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Reap the Anti-Aging Benefits of Exercise

Exercise can help you lose weight, keep it off, and look great. Exercise also plays a role in slowing the aging process. As we are all living longer, it has never been more important to exercise into our later years in order to maintain strength and independence.

In order to reap the anti-aging benefits of exercise, one does not have to be a fanatic, or do it exhaustively and vigorously. For an older person who has not exercised much in his or her life, taking 30 minute walks or gardening can provide great health benefits, and prolong the quality of life.

For the most optimal benefits, though, aerobic activity alone is not enough. As we age, it does not help to support our muscles or weight. Strength training is crucial because it increases balance, strength, and improves the posture. Strength training decreases the likelihood of developing osteo- or rheumatoid arthritis.

The most important factor in exercising as we age is the maintaining of independence. For older people, independence is priceless. Through moderate exercise that includes strength training, the motor functions will keep working properly, the chance of falling decreases, and the confidence to perform tasks remains and increases. Strength training of some type can also help increase the metabolism and aid in controlling body weight gains in later life.

The benefits of exercise are numerous. Moderate exercise not only can slow down the ageing process, it can also help to relieve some of the problems that are commonly associated with getting older, including:

  • Relieving insomnia
  • Relieving back and joint pain
  • Reliving stress and tension
  • Increasing sociability
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Increasing muscle tone
  • Maintaining a healthy weight or helping in healthy weight loss

Exercise does not have to be scary or painful. It can be fun, and can provide many benefits beyond physical health. In addition to helping you age gracefully, it helps you keep your independence, helps you to maintain a high quality of life, gives you more self-confidence to do anything, and it can be a great social outlet. While growing older is scary, the fears can be diminished a bit by taking control of your life and body, and naturally slowing down the aging process through moderate exercise and strength training. It is never too late to start!

Aging and Exercise

Our thinking on the impact of exercise on aging has begun to change. It looks like exercise may do more for your body than simply keep it fit and keep the weight off. In fact, most of the places (called blue zones) where people live longer and healthier lives than average have some component of exercise in their daily lives. Studies have shown that the telomere length (a measure of a cell’s age) is longer in twins who exercise compared to twins who do not. Further, we know that exercise is linked to longer life expectancies. In other words, exercise may have its own anti-aging effect. In addition to keeping everybody fit, exercise can slow the aging process in your body.

There are some easy exercise tips you can do every day to help yourself get where you want to be. I’m sure most of us have heard that we should park at the end of the parking lot and walk, or to take the stairs instead of an elevator. These are great tips. They force us to exert ourselves where we might have otherwise taken the easy way. By putting ourselves in a position to choose the more physical route we are giving ourselves an edge over our health. You don’t need a gym membership, a set of weights, or the latest Brazilian super workout DVD series to get into better shape. Just get out and walk. Of exercises known, walking is among the healthiest.

Make sure you get all the good nutrition your body needs. That means vegetables and fruit high in antioxidants, polyphenols and of course fiber. Juicing is a great way to get nutrients. Remember the maxim, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” It’s pretty accurate. It turns out that apples are massively high in beneficial antioxidants which protect the cells of your body from premature destruction.

Drink plenty of water, limit your alcohol and forget the soda pop and packaged juices. Six to eight glasses of water per day will hydrate you, improve your skin, enhance digestion, aid elimination, and help your body to rid itself of accumulated toxins. So when you’re thirsty, drink water.

Remember, exercise is not something that you accomplish in a short period of time. Instead, exercise is a lifestyle. When you are physically fit, you have more strength, energy, endurance and overall vitality. Being fit enhances mood and reduces mental fog.

Following easy exercise tips like these will make your whole fitness routine go better because you are building a healthier foundation everyday by the choices you make. Being healthy is a lifestyle built on many small choices. It’s all up to us. The nice thing is, it can be easy as pie.

Research study shows how Vivix activates Nrf2 anti-aging gene

Nowadays we all are bombarded with ways to eat healthy and live longer. What if there was a real and tangible way that can be accomplished inside our bodies? Eating right and exercise are important in staying healthy but there is something that goes right along with healthy living.

The preliminary release of an independent study of how Vivix activates the Nrf2 anti-aging gene and fights high fat diets and stressful lives demonstrates the effectiveness of Vivix, an anti-cellular aging tonic. It would be best to let the good Dr Chaney’s analysis stand by itself. This is a study of Vivix by scientists outside of the company that makes it. What they found is astounding, and I think the information is better served by allowing it to speak for itself.

Dr. Chaney Vivix study and Nrf2!

Many of you have been asking when you will hear about Shaklee’s clinical studies with Vivix. Your wait is over.

At their August 2009 global conference in St. Louis Missouri Shaklee released some results from one of their key clinical studies on Vivix. This was a randomized, placebo controlled clinical study, the most rigorous kind of clinical study. It was also an independent study performed not by Shaklee, but by scientists at State University of New York at Buffalo.

A clinical study published in The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that key ingredients in Vivix blocked a key marker of biological stress response after the consumption of a high-fat fast food breakfast totaling 930 calories

In short, this was the real deal!  In this study, a group of volunteers consumed a 910 calorie breakfast from Burger King. One half of the group took Vivix immediately after breakfast and the other half took a placebo. For the group consuming Vivix a key genetic regulator of longevity called Nrf2 (pronounced Nerf 2) increased dramatically within the first 3 hours after the meal. For the placebo group Nrf2 levels actually declined.

If you are feeling a bit under whelmed at the moment,  it’s probably because this is the kind of study that needs a bit of additional explanation before you can  fully appreciate it. Let’s start with the breakfast, which I have somewhat jokingly referred to as the “breakfast of champions”.

You see that Burger King Breakfast is loaded with the wrong kinds of fat – saturated fat & trans-fat. That’s the kind of fat that clogs your arteries.  Not only does it clog your arteries, but it also causes your arteries to contract dramatically right after the meal. If those arteries are already clogged from previous high fat meals…You guessed it…It can trigger a heart attack or stroke.

If you’re lucky it could mean a trip to the emergency room. But, the most frequent symptom of heart disease is sudden death – often triggered by that fat laden “Happy Meal”, If you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor”  And it isn’t just Burger King. Almost any fast food meal will do.

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about the protective effects of antioxidants.

In fact, you may have heard about previous clinical studies showing that supplementation with vitamin E or other antioxidants immediately after the “Happy Meal” can prevent that narrowing of the arteries and perhaps save you from that trip to the emergency room.

You might be asking “What does that have to do with Nrf2 and Vivix?” Be patient, I’m getting there. You see when we are young; a “Happy Meal” will trigger an increase in Nrf2 which in turn increases production of our body’s own antioxidant defense mechanisms. Nrf2 also triggers our detoxification pathways so that we can get rid of all of the artificial food additives and preservatives in that “Happy Meal”.

Key ingredients in Vivix significantly increased mitochondria- the cellular power plants that produce energy.

Nrf2 triggers our immune balance pathways (high fat meals depress the immune system and can also cause inflammatory and autoimmune responses).  Finally, Nrf2 triggers our anti-stress pathways (high fat meals trigger cortisol production, which can accelerate the aging process) and much, much more.

But when we get older, Nrf2 is no longer triggered by those high fat meals and we lose our natural protective mechanisms. When that happens the aging process, and our risk of heart attack or stroke, is increased by every high fat meal that we consume.

By now you are probably starting to understand why the ability of Vivix to activate the Nrf2 gene is such a big deal. But, I don’t want you to think of Vivix as simply an antidote to a bad diet. You see Vivix turns on Nrf2 whether you are consuming a high fat meal or not.

Just think how much more beneficial it will be to keep  your natural antioxidant defense mechanisms, your detoxification systems, your immune system, and your  anti-stress systems in tip top shape without wasting  those resources having to compensate for the effects of a bad diet.

So let me summarize what this study shows:

  • Vivix activates the Nrf2 gene, which is a master regulator of longevity.
  • This shows that the dosage of resveratrol and ellagic acid in Vivix is appropriate
  • That those beneficial polyphenols get into your bloodstream (they are bioavailable) and that they have their intended anti- aging benefits.
  • In short the study shows that Vivix works in real people like you & me.
  • Nrf2, in turn, activates the body’s antioxidant defense mechanisms, detoxification mechanisms, immunebalancing mechanisms and anti-stress mechanisms. These are all mechanisms that slow down cellular aging and reduce the risk of degenerative diseases.
  • Vivix can reduce the damage caused by a high fat diet, but will be even more effective at slowing the aging process if used along with a good diet and a lifestyle that includes weight control and exercise.

The study actually shows much more than this, but Shaklee can’t release the other data until the manuscript has been accepted for publication. So stay tuned for even more exciting results in the future.

 To your health!

Dr. Stephen Chaney, PhD

Demonstrated in multiple clinical and laboratory studies to improve cell defense, cell energy, cell repair, and cell performance

  • All natural–no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives
  • Ingredients that are 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging
  • Delivers a broad spectrum of over 15 polyphenols – including ellagic acid, one of nature’s most potent antioxidants
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