Secret #1 of the 5 Diet Secrets to Anti-Aging
Eliminating sugar decreases inflammation of the cell membrane.
If you want to age faster than anybody in your neighborhood, simply raise your glucose and insulin. Many people today are more and more concerned about their health and taking more vitamins and even eating a diet which they consider healthy. The reality, however, is that the very foods they are eating are elevating glucose and affecting the hormones involved in aging. Insulin, glucagon, and leptin are three hormones which are directly affected by our sugar intake and directly affect aging. When it comes to anti-aging, hormones are the real answer. Think of a diabetic: they have dysregulation of all three of the above-mentioned hormones. People who have diabetes do not die of diabetes; rather, they age prematurely, developing diseases such as heart disease, strokes, obesity, etc. Diabetics literally age faster at the cellular level. This is evident from their outward appearance, such as age spots and wrinkles. It can also be seen from many of their symptoms, such as necrosis, where they literally lose appendages due to nerve degeneration. When elevated glucose (which most Americans have, not just diabetics) meets proteins, a process called glycation occurs. Glycation is like rust on your bumper – it eats away at you slowly. There is an acronym given to this process: A.G.E.S. (advanced glycation end products). In this chemical reaction, glucose combines with the protein in your skin called “collagen.” The protein oxidizes due to glycation, and the degeneration process begins (wrinkles, age spots, and disease).
Sugars are hidden in many foods. We don’t realize the amount of sugar we are consuming because it is present in most products that Americans consume daily. If an ingredient ends in the letters “ose,” it is a sugar. There are many others that do not end in those letters that are still sugars, such as corn syrup. This particular sugar is of greater cause for health concerns and aging because of its toxic effects. Fructose and high-fructose corn syrup are in everything our children are eating today, and are far more toxic than glucose. These toxins can be found in things like sports drinks, sodas, and fruit juices. Fructose can only be processed in the liver, and therefore 100% of the metabolic burden is on the liver. Glucose is processed 20% by the liver and 80% by cells, and so is much less toxic to the liver. Consuming fructose is very similar to consuming alcohol. Fructose should be considered ethanol “without the buzz” because of its toxic effects on the liver. The byproducts are practically the same, which is why the toxic effects on the liver are very similar. Because of the higher consumption of fructose today, the strain on the liver leads to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and is now occurring even in our children. In fact, fructose and high-fructose corn syrup is considered the leading cause of obesity by many experts. I believe it is now the leading cause of premature aging, even in children.
Removing Grains from Your Diet
This program utilizes a diet known as the Cellular Healing Diet, a true anti-aging diet which insists upon the removal of all grains and sugar and an increase in healthy and unadulterated fats. Most of you probably think that you are not eating much sugar in your diet, however we may not understand that the majority of sugar consumed is from grains.
There are two main reasons grains need to be eliminated from the diet. The first reason is that most grains are genetically modified (GMO), which causes the denaturing of proteins and carbohydrates to the point where your body does not recognize them as foods. Your immune system will create an inflammatory reaction in response to these denatured foods. There is much media attention about gluten today. Gluten is just one denatured protein in grains that is causing a host of problems at the cellular level. Many consumers are hearing about the dangers of gluten, and are selecting other grains that also contain denatured proteins and sugars. Unfortunately these grains have higher sugar content. All grains and sugar must be eliminated until the inflammation of the cell membrane (the real reason for premature aging and disease) is reduced.
The second reason to eliminate all grains from the diet is that the majority of diseases today are caused from chronic inflammation – not necessarily joint inflammation as would occur from a shoulder or knee injury, but systemic inflammation of every cell. Once the cell and its very important membrane become inflamed, cell function is compromised. The cell’s ability to communicate with other cells and hormones becomes diminished. Hormone receptors reside on the membrane, and an inflamed membrane compromises the communication of the receptors with the hormones. Most Americans are in a state of hormone dysregulation – not due to the lack of hormones, but due to the receptors being blunted on an inflamed cell membrane. Because the receptors have been blunted and cannot receive information from the hormones, the sugar from the grains – even whole, healthy grains – will further impede their communication with one another. Whole grains are still very high in a sugar called amylose, which drives cellular inflammation. Until the cells are restored, grains cannot be added into the diet. Once cellular inflammation is reduced, non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and ancient grains can be added back into the diet. (See Figure 1 for factors to prove whether inflammation is being reduced, and see Figure 2 for list of healthy grains.)
Again, this is why it is absolutely necessary that you follow the Cellular Healing Diet and remove all grains and sugars from the diet. The majority of Americans are over-consuming all of the foods that are driving this aging process. Remember the best anti inflammatory is not a potion or a pill it is your diet. An anti-inflammatory diet and specific anti-aging foods are your greatest weapons against anti-aging, however we have 4 more anti-aging secrets for you that surround diet, the best anti inflammatory foods , exercise, and supplement support.
Figure 1: The Five Factors of the Cellular Healing Diet
The FIVE FACTORS to determine whether you need to stay on the Cellular Healing Diet (proving whether inflammation is being reduced!): It only takes one of the five factors to keep you on this diet.
- High Triglycerides/Cholesterol – If you are a sugar burner and not a fat burner, your body will not store or burn fat normally, therefore elevating triglycerides (100 to 135 Normal: > 135 Elevated).
- High Blood Pressure – Inflammation of the large arteries leads to high blood pressure. This inflammation is controlled by the Cellular Healing Diet.
- Elevated Glucose / Insulin / Leptin – Once the insulin receptors are burned out, a fasting glucose, insulin, or leptin test will be elevated. Removing all sugar is the only way to heal the insulin receptors.
- Neurotoxicity – A trained detoxification specialist can determine this with a neurotoxic history and visual contrast sensitivity (VCS) test.*
- Weight Loss Resistance – This diet works for weight-loss resistance because of its effect on hormones and toxins. Therefore if you are a person who struggles to lose weight despite what you eat and how much you exercise, this is the only diet that will work for you.
*Difficulty losing weight is a neurotoxic clue. Toxins attach themselves to fat cells and continually elevate the hormone leptin. Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain to burn fat for energy. Toxins can burn out leptin receptors in the brain, leading to leptin resistance. As a result, you gain weight that does not respond to diet and exercise.
Note – Some individuals genetically do better without consuming grains and do much better on high fat and/or high protein diets. This can only be determined by how you feel and how your body responds (weight change, energy, brain clarity etc.) when you start adding grains back in.
Figure 2: List of Anti-Aging Healthy Grains to Consume During Your Program
- Wild Rice
- Brown Rice
- Non-GMO Corn*
*It is very difficult to find non-GMO corn, so be vigilant in your quest to find it. 90% of all corn is GMO.