How Can You Get More Energy?
Ari Whitten was buried in the scientific literature for two years looking for a an answer to a nagging question: where does energy really come from in the body?
Along the path he discovered a concept called Hormesis which is rooted in new scientific understanding of cellular biology. Essentially, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is alive and well in the human body. Hormetic stressors stimulate the body to produce for mitochondria which, in turn, produce more energy for us. This means more powerhouses to burn calories and charge our lives.
What are Hormetic stressors? Exercise is the most notable one. It taxes the body which stimulates growth and positive epigenetic expression. This is all over the literature and most people know about it. So what are the others? Heat, cold, and certain phytonutrients also act as Hormetic stressors.
Ari spent two full years researching this concept (he’s in good company with other experts) and has been implementing Hormetic practices in both diet and exercise with people around the world.
The Myth About Antioxidants
What I found particularly interesting about the interview was the way it challenges the dominant theory of aging which revolves around oxidative stress. If this were the case, then antioxidants would offset tissue damage and cellular aging. Essentially, the thinking has been that the fallout from oxidation drives the aging process, but according to Ari, most serious aging experts have already moved on from that thesis. Why? Because experiments have shown post-exercise use of antioxidants has not shown the promised results.
The principal of Hormesis dictates that some external stressors need to stimulate endogenous pathways/processes which trigger the body’s inane ability to heal. The ARE (Antioxidant Response Element) makes magic happen in the cells. It turns out that this system helps make the cells more resilient. It triggers the release of internal compounds which essentially perform the “promise” of antioxidants…but actually work. In fact, this system has helped us evolve and meet challenges for thousands of years.
Keep Your Body Guessing
It’s kind of like hormone replacement. Once you start, the body slows its own production and gets lazy. It turns out this is the same rough concept with Hormetic stressors. Keep the body guessing and it’ll continue to grow and adapt…
I highly recommend listening to the interview and hearing it from Ari himself. I’m going to dig into the research and test these principles in my own life. So far so good.!
Enjoy the interview and HERE IS A LINK to Ari’s program if you’re interested in learning more.
Original story with transcripts can be found at www.theurbanmonk.com