Archive for April 1, 2012

INSULIN- THE DEATH HORMONE……OR IS IT??
BY: JASON CROCE
    ONE OF THE MOST FRIGHTENING THINGS I SEE WHEN I LOOK AT SOCIETY AS A WHOLE IS THE GROWING NUMBER OF INSULIN RELATED HEALTH ISSUES.  WHAT’S WORSE IS OUR FUTURE GENERATION WHICH ONCE WAS HEALTHY, ATHLETIC, STRAPPING YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE NOW HUNCHBACK, POTBELLIED, OUTTA SHAPE FUTURE LEADERS OF AMERICA.  FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A CENTURY  LIFE EXPECTANCY IS ON THE DECLINE.  IF THAT DOESN’T SCARE YOU ENOUGH CONSIDER THIS  DIABETES, OBESITY, HEART DISEASE, HYPERTENSION, ALMOST ALL TYPES OF CANCER ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER INSULIN RELATED HEALTH PROBLEM ARE SKYROCKETING AT AN ALARMING RATE.  YES, I AM BEING RATHER BLUNT BUT SOMETIMES IT TAKES TUFF LOVE TO OPEN PEOPLES EYES. I BELIEVE IT’S NOT INSULIN, RATHER LACK OF UNDERSTANDING HOW TO CONTROL INSULIN THAT IS KILLING AMERICA.  WHAT I WANT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH IS THE HOW’S, WHAT’S, AND THE WHY’S OF UNDERSTANDING INSULIN, IT’S FUNCTION, AND HOW TO CONTROL IT THROUGH FOOD AND SUPPLEMENTATION.
    I FIRST WANT TO DISCUSS GLYCATION, A SUBJECT THAT I HEAR VERY LITTLE ABOUT IN THE FITNESS/ BODYBUILDING WORLD BUT DOES GETS SOME PRESS TIME IN THE ANTI-AGING/ LONGEVITY ARENA.  IT’S INEVITABLE THAT THE PROCESS OF GLYCATION WILL ULTIMATELY OCCUR IN EVERYBODY THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE, SOME MORE OFTEN THAN OTHERS IN FACT IT MAY BE HAPPENING AS YOU READ THIS.  GLYCATION IS THE RESULT OF A SERIES OF PROCESSES THAT CAUSES DAMAGE TO THE CELLS BY A SUGAR MOLECULE BONDING TO A PROTEIN OR LIPID MOLECULE WITHOUT THE CONTROLLING ACTION OF AN ENZYME.  BASICALLY IT’S THE DAMAGE YOUR CELLS ENDURE BY HAVING CONSTANTLY ELEVATED BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS.  IT APPEARS THAT OF THE 3 SUGARS, FRUCTOSE AND GALACTOSE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 10 TIMES THE GLYCATION ACTIVITY AS GLUCOSE, THE PRIMARY BODY FUEL.  GLYCATION IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE EVOLUTION OF MOLECULES THROUGH A COMPLEX SERIES OF SLOW REACTION’S LEADING TO ADVANCED GLYCATION END-PRODUCTS (AGE’S).  SOME AGE’S ARE BENIGN, AND SOME MORE REACTIVE AND CAN BE IMPLICATED IN MANY AGE RELATED CHRONIC ILLNESSES SUCH AS: TYPE 1AND 2 DIABETES (BETA CELL DAMAGE), CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, CANCER, PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY, DEAFNESS, AND BLINDNESS.    IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A SUGAR MOLECULE COULD BE SO DETRIMENTAL TO THE BODY AS A WHOLE.  THE REASON GLYCATION HAS THE ABILITY TO EFFECT SUCH A WIDE RANGE OF DISEASES IS THE RESULT OF THE VERY BASIC LEVEL AT WHICH GLYCATION’S INTERFERE WITH MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR FUNCTIONING THROUGHOUT THE BODY.  KEEPING THE BODY HEALTHY FROM A CELLULAR LEVEL SHOULD BE THE CORNERSTONE OF LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
    I WANT TO TAKE MOMENT TO EXPLAIN THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THAT TRANSPIRES THROUGH THE COURSE  OF EATING FOOD TO THAT SAME FOOD BECOMING THE ENERGY THAT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO PERFORM AT OUR VERY BEST.  FIRST ,YOU EAT A MEAL CONSISTING OF PROTEINS, FATS, AND CARBS.  THE CARBOHYDRATES ARE BROKEN DOWN INTO SUGARS CALLED GLUCOSE WHICH ENTERS THE BLOODSTREAM THROUGH THE SMALL INTESTINES.  AS BLOOD GLUCOSE RISES, INSULIN IS RELEASED BY THE PANCREAS TO DISPERSE THE GLUCOSE.  THE CELLS HAVE INSULIN RECEPTORS POSITIONED SO THAT INSULIN CAN BIND TO THEM FACILITATING GLUCOSE ENTRY AND UTILIZATION IN THE CELLS.  ONCE INSIDE THE CELLS, GLUCOSE IS BURNED TO PRODUCE HEAT AND ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE (ATP), A MOLECULE THAT STORES AND RELEASES ENTRY AS REQUIRED BY THE CELL.  AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME IF CARBOHYDRATES ARE NOT RE-INTRODUCED INTO THE BODY THE PANCREAS WILL MANUFACTURE A HORMONE CALLED GLUCAGON.  THE PANCREAS RELEASES GLUCAGON WHEN INSULIN LEVELS ARE LOW TO CONVERT AMINO ACIDS INTO GLYCOGEN.  IT’S REALLY THAT SIMPLE PEOPLE.  MAINTAINING A HEALTHY DIET CONSISTING OF COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES, ESSENTIAL FATS, AND LEAN PROTEINS EATEN AT CONSISTENT INTERVALS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  COMBINED WITH RESISTANCE TRAINING AS WELL AS CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE CAN IMPROVE INSULIN EFFICIENCY GIVING THE GLYCOGEN WE EAT A PLACE TO STORE.  
    I’M NOT JUST WRITING ABOUT THIS TOPIC BECAUSE I WANT A PLATFORM TO GIVE MY OPINION ON WHY AMERICA IS THE MOST OUT OF SHAPE AND OBESE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.  NO, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT IF YOUR NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION YOUR PART OF THE PROBLEM.  WHILE I UNDERSTAND THAT NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY EAT OR START EXERCISING MORE OFTEN,  I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT A COUPLE OF SUPPLEMENTS THAT CAN TRULY HAVE DRAMATIC AFFECTS ON CONTROLLING INSULIN LEVELS.  I CAN SAY THIS WITH CONFIDENCE BECAUSE I’VE SEEN THE BENEFITS FIRST HAND.  OVER THE YEARS I HAVE DONE NUMEROUS EXPERIMENTS ON MYSELF USING A GLUCOMETER  TO MONITOR THE EFFECTS THAT ALL KINDS OF FOODS HAVE ON BLOOD SUGAR WITH AND WITHOUT A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SUPPLEMENTS.  ALONG WITH HANDS ON EXPERIMENTS I HAVE ALSO COMPILED A BOAT LOAD OF RESEARCH TO FURTHER CONFIRM MY SAME FINDINGS THAT SUPPLEMENTATION WITH CHROMIUM POLYNICOTINATE AND VANADYL SULFATE CAN PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE REDUCTION OF BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS.   CHROMIUM IS A CO-FACTOR OF INSULIN, STUDIES SHOW SUPPLEMENTATION WITH CHROMIUM ALLOWS THE INSULIN THAT THE PANCREAS DOES PRODUCE TO BE USED IN THE MOST EFFICIENT MANNER POSSIBLE.  NIACIN BOUND CHROME AKA CHROMIUM POLYNICOTINATE IS SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHER FORMS OF CHROMIUM.  NIACIN BOUND CHROME HAS ZERO TOXICITY EVEN IN HIGH DOSES.  IT HAS A 600% GREATER BIO-AVAILABILITY THAN CHROMIUM CHLORIDE AND IS 300% BETTER THAN CHROMIUM PICOLINATE.  ADDITIONAL CLINICAL TRIALS HAVE SHOWN CHROMIUM POLYNICOTINATE LOWERS SERUM CHOLESTEROL LEVELS AND IMPROVES HDL(GOOD) CHOLESTEROL, LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE, REDUCES BODY WEIGHT,  INCREASES LEAN BODY MASS AND OF COURSE PROMOTES PROPER INSULIN FUNCTION IN THE BODY.  THE OTHER PART OF THE EQUATION IS VANADYL SULFATE.   VANADYL IS A TRACE MINERAL FOUND IN THE BODY THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO “RE-SENSITIZE” THE MUSCLE RECEPTOR TO ACCEPT GLYCOGEN.  IT’S LIKE TURNING AN OFF SWITCH, ON.  TAKE A DRUG ADDICT FOR EXAMPLE, AFTER AWHILE THE INDIVIDUAL WILL HAVE TO CONSUME MORE OF THE DESIRED DRUG IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A HIGH.  WE AS HUMAN’S EAT FOOD FROM THE TIME WE ARE BORN TILL THE TIME WE DIE.  OVER TIME THE MUSCLE RECEPTOR LOSES IT’S SENSITIVITY TO RECEIVE NUTRIENTS FROM THE BLOODSTREAM.  THIS IS WHERE “RE-SENSITIZING” THE RECEPTOR BECOMES A BETTER SOLUTION THAN EATING MASS AMOUNTS OF FOOD IN ORDER TO RECEIVE COVETED NUTRIENTS NEEDED FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH.  WHEN COMBINING CHROMIUM POLYNICONATE AND VANADYL SULFATE, 1 PLUS 1 NO LONGER EQUALS 2, IT’S MORE LIKE 3 OR 4.  THE RESULTS THAT CHROME AND VANADYL  HAVE ON GLUCOSE DISPOSAL ARE  COMPARABLE TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN MY OPINION.  I HAVE WITNESSED TYPE 2 DIABETICS TAKING GLUCOPHAGE (METFORMIN) CHANGE THEIR DIET, BEGIN EXERCISING, AND START SUPPLEMENTATION WITH VANADYL AND CHROME AND NO LONGER NEED PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.  OF COURSE I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND DO NOT RECOMMEND STARTING ANY SUPPLEMENT REGIMEN WITHOUT SPEAKING WITH A PHYSICIAN.  BOTH VANADYL AND CHROME ARE NATURALLY OCCURRING IN THE BODY.  BY INCLUDING GLUCOSE DISPOSAL AGENTS SUCH AS VANADYL AND CHROMIUM YOU ASSIST THE BODY IN USING INSULIN  EFFICIENTLY.  THEREFORE PUTTING THE LEAST AMOUNT OF STRESS ON THE PANCREAS AS POSSIBLE.  ONE THING ALMOST EVERY LONGEVITY STUDY HAS IS COMMON IS THAT REDUCING THE STRESS PUT ON THE PANCREAS IS CONDUCIVE TO LIVING A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE.  I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THESE 2 SIMPLE MINERALS COULD HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT ON THE HEALTH OF AMERICA AND ADD TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE AROUND THE WORLD,  “PEOPLE DON’T PLAN TO FAIL, THEY FAIL TO PLAN!”

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Long story short….as we age the amount of fluid (mainly H2O) between the Dermis (bottom layer of skin) and the Epidermis (top layer) decrease over time due to Chronological, as well as environmental aging. As the fluid reduction progresses, so does the aging process of the skin. Optimal skin hydration is essential for a number of reasons; for one having an increased amount of surface area between the layers of skin allows for greater circulation, nutrient delivery, waste product removal (free radicals), as well as a faster turn over rate in which new skin cells are regenerated, creating a more full, supple look to the skin itself  thus removing, if not eliminate the signs of wrinkles.
At this point you may be asking yourself, “How can I prevent and/or eliminate the signs of aging and wrinkles with out breaking the bank or going through a 10 step process which just isn’t realistic for the average person?”
GLYCERIN; Being both hygoscopic and hydrophilic by nature gives glycerin the unique ability to draw moisture from the surrounding environment as well as moisture from within the body to hydrate the aforementioned layers of the skin.  Glycerin has countless applications in many forms, for many reasons.  For anti-aging and skin health purposes I’ll be referring only to pure glycerin which can be found in the cosmetic section of most retailers.

Applied topically glycerin acts as a super hydrating emollient and even has anti-microbial properties.  My personal preference is to create a glycerin solution mixed in a travel size spritzer bottle (I recommend using an alkaline water to dilute the glycerin into a solution).  Once you’ve mixed the solution simply spray a light layer of mist over the face and neck and allow it to air dry (it’s not necessary to create a thick greasy layer with the glycerin solution).  Another very affective and important time to use the mixture is after prolonged exposure to the elements such as the sun, wind, arid climates, etc. or anytime rapid skin hydration is a must!

This is very much a “cliff notes” version of skin health and the aging processes that occur, as well as, the measures we each can take to ensure the healthiest, youngest, most vibrant looking skin possible.  None the less give this simple, inexpensive, practical way of optimizing skin hydration a try and you’ll notice a definitive new radiance to your skin for pennies on the dollar compared to the over promising, under delivering products that flood the market daily!!