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.