In my professional life, I am a scientist (nutritional biochemistry), a pharmacist, the author of 10 books and a health educator. I am also a CrossFit athlete. For years one of my greatest professional passions has been staying on the cutting edge of the science and technology in the ﬁeld of life extension. I want to share some of my scientific knowledge with athletes because it can help you slow down your aging process.
Most of the athletes I’ve met are passionate about improving their physical ﬁtness and also understand the importance of eating a healthy diet. Yes, diet and exercise are critically important. However, to really achieve and maintain optimal health, you must also learn how to optimize your internal biochemistry.
I begin many of my lectures and seminars with the following quote:
Life Is The Only Game
In Which The Object of The Game
Is To Learn The Rules
Top athletes are usually in excellent physical condition. However most don’t realize that their intense competition and/or workouts can actually accelerate their aging process. Unfortunately, when it comes to health, many people haven’t had good role models or good teachers. Many people don’t realize that we have a great deal of control over our immune system and our aging process. Gaining this mastery requires learning about and applying some fundamental Rules of Health. Here are some important health topics:
- The Free Radical Theory of Aging: The high energy output required for intense exercise dramatically increases the production of free radicals in the mitochondria (the power houses) of muscle cells. It is important to understand how to use therapeutic levels of antioxidant nutrients to reduce free radical damage and slow down your aging process.
- SNPs: Learn about your own unique genetic abnormalities. These are called SNPs (pronounced “snips”) which stands for single nucleotide polymorphisms. Everyone has SNPs. Learning about your SNPs enables you to make diet, nutritional and lifestyle changes that will improve your long-term health.
- Know Your Numbers: How high is your homocysteine? What’s your level of C-Reactive Protein? How about your small dense LDL cholesterol particles? How high (or low) is your 25-hydroxy vitamin D level? What is the level of hemoglobin A1c in your blood? Do you have a genetic mutation in your folic acid gene?
You Can Only Improve What You Measure
You have to know your numbers
Traditional medical doctors generally do not provide these answers. The medical profession in America is not a health care system, it is a disease care system. Most doctors do not teach you how to be healthy, they wait for you to get sick, and then they prescribe a medication to treat the symptoms. Don’t play that game. Instead, take personal responsibility for your health.
Dr. Ross Pelton, R.Ph., Ph.D., CCN is a practicing pharmacist, clinical nutritionist and health educator in Southern Oregon. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Holistic Health from the University for Humanistic Studies in San Diego, California. A Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), Dr. Pelton was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in the United States by American Druggist magazine for his work in natural medicine. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Life Extension Foundation. Dr. Pelton has authored numerous books and teaches continuing education programs for health care professionals to utilize and integrate natural medicine into their practices.