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Learn The Truth About Aging: Can It Be Slowed or Even Reversed? Jason Prall and his film crew traveled the world to discover the secrets of longevity in an upcoming series called The Human Longevity Project.
About Jason Prall
Jason Prall is a Longevity and Optimal Health Practitioner who works remotely with individuals around world to provide solutions for those struggling with weight loss or suffering from complex health issues that their doctors have been unable to resolve.
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Interview Show Notes
03:52 An anti-ageing strategy views ageing as a problem. There is a lot of good that comes from ageing.
04:39 Longevity is a mechanism for preserving and prolonging health.It means reducing dependency upon medications of all kinds.
05:38 The people in their 80s, 90s and 100s interviewed for the documentary were childlike, joking and laughing. They look old, but are full of vitality.
07:27 Our focus upon a youthful appearance while we age may be our fear of losing what we once had, a fear of death. We identify with our young selves and not adjusting as we age. The centenarians interviewed were not focused at all upon their ageing appearance. They had a deeper appreciation of ageing.
10:06 Our lifestyles are detrimental to longevity. The toxic chemicals in literally everything around us is a big burden. Our intense focus upon work produces stress. Be conscious of your choices.
11:39 Serving others brings community and allows you to focus upon something bigger than yourself.
12:43 Eat organic, local, real, whole foods.
14:01 Find your purpose. It is almost always bigger than yourself. A church or spiritual practice gets you together with like-minded people in community.
15:55 Our social environment results in epigenetic switches/changes.
16:17 Your body is a community of organisms working together.You are the host.
18:41 Thecentenarians in the film make their own alcohol and consume it with friends and family. Wine was used for digestive purposes.
20:38 Research results are context dependent.Research works best at understanding mechanisms, not in judging the value of things for our lives. Many world cultures eat high carbohydrate diets, but they are packed with resistant starch which feeds our gut bacteria that produce things like butyrate, a signaling molecule that improves mitochondrial biogenesis and immune system function.
22:03 Eating fruit turns on/off our genes and is different from eating fructose. Fruit contains fructose, which is metabolized quickly in the first part of the small intestine, not the liver. When you eat an apple, you have microRNA, genetic information from the apple talking to our genes. This signals our bodies to respond appropriately. Apples contain fiber and pectin that feed our gut microbiota. Our gut microbiota produce metabolites that communicate with our genes.
25:02 Fructose creations, like agave syrup or high fructose corn syrup, is just fructose. Your body does not know what to do with it. It may go to the liver and/or it may feed candida or other pathogenic organisms, causing dysbiosis.
26:32 Eat the fruit, not the derivatives. Pectin is in the fruit. It is in the pith of the orange and the skin of the apple. Watermelon seed tea improves kidney and bladder function.
27:43 MicroRNA from food causes a change in our genes. RNA buds off mircoRNA. It is a piece of genetic information that has the ability to communicate. This is how we understand our environment. Our gut microbiota senses, translates and talks to our genome and mitochondria.
29:13 Our microbiota throughout our body talk to our mitochondria, which talks to genes. Our microbiota talk directly to genes. Genetic information from our food talks to our genes and mitochondria. Food is also a mechanism of action.
30:31 It may not matter what bacteria are in your gut, it may matter which of their genes are being turned on.
33:46 We have gut yeasts, viruses and parasites that play roles in our health.Our gut inhabitants are mostly viruses. The human virome is much larger genetically than the bacteria.
38:00 Food consumed by centenarians in the film varied from location to location.They ate fruit in season. They ate starch, like beans, rice, sweet potatoes and corn. They all ate animal products, mostly in season. Pork was the common animal eaten by all. Fish was common as well. Many cultures eat raw meat.
42:06 In the long-lived cultures, they ate together.Food preparation required that everyone work together. Cooking for many is more efficient.
45:18 Participants lived a long time because they listened to their bodies, they did what was natural, did what made sense for them and did what was taught to them.
47:45 All of the centenarians had gardens or farms. They lived in areas that did not receive electricity until the 1950s or even the 1970s. For most of their lives, there was no refrigeration.
53:21 The caffeine in coffee may be doing more damage than the benefits of polyphenols in the coffee.Coffee has a season. It is a fruit and we consume the seed.
55:27 Take breaks from certain things or cycle them, like meat, fruit, coffee, alcohol or other things. Let your experience guide you.Were you addicted? How do you feel?
58:31 Before electricity, people went to bed when the sun went down or told stories around a lamp.
01:04:22 It used to be that our minds were calm and our bodies. Now our minds are busy and our bodies are calm.The regions and cultures with the most long-lived people have a slow pace. It feels like there are more than 24 hours in a day.
01:14:24 Birthing, pregnancy and breastfeeding are missing in longevity thinking and planning.
01:15:05 Trauma from childhood or inherited impact our behavior and our biology.
01:15:42 How do we treat old people? Do we incorporate them into our lives or send them to a nursing home?
01:16:12 The Centenarian Morning Routine: Centenarians slept in a natural setting, closer to the ground. Upon waking they fasted or ate simply and little, then tended to their work outside. This generally involved walking to their work. Many did not wear shoes or wore leather soled shoes outside, thus grounding.
01:18:15 Different botanicals were prized by centenarians around the world: papaya leaf tea and corn.
01:23:03 Our health comes from the earth. The microbiota of the earth needs to be intact and healthy. We absorb the resilience of plants that have been stressed.
01:26:00 Jason’s elevator pitch: Meditate to gain insight and connect with yourself.