November 21, 2008
Have you had one or more days this week when your tank was more than topped off? By this I mean that you ate until you were overfull, beyond the point of comfort? Every time I go to a restaurant at least one person at my table ends the meal by saying, “I ate too much.” Firstly I can’t be friends with, let alone go out to dinner with, anyone who isn’t predisposed to this tank-topping tendency, it goes hand in hand(or should I say bite to bite) with being social. I also have a soft spot in my heart for adults who still get brain-freeze from drinking frozen drinks too fast. My husband holds the world record for brain-freeze headaches from straw sucking or should I call it vaccuming. His gulping makes me slow down, as well as laugh and since laughing makes a man sexier, I never mind. Also there’s nothing worse than dining with someone who picks at their food but that’s another rant.
Back to the hidden dangers of overeating. The scary news is that overeating, especially if it’s a regular habit (regular means you overeat at least once a week. If you overeat every day or go to bed stuffed every night,
then imagine that what I say next is written in CAPS just for you).
Overeating produces free radicals in your body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause accelerated aging.
Here’s another trick question. Do you overexercise on a regular basis? By this I mean that you exercise for sixty minutes plus or have muscle soreness after a workout. If you do this regularly, it produces a significant amount of oxidative stress, whether your workout feels good or not.
And oxidative stress results from the production of free radicals.
Usually, I say that more is better when it comes to exercise but often, and this was true for me when I experienced hip arthritis and had to have both hips replaced, more was not better.
So should you eat less at each meal? Only if you want to live as long as possible and look as good as possible while living it.
Also, should you exercise less? Not necessarily if you are feeling no limiting side effects. Here’s a quick check, can you reach down and effortlessly tie your shoe? or jump up from the soccer sidelines and throw the ball back in if it comes your way? or run up the stairs two at a time? These all indicate ease of movement.
But even if you feel your best, you are still definitely producing free radicals which will have the opposite effect on your body that you are aiming for with exercise, which I assume is to be healthier (not just thinner, harhar).
The way to counteract the aging effects of free radicals is to stabilize them. How do you do that? Antioxidants, of course and thank you for asking.
Eating more leafy green veggies and dark purple fruits in a balanced, low glycemic diet, eating mini-meals rather than tank-toppers, taking a multi-vitamin, and extra vitamin D will all help but the show stopping news, in my workout world, is about the new super fruits and how they can help us not just feel better but look better to boot.
According to the smart doctors at Canyon Ranch, they’ve introduced the new science of aging which deals with an area called nutrigenomics, the notion that food is information that speaks to our genes and turns on messages that create health OR illness.
According to Dr Mark Hyman,MD,
nutrigenomics factors in stress, nutrition, hormonal balance, the balance in our gut, and the importance of detoxification and food.
Nutrigenomics says food is our medicine and that good health is as far away as the bottom of our fruit bowl. But who can eat 14 servings of fruit which is often the amount of antioxidant supply needed to stabilize our average daily free radical output? Talk about tank topping.
This is where my new crush on the Acai Berry comes in. The acai berry has an antioxidant capacity that is off the charts compared to all other fruits and after researching the many acai products out there, I’ve put my bets on MonaVie, only because this company has a patent on the flash freeze-dry process that ensures that what you are drinking still has all the nutrients that the berry had when it was growing on top of the tree in the Amazon rain forest where it built up all of it’s antioxidant capabilities as a natural response to the Brazilian sun beating down on it.
The reason people feel so radically better when drinking acai juice is because of nutrigenomics. Healthy food in general and the acai berry specifically illicits a dramatic, therapeutic response that helps us decrease inflammation (by stabilizing free radicals)and therefore feel better, with no side effects unless you count all the positive ones, like more energy, sleeping better, improved skin among many other improvements that sound too crazy to list here.
Sometimes I feel like a cross between a cheerleader (Bring it on!!!!) and a crossing guard (slow down and look both ways) but we know more now about aging better than ever before and there’s no time to waste.Good Health is the New Sexy and feeling better is sexy enough for me.
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