Digging Deeper: Mechanics behind the benefits of exercise to health and longevity

Exercise Protects You: Just a good reminder to keep exercising

Researchers found a molecule!  Sounds boring right?  Well when you put exercise and molecule together of course it made me curious.  So this is the title that caught my attention:  The molecule behind the benefits of exercise has been found.

So how does this molecule work (its name is β-aminoisobutyric acid (BAIBA)?  You exercise, your muscle cells send out a signal to your fat cells.  Then sparks fly and things start to happen. The signal is BAIBA-the molecule they found.  Why are sparks flying?  Your fat cells now have the permission to turn on its own genes that burn calories.  What are the things that start to happen? Things start to drop like your fasting blood sugar levels, insulin, total cholesterol*, and triglycerides and a trend toward lowered BMI (body weight compared to your height).  These things are summed up as some of the metabolic risk factors which contribute to metabolic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

So how do we minimize these metabolic risk factors? Keep your cells (the building blocks of your body) healthy.  How?  Eat right and exercise so you can make sparks fly and other things happen.  Otherwise your cells are sending out some poorly made communication signals and your fat cells just say “Blah!”

Definition of Metabolism:  the chemical processes by which a plant or an animal uses food, water, etc., to grow and heal and to make energy (Merriam Webster Online Dictionary).  When the metabolic processes of the body are broken or impaired then the body fails to function normally and health problems occur.

*Read up on  Cholesterol to get a better picture of why it is important to your body and what levels in your blood are considered beneficial or harmful.  There is always more to the story.

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