Near Immortals.

Did you know there is species of jellyfish that can completely generate new cells and in theory live forever? Collectively they are, rather romantically, known as “immortal jellyfish”. If they can avoid infections and being eaten, their ability to reset their cellular age means they can live indefinitely.

Why can’t humans live like Benjamin Button? Well, we believe it is only a matter of time before cellular scientists can certainly advise on the steps to take to dramatically extend our life expectancy. After all, our DNA is surprisingly similar to both jellyfish and sharks. And living off the coast of Greenland, the Somniosus Microcephalus shark can live up to the ripe old age of 500!

What if you could live to an age of more than 120 years without chronic illness, without the need for drugs and with both your mind and movement wonderfully intact? Well, we are here to tell you that we believe it’s possible. We believe that in the future, as scientists discover more about cellular biology, we won’t be seeing the lifespan of sharks as anything out of the ordinary. And that excites us!

At Primal Living, we focus on supplements and ideas, scientific evidence and research that can have a profound anti-ageing effect on the human body. We pay close attention to the “information theory of ageing”, which assumes that, “decreased functionality of the whole organism and its systems, is a result of decreased functionality of cellular repair mechanisms”. Effectively, it is the idea that ageing is due to the loss of information in cells over time. But what if you could recover it or at least delay it? Well, it appears that through good nutrition, avoiding chemicals and a few other lifestyle improvements, it is possible.

Think about this for a moment. We share more than 12,000 genes with certain sharks. Wow, when you consider it’s believed that there are around 20,000 to 25,000 human genes, that makes us half shark! We share some very interesting genes with sharks, especially one called FOX03. This gene is labelled the longevity gene. In tests on worms, they found that this gene can double a worm’s lifespan and guess what? FOX03 relates to how the worm deals with – are you ready for this – insulin!

Now, if you aren’t up to speed on insulin (don’t worry we discuss it in lots of blogs and articles), it is the hormone that the pancreas releases to regulate our blood sugar levels. You see, to keep the body in homeostasis (balance) your body only likes to suspend the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in your 5 litres of blood. Any more than this and it’s effectively a poison. So, when you eat a subway sandwich, that harmless-looking bread turns into a whopping 15 teaspoons of sugar (or a big plate of rice), and insulin goes into battle to remove 14 of the 15 teaspoons of converted sugar as quickly as possible. We could go on and on about insulin, but you're going to become an expert on it yourself by keeping up to date with all our articles. And it's important because insulin can be associated with virtually every chronic illness you and I worry most about.

Here is one of our graphics which has been really popular on social media, and demonstrates why we want to avoid insulin resistance:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could dramatically slow down the ageing process?

Well, we believe you can. After all, your DNA blueprint to be young is always there, even when you are older. And by the way, we never say old, but older, there is no such thing as being old.

But what if we can reset the ageing clock and prevent cells from ever losing their identity? What would happen if, like the jellyfish, we could live forever or keep regenerating parts of ourselves by stopping cells from becoming senescent (that’s where cells in us older folk start to lose their ability to reproduce). OK maybe not forever like the jellyfish, but live longer like a shark; we have very similar genes after all.

The big question is, how do we go about reprograming our cells to achieve a shark-like lifespan?

To do this we have to find ways to get our ageing cells to continually reread re-read their DNA blueprint. Understanding all this cellular stuff can be a bit tricky, so let’s share an analogy of a dirty DVD. Over time, by overplaying or mis-handling, they stop working properly; they get dirty or scratched. The DVD has 30 miles of spiralled grooves containing data but eventually scratches cause it to jump or certain parts of the DVD to be destroyed. The DNA in our cells holds coincidently about the same amount of info as a DVD but is held in a structure that if laid out flat would measure 6ft (183cm) in length. What’s amazing is all of this is held in a cell many times smaller than a speck of dust!

To restore your DVD disk, you have 2 options: purchase a more sensitive player or give it a good clean with soapy water. Both often work right? Getting a new player to put the DVD in is how they created Dolly the Sheep, but that’s not going to help you or me! What about cleaning your DNA? Well, cleaning is anything that removes epigenetic noise. Sure, eventually you can’t clean the DVD anymore, but you certainly can prolong its life with cleaning.

Remember, your DNA retains the information it needs to be young again. Just like cleaning the DVD, epigenetic noise is not a one-way street. It turns out that with the help of sirtuins (our self-repair molecules), cells that have lost their identity, just like cleaning the DVD, can be led back to their true selves.

Now all of this might sound a different language and quite frankly, that is because the human body is extremely complex. It doesn’t matter one bit if you don’t understand it, as long as you try your best to follow 3 principles.

But before we share them, you will discover here at Primal we talk a lot about lifestyle ideas, and both internal and external supplementation (nutrition) as a combined solution to becoming near-immortal, or at least unlocking your true health potential and adding life to your years.

Here are our 3 guiding principles:

1. Internal Supplements & Nutrition

There is plenty of research and evidence that demonstrates how certain foods, such as sardines, green vegetables, omega 3, and supplements like glucomannan, NAD, turmeric, resveratrol and vitamin B3 work on a cellular level. In our labs, we work meticulously to produce the finest grade supplements possible.

2. Lifestyle Ideas

There are some fundamental biological reasons why intermittent fasting, ketogenic diets and autophagy are healthy and should help add life to your years.

3. External Supplements (topical)

Our largest organ, our skin, is permeable and as chemicals pass through it, they enter directly into our blood (they don’t get filtered by the liver). Therefore, it is important to treat our skin with the utmost care.

Of course, there is more to it than just this, but you're in the right place to discover all the latest ideas and research on getting the most out of your years and unlocking your true potential.

Welcome to the near immortals!

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