The Insides of Health
Oct 15, 2017
One of the most powerful lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of the common chronic disease of aging is improving your body composition.
No matter what state of health you are currently in, it is never too soon (or too late that is) to improve your body composition.
We will be giving you important nutrition and lifestyle tools today on how to make your insides healthy to improve your body composition which affects your quality and quantity of life. This figure shows how by not taking charge of your own fitness, your health can decline at a quicker rate than it should. Studies have shown that in our society, the age where we reach optimal health is 26, and then our health starts to decline fairly significantly each decade. More sicknesses occur, symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, aches and pains, etc begin to occur more often and get progressively worse where we then rely on medications to deal with symptoms and then finally end up with a progressive poor health, disability, and chronic disability and/or diseases. The other line shows where ideally we should and could be if we took control of our nutrition and lifestyle…maintaining our optimal health and vitality way past 26 and clear into our later years, only starting to notice a decline in health way into our 70’s, but still enjoying our functional capabilities the remainder of our years.
According to the National Institute of Health, over 65% of Americans are overweight – the highest number in history. But even if you are not overweight, you may have too little muscle and too much fat.
What is fat??????
- A storage site for toxins
- A fuel source for lean tissue to burn
Effects of Aging on Body Composition
- Body fat increases
- Lean muscle mass decreases
(referred to as sarcopenia)
- We know that as we age, we tend to lose a certain amount of lean muscle mass and gain body fat. The average person loses about 6.6 pounds per decade beginning around age 25 and the rate of loss accelerates after age 45. How fast this happens is strongly influenced by how physically active you are. Metabolic imbalance can also promote increased body fat because high circulating insulin levels promote body fat storage.
- This loss of lean body mass is referred to as sarcopenia, which literally means “loss of flesh.” You can’t measure this with a regular scale, but you can measure it with a body composition machine such as the bioelectric impedance analyzer.
- Illness and Muscle Loss
- “. . . we found that fat-free mass was lower and fat mass was higher in acutely ill and chronically ill patients than controls.”
- Sarcopenia – Loss of Muscle That Occurs as People Age
- “Sarcopenia is the backdrop against which the drama of disease is played out: a body already depleted of protein because of aging is less able to with stand the protein catabolism that comes with acute illness or inadequate protein intake.”
- The Journal of the American Medical Association further defines what’s going on when we lose muscle mass as we age, a condition develops known as “sarcopenia”, which is turning out to be a very important aspect of unhealthy aging and something that we can do a great deal about through smart therapeutic lifestyle choices.
What is Muscle????
- The body’s biologically active tissue
- It needs a greater amount of caloric fuel to maintain itself.
- Source of Proteins for the body
- Responsible for the vitality of whole body
- Provides protein for wound healing, antibody production, and white cell production.
Relationship between a high BMI and high incident of people reporting
medical problems, surgical procedures, symptoms, and health care utilization, including back pain, chronic tiredness, hypertension, and diabetes…all increase as BMI increases
Symptoms of over toxicity (from too much fat or not enough muscle)
- Memory Loss
- Joint aches and pains
- Constipation / Diarrhea
- Sinus / Allergy Issues
*******Treat your body better than your car… Food is good fuel
If you don’t fill up well – you will not run well………
We would not put water into our gas tank and expect it to run well or at all for that matter, we cannot expect the same of our bodies, The truth is our bodies are miraculous machines and they can overcome a lot, but this body that we are given cannot function optimally if we do not give it the nourishment it needs.
Exercise is Essential
- Find what you like
- Schedule it into your daily routine
- The human body is designed to move
There are 168 hours in a week
50 hours a week working
56 hours sleeping That leaves 62 hours
People always say they feel better, look better and enjoy life more when they are physically active. It is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy.
Here’s a great reason for staying active throughout life. Exercise is the best way to prevent the age-associated decline of lean muscle mass and increase of body fat. Even an active 65 or 70 year old person can have the body composition of a 40 year old if they have a regular physical activity program. Exercise corrects metabolic imbalances and thereby helps decrease body fat storage. Exercise must be accompanied by a healthy diet to get these desired health benefits.
- Muscles use blood sugar for fuel
- Exercise helps transport blood sugar into body cells
Keeping blood sugar and insulin in healthy range
Blood sugar or glucose is one of the primary fuels for exercise. Sugar carried in the blood needs to get into body cells, and exercise helps to accomplish this. By decreasing the amount of sugar in the blood, exercise helps regulate insulin production. This helps keep blood sugar and insulin in a healthy range, which promotes metabolic balance and prevents numerous health problems.
Prevention is the Cure……It’s Never Too Soon To Start
Eat as though your life depends on it….It does.