3/19/2007

You Can Stop "Normal" Aging | PARADE Magazine

You Can Stop "Normal" Aging | PARADE Magazine

According to Dr. Henry S. Lodge, we actually have a great deal of control on the aging process, and can essentially reverse it...or at least keep it at bay.

"Most aging is just the dry rot we program into our cells by sedentary living, junk food and stress. Yes, we do have to get old, and ultimately we do have to die. But our bodies are designed to age slowly and remarkably well. Most of what we see and fear is decay, and decay is only one choice. Growth is the other...

...This whole system evolved over billions of years out in nature, where all animals face two great cellular challenges: The first is to grow strong, fast and fit in the spring, when food abounds and there are calories to fuel hungry muscles, bones and brains. The second is to decay as fast as possible in the winter, when calories disappear and surviving starvation is the key to life. You would think that food is the controlling signal for this, but it’s not. Motion controls your system."

Wow, is it really that simple? Just imagine: exercise, eating healthy foods and building and maintaining relationships...hmmm. Tennis anyone? C'mon, it'll make us younger!

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Dr. Henry S. Lodge is on the faculty of Columbia Medical School and is co-author of “Younger Next Year”