Whether you’re boosting your stem cell activity in anticipation for a stem cell therapy treatment or seeking to naturally increase your stem cell potency for optimal health and wellness, there are a few things you can do right now to accomplish your goal.
“As we age, a number of stem cells in our bodies and the potency of the remaining stem cells begin to decrease.”
People everywhere are waking up to the power of stem cells and stem cell therapy treatments for a wide array of conditions. Stem cells are naturally occurring which makes the non-invasive and surgery alternative treatments based on stem cells derived from your own body some of the most organic treatments available. Stem cells have “raw potential” and can replicate numerous types of damaged and worn out cells in your body. Unlike specialized cells like blood, bone and muscle cells, adult stem cells renew themselves or proliferate many times to differentiate into specialized cells. Stem cells are even dispatched as disease fighters when necessary to strengthen your immune defenses. As we age, a number of stem cells in our bodies and the potency of the remaining stem cells begin to decrease. Recovery from injury tends to take longer, we become more susceptible to disease and the visible loss of collagen repair begins to show in our hair, skin, and nails. Although science is hot on the trail of developing techniques to reverse the effects of aging with the help of stem cell treatments, we still need to be careful of lifestyle choices that could compromise our stem cell stores. Even if you aren’t preparing for a stem cell procedure, learning to boost your stem cell activity is essential to living a longer life with a stronger body.
Your diet can increase or decrease your stem cell availability. Poor diets consisting of heavy caloric intake and excessive sugar and fats all but cripples your body’s ability to regenerate. Your metabolism determines how many calories you burn during daily activity so if you don’t lead a moderately active lifestyle, a diet of high caloric intake can cause rapid weight gain. Excess body fat puts a strain on your organs and bones, and the body naturally attempts to repair the damage while excess weight compromises the health of mesenchymal stem cells found in your bone marrow and other tissue in the body.
Sugar has been identified as the culprit lurking in most of the packaged and prepared foods available and is responsible for incredible spikes in diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Sugar is public enemy number one for anyone looking to improve their health by naturally increasing stem cell function. Excessive sugar intake causes an overproduction of insulin. That oversupply over time can block the functionality of the insulin and damage vital organs like your kidneys. When your body desperately needs stem cells to repair the damaged cells of these organs, foods with a high glycemic index restricts natural stem cell function and reduces their ability to respond to damaged cells. You can boost your stem cell activity and lower your risk for other chronic conditions by cutting foods with high sugar content from your diet.
Reduce your intake of processed foods and trade sugary, carbonated drinks for water. You want to focus on removing any foods with a high glycemic index from your diet. Glycemic index measures how the food you eat affects your blood sugar levels. Based on a 0-100 scale, foods on the higher end of the spectrum are digested quicker and absorbed slowly elevating blood sugar levels. To start a low glycemic index diet, stay away from white bread, pasta, and other starchy foods and consider switching to a sweetener like coconut palm sugar to take the place of sugar in your cupboard.
Many of the sugary foods you will avoid fall under the next category you should watch while tailoring your stem cell friendly diet. Foods high in triglycerides can also greatly reduce stem cell activity and cause stem cells to grow poorly. In addition to avoiding bread, pasta and sugary treats you also want to limit your consumption of foods high in trans and saturated fats. Meats and dairy products are high in saturated fats so try cutting back on red meat, poultry, cheeses, and butter. Alcohol is a sure-fire way to send your triglyceride level soaring. Saying no to beer, wine and spirits gives you a better chance of developing potent stem cells. Research has also shown that caloric reduction and intermittent fasting can also boost stem cell availability and strength.
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Exercise goes hand in hand with a cleaner leaner diet, and stem cells respond just as positively to a challenging workout as they do to a diet rich in calories from fruits and vegetables. Workouts that challenge the muscles spark a growth factor response in the body and stimulates adult stem cell self-renewal. Health is something we have to dedicate ourselves to and committing to an exercise regimen is a must if you want to increase stem cell activity. High impact workouts with weights and high intensity are ideal when attempting to increase stem cells. Intense workouts encourage more stem cells to be released into the blood stream. If you’re unable to do high-intensity workouts exercise can still be an effective tool to increase stem cells. Any exercise that challenges your muscles can be beneficial.
There are a few supplements you can add to your diet and fitness changes to give you an extra head start towards your stem cell production goals. Vitamin D3 can help to improve stem cell production and increase stem cell response. Vitamin C has also produced positive results for increasing the circulation of stem cells. Antioxidant-rich green tea and goji berry extract boost stem cell activity and astragalus improves your stem cells’ immune system response. All of these supplements are optimal longevity building blocks as well as stem cell boosters so your overall health will benefit greatly from the shift.
If you want to improve your health and ability to regenerate after injury, focusing on overall life changes to improve your stem cell activity will help you get there. Stem cells become increasingly vital as we age and naturally lose stem cell power. Don’t let your age determine how you feel, the increase in stem cell production can keep you healthier longer. Increasing stem cell production before a stem cell therapy treatment can improve your treatment results and improve the quality of the stem cells harvested for the therapy. Tap into your internal fountain of youth and try these tips to increase your stem cell activity.
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Talk to Your Doctor
Talk to a doctor about the changes you’re interested in making to your diet and exercise regimen to make sure the choices you’re making are safe for your unique health profile. Pro Tip: If you choose to see a stem cell specialist you can also get personalized information about your stem cell potential and put together a more comprehensive plan for how you intend to use your stem cells in the future.
Choose Your Diet Plan
Make a plan and clear out your cabinets. Read books on low-glycemic index diets like low-carb, paleo, keto or sugar-free diets. Explore the benefits of each diet and make the most realistic choice for your lifestyle. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure so choose a diet with foods you enjoy and have easy access to. Once you’ve chosen your diet plan, purge your kitchen of all of the sugary and high-triglyceride items that may tempt you. It will be easier to stay on track and fully embrace your new lifestyle if you’re surrounded by healthy foods to nourish your stem cells.
The best way to start a new exercise regimen is just to do it. If you sit for most of the day while at work and commuting, starting an exercise regimen can be daunting but don’t give up. A great way to go from sedentary to the gym is to buy an inexpensive pedometer and start counting your steps. About 10,000 steps a day is all you need to satisfy the CDC recommended amount of exercise for adults. This is the equivalent of walking about 5 miles a day. Keep track and compete with yourself and try to increase your daily steps each day.
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