Since the beginning of time humans were searching for the 'fountain of youth.' While there is some truth to the adage "you are only as old as you feel," these are just words that sugar-coat the grim reality that none of us really wants to age and face the changes and physical limitations that come with it. These words apply to our state of mind, but the physical body is an entirely different matter. Some young people act as if they were very old and there are elderly who act very young. In truth, most of us find the prospect of aging rather frightening, hoping that our body and mind will continue to serve us well until we breathe our last breath.
Although we cannot stop or prevent aging, we can slow it down or delay it.
Our genetics were originally 'designed' to provide us with a physical body that should last about 157 years. The harsh living conditions and poor hygine of our ancestors, at a time that life followed daylight, made it difficult for anyone to reach a ripe old age. It all changed with the industrial revolution, and with the invention of electricity in particular. TIME became the new 'ruler.' Life became more efficient, enabling us to get around around faster. Life began to move faster, and faster and faster. We find ourselves having more to do with less time to do it. The mounting pressure is turning into stress. While gravity is our main physical stressor, mental stress affects the function of the physical (and mental) body. Speciffically, stress increases the secretion of adrenaline.
stress + gravity = aging.
We are taught that proper diet, rest and exercise are essential to good health, but this is not necessarily true as far as slowing down the aging process. We cannot do much about gravity. It is an integral component of our existance, but we can negate its effects when we are lying down. It allows our postural muscles to rest and rejuvinate. The key to delaying aging is keeping adrenaline secretion in check, and maintaining the delicate balance between the adrenals and the heart. The easiest way to assess it is by limbic muscle testing (see Articles: Muscle Testing & Pulsing). Adrenaline is made by the adrenal medulla. Prolonged stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, which could be physically debilitating and emotionally depressing.
Adrenaline is to the heart like the accelerator is to an engine. An engine must idle at the proper rpm. So does the heart, which is a muscle that contracts continuously for as long as we are alive. These contractions push blood through the blood vessels and generate energy. Adrenaline controls the strength of the contractions of the heart and also of the voluntary and postural muscles. Forceful contractions wear out the muscles, and the heart in particular, because it never rests. The trick to controlling aging is keeping that energy production and the pumping force the same as they were at the end of a normal healthy puberty. That is also the time when bone density is at is highest. Presently, the only way to evaluate both is with limbic muscle testing.
During the developing years the energy production is twenty percent greater than after puberty. This extra energy is required for our growth and development. This is why children are always "so full of energy." It also enhances their senses of taste and smell, making them finicky eaters.
Most stress is self-inflicted. It is a reflection of how we respond to a set of variables. We turn simple things into challenges, confrontations or contests, all of which increase adrenaline production. Since stress determines how we behave or react it affects those with whom we come in contact. We become aware of stress from the day we are born. Fetuses, neonates, toddlers and children are aware of everything they see, hear, sense taste or feel. It is all stored in their brain as learning anchors. To children (of all ages) the biggest stressors are TIME and EXAMS: the 'foundation' of aging. "Hurry up. We are late." "Not now. We are late." "I'm going to be late because of you." "You are going to make me late."
I wrote 'most stress' because some stress has a metaphysical origin that our conscious mind is unable to identify, but which leads to symptoms we are forced to react to. Physical symptoms are nearly always stressful and bring about an increase in adrenaline pruduction. In my books I introduced the 'List of Sixteen' which, when combined with limbic muscle testing helps us identify and resolve these underlying metaphysical causes.
Stress can be diffused with sleep, with play and with laughter. Sleep and laughter make endorphines. Endorphines decrease adrenaline production. Play changes your focus away from stress. Children must have play-time. They must be allowed to be children. It is far more important than participating in any competitive sports. Learning how to cope with stress at an early age is the first step in delaying the aging process. Being Type A or Type B personality is genetic and has little to do with aging.
During school years (at all levels), in a normal household, exams are the biggest stressor. There never seem to be enough time to study, and there is always a mountain of homework that must be turned in on time. For many children the mere mention of the words TEST or EXAM is enough to make them 'sick to their stomach,' curtesy of an adrenaline surge. In reflection, my grades shot straight up the day I decided that exam were an opportunity to show off how much I knew. I referred to exams as "show time." I learned to manifest that my mindset and the mindset of the person who wrote the questions will be 'on the same page' and that the questions on the exam will give me the opportunity to show how much I know.
Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies age faster than laid-back people. Exercise, while it is an important part of maintaining good health can be a two-edged sword when it comes to preventing aging. Stressing out over being stuck in traffic on the way to a Yoga or exercise class is going to negate the benefits. Being involved in competitive sports is Ok, but not fighting over every point or arguing with the referee or umpire over every decision and being ready to physically confront or fight an opponent over every foul. Anger and traumas are major adrenaline generators. Adrenaline weakens the heart in the long run. This fact cannot be overstated.
Poor or improper diet is also a major contributor to premature aging; not only what we eat, but often what we do not eat. Bad medical advice or prescription drugs are a major factor in inducing or accelerating aging. While they focus on prolonging life, they do it at the expense of the quality of life.
Another contributing factor to aging is low cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is an essential component of hormones and cell membranes. Without adequet amounts of cholesterol communication and cell replacement within the body is disrupted. The cells in the body have a pre-determined life span, and they must be replaced accordingly. If cells exceed their life they begin to break down, their function is compromised and symptoms begin to appear.
A frequently asked question is "What do I need to do to slow down aging?" The key word is 'balance.' Doing everything in moderation, in a relaxed way and with regularity. Being proactive instead of reactive. Staying away from anything that generates adrenaline spikes, from arguments and from anger or rage. "Count to ten." "Look before you leap." Eating the correct diet for you. Getting enough sleep and maintaining a normal and regular sleep cycle. There is much to be said for a mid-day nap. It gets us off our feet so we take a break from the effects of gravity. Nutritional support for the heart and adrenals is also very important in slowing down aging. The sooner you begin, the longer you will remain youthful.