Here’s why exercise is so very important…
Cytokines–What do you know about them? They are messenger molecules. Hundreds and thousands of cytokines are at work in your body, regulating growth and decay to the most microscopic level. Dr. Lodge, co-author of Younger Next Year for Women and Younger Next Year, simplifies the explanation in the following way:
Imagine there are two master chemicals that control decay or growth in every tissue and cell in your body–cytokine-6 and cytokine-10 (C-6 and C-10).
C-6 is the master chemical for inflammation (decay) and C-10 is the master chemical for repair and growth. C-6 is produced in muscle cells and bloodstream in response to exercise and C-10 is produced in response to C-6. This is the body’s brilliant mechanism for coupling decay and growth. C-6 actually triggers the production of C-10. Decay triggers growth.
50 percent of your lean body weight is made up of the 660 muscles in the body. This is a huge, massive reservoir of C-6 and C-10, a massive reservoir of potential youth if you do your part. Exercise triggers repair, renewal and growth by producing C-6. All forms of aerobic exercise produce C-6 in logarithmic proportion to both the duration and the intensity of exercise. This is an automatic measure of how much exercise you do, how much inflammation you cause and how much growth you will experience. In other words, how much C-10 will be released. C-10 is key, because growth is the magic you are after.
The right balance is: good decay triggering growth.
One of my favorite books of all times is Younger Next Year for Women, by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge. You may wonder why I write about this often. It’s because I want a great quality of life as long as I live.
Perhaps you would agree, as it almost seems dumb to disagree to that statement. Well, how do you plan to have this great quality of life? Personally, I’m following the advice in this book because I believe it to be sound, scientific advice about how to make sure that what goes on inside our bodies makes that happen.
By recommending this book, I gain nothing, except perhaps knowing I have shared what I consider is some great, important information that could literally save your life, or at least give you a better quality for as long as you live.
What are you doing about your C-6 and C-10 Cytokines? I’d love to hear.