What if ageing was ‘malleable’?
We tend to view ageing as a fixed inevitability.
As each year goes by we expect to deteriorate by about 1.2% (assuming the average life expectancy of 82.75 in Australia).
But, how come some people seem to age slower than others?
Not all 70 year olds look 70, some look much older and some much younger.
Changes to your environment eg. exercise, nutrition and lifestyle can drastically change the rate at which we age.
I recently stumbled across a blog post by P D Mangan, a health and fitness coach who is fighting fit at 66 and is helping others stay younger longer.
He puts forward some compelling ‘longevity hacks’.
Mangan’s philosophy is summed up by his simple catchphrase ‘sun, steak & steel’.
It’s counterintuitive because these are three things we’re told to avoid!
Sunlight gives us vitamin D, boosts our mood and improves our sleep by maintaining our circadian rhythm.
Steak (and meat) is the most nutrient dense food on the planet. It gives you everything you need without the inflammatory and/or glucose spiking side-effects of other foods.
Steel means weights. Lifting weights leads to increased muscle mass and strength, plus cardiovascular fitness.
Mangan’s insights do extend further than the simple ‘sun, steak, steel’ catchphrase.
In particular, he talks about insulin.
When you eat carbohydrates (pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, alcohol etc) they break down into glucose (a type of sugar) and enter your bloodstream. Your body produces insulin to help you use the glucose in your blood for energy.
In the 1990s, the scientist Cynthia Kenyon (who now works in Google’s anti-aging program) made another momentous discovery in aging: by changing a single gene, her lab animals (worms) lived much longer than normal.
The single gene change involved insulin, a hormone that in humans is secreted in response to food.
So, how do we lower our insulin levels and live longer?
The most obvious way is fasting.
But, fasting is hard. It requires willpower and practice.
Isn’t there an easier way?
Enter quality meat.
Meat does not spike your insulin levels!
And it contains all the nutrients and energy you need to thrive with none of the insulin-spiking carbohydrates.
Unsurprisingly, Mangan’s article argues the two most important factors affecting longevity are exercise and diet.
Lift weights and maintain your muscle mass.
It will make you more mobile, strong and resilient.
Eat more nutrient-dense meat.
The better quality (and more delicious) the better.
Many of our McKenzie’s Meats Meat Club Members are coaches and Personal Trainers, they can help you get the exercise component down pat!
Shoot me a DM and I’ll connect you with some of the best in the business.
When it comes to sourcing the best meat for better health and longevity, no one does it better than us.
Send me a message and I’ll help you tap into the world’s most nutrient-dense food!
I’ll personally help you select the right meatbox based on your needs.
And I’ll ensure it’s delivered to your door when you need it.
I highly recommend you read P. D. Mangan’s blog post Longevity Hacks: A Short Guide to Long, Healthy Life, here’s the link:
Quality meat for a long, healthy life!