By Peter Ragnar, EnlightenNext
While the hands of the clock spin the same for all, not all of us age the same. I’ve often said, “Time is not toxic.” “Outrageous!” you may retort. “Look at your face and body a decade from now and say the same thing!” But what is often overlooked is that negative aging is nothing but physical deterioration. This basically means you’ve got to get sick before you can die, and to get sick, you’ve got to deprive your body of its essential elements of life. And this deprivation must begin long in advance of the onset of illness.
This loss is much like today’s modern farming practices, which deprive the soil of needed minerals and organic matter. In essence, it’s not farming but mining. While debate rages over what essential elements are most important, anti-aging medicine and theoretical gerontology agree that the rapid decline of anabolic hormones is a leading cause in the development of old age.
Stress, as an example, is catabolic. When stress hormones prevail, cell proliferation and tissue growth are retarded. A cell cannot defend itself and grow at the same time. One process must prevail, and environmental conditions must match as well. By that I mean you cannot physically prosper under the burden of oversecretion of stress hormones. As one small example, look at how rapidly our presidents age after just a few years in office.
In fact, age-related changes do not occur at the same rate or intensity in all individuals. There’s an exciting new book on the market, The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner, that explores pockets of longevity and youthfulness around the world–places where folks live as if they are ageless. When we observe the similarities, we find common threads among them: relaxed lifestyle, fresh air, exercise, and healthy food. It’s an obvious contradiction to our harried, stressed lifestyles, with stale indoor air, lethargic habits, and fast food. We do not all age at the same rate simply because the clock ticks. Time is not toxic.