Is aging really inevitable? If you had asked scientists this question even as recently as 10 years ago, most would have answered with a resounding, YES! In fact, many still do. However, that line of thinking is quickly changing in many gerontology research circles. Do a quick search on the internet for "anti-aging" or "can aging be reversed" and you will find a plethora of results from encouraging studies to astounding breakthrough research that is actually indicating that aging may not be inevitable after all.
Recent research has made significant advances in understanding how nutrition and exercise plays a central role in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. These advances have also helped us better understand what types and combinations of food and exercise will provide our bodies the most benefit. Although, we may not be able to completely stop the aging process with exercise and nutrition alone; we now know that they can both dramatically slow the process and help us look and feel younger well into our senior years.
Add the recent breakthroughs in how our emotions and hormones are actually biochemically interconnected within the mind-body-spirt (Candace Pert, Neuroscientist and Author of the Molecules of Emotions) and we get even closer to the fountain of youth. Combine perfect exercise, perfect nutrition and plenty of rest, with emotional wellness and you have a very good chance of looking and feeling fifteen to twenty years younger than you actually are! More recent good news on the anti-aging front is that scientists have now found safe ways to create bio-identical hormones from plants and even our own blood to help relieve the symptoms of menopause and help our bodies look and feel younger even longer. In fact, many people are beginning to feel that their fifties, sixties, and beyond are the best years of their lives.
Now for the potentially astounding stuff! Over the past couple of decades, researchers have made great strides in what is now termed regenerative medicine with the discovery of cells in the human body that they refer to as immortal cells or pluripotent stem cells. Unfortunately, these cells have only been found in the human embryo and therefore, for obvious moral and ethical reasons, cannot be harvested for anti-aging or any of the many other illnesses they are believed to be the key to curing. However, researchers believe they are close to finding a way to mimic these life preserving stem cells and they believe it is conceivable to one day grow new organs or turn the cells in our bodies young again. This would mean a cure for most illness, including the disease of aging.
Although not everyone wants to live forever, most people do want to live in a healthy body. No one wants to live in a body that is in pain or lacks energy and vitality! So, this edition is dedicated to anyone that wants to turn back the biological clock a notch or two. Inside you will find articles to help you create new brain cells, fight aging and disease, deal with depleted hormone levels, relieve stress through Yoga, and how to use fasting to promote longevity and over-all well-being.
And as always, the directory portion of Insight Healthy Living is at the heart of the Magazine as a resource and guide to find local practitioners, services, events, retreats, and products for you and your family's physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Wishing you health & vitality this spring/summer season!
Stephanie Breeze Editor - Insight Healthy Living Magazine