Dr. Taglio joins us today with important information about your muscles. Keep reading to discover how vital healthy muscles are in the fight against aging and disease.
Building and maintaining muscle is critically important, not only in the fight against aging, but in fighting against chronic illness and infections as well. Weight training helps prevent muscles from wasting and combats the frailty that occurs with these conditions. With aging, chronic infections or diseases (that may be going on currently or that you may be hit with in the future), your immune system utilizes protein to battle those processes. Muscle is typically the first to get attacked in these conditions, due to the fact that it has the highest density of protein storage in your body.
With aging, as well as with chronic, inflammatory conditions, muscle wasting occurs, eventually affecting the rest of your skeletal tissues, including bone, leading to osteoporosis and other degeneration. Genetic markers for aging have shown they can be reversed through resistance training, which can be used as an effective tool to help slow down and fix the frailty that comes with this process. Striving to develop denser muscle mass through resistance training will help build a reservoir of protein tissue in your body, helping to prevent chronic conditions from ravaging your body. Cardio is not the most ideal exercise for preventing/reversing aging and wasting with chronic conditions, as this type of exercise, itself, can be pro-inflammatory and put additional stress on your adrenal glands. Resistance training will not deplete your body in the same manner that cardio will.
The more muscle you develop, the more myokines (anti-inflammatory chemicals) are released from muscle cells, which help immensely in the battle against chronic pain. Another huge benefit to having more muscle cells, is that you will have more mitochondria which translates into increased energy and less inflammation.
Building muscle also builds a nice reserve for healthy hormone function, as a well-trained skeletal system has been shown to be an endocrine organ, secreting its own hormones. Moderate to heavy strength training releases both Human Growth Hormone and Testosterone, which help fight chronic inflammatory conditions. In addition, a strong, muscular system acts as an organ of elimination, aiding in the detoxification process. The positive stressor of resistance training will result in your body becoming stronger and more resilient over time, allowing you to adapt immunologically and hormonally.
Start slow and small, working your way up with the amount of weight you use. If you get too fatigued at first, back off & take a day off and you will find you will be stronger the next time. Honor your body, always, by listening to it. By simply moving joints slowly through their ranges of motion, this will help cleanse the joints, preventing weakening and stiffening. Great muscle gains can be made by performing low reps, as long as you have a solid amount of weight you are pushing against. Muscle and strength can be built fairly quickly, if you are consistent. It is very important to hire a strength and conditioning coach or personal trainer to teach you resistance training exercises correctly the first time, so you do not get hurt.
The last key component to fighting these disease processes, is diet. A high quality and nutrient dense diet is imperative. Adequate nutrition is key, along with boosting collagen and protein intake to prevent muscle wasting. Sleep, sunlight and positive relationships will also help strengthen and heal your body.
Building strength and a resilient body is very empowering and will translate positively into every aspect of your life. Build your body for a healthy future.
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As a wife and mother of two active little boys, Dr. Taglio understands that life is busy and can easily get out of balance. She knows how important healthy habits are in maintaining a healthy family. She is committed to addressing the whole body and takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the function of the nervous system, by removing nerve interference through chiropractic, addressing nutritional components and incorporating neuromuscular re-education to maintain spinal health and stability. She has made it her mission to help people not only feel great, but also help them reach their highest potential, in whatever their endeavors are. She has a love for children and their healing through chiropractic and nutrition.
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