4 Things You Can Do To Slow Down Aging

Your body is full of cells that are constantly at work to keep you alive and well. In your early years you need those cells to be working as fast as you are growing. Then you hit a point where you recognize that you are maintaining a regular height, shoe size and ideally, weight. This is a good time to start considering your personal mTOR control to make sure you are aging your best. So...what is mTOR?

mTOR is an enzyme in your body that interprets signals from multiple pathways in your body. This includes nutrients like glucose, growth factors such as insulin, hormones such as leptin and stresses from starvation, DNA damage and more to regulate a wide variety of cellular functions. It translates how your cells handle protein turnover, cell growth, cell survival, metabolism, energy balance and stress responses… all of which impact your health and how you age.

mTOR is essential to your growth as a healthy child, HOWEVER...as an adult you need this cell regulator to slow down. As you are no longer growing, you do not need your cells to be replicating and compounding at the speed at which it was when you were younger. Because mTOR controls how your cells grow and how your metabolism responds to what you eat, your stress level and aging, you want to take as much control of its regulation as possible. When unregulated, mTOR speeds up any abnormal or imbalanced cell growths which can lead to age-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, dementia and cancer.

Imbalance is a key word here; it is the genesis for chronic diseases, cancers and rapid aging. What you eat plays a big role into how you maintain your overall health and how mTOR responds in your body.

When you eat a healthy plant-based diet high in antioxidants and limit your intake of animal proteins, you inhibit mTOR from speeding up the rate of unhealthy cellular growth. If you are not mindful of your lifestyle choices, you may be creating a microbial imbalance in your body. This is called dysbiosis and is how mTOR will proliferate and promote cellular inflammation, aging your cells.

mTOR becomes a negative self-perpetuating activation if you don't make efforts to control it. Studies have published that by altering how this enzyme signals responses in your cells, you can live longer and healthier.

Here are some simple ways you can make mTOR work towards your graceful aging:

  1. Eat a plant-based diet. Not only do you benefit from all the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich nutrients that fruits and vegetables provide, your mTOR pathway is slowed down by these disease-fighting foods as they naturally detox your system. Eating a diet heavy in animal proteins and sugar puts a heavy burden on your insulin levels and creates oxidative stress on your cells, triggering mTOR to speed up to keep up with all that it must process.
  2. Fasting. mTOR recognizes the nutrients in your body and responds to action depending on how often you are eating. When you take more time between meals, mTOR slows down its process to replicate only when there is an abundance of nutrients to sort through. This allows what foods you've already eaten to direct their nutrients towards healing and maintaining your health.
  3. Exercise. While exercise helps your body achieve its best physical shape, it also promotes the ability for proteins to be better absorbed in your body. This slows down action in the mTOR pathway. As a result, more energy goes towards fueling you and reduces your chances of welcoming age-related diseases into our life.
  4. Include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory supplements in your diet. EGCG (green tea) Curcumin and Resveratrol contain some of the strongest antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. They enhance your body’s ability to detoxify and recycle the cells it currently has, derailing mTOR. This enables your cells and YOU to live a healthier and longer life.

 

Besides following these tips, knowing what foods work best with your body can be found by following my Elimination Diet. Click here to get your free copy.

 

For more information on Functional Medicine visit my website at KiranGrewalMD.com

 

To Your Health,

Kiran Grewal MD

 

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3001303/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21421716/

Ornish, Dean and Anne. Undo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases. New York: Penguin Random House LLC, 2019.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3331679

http://https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1084952114002535?via%3Dihub

Vasquez, Alex. Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Vol. 1 Essential Knowledge for Safe Action and Effective Treatment... 4th Edition, 2016. ICHNFM.org





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