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She may be a chronologic year older folks, but as far as insulin sensitivity, stress and A.G.E.’s go, Jen is much younger than she was a year ago and if at all possible cutie-er!  She is probably rolling her eyes that I’m using her birthday as an opportunity to educate ;-p but I am what I am, plus I made her breakfast and got her gifts and stuff, this is just a bonus!!

Age as we think of it happens due to mitotic division of our cells.  Remember back to high school biology when you learned (or avoided learning) how cells reproduce; a mother cell aligns its DNA and then splits into two identical daughter cells (mitosis).  They are identical however as we age, each division is kind of like making a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy…you get the gist.  This affects the cell because the tail of their DNA strand called a telomere gets just a little shorter with each copy.  Why does that matter?  Well DNA (our genetic information) is a double helix or two strands of a bunch of molecules that are lined up like a ladder then twisted all up and held together at the ends like the cap on a shoe lace (you know the wax cap keeping all the threads together).  What happens when that cap wears out?  The shoelace starts coming apart right, well that is a very similar process to explain why we don’t just live forever.  Every cell division leaves our telomeres just a tad smaller, and at some point there just isn’t enough to hold the DNA together.  The genetic potential (how many copies it takes to not be able to see the image due to unwinding) of a human being is roughly 120 years! 

Question: You might wonder this: If our Genetic Potential is 120 (and genes control our fate) why is our life expectancy roughly 75? 

Answer: INSULIN SENSITIVITY, STRESS and A.G.E’S (advanced glycation end-products).

This is why Jennifer actually got YOUNGER this last year and not OLDER!! 

I’ll explain, Insulin is your master hormone, which is responsible for storage of nutrients (fat, sugar, vitamins and minerals) & speed of cellular division.  Insulin is VERY responsive to carbohydrates (breads, pastas, processed foods, cereals, muffins, GRAINS, table sugar, junk food…etc).  The more of these types of foods in your diet, the faster your body’s cells divide (not to mention the weight gain (fat), diabetes, and gut destruction (IBS, bloating, cramps, gas, pain..etc)

In the last year, Jen has hardly eaten any grains, processed foods, no cereals and if there is bread, it is coconut or almond flour bread, which doesn’t have nearly the affect on insulin.

Stress can be physical, chemical and as we all know emotional.  Stress causes chemicals to be released in our bodies that cause us to breakdown faster and if chronic to age faster as well.  In the last year, Jen has been getting adjusted, by me her chiropractor, regularly which is proven to lower stress to the body.  She has been working diligently on her posture, which can be a chronic stressor to the body and mind if not properly maintained in good form.  She has also been exercising regularly through Crossfit and Boot Camps, which is also proven to burn off the emotional stress we build up in our everyday lives, allowing us to maintain normal insulin levels and sensitivity (normal not rapid cell division!)  She has continued eating a nutrient dense, anti-inflaming diet, lowering her chemical stresses and further improving her insulin levels.  And lastly but not least, Jen has been working on her mind daily through affirmations, attitude of gratitude, reading copious self improvement material (ask us for our favorites because we are big on that subject) and socializing through different communities.  All combined she has done a 1-2-3-4 punch to her physical, chemical and emotional stressors, which probably will add 15-20 years to her life!

A.G.E’s are simply the effect of a carbohydrate based diet (yep grains and sugar will get you twice, they really are that bad).  When you break down a piece of “tasty” garlic bread, it turns to glucose which can be used for energy, however we can only store roughly a 12hr supply then the rest is turned to …..FAT!! But before it can become fat, it circulates in our blood attaching to well almost everything.  Glucose is a very sticky molecule and when breads, cereals, pastas, crackers, muffins, processed foods with high fructose corn syrup and sugar are a regular in your diet, the more saturated your blood becomes on a regular basis.  More glucose in your blood allows for the glycation (glucose attaching to tissues) and eventual cell death.  (Faster cell death = faster aging).   AGE’s are a cause of inflammation and are linked to nearly every chronic disease from Alzheimer’s to arthritis to cardiovascular disease…etc.

Again, Jennifer is a role model to us all with her diet’s focus on veggies, meats, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats, leaving hardly any room for any AGE causing foods.  For some awesome, healthy and nutrient dense recipes check out her blog “The Beautifully Strong Project” at www.thebeautifullystrong.com and our Links page.  Jen has really decreased the speed at which her cells divide, essentially making her younger by adding years to her life and life to her years!

I am so proud to have this amazing woman in my life who understands that health is a journey not a destination and that the only changes worth making are sustainable and often subtle in their payback at first but continue to compound with (chronologic) age.  Thank you for showing us how a healthy happy life is lived!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNIFER!!

LOVE,

ME

(Dr. Nick Araza DC CCWP CSCS)

She may be a chronologic year older folks, but as far as insulin sensitivity, stress and A.G.E.’s go, Jen is much younger than she was a year ago and if at all possible cutie-er!  She is probably rolling her eyes that I’m using her birthday as an opportunity to educate ;-p but I am what I am, plus I made her breakfast and got her gifts and stuff, this is just a bonus!!

Age as we think of it happens due to mitotic division of our cells.  Remember back to high school biology when you learned (or avoided learning) how cells reproduce; a mother cell aligns its DNA and then splits into two identical daughter cells (mitosis).  They are identical however as we age, each division is kind of like making a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy…you get the gist.  This affects the cell because the tail of their DNA strand called a telomere gets just a little shorter with each copy.  Why does that matter?  Well DNA (our genetic information) is a double helix or two strands of a bunch of molecules that are lined up like a ladder then twisted all up and held together at the ends like the cap on a shoe lace (you know the wax cap keeping all the threads together).  What happens when that cap wears out?  The shoelace starts coming apart right, well that is a very similar process to explain why we don’t just live forever.  Every cell division leaves our telomeres just a tad smaller, and at some point there just isn’t enough to hold the DNA together.  The genetic potential (how many copies it takes to not be able to see the image due to unwinding) of a human being is roughly 120 years! 

Question: You might wonder this: If our Genetic Potential is 120 (and genes control our fate) why is our life expectancy roughly 75? 

Answer: INSULIN SENSITIVITY, STRESS and A.G.E’S (advanced glycation end-products).

This is why Jennifer actually got YOUNGER this last year and not OLDER!! 

I’ll explain, Insulin is your master hormone, which is responsible for storage of nutrients (fat, sugar, vitamins and minerals) & speed of cellular division.  Insulin is VERY responsive to carbohydrates (breads, pastas, processed foods, cereals, muffins, GRAINS, table sugar, junk food…etc).  The more of these types of foods in your diet, the faster your body’s cells divide (not to mention the weight gain (fat), diabetes, and gut destruction (IBS, bloating, cramps, gas, pain..etc)

In the last year, Jen has hardly eaten any grains, processed foods, no cereals and if there is bread, it is coconut or almond flour bread, which doesn’t have nearly the affect on insulin.

Stress can be physical, chemical and as we all know emotional.  Stress causes chemicals to be released in our bodies that cause us to breakdown faster and if chronic to age faster as well.  In the last year, Jen has been getting adjusted, by me her chiropractor, regularly which is proven to lower stress to the body.  She has been working diligently on her posture, which can be a chronic stressor to the body and mind if not properly maintained in good form.  She has also been exercising regularly through Crossfit and Boot Camps, which is also proven to burn off the emotional stress we build up in our everyday lives, allowing us to maintain normal insulin levels and sensitivity (normal not rapid cell division!)  She has continued eating a nutrient dense, anti-inflaming diet, lowering her chemical stresses and further improving her insulin levels.  And lastly but not least, Jen has been working on her mind daily through affirmations, attitude of gratitude, reading copious self improvement material (ask us for our favorites because we are big on that subject) and socializing through different communities.  All combined she has done a 1-2-3-4 punch to her physical, chemical and emotional stressors, which probably will add 15-20 years to her life!

A.G.E’s are simply the effect of a carbohydrate based diet (yep grains and sugar will get you twice, they really are that bad).  When you break down a piece of “tasty” garlic bread, it turns to glucose which can be used for energy, however we can only store roughly a 12hr supply then the rest is turned to …..FAT!! But before it can become fat, it circulates in our blood attaching to well almost everything.  Glucose is a very sticky molecule and when breads, cereals, pastas, crackers, muffins, processed foods with high fructose corn syrup and sugar are a regular in your diet, the more saturated your blood becomes on a regular basis.  More glucose in your blood allows for the glycation (glucose attaching to tissues) and eventual cell death.  (Faster cell death = faster aging).   AGE’s are a cause of inflammation and are linked to nearly every chronic disease from Alzheimer’s to arthritis to cardiovascular disease…etc.

Again, Jennifer is a role model to us all with her diet’s focus on veggies, meats, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats, leaving hardly any room for any AGE causing foods.  For some awesome, healthy and nutrient dense recipes check out her blog “The Beautifully Strong Project” at www.thebeautifullystrong.com and our Links page.  Jen has really decreased the speed at which her cells divide, essentially making her younger by adding years to her life and life to her years!

I am so proud to have this amazing woman in my life who understands that health is a journey not a destination and that the only changes worth making are sustainable and often subtle in their payback at first but continue to compound with (chronologic) age.  Thank you for showing us how a healthy happy life is lived!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNIFER!!

LOVE,

ME

(Dr. Nick Araza DC CCWP CSCS)

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