The proof is out there.
And right here.
You don’t have to sit back and let old age creep up on you. You can take an active role in slowing it down. And it’s easier than you think…
Mountains of research have shown that calorie restriction, or fasting, is the surest way to…
- Beat type 2 diabetes;
- Get better immunity and experience less illness;
- Burn fat in your sleep;
- Improve your heart health;
- Avoid cancer, stroke and Alzheimer’s;
- And, reverse aging.
There’s only one problem…
Very few of us relish the idea of going hours and hours without eating, not matter the size of the carrot dangling at the end of the ordeal.
Don’t get me wrong… there are many variations on fasting that have all shown varying levels of significant health benefits. Some, like the fast-mimicking diet, only require you to fast five days a month — but it’s five days in a row!
Then there are the ones with “eating windows”—windows of time where you don’t eat for 14 to 16 hours a day. Now, you can sleep through several of those hours, but if you find the power to give up your bedtime snack, you can bet your growling stomach — not your alarm clock — is what will be waking you up in the morning… and probably an hour earlier!
I think someone could promise me a youthful mind and body and a long, healthy life to 110, but this girl would still want to eat. And it turns out I’m in luck.
There is a way to get all the great benefits of calorie restrictive fasting — without starving…
Benefits that don’t make you go hungry
You may have heard of spermidine…
A review of scientific evidence that was recently published in Science Magazine confirms that “spermidine appears to reproduce many of the healthful effects of caloric restriction.”
Specifically, what effects are they talking about? “Increased uptake of spermidine has protective effects against cancer, metabolic disease, heart disease, and neurodegeneration,” according to the abstract.
How does it work? “Spermidine preserves mitochondrial function, exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, and prevents stem cell senescence [deterioration].”
Now, I’ll admit, I am not unfamiliar with spermidine and we’ve written about it before.
But one line in the article got me to thinking… and this is it: “Interventions that delay aging and protect from age-associated disease are slowly approaching clinical implementation.”
Clinical. That means someone is already thinking about having your doctor dole out spermidine to you to help keep you healthy and slow aging.
Is anything wrong with that? Not completely. But here are two things to think about…
- Why pay a prescription for spermidine?
- And why wait to begin benefitting from its age-defying disease prevention?
How to get spermidine NOW
Spermidine may sound like a man-made chemical, but it’s not. It’s perfectly natural and can be found in food, as well as produced in your gut microbiome.
Spermidine is a “polyamine,” and it’s been established that in mammals, like us, polyamines decrease during the aging process. When that happens inflammation can get a stronghold and your intestinal barrier weakens. That’s a perfect storm for disease and deterioration.
So instead of waiting for mainstream medicine to play catchup, you’ve just got to heed that age-old advice and let food be thy medicine. Here’s how to get started…
First, probiotic strains can help boost your levels of spermidine, specifically Bifidobacterium animalis. So look for a good probiotic.
Next, start eating more of the foods rich in spermidine. That would include wheat germ, nuts, and some fruits and vegetables. Soy is also a good source, but always choose non-GMO when it comes to soy.
Fortunately, the list of spermidine-rich foods is actually much longer, and my colleague Jenny Smiechowski put one together for you: 14 foods to turn back time is a list you may want to keep on your refrigerator door.
Here’s to a full tummy and a happy, healthy, slow-aging and disease-proof body…
Editor’s note: If you’re serious about stopping premature aging, avoiding age-related disease and living healthy into your 90s and beyond, you’ve got to start from the inside, with your body’s master hormone. Click here to discover the secret of the blue zones!