OF YOUTH & YOUR HORMONES
By Jay Chatterjee & Roshmi Raychaudhuri
heard of the mythical "Fountain of Youth", but very
few realize that it actually does exist. And even fewer
realize that it exists inside every one of us. Yes, it's
there right within you, just waiting to be activated !!
Juan Ponce de Leon,
the Spanish explorer sailed around the Florida coast in search
of the legendary "Fountain of Youth"..the secret
to being young again forever. That was five hundred years
ago, more or less. Since then modern day 'explorers', in the
form of researchers, have been continuing the quest for the
secrets to attain eternal youth of this fountain
is the body's hormonal or neuro endocrine system, the collective
name assigned to the glands and organs that manufacture hormones
within our bodies.
They have discovered that at the core
Aging is a process that
happens to all of us. Usually around thirty to thirty-five
years of age, we begin to notice the first telltale signs
of aging, the strands of gray hair, the deepening of expression
lines (the pre-cursor to wrinkles), the slight sagging of
facial features, the gradual loss of skin elasticity as collagen
formation declines. As the years roll by, this aging process
continues inexorably - stiffer joints, dimmer vision, loss
of taste buds, gray hair, less libido!
As we see the same thing happening to our friends
and family we accept it as natural and inevitable. We start
to accept our declining faculties as being nature's way, and
start thinking of ourselves as old. The change in mental perspective
further accelerates the process. And, as we look in the mirror,
year after year, we gradually begin to look, feel and act
progressively older, our mindset reflecting our mirror image.
Today, technology and medical
advances have made it possible to live much longer, leading
to an aging of the population - there are many more 'seniors'
in our society than ever before. In fact, average longevity
has gone up all over the world since the beginning of the
20th century. In the U.S longevity has increased by as much
as 25 years.
However, regrettably, the factor that has not changed is the
number of years one has to live with age-related disability.
It is still an average of ten years for most of us. There
is no question that each one of us, man and woman, would like
to live our sixties, seventies and eighties with looks, health
and vitality intact. Nor do we like the idea of losing any
of our faculties or senses. Can we minimize, or eliminate
completely this period of decrepitude from our lives?
In varying degrees, they
all work! But think about HOW they work!
Diets and cardio-vascular exercises work by
regulating the body's consumption of energy. Known as metabolism,
it is a complex interaction of chemical conversions that
take place continually in order to generate energy and keep
the body at optimum level. Control of the entire process
lies in the hormonal (neuroendocrine) system.
The challenge element perks up secretions
of the hormone adrenaline...the body's age-old response
to any form of stress or threat is production of higher
doses. The skin is kept hydrated by secretions of oil and
sweat-producing hormones, and the entire process of sexuality
and reproduction is hormone-induced, and starts from the
hormonal (neuroendocrine) system.
And so, through course of diets, exercises,
creams and supplements you manage to keep your body and
mind in peak condition. What happens when you get a bout
of the 'flu'? Without the help of the thymus and your immune
system your body may just pack it in !!
The hormonal system has a finger in every
pie! Does the concept seem rather esoteric? Do you think
I am overplaying the role of the endocrine glands?
Consider the facts. Sift through reports on
the most current research going on in this field. Much of
the anti-aging experimentation being conducted in various
laboratories around the world, is connected with ingestion
of hormonal supplements. HGH (human growth hormone) and
DHEA, both popular experimental therapies being used at
present, are nothing but hormones. And without a doubt they
produce benefits, even though it is probably too early to
determine if they produce any their attendant side effects.
Then again there is much
research connected to the use of release factors or 'releasers',
whereby, instead of ingesting supplements, one would ingest
releasers, which would activate the glands into releasing
hormones. Such experiments are still at an early stage,
and not much is known about the attendant side effects,
In fact, this very principle of hormonal flow
seems to have been known to the Himalayan people in ancient
times, and forms the basis of the Tibetan yoga rejuvenation
and anti aging technique. They seem to have way ahead of
us in their knowledge. They knew, 4000 years ago, how to
push the button that would cause the body to produce its
own natural releasers, rather than rely on artificial synthetic
ones. This, then, is the knowledge made public by the Tibetan
rejuvenation yoga technique
Chatterjee, a Chartered Accountant and ex-Corporate Banker,
lives in Canada.
Roshmi Raychaudhuri is a business-woman living in India.
The eclectic health newsletter "To Your Health, Letter",
which they publish jointly, reflects their passionate belief
in natural health therapies. On a trip to the Himalayan
foothills they came across an ancient anti aging yoga rejuvenation
system based on stimulation of the hormonal glands, and
started their website to share this knowledge and provide
practical and incisive anti aging and health information.
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The fountain of youth
was seen to be the answer, making it a life or death
(literally) quest since time immemorial.....Juan Ponce
de Leon et al....and it remains as important today.
People stop at nothing in their attempts to combat aging,
and to drink from the fountain of youth. So much so,
that it has become somewhat of a chimera. There are
diets designed to combat and reverse aging, cardio-vascular
exercises do the same, the brain is kept young by 'challenging'
it, viagra promises peak sexual performance, HRT promises
relief from pre and post menopausal problems, cosmetic
companies produce moisturizers and creams to build collagen,....one
can go on and on!!!