As Dr. Fung states in his book “You might think that evolution would perfect our damage control responses, allowing us to live forever. But evolution doesn’t care if you age or even if you survive. It ensures the survival of the species, not the individual. Once you’ve had children, your genes will survive even if you don’t, so there is no natural selection toward longer lived species.”
But that doesn’t mean you can’t optimize your health approach to live as long and as healthy as possible. Clearly one of the foundational strategies of achieving a long life in which you maintain all your function into old age would be to make certain you have the healthiest diet possible.
Dr. Fung has done an excellent job at summarizing the best tips in his latest book. What I found particularly fascinating was his review of how much protein you need and the timing of the protein. This is important because one of the keys to living long and healthy is to make sure you activate a process called autophagy.
Autophagy is from the Greek works for self-eating and describes a process in which your body targets damaged and defective intracellular elements and sends them to lysosomes where they are digested to their constitutive elements so they can be recycled into new proteins and structures like mitochondria.
By optimizing the amount and timing of your protein levels you can prevent activation of mTOR that will inhibit this valuable process of autophagy repair and rebuilding. The mTOR pathway is crucial as it is the most potent stimulus to shutting down autophagy. The key is figuring out your “Goldilock’s” dose of protein.
Too little protein causes disease. Too much protein causes disease. What’s the right amount? Too little protein can lead to devastating muscle loss and if you have too much that will shut down autophagy. Dr. Fung provides extensive information on not only how to calculate your optimal protein dose but also discusses the timing. I recently interviewed him on my website and if you type in his name in my search engine you can see his video interview in which he provides some of this information in greater detail.
His book also extensively reviews intermittent fasting and calorie restriction which is the only non-pharmacological method of consistently extending life span and protecting against many age related diseases. We all know that clean water is essential for health but he has a large section on how tea is the second most popular beverage in the world after water and how you can wisely use it to improve your health.
His co-author Dr. Nicolantonio does a wonderful job of describing the most important nonessential amino acid, glycine and how it can serve to improve your health through increasing your glutathione levels and many vital proteins. So if you are looking for some solid recommendations to improve your health I would strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of the Longevity Solution.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Victory Belt Pub (26 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628603798
- ISBN-13: 978-1628603798
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 712 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)