Sirtfood Diet History

Sirtfood Diet History

sirtuinsWhat is a sirtuin and how is it linked with calorie restriction?

Sirtuins are a group of genes that are involved in the regulation of lifespans of organisms. These are housekeeping genes. In other words, they are responsible for the repair and maintenance of cells.

In mammals they are 7 of them: SIRT1-7. They regulate cellular energy, cell death, aging, inflammation etc.

Early research demonstrated that calorie restriction (restricting intake by 60-70% of the regular calorie intake) extended the life of rodents. Similar findings were reported in a number of species including primates.

One of the most important findings in these studies was the association of increased sirtuins and extension of lifespan due to calorie restriction. Therefore the activation of sirtuins is associated with longevity and thought to be a secret to the ‘fountain of youth’.

SIRT1 is also known as ‘skinny gene’ as it regulates fat storage and metabolism.

Scientists then started looking for dietary elements that could activate sirtuin. That is how Sirtfoods were identified. It is felt that these foods mimic the activity of fasting, calorie restriction and exercise and thus can speed up weight loss and promote health.

Are Sirtfoods Compatible With Other Diets?

Are Sirtfoods Compatible With Other Diets?

Sirtfoods are not only compatible with all other dietary approaches but will, in fact greatly enhance their benefits in health and weight. This applies to diets like intermittent fasting, low-carb, paleo and gluten-free which are currently very popular.sirtfoods

Eating a diet rich in Sirtfoods means that the calorie restriction of intermittent fasting can be less severe, yet the benefits will be the same if not greater. A 7 day benefit rather than just say  5 on the 5:2 day fasting regimen.

Low-carb diets that lack plant-based foods can be dramatically enhanced by the inclusion of Sirtfoods. The vast majority of the top 20 Sirtfoods are low in carbs.

Sirtfoods are archetypal paleo foods, containing the sirtuin-activating polyphenols that people have been eating and reaping the benefits from over countless years. Sirtfoods are a missing piece of the paleo philosophy.

The top 20 Sirtfoods are naturally gluten-free making them advantageous for anyone following a gluten-free diet.

Why Investing in the Sirtfood Diet is Investing in Your Health

The cost of healthcare in America is high, and it is still rising. CNBC’s article ‘Here’s How Much the Average American Spends on Health Care’ cited data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, noting that in 2016, Americans on average had to spend $10,345 on healthcare compared to the $7,700 they spent for the same causes in 2007. That figure is forecast to steadily increase through the years, reaching a staggering $14,944 by 2023.

It is now imperative that you make an honest accounting of your health today, and if necessary, make the required changes that will ensure a healthier—and even wealthier—future. One aspect of your life that you may need to take a good, long look at is your diet.

 

A Diet for a Healthier You

 

Enter the Sirtfood Diet which promotes weight loss by activating the sirtuin pathways that impact metabolism, aging, and mood. These pathways are activated through the intake of polyphenol-rich foods referred to quite aptly as “sirtfoods.” The Sirtfood Diet which is covered in depth on our page ‘The Sirtfood Diet is the Newest and Latest Strategy for Health, Nutrition and Weight Loss’, offers a host of other health benefits, too, such as muscle building and memory enhancement.

One big advantage of the Sirtfood Diet is the effect it could have on your healthcare costs. Through following the diet you will get sick less often which in turn will require minimal health maintenance and monitoring. A healthier you therefore will no longer have to spend copious amounts on doctor’s fees, medical procedures, and supplements. Some of the top sirtfoods to improve health and reduce costs include blueberries, strawberries, kale, chocolate (those of the 85% real cocoa variety only), citrus, coffee, and matcha green tea.

Lowered Costs on Health Insurance

A healthier you can also get comprehensive health insurance at very affordable rates. Lauren Gensler, in her article for Forbes, notes that the life insurance start-up Health IQ, founded by Like creator and highly regarded entrepreneur Munjal Shah, is quietly rewarding the health-conscious by offering inclusive insurance at lower premiums.

Shah’s start-up, says Gensler, partners with established life insurance companies, and these partnerships allow Health IQ to offer health-conscious people (e.g. vegans, runners, yogis, and HITT practitioners) rates that are on average 4% to 33% lower than rates traditionally offered by other companies. Alex Rampell, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and a resource for Gensler’s article, believes this setup of offering lower rates to the health-conscious addresses a “fundamental unfairness of underwriting”: those who mind their health are paying just as much as those who seemingly pay no heed to theirs.

A Venture Beat report, citing an interview with Shah, notes that the start-up is data-driven with an extensive, up-to-the-tiniest-of details, documentation that allows the company to accurately identify people who deserve to be rewarded for living a healthy life – like those who follow healthy diets like the Sirtfood Diet or a vegan diet. Health IQ then helps these people get better insurance at lower premiums.

The perfect time to live a healthy life is always now, and adopting the Sirtfood Diet is most definitely a step in the right direction. Making this lifestyle change will lead to a healthier you, plus a bevy of other benefits in the other aspects of your life, including reducing your health costs.

Top 20 Sirtfoods

Top 20 Sirtfoods

These are the top 20 Sirtfoods and the foundation of the Sirtfood Diet.  Sirtfoods are plant foods rich in specific polyphenols that activate our sirtuin genes. Eating them turns on a recycling process in our cells clearing out all the clutter and waste that builds up with age and normally causes ill health. To fuel this recycling process our cells tap into our fat stores.
The outcome of this is rejuvenated cells, health, energy and weight loss.

-Sirtuins are master metabolic regulators that control our ability to burn fat and stay healthy

-Sirtuins act as energy sensors within our cells and are activated when a shortage of energy is detected

-Fasting and exercise both activate our sirtuin genes but these can be hard to persevere with and may have drawbacks

  • By eating a diet rich in the top 20 Sirtfoods you can mimic the effects of fasting and exercise and achieve a healthier body

top 20 sirtfoods

 

Top 9 Sirt Boosters-Easy Sirtfood Snacks

Top 9 Sirt Boosters-Easy Sirtfood Snacks

easy sirtfood snacksHere are nine easy Sirtfood snacks you can reach for when you need a SIRT top-up.

1 Green tea

1 cup (200ml) • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 0 calories

Never, ever, underestimate the healthy SIRT boost that a cup of green tea can give you. Have as many cups as you can per day – we recommend at least two cups. Not only that, the SIRTs in green tea are cumulative so you can get up to four portions of SIRTs daily if you have four cups of green tea or more.

2 Red grapes

10 grapes • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 30 calories

Another of the very easy Sirtfood snacks and a low-calorie way to get one of your SIRT portions. Keep a punnet or two in the fridge and have a handful at breakfast or lunch or even both!

3 Apples

1 apple • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 47 calories

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Reach for an apple as one of your after-lunch easy Sirtfood snacks. It will help keep sugar cravings at bay too.

4 Cocoa

2 tsp/10g cocoa • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 33 calories

Try making a chocolate shot with 2 tsp cocoa. 1 tsp sugar and 30ml milk. Mix the cocoa and sugar together with a little boiling water from the kettle to make a smooth paste. Stir in the milk. An (almost) instant chocolate hit with only 68 calories.

5 Olives

6 large black or green olives • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 75 calories

A versatile and easy Sirtfood snack in the afternoon or a pre-dinner treat. Serve at room temperature to get a fuller flavor.

6 Blackberries

15 blackberries • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 32 calories

Another of the easy Sirtfood snacks to keep in your fridge. Also great as a frozen treat.

7 Dark chocolate 85%

6 squares/20g chocolate • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 125 calories

Get your chocolate hit here! If you prefer 70% dark chocolate, you’ll need 9 squares/30g. which will be 180 calories.

8 Pomegranate seeds

50g/half a small pack • 1 of your SIRT 5 a day • 50 calories

Easy to obtain while on the go, pomegranate seeds pack a large SIRT punch and you only need half a 100g pack to get one of your SIRT portions.

9 Blueberries

25 blueberries (80g) • 1 of your sirt 5 a day • 36 cals

One large handful of blueberries can also be one of your easy Sirtfood snacks.

 

 

Sirtfoods For All

Sirtfoods For All

Sirtfoods could have favorable applications in other diets.sirtfoods

Many health-conscious people are committed to a certain style of eating, with the likes of intermittent fasting with the 5:2 and other diets, low-carb, including the Dukan Diet, paleo and gluten-free diets being especially popular. Whilst they don’t work for some, many vouch for them.

But how do Sirtfoods fit in with these other diets?

#  Sirtfoods are not only compatible with all other dietary approaches but can powerfully enhance their benefits.

# Eating a diet rich in Sirtfoods means that the calorie restriction of intermittent fasting can be less severe, yet the benefits can be the same if not greater.

# Low-carb diets that lack plant-based foods can be dramatically augmented by the inclusion of Sirtfoods.

# Sirtfoods are the typical paleo foods, containing the sirtuin-activating polyphenols that humans would have evolved eating and reaping the benefits from over a very long period of time.

# The top 20 Sirtfoods are naturally gluten-free making them a real benefit for anyone following a gluten-free diet.

 

How To Make And Steep Green Tea

How To Make And Steep Green Tea

green tea

Many advocates recommend drinking about three to four cups per day for the most anti-aging benefits of green tea, but even drinking one to two cups is a step in the right direction with this Sirtfood.

The standard way to brew green tea is to: 

Place your tea bag or high-quality tea leaves (purchase organic from a reputable company for the best tea) in your teapot.

  1. Heat or boil water, but don’t let it completely boil and become too hot, as this can destroy some of the delicate compounds found in green tea leaves. The “ideal” temperature for brewing green tea is between 160 degrees Fahrenheit to 180 degrees F (traditionally standard Japanese green teas brew at slightly higher temperatures). Pour hot water into the teapot to steep the leaves for only about 1–3 minutes. Larger leaves need more time to steep than finer, smaller leaves. At this point you can also add any fresh herbs you plan on steeping.
  2. Once brewed, pour a little tea at a time into each cup in order to have the tea’s strength evenly distributed. At this point, you can add some lemon juice or raw honey as the finishing touch.

There is authoritative source material on preparing green tea here

Because it’s used somewhat differently than regular green tea, directions for making matcha green tea are found below (note that directions can vary, so it’s best to read the label of the product you purchase):

  1. Fill the kettle with fresh, filtered water and heat to just short of boiling.
  2. Fill the matcha bowl or cup with hot water and pour out (to warm the bowl/cup).
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to the bowl or cup and 2 ounces of nearly boiled water.
  4. Whisk for a minute or two until it looks thick and frothy with a tiny bubble, then add 3–4 more ounces of water before drinking.

Enjoy the sirtuin-activating benefits.

Spice Up Your Sirtfood Diet With Bird’s-Eye Chillies

Spice Up Your Sirtfood Diet With Bird’s-Eye Chillies

chilliesThe Sirtfood Bird’s-Eye Chillies contain the major sirtuin-activating nutrients Luteolin and Myricetin.

Bird’s-eye chillies(sometimes referred to as ‘Thai chillies’) are one of the top 20 Sirtfoods and appear regularly in the receipe sections(here and here) of this website. If you are  not used to spicy food, it is suggested you start with half the chilli amount stated in the receipe, as well as deseeding your chilli before use.  You can adjust the heat to your preference throughout the diet.

Chilli originated in the Americas and has been part of the human diet since at least 7500 BC. Explorer Christopher Columbus brought it back to Spain in the 15th century and its cultivation spread rapidly through the rest of the world. Its pungent heat is designed as a plant defence mechanism to cause discomfort and dissuade predators from feasting on it, yet many relish adding it to their eating patterns.

There are more than 200 varieties, coloured anything from yellow to green to red to black, and varying in heat from mildly warm to mouth-blisteringly hot.

Bird’s- Eye Chillies boast much greater sirtuin-activating credentials than the milder standard chillies that are more commonly used.

Bird’s-Eye chillies are known for weight reducing qualities. They can play a key role in increasing the metabolism of the body by increasing your body temperature. Faster metabolism, proper digestion and waste expulsion, can decrease the chance of fat accumulation in the body.

The chemical compound present in Bird’s-Eye chilli which results in the burning sensation is called Capsaicin. The effects of this compound can vary among individuals. However, most common is a burning sensation of the mouth, throat, and stomach upon ingestion.

It’s not just the heat of chillies but the way they enhance the flavours of other ingredients.

Celery – A Very Healthy Top 20 Sirtfood

Celery – A Very Healthy Top 20 Sirtfood

celeryThe Sirtfood Celery(including its leaves) contains the major sirtuin-activating nutrients Apigenin and Luteolin.

There are two types of celery: blanched/yellow and Pascal/green. Blanching is a technique developed to reduce celery’s characteristic taste, which was originally believed to be too strong. Unfortunately, blanching reduces the sirtuin-activating properties. Green celery is, therefore recommended for use in the green juices and meals.

  • Choose celery with upright stalks that snap when bent. The leaves should be fresh and crisp.  When selecting celery, remember this rule of thumb: The darker the color, the stronger the flavor. Freshly chopped celery retains its nutrients much better than if you chop and store it even for a few hours. Steamed celery not only retains its flavor, but also most of its nutrients–up to 99 percent of them, in fact!  Store it in the refrigerator and use in 5-7 days. Make sure you do not freeze it.

Celery lowers cholesterol levels and arthritis pain, helps in weight loss, detoxifies the body, reduces high blood pressure, and promotes overall health in a vast number of ways. It is rich in vitamin C and hence extremely beneficial.

Celery is a plant of the Apiaceae family and is a plant, consumed as a vegetable, that can be found throughout the world, and as an integral part of certain cultures’ cuisine. Its origins most likely trace back to the Mediterranean and North African areas, since what is believed to be a rudimentary variety of species of celery was found in King Tut’s tomb, and a plant closely resembling celery is referenced multiple times in Mediterranean myth and history. The plant is now cultivated globally and is a part of every cuisine throughout the world.

For culinary use, it is most commonly found in soups and salads, or as a garnish to certain dishes. Also, it is commonly eaten as a snack, since it is quite filling, but not fattening.

Capers-A Powerful Little Sirtfood

Capers-A Powerful Little Sirtfood

Capers are crammed full of two major sirtuin-activating nutrients-Rutin and Quercetin.capers

If you are not aware capers are like salty, dark-green pellets and they are amongst the most under-stated of foods.

They are, in fact pickled flower buds, which grow in the Mediterranean before being hand-picked. When combined with the right ingredients they provide a distinctive and inimitable flavor to round off a dish with style. Bold, briny, and powerfully salty, they tend to fall into the same love-it-or-hate-it category as olives and anchovies. But, while saltiness may be their high note, capers—like olives and anchovies, for that matter—bring exceptional depth and character to cooked and raw dishes alike.  The great thing about capers is that they serve as flavor enhancers, flavor boosters.

  • Unopened flower buds of this shrub are picked and preserved in salt or pickled in vinegar as the culinary capers which are now enjoyed world-wide as garnishes or as pungent flavor additives to a large number of foods including sauces, salads, fish, meats, pizza toppings and hors d’oeuvres.

Health benefits of capers

  • Being flower buds, capers are, in fact, very low in calories; providing just 23 calories per 100 g. Nonetheless, this spice contains many phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins essential for optimum health.
  • Capers are one of the highest plant sources of flavonoid compounds rutin (or rutoside) and quercetin. Capers, in fact, are a  large source of rutin; 100 grams contain 332 mg of this compound. Also, Capers are a very rich source of quercetin (180 mg/100 g) second only to tea leaf. Both of these compounds work as powerful antioxidants. Research studies suggest that quercetin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Furthermore, rutin strengthens capillaries and inhibits platelet clump formation in the blood vessels. Both these actions of rutin help in the smooth circulation of blood in the capillaries. It has found application in trial treatments for hemorrhoids, and varicose veins as well as reducing LDL-cholesterol levels in obese individuals.
  • The spicy buds contain healthy levels of vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-K, niacin, and riboflavin. Niacin helps lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Furthermore, minerals like calcium, iron, and copper are also present in significant amounts. Their high sodium level is mainly due to the addition of sea salt (sodium chloride) in the brine.

Recipe using Capers

 Mediterranean Lentil Saladcapers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup French green lentils (Le Puy)
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup loose parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup loose torn basil
  • 8 – 10 sun-dried tomatoes halved or sliced
  • 2 Tbs. capers
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • fresh parmesan shavings (optional)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Cook the lentils in the great deal of water in a rolling boil, till tender but still toothy, around 30 minutes. Drain, as needed. Transfer into a large serving bowl.
  2. To the bowl, add the red onion, parsley, basil, tomatoes, capers and toasted pine nuts.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, and also the pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over lentils.
  4. Give everything a good toss. Taste it.  Add more salt or lemon juice as needed. Serve along with parmesan shavings if desired.