WARNING: Is Your Body's Nutrient Detector Unknowingly Broken? – Part 1

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted March 23, 2021

Dear Longevity Insider,

The capacity of our bodies to sense and respond to the ebb and flow of nutrient levels is vital to sustaining life. As we age, our body shifts in how its cells respond to the number of nutrients available.

The biological definition of aging is the many processes of cellular damage accumulation in the body. These are known in the scientific literature as the Nine Hallmarks of Aging. We’ve covered the first four or primary, hallmarks already: genomic instability, telomere attrition, epigenetic alterations, and loss of proteostasis.

The next three hallmarks of aging are called antagonistic. Their role is to respond to and block the damage caused by the primary hallmarks. Yet, when bodily conditions become chronic and/or aggravated, they end up contributing to cellular damage, and thus accelerated aging.

The fifth hallmark, and first of the antagonistic, is deregulated nutrient-sensing. Our bodies contain complex regulatory mechanisms that measure nutrient scarcity or abundance. This process tells our cells whether to grow or whether to clean up and repair. This is based on the information it gets from hormone and protein signaling pathways.

The body’s balancing act

Metabolism is every biochemical reaction that goes on in your body. It converts food into the energy that sustains life, and there are specific proteins in the body that cause these reactions. When it comes to eating, your body uses a never-ending cycle that breaks down nutrients in food, rebuilds them, and then breaks them down again.

Energy is required for anabolism, or constructive metabolism, which is the process that builds new cells, maintains body tissues, and stores energy for later use. When your body is in an anabolic state, special enzymes separate the smaller molecules in your food, such as amino acids and glucose. These compounds are absorbed into the blood and carried to the cells, where they are either stored in body tissues such as the liver, muscles, and body fat or used for energy.

Energy is released during catabolism, or destructive metabolism, which is the process that generates the energy needed for all other cellular activities, including repair. When your body is in a catabolic state, it breaks down those complex molecules in order to release the energy you need for fuel. This then feeds the cycle that enables anabolism to begin again.

It's really a phenomenal chain of events. As a physician, I need every ounce of energy I can get.

After spending countless nights serving patients (sometimes for over 36 hours at a time)... my lifestyle had a huge impact on my energy levels. Sometimes, I would be wide awake at 3am… Only to start my 15-hour day in just a couple hours.

If you do that long enough, your energy levels can certainly plummet. That's why I started taking this breakthrough plant found deep in the Himalayas. It has more than 48 of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, 36 health-promoting compounds, and a full spectrum of 18 amino acids and 11 vitamins and minerals. (I like to stock up on my nutrients!)

As a child, I watched my grandmother use it for everything. Not only does it give me the all-day-long energy that I need, studies have shown it to:

  • Improve the symptoms of low mood by nearly 50%... in just 14 days!
  • Reduce the amount and depth of wrinkles by 233%.
  • Help increase the body’s natural insulin production by 74%.
  • Support blood pressure levels in the normal range.
  • Enhance memory and boost cognition.

For these reasons, I take this plant every single morning

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

P.S. On Thursday, I'll release Part 2 of our Nutrient Detector series!