chronic fatigue,

adrenal function, digestive function, and more.