Why We Gain Weight As We Age

It is widely accepted that the process of aging cannot be traced to a single cause. A number of theories have been proposed to explain the changes observed during aging. In order to be a valid candidate for an explanation of the aging process, the changes proposed by the theory must meet the following criteria: (1) they will commonly occur in all or most humans; (2) as an individual ages, these changes will become more pronounced; and (3) the changes will lead to cellular or organ dysfunction that ultimately cause failure of the organ or system. The following explanations are the most commonly accepted ones for the aging process. Free Radicals. Free radicals are chemical particles that contain an unpaired electron and are extremely reactive. They are produced by aerobic metabolism and by radiation and other environmental agents. Their effects are widespread. They alter or break down the structure of many other molecules in the cell and thus impair their functions. Free radicals react with proteins, which have enzymatic, structural, and control functions. They cause breaks in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and thus alter the information necessary for synthesizing proteins. They cause lipids to stick together, which causes cell membranes to break down. Their effects on carbohydrates are less well documented.

Free radicals are most abundant in the cellular organelles called mitochondria, where oxidative reactions occur. Mitochondrial damage, including damage to mitochondrial DNA, has been proposed as a contributing factor to the aging process. The effects of free radicals are diminished by certain enzymes (super-oxide dismutase and catalase) that interrupt the cycle of reactions that cause their
damage. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E also protect against free radical damage by quenching the reactions. The Effects of Hormones. These chemical messengers normally have well-regulated effects on body tissues and some, such as the Human Growth Hormone (HGH), are responsible for the growth of the individual; however, it has also been documented that HGH also influences muscle and bone density, body fat, sex drive and the immune system. Sadly it has also been documented that one of the triggers the body uses to begin the aging process is a reduction in the product of HGH by the Pituitary gland Changes in the Immune System. Scientist Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw state in their book “Life Extension” that the Thymus (the gland governing the functions of the immune system) shrinks after the body stops growing as the result of the lower production of HGH by the Pituitary gland. A smaller and weaker Thymus may experience two kinds of change as we age, either one of which could contribute to the aging process. First, the immune system may
gradually lose its ability to distinguish cells of the body from foreign cells, resulting in an immune attack on the body itself. Second, the immune system appears to be less able to respond to microbes or foreign molecules, thus rendering the cells of the body more susceptible to the effects of these noxious agents. Based on the above we can say that aging (or decay) is caused by a decrease in the production of critical hormones that lead to weight gain, cellular cross-linking, slower
metabolism and also prevent the immune system from functioning optimally which causes the pollutants and free radicals (now in larger numbers) in our environment to have a greater negative effect on our body and health and
ultimately leads to our deaths. 

Henry S. Lodge, M.D. in his book “Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You’re 80 and Beyond” states that exercises that cause acute muscle trauma trigger the body to produce the necessary nutrients to repair the affected
muscles. Dr. Henry talks about the body having two super highways: 1) The nerve system and 2) The bloodstream. Both systems provide information to the entire body one by passing electrical signals through our nerve network and the other by providing the information in the form of plasma that flows through our body through our bloodstream. Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw in their book “Life
Extension : A Practical Scientific Approach Adding Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years” state that peak output exercises naturally trigger the body to produce HGH and go on to say that “extended-low intensity exercises” after the age of 30 do not trigger the body to produce HGH. These two sources agree that specific types of exercises can trigger the body to produce the hormones needed to repair
and ultimately rejuvenate the body which in time can produce a chronological shift to a younger and healthier you. Pearson and Shaw also state in their book that combining these types of exercises with specific nutrients can magnify the production of HGH. Pearson and Shaw make reference to the semi-essential amino acid L-Arginine as a nutrient that triggers the pituitary gland to produce extra HGH. As the growth cycle slows down the pituitary gland also slows
down the production of HGH and as we age the gland itself goes into a dormant state slowing down even further the production of HGH. Depending on the medical publication you study the HGH production is reduced by either 2 
percent per year after the age of 30 years old or by 50 percent every 10 years after the age of 22; the amount ranges publication to publication but they all agree the production of HGH is reduced as we age and triggers the “decay” process that ultimately leads to our death. However, Durk Person and Sandy Shaw state in their book “Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach Adding Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years” specific exercises and nutrients can trigger the pituitary gland to produce HGH preventing the start of the decay phase as we age. 

With this knowledge I embarked on the development of this program, which was designed to naturally trigger the body to produce the necessary hormones (such as HGH) to slow down, pause, and even reverse the decay phase that begins as we age. If you have the desire to be healthier, look younger, and literately postpone the aging / decay phase of your life cycle, then all you have to do is sacrifice 10 minutes a day and you too can be healthier and younger 10 minutes at a time.