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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Are We Living Longer but Less Healthfully?

The 21st centuries is witnessing an increased life expectancy as well as a huge increase in modern diseases. While medicines help to extend lifespan, individuals now have to face the ravages of aging for a longer time. Ultimately, we lead a poorer quality of life, even though we are living longer.

One main disease: Two causes
All diseases can be traced back to cellular dysfunction, which are caused by:

1Deficiency of needed nutrients- Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Fatty Acids and Phytonutrients

The modern diet of processed and refined food is laden with sugar, fats and chemicals but lacking in essential nutrients. Even though most of us have enough to eat, the odds are we’re not getting sufficient amounts of essential nutrients that our bodies need to perform optimally.

2 Toxicity from exposure to polluted air, water and foods
Environmental pollution, bad lifestyle habits, processed and oily food all add unnecessary chemicals and metals that interfere with enzymes and cell functions. They are all toxic to our body and these toxins initiate free radical problems that at the end create damage to our body cells. A free radical is essentially a reactive atom or molecule that has an unpaired electron. These unstable molecules then attack and steal another cell’s electrons in order to achieve stability; resulting in an unchecked chain reaction that alters our internal cell structures.

Free radicals arise normally during metabolism. Sometimes our immune system’s cell purposely creates them to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors like those mentioned above will spawn free radicals. Too many free radicals in the body will eventually kill cells. An increasing amount of research has shown that excessive free radicals are related to most chronic illnesses and diseases like premature aging, fatigue, declining mental functions, cardiovascular problems and even cancers.

6 comments:

Dr.Rutledge said...

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Good health!
Geoff
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Geoffrey W. Rutledge, MD, PhD
http://medblog.wellsphere.com

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Ed Pudol said...

I don't believe that we live longer if we live less healthy. We must live healthy to live longer.




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HI

I think our environment is not better for health.


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Winfred said...

It is absolutely right that we are living longer but with an unhealthy life..This is one of the results of advanced science and technology..

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