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The Fountain of Youth...

Most people reluctantly accept the fact that their bodies will start to wear out around the age of 60 years old, but modern science is beginning to prove what common sense has known all along: exercise will keep you in great shape no matter what your age.

Researchers are investigating whether exercise, can indeed, influence aging in the body. In particular, they are looking at whether exercise lengthens telomeres, the strands of DNA at the tips of chromosomes. When telomeres get too short, cells can no longer divide and then become inactive, a process associated with aging, cancer and a higher risk of death.

In a study published in November in Circulation, the medical journal of the American Heart Association, German researchers compared two groups of professional athletes (32 of whom were in their early 20s, and 25 who were middle-aged) with two groups (26 young and 21 middle-aged) who were healthy non-smokers, but not regular exercisers. The athletes had significantly less erosion in telomeres than their more sedentary counterparts. The study concluded that physical activity has an anti-aging effect at the cellular level, suggesting exercise could prevent aging of the cardiovascular system.

However, it’s important to differentiate between the various types of exercise. We aren’t talking about a casual stroll around the block; my experience indicates that exercise has to be intense to provide intense results... “A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7)

Dr. David Nieman, of Appalachian State University, says that during exercise, two types of immune cells circulate more freely in the blood, neutralizing pathogens. Although the immune system returns to normal within three hours, the effect of the exercise is cumulative, adding up over time to reduce illness rates, he says. He compares the process to "a cleaner who comes in for an hour a day, so by the end of a month, your house looks much better."

I believe the answer to why the telomeres are able to regenerate comes from the growth hormone that is produced from exercise, thanks to your pituitary gland. If you aren’t familiar with growth hormone, it’s the hormone that is responsible for muscle growth, muscle and soft tissue regeneration, as well as, the being the hormone that gives the command to burn fat as energy. In addition, it also helps to keep skin thick (and elastic) and even keeps bones dense. Sound interesting?

Of course it sounds interesting! Growth hormone is basically the same thing as an internal steroid. So now the question begs, “How do I get it??”

Well, you can get it two ways. You can go to your doctor and buy a pharmaceutical grade version that you would inject into your body, or you can make your own. If you decide to ask your doctor to prescribe it for you, you would be consuming a “foreign” substance which includes a chance, however slight, that your body will react negatively and complications might occur. On the other hand, you can easily and naturally make your own causing no negative side effects...

"Daniel Rudman, M.D., and his research group at the Medical College of Wisconsin, reported the results of their study on the effects of growth hormone administered to elderly males. Dr. Rudman’s group showed that tiny amounts of growth hormone injected just beneath the skin of 61 to 81 year-old males produced almost unbelievable results in only six months: lean body mass increased by 8.8 percent, body fat decreased by 14.4 percent, bone density increased in the lumbar spinal bones, and skin thickness increased by 7.1 percent (thin, brittle skin is one of the consequences of aging).

All these changes were a result of the growth hormone increase—the subjects didn’t change their diet or exercise. After only six months’ therapy with minuscule amounts of this extremely potent substance the more youthful changes these men exhibited were, in Dr. Rudman’s words, “equivalent in magnitude to the changes incurred during 10 to 20 years of [reverse] aging.”

That’s right, muscles got bigger by almost 10%, body fat decreased by almost 15%, bone density in the lower back (an area most 60-80 year old men are accustomed to having issues with) regenerated itself and skin got thicker by almost 10%. And don’t forget, this test wasn’t administered on 18 year olds, these men were 60-80 years old!

This study goes to show that you can indeed transform your body at any season of life; age is not an excuse to let yourself go. So stop looking to your doctor or your medicine cabinet for relief, the fountain of youth is waiting inside your pituitary gland.

If you don’t have the will power, which is completely OK, to start and stick with your own intense exercise program, hire someone that will! There are many different options, from personal training to group classes to help you stay motivated. No matter where you live, there is bound to be a professional available to help you tune your most important instrument.

If price is an issue, ask yourself, “How expensive will the inevitable surgery, rehabilitation or prescription drug be?” I can promise you that the cumulative effects of fighting a disease when you already have it will be much more costly than the investment in a “pre-habilitation” training program.

Michael R. Eades M.D., Mary Dan Eades M.D., Protein Power

Written by DanielCrouch, True Balance Health and Wellness
Personal Trainer & Wellness Guide.

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