Your Body is Like a Car
It Needs Maintenance
If you could only have one car to last your entire lifetime... what good maintenance habits would you establish to make that car last your whole life. Likewise, with your one and only body, what healthy maintenance habits are you implementing so that your body will stay healthy for a lifetime?
Question: If you knew that using a particular grade of fuel in your car, would increase its engine lifespan by 30 percent or more, and that fuel didn't cost more money, would you choose the 30-percent-longer-lifespan-fuel for your car engine?
Answer: Of course you would! Then do the same for your cellular engines called mitochondria - give your mitochondria the fuel that makes them last longer!
Burning carbon fuels releases ENERGY — and also creates damaging byproducts along with the release of energy. In the case of car engines that damaging byproduct is heat. In human mitochondria the damaging byproducts are free radicals — that strip molecules of their electrons, ruining cell integrity, creating a cascade of inflammation and lessening lifespan.
In regard to fuel for human mitochondria the reality is that burning sugar generates more than twice as many free radicals as does burning fat. Therefore, a person will stay healthier and live longer if his or her cells burn fat, and not sugar.
According to Dr. Ron Rosedale click to read his bio:
"If I were to summarize in a single sentence what practice would best promote health, it would be this:
Health and life span are determined by the proportion of fat versus sugar people burn in their cells throughout their lifetime and so the more fat that one burns as fuel, the healthier a person will be, and the more likely he or she will live a long time; and the more sugar a person burns, the more disease ridden and the shorter a life span a person is likely to have."
Combustion engines run most efficiently (IE, with the least creation of damaging byproducts) when burning the optimal fuel for the particular type of combustion engine — IE, jet fuel for jet engines, diesel fuel for diesel engine, gasoline for gasoline engines. It isn't a good idea to use motorcycle fuel in an airplane or diesel fuel in a gasoline engine and vice-versa. If you do use an inappropriate fuel, what do you imagine might happen?
You could predict, for instance, that a gasoline engine will run for awhile with diesel fuel. But, you can also correctly predict that overtime the gasoline engine would be damaged by using that non-optimal fuel. It's the same with mitochondria (cellular engines) of the human body. If mitochondria don't burn the optimum fuel, they will be damaged sooner than they might have been.
Mitochondria (cellular engines) can burn either of two types of fuel — sugar (carbohydrates) or fat (which includes stored fat, dietary oil and all types of fatty acids, including ketones). In point of fact, our cellular mitochondria burn fat far more efficiently than sugar.
This is the number one habit of lifetime health:
Whatever else you do for your health make sure you do what it takes to keep your cells in fat burning mode.
The rewards of more-disease-free life and a longer lifespan are just too great to skip the habits that enable fat burning in your cells. If you don't want to read the details about fat burning, and just want to know what to do to ensure fat burning occurs in your body's cells, then click here.
The answer is that the amount of the chemical messenger Leptin that the Hypothalamus can sense in the bloodstream determines whether our bodies burn fat or sugar.
Trying to work against the Leptin Survival Mechanism is like trying to swim upstream — very difficult. It is much easier to work "with" the Leptin energy management system — and we will show you how to do that.
Leptin can be too little, just right or too much. Learning to keep it just right is really important.
Too Little Leptin
Just the Right Amount of Leptin
Too Much Leptin
Getting and keeping Leptin levels in normal range is our number one Habit of Health.
You can get a blood test for Leptin (from your Doctor) in order to SEE WHERE YOU ARE NOW in terms of Leptin. (* Or you can estimate Leptin based on body fat percentages. We explain how to do this later.) Once you get your Leptin blood test results (or an estimate based on body fat percentage), you can then figure out how to adjust your life-style and diet to get your Hypothalamus sensitive to Leptin and your Leptin level into the fat burning range.
Remember Leptin is made in fat cells and that means that body fat percentage drives Leptin levels. So, scientifically speaking, in order to stay in the fat burning mode and live the healthiest and longest possible, it is important to keep your body fat percentage in an optimal range.
When trying to predict metabolic mode a few additional factors, other than body fat percentage, come into play:
Pregnancy hormones override Leptin switching of metabolic mode and force fat burning to occur.
Women's bodies produce less Leptin than do men's bodies for the same amount of body fat.
The amount of sugar in the blood stream significantly changes the rate of Leptin production of Leptin in fat cells.
Stress hormones (adrenaline, cortisol) force sugar burning to occur.
Significant, prolonged exercise forces fat burning to occur.
If you’ve come to realize that you are currently a sugar burner and, therefore, permitting extra life-shortening damage to occur to your body, you will undoubtedly desire to get the cells of your body back into the healthy fat burning mode. Here are the things you need to do to accomplish that:
Ron Rosedale is an Internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine whose work with diabetics is truly groundbreaking. Very few physicians have had such consistent success in helping diabetics to eliminate or reduce their need for insulin and to reduce heart disease without drugs or surgery.
Dr. Rosedale was founder of the Rosedale Center, co-founder of the Colorado Center for Metabolic Medicine (Boulder, CO USA) and founder of the Carolina Center of Metabolic Medicine (Asheville, NC). Through these centers, he has helped thousands suffering from so-called incurable diseases to regain their health.
One of Dr. Rosedale's life goals is to wipe out type II diabetes in this country as a model for the world. He also has written a book,"The Rosedale Diet", covering his proven treatment methods for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases of aging.
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