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The Truth About The “Longevity Gene” (DOCTOR THOUGHTS!)

You don’t want to die sooner than you have to. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering how to live a longer, happier, healthier life. A life in which you’re able to see your kids, even grandkids, graduate high school, graduate college, get married and create beautiful wonderful families of their own which you can engage in and enjoy for the rest of your life. Sometimes you make small choices, and you do not understand how it can change the entire trajectory of your life moving forward. Today, let’s talk about longevity genes.

an elderly couple at the beach jumping with arms and legs stretched out

There are many theories about aging, but what research has shown is that there are three important parts of the DNA which control aging and longevity. Most of our DNA codes for proteins, but these three enzymes change how the DNA responds to our environment in terms of longevity and aging. They don’t control or create new proteins. They tell the rest of our genes and the rest of our DNA, what to do.

There are two pathways when it comes to every cell in the body: growth and reproduction, or protection and maintenance. Growth and reproduction means that cells are replicating again and again to create new cells. With protection and maintenance, the cells are not replicating, reproducing, nor growing. They’re just maintaining the status quo. The three enzymes we’re going to talk about are responsible for which pathway a cell takes, and thus whether it ages or stays young.

The 3 Enzymes That Help Longevity

1. Telomerase

graphic of hedges sculpted in shape of DNA telomeres

Every time a cell divides, the ends of the DNA (telomeres) shorten a little bit. The shorter telomeres become, the more likely that cell is to age. Telomerase is an enzyme which helps to keep those telomeres long. Studies have shown that over-expression of telomerase can increase lifespan by 30%, and under-expression can decrease lifespan by 50%.

Every cell in your body has a limit of about 50 to 60 divisions before the telomeres become too short.

If we’re able to keep the telomeres long through encouraging greater activity of telomerase, then we are able to keep our cells (and thus, ourselves) young.

2. Sirtuin

Sirtuin is the determinant gene that decides if your cells are going to go down the path of growth and reproduction or protection and maintenance. If we are able to regulate/increase sirtuin enzymes, we can push our cells towards protection and maintenance, anti-aging and longevity.

3. TOR

TOR is known to push our entire DNA into growth and reproduction. If we can decrease the activity of the TOR enzyme, we can slow the aging process.

How Can We Influence These 3 Longevity Enzymes?

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Researchers have shown that a number of natural compounds, botanical agents, can increase telomerase, increase sirtuin, and decrease TOR.

Substances like resveratrol, Terminalia, Astragalus, purslane, Ashwagandha, ginseng, astatine, Cordyceps, pterostilbene etc. can all help. We’ve actually developed an important powerful supplement called Longevity Activator, where we include these agents, plus others, that can influence these three genetic genes so that we encourage protection and maintenance, and discourage growth and reproduction.

Want more secrets to living longer? Learn about 3 longevity superfoods that could actually help you add on years!


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How To Reduce Chronic Inflammation (MASTER-TIP!)

If you’ve watched any network news channel over the past few years, you know that scientists and researchers have attributed chronic disease with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation contributes to most of the modern day maladies or ailments, including Alzheimer’s, mood disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, the list goes on and on. You need to control chronic inflammation if you want to prevent, if not reverse, some of these chronic ailments.

What Contributes to Chronic Inflammation?

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Simply put, one of the most contributing factors to chronic inflammation is a simple three-letter word: fat. Controlling the amount of fat in your body is a way to reduce chronic inflammation in your body. There are a few different types of fats in your body to look out for.

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Firstly, the visible fats you can see in the mirror. We used to think that fat cells were just an inner, benign reservoir to store extra calories. They looked a bit unseemly and gross in a mirror, but they were generally there to store energy. Research has actually shown that this is not true, and that these fat cells are actually active organs. Fat cells produce over 80 different types of proteins and other highly active chemicals that promote inflammation in your body. The good news is, when you lose weight and the visible fat you see in the mirror disappears, you can curb the inflammation happening in your body.

graphic of fat cells and its membranes

Secondly, you also need to be aware of the fats that you can’t actually see. Every cell in your body has a membrane, and within that membrane is a type of fatty acid called “arachidonic acid”. Arachidonic acid is meant to protect us, but it can go overboard and promote inflammation. Arachidonic acid produces a series of chemicals in the body called “prostaglandins” and “leukotrienes”. Some of these chemicals are anti-inflammatory, but there are pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes too.

Here’s the secret: If you are consuming adequate healthy amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, then the type of prostaglandins and leukotrienes produced in your body are anti-inflammatory rather than pro-inflammatory. As long as you eat these healthy fats, you can lower the level of pro-inflammatory chemicals in your body.

How to Reduce Chronic Inflammation

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One of the best ways to reduce chronic inflammation is to eat foods high in essential fatty acids. These include:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts like walnuts, almonds, pistachios
  • Chia seeds and flax seeds
  • Olives
  • Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies
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By including these healthy fatty foods in your daily diet, you’ll change the pathway of how arachidonic acid is broken down, and can change the parameters of inflammation in your body.

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We’ve actually created a program to help with weight loss, and a supplement to help with weight loss, called Trim-14. You can check them out to use as a weight loss option. We’ve also developed an essential fatty acid, Omega-3, 7, 9 + krill oil supplement, that contains high amounts of the essential fatty acids plus krill oil which helps with more effective absorption.

As always, we would love to hear from you! Let us know what your favorite type of healthy fatty food is, and how you manage chronic inflammation. Let us know what works for you or what doesn’t in the comments below so that together, we can win the battle with chronic inflammation.


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3 Forgotten Adaptogens For All Day Energy (WORKS FAST!)

3 Forgotten Adaptogens For All Day Energy (WORKS FAST!)

Feeling lethargic? Are you looking for healthy ways to get an energy boost? We’ll be revealing three forgotten adaptogen herbs that you can use for all-day energy, improved stamina, and improved concentration.

What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are natural agents (typically herbs) that people, societies, and civilizations have been using for thousands of years to help with energy levels, stamina, and longevity.

We’ll be listing three adaptogens that aren’t utilized as much here in the United States, but are found in three different locations around the planet.

The 3 Forgotten Adaptogen Herbs

1. Withania (Ashwagandha)

ashwagandha plant growing outdoorsThe first adaptogen herb is Withania, originating from East India. It’s also commonly known as Ashwagandha. It is used to help memory, stress, insomnia, immune function, pain, aging, infertility in both males and females, and anxiety. It seems to work on our neurotransmitters dopamine, dopamine receptors, GABA, GABA receptors, adrenal function, as well as the thyroid.

 

2. Rhodiola (Siberian Ginseng)

siberian ginseng growing outdoorsThe second herb is Rhodiola from Siberia, also known as Siberian Ginseng. This also seems to work on dopamine and dopamine receptors in the brain, and helps with serotonin levels as well. Studies have shown that it helps energy, stamina, strength, mental capacity, athletic performance, and athletic recovery after a workout. It’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has also been studied in diabetes.

 

3. Chisandra

schisandra plant outdoorsThe third herb is Chisandra from China. Chisandra helps reduce stress, increase energy, and improve endurance. It helps with liver function, hepatitis, PMS, anxiety, and blood pressure concentration. It has also been shown to have anti-viral activity.

 

 

 

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We’ve actually worked with some researchers and a pharmacist to create a supplement containing these three herbs, plus other powerful adaptogen herbs. It’s called Meditation in a Bottle, and we challenge you to try it out and see what a difference it makes!

 

 

 

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What Positive Benefit Could Drinking Lemon Water Daily Have

What Positive Benefit Could Drinking Lemon Water Daily Have (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

Fads come and go — that is the definition of a fad. In medieval times, it was about putting leeches on your body to suck out bad blood and poisons. Recent health fads include taking placenta pills, doing oxygen injections, hot pants that women and men wear to reduce fat in certain areas, daily juicing, apple cider vinegar, e-cigarettes, and of course fad diet, upon fat diet, upon fad diet.

With so many health fads inundating the internet nowadays, it’s hard to know which to follow and which to ignore. One that has its merits according to science, is drinking lemon juice daily.

Benefits of drinking lemon water

two glasses of water with lemon slices in it

There’s no science supporting the claim that e-cigarettes are better than regular cigarettes. Nor that oxygen injections work, that placenta pills boost your immune system, or that hot pants can systematically target certain areas to help you lose weight. There’s no science showing colonics, juicing, or apple cider vinegar are helpful. However, in our research, drinking lemon water every day may have some benefit. Here are some benefits of drinking lemon water:

  1. High in vitamin C. We know that lemons are high in vitamin C, which is a boost for immune health.
  2. Detox and helps digestion. We know that taking lemon water can help with detoxification of the liver and digestive health.
  3. Anti-inflammatory. We also know that it can be anti-inflammatory, and help with inflammatory issues like joint pain. Lemons are also high in antioxidants and may in fact help with kidney stones.
  4. Hydration. Drinking water improves hydration, but some people simply don’t like the taste of water. So adding lemon into your water can help with the flavour and hydration.

There are a couple of myths about lemon water alkalizing the body — that’s just not true.

glass of water with lemon inside on a wooden board with other lemons around and a grater

Keeping homeostasis in the body means needing keep a very narrow PH in the blood and cells. So taking in lemon water does basically nothing to alkalize the body. It has no effect in treating cancer and no effect in increasing IQ levels. No study has shown that drinking lemon water improves the outcomes of a weight loss regimen either. Now, drinking water can attribute to these effects, but the addition of lemon to the water has no proportional positive effect.

Tips for drinking lemon water

Now, a couple of keys about drinking lemon water:

teacup with water inside and a wedge of lemon
  • Drink your lemon water warm.
  • It’s best to do it on an empty stomach, say first thing in the morning or before meals. It’s not as effective if you take it with a meal, or after a meal.
  • Make sure that you rinse your mouth with pure water after consuming the lemon water. Lemons are acidic and over time with chronic use they can start to break down the enamel of the teeth. So doing a simple rinse with pure water after consuming lemon water is an important step to maintaining dental health.

Do you practice drinking lemon water daily? Has it worked for you? I would love to hear your feedback and how lemon water has or has not helped you. Leave your comments below!


Dr. Ryan Shelton of zenith labs

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The Best Foods to eat for high blood pressure

The Best Foods to Eat For High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is one of the most silent, deadliest killers that afflicts modern society. If you struggle with high blood pressure, read on to learn about the best foods to eat for high blood pressure.

Patients on high blood pressure medications may experience side effects such as coughs, headaches, and erectile dysfunction. Controlling your diet could help control your blood pressure naturally.

High Blood Pressure Diets

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In the early 90s, researchers, physicians, and scientists wanted to know what type of diet contributed to high blood pressure and what kind of diet could reverse high blood pressure. After all, no one really wants to be on medications that can cause dangerous side effects. So, they developed something called the DASH diet: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Originally, the DASH diet was thought to be an effective diet for high blood pressure because of low sodium or low salt intake. Now, we know that the DASH diet is actually helpful because it’s high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean meats, and low in fat dairy products and fatty meats (which are contributors to high blood pressure). Processed foods are also not allowed on the DASH diet.

Sheet of paper with Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan information, with wedges of grapefruit and a pink measuring tape around it

Other diets have shown similar results for helping with high blood pressure. For example, the Mediterranean Diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seafoods and berries. We looked at both the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet to see what they had in common to be able to develop the best diet for reversing/resolving high blood pressure. It came down to something called the “dietary inflammatory index”, which promotes inflammation that we have to curb if we want to reduce high blood pressure.

Here’s what all these diets had in common: They were high in potassium, magnesium, and the essential fatty acids Omega-3, Omega-7, and Omega-9. You should try to include these components in your high blood pressure diet.

The Best Diet and Foods to Reduce High Blood Pressure

If you want to reduce high blood pressure through the foods you eat and your general diet, here are some tips that you should follow daily.

What you should eat:

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  • 4-6 servings of fruits and vegetables. Beets, sweet potatoes, bananas, and avocados are especially important because they are high in potassium and magnesium.
  • 4-6 servings of legumes or beans.
  • 1-2 servings of nuts and seeds.
  • 2-3 servings of seafood or healthy fish with omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Include coronary herbs to your meals. These include garlic, ginger, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.

What you shouldn’t eat:

different breads, pastries, and baked goods
  • Restrict yeast products and baked goods.
  • Eliminate all processed foods. These tend to be high in sodium and salt.
  • Limit fatty meats to 2-3 times a week. Try to incorporate more lean meats such as poultry and grass-fed beef or seafood into your diet.

Changing your diet can help you manage your high blood pressure better, and even come off medications that cause terrible side effects.

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There are a couple of supplements available that can help reduce blood pressure tremendously: BP Zone and Omega 3-7-9 + Krill fatty acid. You can reduce blood pressure a number of ways, but it all starts with your diet and using food as natural antidotes to your body’s ailments.

We want to know if you’re struggling with high blood pressure, how your diet impacts you, and what you’re using to manage your high blood pressure, so do write to us in the comments below. We’re on this journey with you.


Dr. Ryan Shelton of Zenith Labs

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3 Longevity Superfoods to Help You Live a Longer Life

Do you want to live a longer, healthier, happier life? We’re going to reveal three food groups that are really important for promoting health, longevity, and anti-aging.

3 Superfoods For A Longer Life

1. Berries

different types of berries such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries etc.

All types of berries are amazing longevity superfoods, whether they be blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries etc. Those bright colors in berries are packed full of antioxidants and proanthocyanidins that can help fight the aging process. Eat at least a couple of servings of berries every single day.

2. Cruciferous vegetables

different types of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale in a wooden bowl

Also known as the brassica family of vegetables, cruciferous vegetables include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choi, broccoli, mustard greens, and kale. These are superfoods, not only to help the liver to detox from the ubiquitous environmental toxins that we’re all exposed to, but they also help to keep your DNA telomeres long and to prevent the aging process.

3. Nuts and seeds

top down shot of different nuts and seeds on a wooden table

This one may surprise you but nuts and seeds contain incredible amounts of essential fatty acids (like Omega-3 fatty acid), and are also really high in minerals. Many Americans are deficient in minerals like calcium, zinc, and magnesium, and eating at least a couple of servings of nuts or seeds each day could help you get your daily required intake. You could have walnuts, almonds or pistachios as a snack, mix flax seed in your breakfast oatmeal, or sprinkle chia seeds over yogurt.

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We’ve actually created a couple of supplements to help with longevity. The first is called Pure Greens. It is a power-packed green powder that you mix with water or juice which contains super high concentrations of berries, cruciferous vegetables, and extracts from nuts and seeds. We’ve also created an anti-aging supplement called Longevity Activator, which is a daily supplement you can take to change the pathway of your DNA and genes.

If you have any questions or comments about the anti-aging process, please get in touch with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you about the techniques and tools you use to stay young, and what you do to lead a healthy, happy life.

Want more longevity tips and tricks? Check out Dr. Shelton’s Favorite Anti-Aging Tip here!


Dr. Ryan Shelton of zenith labs

If you liked this video/article, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

The Exercise to lower blood pressure that will surprise you (DO DAILY!)

The Exercise to Lower Blood Pressure That Will Surprise You (DO DAILY!)

Did you know that estimates from a recent study from Harvard University show that nearly 950 million people worldwide struggle with high blood pressure and the negative consequences that come along with it? The number varies from country to country but in America, it’s somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of the population. In some countries, as much as 50% of the population struggles with high blood pressure. If you’re one of those individuals, you might want to try doing this exercise consistently to help manage your blood pressure.

The Benefits of Breathing Exercises on Blood Pressure

diagram of a human skeletal, muscular, and nervous system

The parasympathetic nervous system is controlled by something called the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve basically controls everything from the neck down. It controls most of the processes that we don’t have to think about. It controls heartbeat, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and digestion. Having more control of your vagus nerve can help you take more control over reducing your blood pressure, anxiety, asthma symptoms etc. Deep breathing exercises are actually one way of doing this.

Deep breathing exercises can actually help you take hold of your vagus nerve and help with issues like high blood pressure, asthma, anxiety, diabetes, stress, and help improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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A study done at the Julliard School of Music showed that musicians who implemented deep breathing exercises for 10-15 minutes a day had reduced stress and sympathetic nervous activity than another group who didn’t practice deep breathing exercises. They had lower blood pressure, incidences of asthma, and reduced abdominal pains and anxiety. They were also more calm, confident, and generally performed better. The musicians who practiced deep breathing exercises had more hold over their vagus nerve than those who did not.

a plastic heart lying on top of a blood pressure pump

Another research study done on a group of Zen practitioners showed that there were changes in blood pressure, heart rate, asthma, abdominal pain, proinflammatory cytokines and chemicals throughout the body and mental focus for 24 hours after just a 10 – 15 minute episode of deep breathing exercises. And when they continued this every day for a week, two weeks, a month, and two months, those effects compounded. They showed that the effects lasted not for just 24 hours, but 36 to 72 hours. Additionally, blood pressure, heart rate, asthma symptoms, abdominal pain, and proinflammatory cytokines all improved.

There are three important muscle groups that control respiration:

diagram showing the human diaphragm position in the human body
  1. Diaphragm: This is a big important muscle that is domed underneath the rib cage. Most of us do not utilize this muscle.
  2. Intercostal muscles: These are small muscles between the ribs. Some of us use these muscles.
  3. Scalene muscles: Most of us only use this third group of muscles which basically lifts the rib cage up to the head and neck area.

If you exercise the diaphragm through deep breathing exercises and then expand the chest out using those intercostal muscles and then rise the chest up towards the neck and the head, you can strengthen those muscles so that unconsciously when you’re not thinking about it, they’re stronger and bringing in more breath for you with every inhale.

10 and 8 Breathing Technique

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If you’re thinking about trying some deep breathing techniques, here’s an easy one to get you started. All you need to do is practice this for 10-15 minutes a day to grab hold of that unconscious vagus nerve effect.

  1. Inhale for about 10 seconds.
  2. Hold for 1-2 seconds.
  3. Then, slowly exhale for 8 seconds.

If you are one of those individuals that struggles with high blood pressure, implementing this breathing exercise every day can make a significant impact in your blood pressure. You don’t have to spend money at a gym to do this and all you need is 10 to 15 minutes a day. It just needs to be done and performed consistently, and it can make significant reductions to your blood pressure and help with a number of other health conditions. We’ve also developed a supplement called BP Zone, which can also reduce significantly your blood pressure.


Dr. Ryan Shelton, NMD

If you liked this video/article, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere‘, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

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