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Remember my article on “Dr. Rob’s top 10 anti-aging tips“?  Watch this video and you will be following #10!  I’ve added at least 5 years to my life watching this troupe in the past.  Now it’s more like 10.  Hope you get a good laugh!

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RUST


What is rust?  Well, the technical/scientific name for rust is called oxidation.  You are probably familiar with rust as it relates to metals.  Essentially, rust occurs when oxygen comes in contact with the metal.  The extent of the “rust” or oxidation is dependent on how long the oxygen is in contact with the substance.  Hence, the older the car, the rustier it gets.  Other common examples of oxidation are when an apple turns brown after being cut into, and when a copper penny turns green.

Now, how are rust and aging synonymous?  Living tissues can rust, that is they can oxidize.  As you know, oxygen is our most important “nutrient” so there is no way around it.  When living tissues oxidize they produce molecules called free radicals.  This is where the aging comes in.  I’ll do my best to explain what a free radical is without boring you.

Most stable molecules inside the body have a balanced electrical charge, with an evenly paired number of electrons, giving it a neutral charge.  Free radicals, on the other hand, are highly unstable molecules that have an unpaired electron with an extra negative charge.  These free radicals then react with other molecules in an attempt to “steal” an electron in order to become electrically balanced.  This sets off a chain-reaction by creating another unstable molecule that again seeks balance by “stealing” an electron from a stable molecule, and so on.  During this process of “stealing” electrons, the unstable molecules that are created cause tissue damage.

As you know it’s the process of a chemical reaction known as oxidation that produces these free radicals.  The terms “oxidative stress” (or “oxidative damage”) is often used when referring to free radical tissue destruction.  Keep in mind, oxidation reactions are a normal and necessary part of a person’s biochemistry.  However, there are many ways that we get exposed to an excess amount of free radicals.  These include, but are not limited to: unhealthy, processed, chemically-laden food and tainted water, pesticides, smoke and smog, radiation (x-ray, cosmic, etc.), sunlight, toxic chemicals in plastics, and from environmental pollution in general.  The list is practically endless.  But think unnatural, synthetic chemicals especially, along with poor dietary choices.

This is where antioxidants come into the picture to stop the chain reaction caused by free radicals.  Antioxidants have the ability to “donate” an electron, thus stabilizing or deactivating the free radical.  As a result, the chain reaction stops because the free radical becomes electrically balanced without the need to “steal” electrons and disrupt other molecules.  Finally, the tissue damage stops.

Now that you understand the concept of oxidative (free radical) damage.  Let’s move a step further to talk about the impact free radicals can have on the body in a way that we can relate.   Here are some common examples.  Oxidative damage to the… blood vessels causes arterio- and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arterioles and arteries) leading to heart disease and stroke; brain causes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; eyes causes cataracts and macular degeneration; skin causes wrinkles, sagging and “age spots”; connective tissue causes faulty collagen and elastin formation, possibly leading to tendonitis/osis, and other musculoskeletal complications and injuries; etc..  Oxidative damage has also been implicated in all types of cancer.  (Don’t get me wrong, free radicals may not be the only reason these conditions occur.)

So remember, the key to stopping this damage is through an abundant supply of antioxidants.  Just about every fruit and vegetable contains one or more antioxidants.  Organic food would obviously be better, because it would help avoid the exposure to pesticides.  Also, your body innately has antioxidant enzyme systems in place to help counteract the normal oxidation reactions that occur naturally.

There are hundreds of antioxidants and you probably already know some.  There are so many great food sources that are readily available; blueberries, pomegranate (w/out added sugar) and cocao (the unadulterated “chocolate” bean) come to my mind first.  With the current state of the environment it’s often extremely help to add some by way of supplementing.  Again there are dozens.  I prefer grape seed extract, alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, co-enzyme Q10, N-acetyl cysteine, bilberry, milk thistle, turmeric, rosemary, and so on.  Also, don’t forget the basics – vitamins A, C, and E.  Additionally, the minerals manganese, copper, zinc, and selenium are necessary to make the body’s own natural antioxidants known as superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase.

So how do we know which antioxidant would be best to take?  As an applied kinesiologist, I would use muscle testing to “challenge” the body.  One way might be to have a person inhale a very small amount of chlorine bleach (one of the most oxidative substances) in order to smell the vapors, and see if a previously facilitated muscle becomes inhibited.  If so, the person can ingest different types of anitoxidants to see which one(s) returns the muscle to a facilitated state.  Or, pick your favorite color of the many anitoxidant rich fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Robert D’Aquila – NYC Chiropractor – Applied Kinesiology

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Anti-aging sounds like an oxymoron.  I look at it as basically being able to regenerate optimally.  That said, one can certainly reverse signs of aging that have set in due to poor lifestyle habits, hence “anti-aging”.  Our “biological” age can be more important than our chronological age.  Wouldn’t you rather look and feel 10 years younger than you are?  The following 10 tips are in no particular order.  Remember, there are no magic bullets!

1Drink optimal amounts of PURE, CLEAN water!
If you haven’t read my articles on this yet, click here – I don’t want to overstate the point.

2STOP eating sugar AND starches!
Any type of sugar will wreak havoc on your body.  This includes: refined white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, date sugar, beet sugar, evaporated cane juice, concentrated white grape juice, corn syrup, fructose, turbinado sugar, sucanat and more…let’s stop there for now.  Well, don’t forget foods with sugar in them like: pies, cakes, cookies, candy, ice cream, soda, doughnuts, brownies, etc..  The list of problems that sugar causes or contributes to is mind-boggling extensive.  I’ll be posting 76 reasons to avoid eating it soon.  OK, some more – I’d also stop eating refined honey, agave nectar, evaporated cane juice, and many more devils in disguise.  It’s impossible to overstate this point!!!  By the way, artificial sweeteners can (and often are) worse for the body.  More on that another time.  One more thing – don’t go binging on fruit now.
Starches are basically processed in your body the same as sugar, and therefore have the same detrimental effect.  They include bread (even 99-grain), pasta (even supposed whole-grain), rice (even brown, though some people are OK with it), and potatoes (especially white).

3Detoxify your digestive tract!
This is one of the biggest causes of systemic toxicity that can affect any area of your body and cause premature aging and degenerative diseases.  The most common problems I see are an overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, viruses, and/or parasites.

4Eat your GREENS!
Green vegetables are by far the healthiest you can eat.  Especially dark green, leafy vegetables.  Several good ones are kale, collards, dandelion, and swiss chard.  Greens are loaded with chlorophyll, the “life blood” of the plant, and pigment that gives them their green color.  Human blood gets its red color from the molecule hemoglobin, which allows blood the ability to carry oxygen.  Interestingly, the chlorophyll molecule in plants and the “heme” portion of the hemoglobin molecule in humans are almost identical.  The similarity rests in what’s called porphyrn, a ring of of atoms.  Chlorophyll contains magnesium in the center of the ring and hemoglobin contains iron.  Thus, chlorophyll is known to be an excellent blood builder and purifier.

5JUICE your vegetables!
Juicing is one of the best ways to flood your body with antioxidants and vital nutrients.  What makes juicing more powerful than eating vegetables is the efficient absorption, and the live enzymes because of their raw state.  Of course, eat your veggies too.  Just don’t drink too much green juice in one sitting, trust me on this.

6Exercise!
Some individuals need more aerobic exercise (constant and steady – e.g.: jogging, swimming, etc.) than anaerobic exercise (quick bursts – e.g.: weight training, sprinting, etc.).  Your applied kinesiologist can determine which is more necessary, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to do both.  At least 30 minutes every day would be ideal.  Yes, you can over-exercise, I see it all the time – and it’s harmful.

7Restrict you caloric intake!
There are probably hundreds of studies that have shown eating less (more likely, not overeating), will extend your life span.  The mechanism(s) is not fully known.  I would speculate that it has to do with controlling insulin levels, lessening the load on your liver, and preventing your gut from becoming toxic due to undigested, fermenting, and putrefying food.  Remember, you still have to get an optimal amount of nutrients; just do it with more nutrient-dense whole foods.

8Take dietary supplements!
This will ensure that you are taking in necessary nutrients that you may be missing from your diet, for any number of reasons.  Ideally, you will want your applied kinesiologist to determine the exact supplements you require most.  It is much better than a “shotgun” approach.  However, if you’re going to “shotgun” it, read my article on supplements by clicking here.

9Get adequate amounts of sleep!
This is of prime importance!  When you sleep, your body regenerates.  If you are not regenerating – there will nothing to prevent you from degenerating.  The necessary amount of sleep will vary by individual, but go for a MINIMUM of 8 hours each night.  There is more to know about sleep beyond the scope of this article.  Let’s get the amount of time down first.

10Laugh!
A study in Norway showed that subjects who found the world most funny were 35% less likely to die during the time the study was run.  Also, people in the study with cancer were 70 times more likely to survive until the end of the study.  Regardless, get some funny movies (with/or without) friends and try it!

Age – doesn’t matter

Health is what you do for your body minus what you do to your body – a quote from one of my mentors that appears to reign true

THE BODY NEVER LIES!!!

Dr. Robert D’Aquila – NYC Chiropractor – Applied Kinesiology

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If you are a patient of mine, you know that I don’t “shotgun” any supplements.  That is, I don’t ever just give out supplements because they’re “good for you” or because the “the book” or “experts” say they are the best for a particular condition.  You know that I am extremely specific to my patient’s needs.  I’m able to be extremely specific because I use muscle testing.  Muscle testing allows me to have a “window” into the nervous system.  Therefore, I can find out what nutrients my patients will respond to best, based on the outcome of the test.

That said – I’m still willing to talk about what I feel are the top 5 supplements for overall well-being.  Please keep in mind that the order of importance for any given person will vary, even if they are just being used for general health.  That’s because everyone lives a different lifestyle and is exposed to different stressors.  Let’s begin:

#1 – Probiotics – These are more specifically known as acidophilus and bifidus, or “good” bacteria.  There are in fact many different names for probiotics, as there are many different strains of good bacteria.  The term probiotic means: pro- “for”  biotic- “life”.  Sounds like it should be in the top 5, doesn’t it?  Essentially, we have hundreds of strains of bacteria in our intestines.  Some of them are helpful, some are harmful.  For optimal health, we need to strive for a balance between the helpful and harmful.  Unfortunately, most people have too many harmful ones.  The function of these good bacteria helps all of the following: the immune system; proper digestion and absorption; food allergy/sensitivity reduction; production of certain vitamins and nutrients- such as vitamin K, choline, fatty acids, and more; and prevention of bad bacteria/pathogens from overpopulating the gut.

#2 –  Antioxidants – You’ve probably heard of these compounds.  They essentially “quench” free radicals that are formed inside the body.  Free radicals are unstable molecules (because of an unpaired electron in the outer shell) that can cause a domino-effect of damage to the cells.  Free radicals will damage your DNA – the blueprint your genes use to express themselves healthfully.  They are formed naturally through normal metabolic processes; however more sources of free radicals include poor food choices, certain prescription medications, environmental pollution, tobacco smoking (including second-hand), stress, ultraviolet light, oxygen and radiation.  Also, don’t forget that a lack of sufficient antioxidant levels will perpetuate the damage from existing free radicals by failing to neutralize them.  There are dozens of antioxidants.  Some are even essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins A,C,E, and the minerals selenium and zinc to name a few.  Some of my favorite antioxidants are grape seed extract, turmeric, rosemary, green tea extract, and alpha-lipoic acid.

#3 – Omega 3 (or 6) Fatty Acids – By now, everyone is talking about Omega 3’s, usually referring to fish oils. Keep in mind that there are plant-based sources also. Fish (and krill) is more easily used by the body, and we’ll discuss why that is another time.  Your medical doctor may even be talking about fish oils.  Why?  Well, one reason is that they are essential fatty acids.  “Essential” refers to the fact that they are essential to human health, but your body cannot make them with other nutrients you’ve eaten.  They MUST be consumed in the diet, unlike certain other fatty acids which can be manufactured inside the body.  Essential fatty acids have been found to be important for proper functioning of the immune, cardiovascular, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems.  Also, did you realize that our brains are made up of roughly 60% fat – another great reason to make sure you’re not deficient in this vital nutrient.  Most people consume enough (really too many) carbohydrates.  Many people consume enough essential amino acids (protein).  Very few people consume enough essential fatty acids, without supplementing. By the way, some people may need Omega 6 essential fatty acids more so than 3’s – don’t ever “shotgun” it, remember. Get checked!

4 – Vitamin D – This is another one of those supplements that is causing a lot of M.D.’s to jump on the band wagon.  Well frankly, good for them, and more so for their patients.  Relatively recently, this has been found to be an almost pandemic deficiency – especially in areas where people are not exposed to the sun for much of the year.  Research on vitamin D seems to be growing at a rapid pace these days.  So far it has been shown to treat or prevent osteoporosis (it’s necessary in absorbing calcium), infections (including colds and flu), diabetes, tuberculosis, inflammation, depression, and neurological disorders.  That list barely gives vitamin D the credit it deserves.  Get your blood levels checked!  And get out in the sun, before summer is over.

5) – A Multi-mineral supplement – You must have noticed how I didn’t say a multi-vitamin supplement, although that would be fine to add as well.   In my practice, I find that minerals are a much more common deficiency than vitamins.  Minerals act as catalysts in the body.  Essentially that means they drive chemical reactions.  They do this partly by activating enzymes.  So they are responsible for converting one chemical into another, which is really what makes all biochemical processes go around.  If there were no minerals to drive reactions, our bodies would essentially stop in their tracks.  In fact, they are even necessary for vitamins to work effectively because they help convert them from their inactive to their active form; so those vitamins can actually perform their proper biochemical role.  I find deficiencies of all different types of minerals, daily.  But if I had to choose only two, they would definitely be zinc and magnesium.

The 5 supplements above have been reviewed for general health.  However, they can obviously address specific ailments for certain people.  Again, if you have a specific health concern, it is most important to figure out exactly what you are deficient in, instead of throwing the whole kitchen sink at the problem.  I do this through highly specific muscle tests, along with blood, urine, and saliva tests for all my patients.  When people simply look things up in books (and “shotgun” their supplements), they often don’t work.  Then, unfortnately, people lose faith and decide that supplements or alternatives are ineffective across the board.  Figure out what your body needs, and you’ll see amazing results. Check back for more specific information on all of the above!
Dr. Robert D’Aquila – NYC Chiropractor – Applied Kinesiology

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