Let’s face it, many of us are still struggling to find the true fountain of youth. To be clear, you’re not going to find it through any expensive cream or serum. You see, aging starts from within. Once the crows feet have shown up around your eyes – they are there permanently. What’s really important is to learn more about what causes aging from the inside out – and, how to prevent it the natural way.
As a result, the subject of mTOR has become ever so popular. When you are young, mTOR promotes healthy growth within your body. But, once your body is fully developed, mTOR actually speeds up the aging process.
In addition, having an overactive mTOR – or mammalian target of rapamycin, may increase the occurrence of diabetes, cancer, obesity, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. On the other hand, some bodybuilders use the mTOR pathway to increase their muscle size. But, in terms of aging, there is a way to inhibit the exacerbated process through longevity herbs, intermittent fasting, and either a keto or paleo diet. Keep reading to learn more.
mTOR and Intermittent Fasting
There are many ways to fast, but none are quite as effective as intermittent fasting. These are simply spurts of fasting during specific periods, such as for 16 hours, to induce certain bodily reactions including autophagy or cellular cleansing.
Inducing autophagy is critical because it cleans the damaged cells which increase the speed of aging throughout the body. At the cellular level, there are many benefits to intermittent fasting – especially when the body is already in a state of ketosis due to a consistent diet based on the keto or paleo principles.
So, with intermittent fasting, you would have about eight hours during the day in which you can eat. You would then start fasting after dinner for around 16 hours. And, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can build up your endurance by starting with a 10-or-12-hour fast then increase the number of hours the next time you fast.
Of course, you never want to fast without consulting your doctor first or for longer than your body can remain healthy. But, a 16-hour fast is usually the magic number in terms of intermittent fasting. During the windows where you can eat, stick to a keto or paleo diet with no snacking.
Moreover, fasting puts your body back into its normal state. When you eat too frequently, your body produces more insulin. When your body produces too much insulin it can lead to cancer, diabetes, obesity, and a host of other diseases. You can also lose insulin sensitivity. In contrast, when you fast for 12 hours, your body releases fat cells into your bloodstream to be burned for energy.
And, here’s the kicker: Intermittent fasting inhibits mTOR. When your body has the ability to lower its levels of mTOR, then you can improve insulin sensitivity, decrease inflammation, decrease cancer risks, and may increase the length of your life too. Autophagy is mostly regulated by mTOR. Autophagy is shut down when mTOR increases. It’s really simple: When food is consistently available, mTOR grows. If food isn’t consistently available, mTOR stops growing. Other diseases that come about from too much “growth” include:
- Polycystic ovaries
- Uterine fibroids
So, you can see how intermittent fasting can play a critical role in the inhibition of mTOR. Plus, intermittent fasting has been shown to prevent age-related decline in mice.
Keto, Paleo, and mTOR
The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a low-carbohydrate and high fat diet that forces the body to use fats as fuel. Since you are significantly decreasing your intake of carbohydrates, the liver converts fat into ketone bodies and fatty acids. The increase of ketone bodies puts your system in a state of ketosis, which is when glucose is replaced by fat as an energy source.
The paleolithic diet tries to emulate the dietary regimen of Paleolithic humans where the diet includes foods such as vegetables, nuts, fruits, roots, and meat. The paleo diet prohibits processed foods, grains, sugar, legumes, oils, salt, alcohol, coffee, and dairy products.
Studies have found the keto diet does inhibit mTOR by decreasing the Akt signaling in the brain and liver of normal rats, while increasing the AMPK signaling in the liver.
In the same vein, the paleo diet – with its complete lack of excess sugars and processed foods – also has the ability to inhibit the proliferation of mTOR. The fight against aging really requires a healthy diet.
Longevity Herbs to the Rescue
Along with intermittent fasting, and a keto or paleo diet, it’s important to consider the consumption of longevity herbs to solidify the battle against mTOR. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are 50 longevity herbs known to dramatically inhibit the increase of mTOR:
- Aegle marmelos yCorrea
- Agaricus blazei Murill
- Aloe emodin
- American ginseng extract
- Angelica archangelica
- Angelica sinensis extract
- Bilberry extract Anthocyanin
- Antrodia cinnamomea
- Artemisinin Artemisia annua L. (Huanghuahao)
- Artepillin C (Brazilian propolis)
- Astragalus membranaceus extract
- Belamcanda chinensis
- Berberine (Cortidis rhizoma)
- Camellia sinensis
- Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
- Catharantus roseus
- Celastrol (derived from Trypterygium wilfordii)
- Celastrus Orbiculatus
- Chenopodium ambrosioides L
- Cinnamomum cassia
- Commiphora myrrha
- Coprinus comatus
- Cordyceps militaris
- Curcuma wenyujin
- Eleutherococcus senticosus
- Euonymus alatus
- Flammulina velutipes (enokitake)
- Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
- Fucus vesiculosus (seaweed)
- Gambogic acid (Garcinia hanburyi)
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Grape Seed Extract
- Gynostemma pentaphylla extract
- Hibiscus sabdariffa
- Inonotus obliquus — Chaga
- Lactarius flavidulus
- Lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa)
- Lycium barbarum—Wolfberry (goji)
- Magnolia officinalis (Chinese magnolia tree)
- Mangiferin (Mangifera indica)
As you can see, aging isn’t set in stone. You can use the right diet, intermittent fasting, and longevity herbs to put your body back into a healthy and youthful state.