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By Marlies White

We are happy to announce that Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo, MBA, PhD, ScMD, will be a regular contributor to the monthly newsletter, and has joined SomaLife in the capacity of Scientific Advisor. Dr. Belluzzo is an internationally recognized global health expert, holding a doctorate in public health and tropical medicine. She has earned graduate degrees and post-graduate training from LaSalle University, the University of Colorado School of Business, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Her professional passion is to promote human health and wellness, strengthen communities, generate economic prosperity and enrich the lives of the world’s most vulnerable.

We, at SomaLife, are honored to have  Dr. Belluzzo join the SomaLife Team!

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Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo


Turning Back the Clock

Imagine if you could turn back the clock on aging!

I am not talking about a science fiction tale of time travel or the heart-warming film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt. I am talking about looking and feeling our best for as long as possible. There are ways that we can slow down the effects of aging.

I refer to these ways of slowing aging as “micro-changes.”  Easy painless actions. Actions that are too small to fail.  Research shows that 75% of poor health conditions are related to “lifestyle” and are preventable. What are some of these small changes with big impact?

As we age, cell division slows down. Youthful cells regenerate about every 28 days. From age 40, our cells are only renewed every 30 to 40 days. This reduces the number of new cells your body is producing, which are needed for vitality and a youthful appearance. Collagen and elastin, the supporting fibers in tissue, begin decreasing after age 25. Inflammation and injury, on a cellular level, happens when this imbalance occurs. Cells are damaged and destroyed quicker than they are being replaced. Aging is a consequence of accumulated damage over time. Ultimately, aging is a result of complex interactions between physiology, genetics, biochemistry, and behavior. Behavior offers opportunity for change!

By making simple changes to your diet, it is possible to improve your body’s biochemical processes and physiology. This can help to slow down aging. Amino acids are a nutritional “micro-change.” The right mix of amino acids repair cells from within. Pure, free-form crystalline amino acids encourage your body to produce additional proteins and peptides that start the natural process of cell repair and regeneration.

Amino acids’ antioxidant effect literally inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage cells. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions.

Improved sleep, increased energy, and an overall sense of well-being are just a few of the many positive health benefits attributed to proper balances of nutritional amino acids.

  • Deeper restorative sleep
  • Improved skin, hair, and nails
  • Reduced body fat (especially with exercise)
  • Diminished sense of stress
  • Enhanced mood

We all desire reducing the negative impacts aging has on our body. While maybe we cannot truly turn back the clock, the antioxidants within amino acids offer all of us the best opportunity to limit the effects of aging.

All the advantages of antioxidants are available to everyone through amino acids such as L-Lysine, L-Arginine, L-Ornithine, L-Glutamine, Glycine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. By making simple changes to your diet it is possible to maximize antioxidant activity and fight aging. Not only will these amino acids reduce the effects of aging, but they will also help your body function better and protect you against disease.

Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo


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