Turn on the body’s self-healing abilities, prevent illness before it starts, and reverse the aging process
• Explains how to activate the body’s regenerative abilities and combat inflammation through diet, supplements, detox, herbs, exercise, energy medicine, and mindfulness
• Examines the science of epigenetics and the potential of stem cell therapies for regeneration of joints and organs as well as for healing the telomeres of our DNA
• Reveals the importance of hormone balance and sleep as a core regenerative therapy
Harnessing the advances of the new paradigm of medicine--which focuses on the regenerative abilities of the body rather than symptom management--Elisa Lottor, Ph.D., HMD, explains how each of us can turn on the body’s self-healing abilities, prevent illness before it starts, and reverse the aging process to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.
Beginning with a focus on the foods we eat, the author reveals how many diseases and symptoms of aging are the result of inflammation in the body, caused by poor diet and a lack of crucial nutrients. She explains the top foods to avoid, such as refined sugar, and the best nutrient-rich foods to include, along with easy and delicious recipes. Showing how regenerative medicine treats the roots of aging and disease, preventing them before they start, she details the regenerative properties of the liver complex, explaining the best ways to detox, and reveals how to restore optimal microbe balance in your gut. Dr. Lottor explores the regenerative properties of adaptogens, herbs, and nutriceuticals, the unobtrusive healing practices of energy medicine, the importance of hormone balance, and the concept of living water. She also underscores sleep as a core regenerative therapy.
Looking at the most cutting-edge research in the rapidly emerging field of regenerative medicine, Dr. Lottor examines the potential of stem cell therapies for regeneration of joints and organs as well as for lengthening our DNA’s telomeres, the shrinkage of which is now considered a chief cause of aging. She also looks at the science of gene expression--epigenetics--and how DNA can be used as both a health predictor and a tool for preventing inherited diseases. Including a comprehensive resource section for finding products and practitioners, Dr. Lottor offers each of us the necessary tools and information to reverse aging and participate in your own wellness.
We are all born with the genes we inherit from our parents, but how and whether our body expresses these genes is gaining increasing attention in the emerging science of epigenetics. The term epigenetics means on top of the gene. This means that even though we might have a hereditary or genetic predisposition for a certain disease, it is possible to bypass acquiring the illness. Having a gene is not the same as activating a gene. The activation part depends on lifestyle, diet, and other factors. We are learning that foods, supplements, and lifestyle can not only influence genetic expression but actually down regulate hereditary disposition.
Keep in mind, it is not only our physical but also our emotional well-being that can affect how our genes are expressed. A sedentary lifestyle can amplify the effects of a genetic tendency toward obesity, while a daily walk can reduce genetic influence toward obesity. But meditation can also epigenetically influence our genes by suppressing genes responsible for inflammation.
The deeper we delve into this newly growing field of epigenetics, the more reason we find to approach health naturally, through lifestyle modifications and a wholesome diet, dietary supplements, and a positive frame of mind.
Improving Your Longevity through Epigenetics
By giving up unhealthy habits and making better choices, you may be preparing yourself for a longer, healthier life. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can benefit your body through the concept of epigenetics.
In a study performed at the University of Florida, it was found that intermittent fasting benefited the body in several ways. During the study, the test group would alternate fasting days with feasting days and the participants actually found it easier to fast than to feast.
How is this beneficial to epigenetics? In the fasting state free radicals are released. Having these free radicals released intermittently helps your body build up a tolerance for them, ultimately promoting longevity.
Just like humans, plants can also be affected by epigenetics. In fact, plants and microbes are much more affected by epigenetics than animals. When plants are modified, the modifications can reach on for generations to come. Since plants are more susceptible to epigenetic influences, it can be harmful to the organism to endure too many genetic changes.
By avoiding GMOs, you are avoiding eating genetically altered foods that can have a negative effect on your own health. While people may believe that the changes made make the organism better, it is really messing with its genetics and can cause problems later on.
Changing your diet and exercise habits now can help you boost your longevity no matter when you start. While you may not have had the best habits in the past, making an effort to improve these habits can have lasting benefits for your future. Knowing and understanding your health risks and how to avoid them can also help you to live a longer and healthier life. Epigenetics shows you that your life is really in your own hands. Sure, you might be suffering from some bad decisions made by your parents or grandparents, but you still have the ultimate control over your gene expression.
Guiding Your Gene Expression
Emotions and Gene Expression
Understanding how your mindset can affect your gene expression might have you trying to change your state of mind. It has been proven that your emotions have a link to epigenetics and gene expression. Our thoughts and feelings can ultimately affect how our genes are read and how they express themselves. Learning to control your emotions can help promote positive gene expression. Diseases such as cancer can actually be prevented by having positive emotions.
So think positive thoughts and keep negative emotions in check. It is not bad to feel negative emotions like sadness and anger from time to time. That, after all, is what it means to be human. But you should not get swept away in these negative emotions. You are the master of your emotions, not the other way around.
The reason people get stuck in negative emotions is they try hard to avoid them. This might sound paradoxical, but it’s true. When we think of negative emotions as bad and try to avoid feeling them at all costs, these negative emotions build up within us. Small sad emotions begin to pile up and one day you find that there is a lot of negative emotion within you and it will actually change your gene expression and make you physically ill.
The way to deal with negative emotions is to feel them fully and then move on. Think of emotions like waves in the sea. The crests of happiness have to be followed by troughs of sadness. Let the emotions flow freely. When you do that, when you allow yourself to feel negative emotions, you’ll find that you are happy most of the time and when you do get sad, it always passes. The sadness will actually help you appreciate your happiness even more and avoid building up a huge store of negative emotion.
The Role Your Diet Plays in Gene Expression
Your health and diet can have long-term effects on you and your offspring. If you eat a healthy and balanced diet, then your genes are more likely to express themselves in the way that they were meant to in the beginning. However, if you have an unhealthy diet, it can cause changes in the way in which your genes are read, altering how your body reacts. Having healthy habits now can have lasting effects on how our futures play out.
So eat healthy, eat whole foods, avoid processed foods, and eat in moderation. Do not over eat and limit your intake of sugar. Eat fresh and organic food and include a lot of vegetables in your diet. Don’t just eat muscle meat but also organ meat. By doing all this, you will help your genes express in the right way.
Elisa Lottor, Ph.D., HMD, is an expert in nutrition, homeopathy, and energy medicine with a special interest in regenerative medicine and women’s health. An international lecturer and consultant, she has had a homeopathy and nutrition practice for more than 30 years. The author of Female and Forgetful, she lives in Oxnard, California.
“From bioidentical hormones and energy medicine to hyperbaric oxygen and stem cells, Dr. Lottor covers a breadth of regenerative therapies that everyone should know about but probably won’t hear about from their doctors. I highly recommend this enlightening and entertaining book.”
– Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder of Whitaker Wellness Institute
“The Miracle of Regenerative Medicine is an inside job, a roadmap for readers who wish to get to the root cause of disease and take charge of their health. The science-based healing advice is especially helpful for brain, heart, and gut health. I highly recommend it. Read it and do it.”
– William Sears, M.D., coauthor of The Dr. Sears T5 Wellness Plan
“We can direct and slow the aging of our bodies to be long-lived and in good health. Dr. Elisa Lottor clearly guides us to healthy longevity in her new book, The Miracle of Regenerative Medicine. She provides a comprehensive and completely useful guide for those wisely choosing to positively modulate their aging processes. Dr. Lottor tells us how to influence the evolution of our bodies and minds toward maximum health and consequent enjoyment of life. A must-read for anyone wanting to live better longer!
– Priscilla Slagle, M.D., author of The Way Up from Down
“Dr. Lottor’s book has arrived just in time for all of us aware of the huge transformation happening today in regenerative medicine! This book will become one of your most valuable resources and will not wander far from your bedside table. I have spent nine years in regenerative science research and Dr. Lottor has definitely given us the roadmap to the new life that awaits us. Excellent work!”
– Susan B. Schmidt, M.L.S., researcher for Regenerative Sciences Research
“A marvelous, simple-to-understand, and comprehensive book for people who want to stay young and live healthily. Dr. Lottor herself is a great example of self-care, vitality, and happiness.”
– Chiyan Wang, a Taoist Light Qigong lineage holder (a 3,000-year-old practice)
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