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Dr Michael Lange talks Natural Anti Aging

Michael Lange Optometrist and organic chef.

Dr Michael Lange optometric physician and organic chef.

Natural Anti Aging discussed by Dr Michael Lange.  10/11/16

Dr. Michael Lange is an Optometric Physician and a Certified Nutrition Specialist, he is the founder of Lange Eye Care and Associates and The Lange Eye Institute.  He is involved in nutritional research and is the founder of Fortifeye Vitamins. Dr Lange is a syndicated talk show host of “Ask The Dr” non stop since April 1993.  This talk show is a live call in show dedicated to educating the listeners about  the latest in eye care and nutrition.

1.  Proper Diet is key to anti aging! Consuming the right foods and avoiding the wrong foods is extremely important when following a specific diet. God made a pretty good body and when the proper fuel is given to the body it performs very well for a very long time.  I recommend  consuming a modified organic gluten free paleo diet. Organically grown fruits and vegetables should be the largest portion of your meal  and then a good organically raised source of protein like eggs,  chicken, turkey, wild cold water fish , grass fed bison or beef.  Stay away from all processed, canned, frozen foods. I recommend trying to consume 9-10 servings of organically grown fruits and vegetables a day.  Some of the best fruits and vegetables  to consume are : Spinach, Kale, swiss chard, Broccoli, Orange and red bell peppers, avocados, cauliflower,  Brussel  sprouts, cabbage, apples, oranges, grape fruits, blue berries, cherries, grapes, bananas, pomegranate, black berries, raspberries,  pineapple, asparagus , watermelon, squash, strawberries, mushrooms and artichokes.  Drink plenty of spring water and stay away from distilled or reverse osmosis water.  I dont like these type of purified waters because the minerals are leached out and they are very acidic. However if u have an RO system you can make the water healthy water by filling up a glass container with the RO water and then putting a half teaspoon of pink sea salt and chop up a few fruits and vegies into the water and let it sit at room temperature. This process will alkalize the reverse osmosis or distilled water and refurbish the minerals.  You can eat organic brown rice or some gluten free pasta a few times a week with this diet. Use extra virgin coconut oil and virgin olive oil for cooking. Drink a few glasses of organic green tea a day and stay away from sugar free or decaffeinated drinks.  Drinking  A2 cows milk , goat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk is all ok a few times a week. I also think men over the age of forty should drink some organic pomegranate juice every day for prostate health. To aid in digestion using manuka honey as a sweetener  is a great idea and I  recommend eating some fermented food like sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt and  miso soup  three to four times a week.  Snacking on seeds and nuts and goji berries is also a great way to get some extra protein and antioxidants.  Try to eat five small meals a day and dont eat anything 3 hrs before bed.  If u are like most people u will fall short of the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables so I developed an all organic gluten free, fodmap free powdered superfood called Fortifeye Organic Blue Green Superfood . One scoop of this super food will give you the fruits and vegetables u may be lacking in your diet.  A great snack u can have in between meals is a Paleo Bar made by a company called Paleo Simplified . Paleo Simplified energy bars are raw , Paleo and gluten free   These paleo bars are filled with antioxidants that are good for the entire body and has a great carbohydrate to protein ratio with no binders, fillers or artificial sweeteners . 

2.  Exercise is a crucial step of anti aging.  We should all try to get a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic cardiovascular exercise five days a week.  As long as your physician says its ok. Try to get our heart rate over 100 bpm for this amount of time.  It is even better if you can do this activity out doors in the sunshine.   I also recommend another  20-30 minutes of resistance training five days a week. This can be calisthenics or weight lifting.  Exercise releases stress, improves circulation and releases natural body beta endorphins.  Try not to exercise three hrs before bed because it can interfere with your sleep. I also recommend doing outdoor sports and activity as much as possible.  Many out door activities I recommend are Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, baseball, basketball, soft ball, volley ball, tennis, racquet ball, swimming, soccer etc…    Make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear for each sport!

3.  Proper amount of Sleep may be the most important step in anti aging. Most Americans are sleep deprived !  Many people give up sleep for play and work.  An adequate amount of sleep is as important as adequate amount of exercise.  I recommend between 7-9 hrs of sleep for everyone.  Chronic sleep deprivation interferes with metabolism and can cause cortisol levels to rise. This creates an inflammatory cascade,  weight gain and a whole host of other diseases.  Heart Disease, diabetes, obesity and  poor brain functioning are all linked to sleep deprivation.  If you have trouble sleeping  try turning off the tv and reading a book (paper back not kindell) an hr before bed.  Make your bed room as dark as possible and unplug any electronic devices in the room, put black electrical tape over any led lights on alarms or fire detectors. Turn down the air conditioning  to around 70 degrees.  Do not watch tv or use any electronic devices one to two hrs before bed if possible. The tv, computer and other electronic devices will actually tell the pineal gland to decrease the secretion of  melatonin and it will interfere with your sleep. If your current lifestyle dictates that you must still work on the computer or watch tv in the evening then I recommend purchasing blue light defense lenses .  These lenses have blue light filtering properties. If we filter the blue light that is emitted from the computer, television , indoor lighting, portable tablets etc then the pineal gland will not stop the normal secretion of melatonin.  Prolong exposure to blue light is a root cause to accelerated aging in the eye and the entire body.  I recommend these lenses to all of my patients for their computer glasses and often times on their every day pr of glasses as well. New scientific evidence is proving that lower melatonin levels also increases the risk of many types of cancer in the body.   A hot bath with a pound of sea salt while reading a book will also help you relax and  promote a good night sleep. Lastly drinking organic tart cherry juice and eating a handful of pumpkin seeds 2 hours before bed may also help stimulate natural production of  melatonin and improve sleep.

Fortifeye Family of products

Fortifeye Family of products

4. The correct Supplements definitely have a role in anti aging. In todays hectic busy  lifestyle most of us do not have the time to shop, prepare and eat 9-10 servings of organically grown fruits and vegetables.  Therefore I recommend everyone taking a good multivitamin to help combat against free radical damage and oxidative stress.  The problem is most multivitamins you can buy over the counter are filled with synthetic dyes, synthetic nutrients , trans fats and only have very small amounts of the beneficial nutrients.  I developed a Multivitamin called Fortifeye Complete Once Daily that has no dyes and only all natural levels of true evidence based nutrients to help fight against  free radical damage in the body and your eyes.  I also recommend everyone at any age young and old taking a good Omega 3 fish oil supplement. Most of us are omega 3 deficient and this is one of the root causes of so much inflammation in the typical American body.  Most Americans are eating a diet high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids that  are creating many health issues. I recommend adding about 1600 mg of Triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil to everyones diet that weighs over 170l bs and about half that much if you weigh less.  You must read the labels and make sure it says triglyceride form on the omega 3 fish oil label. If it doesnt say it than it is an inferior less bio-available form called ethyl ester omega 3 fish oil.  I have developed  one of the most potent and purest triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil that is now being used by 1000s of doctors and people  all over the world called Fortifeye Super Omega.  I developed this so my patients  would have a cost effective evidence based omega 3 supplement available to them that delivers a therapeutic dosage in only 1-2 gel caps.  Many studies have proven that omega 3 has tremendous health  benefits. Recently studies have shown that omega 3 can actually slow down the rate at which the end cap of a chromosome called a telomere shrinks.  Omega 3 fatty acids may actually slow down chromosomal aging.  I recommend taking one dosage right before bed or better yet if you wake up in the middle of the night to go to bathroom take your fish oil then.  The omega three produces resolvins and protectins  at a maximum level at four hrs after ingesting and this ideally will be at the highest levels first thing in the am when u wake up, this is the  time that people are more prone to strokes and heart attacks. So in theory if the omega 3 is at its highest concentration in your blood when u wake up it may decrease the chances of a heart attack or stroke.


Another relatively new anti aging nutrient is called astaxanthin. This is a carotenoid in the xanthophyll family that gives the reddish color to wild alaskan salmon. Astaxanthin has both potent antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects that makes it a perfect nutrient for any anti aging recipe. I developed a supplement called Fortifeye Focus that has 6 mg of astaxanthin along with two other beneficial carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin that are great for the eyes and the skin. This supplement may help improve the focusing ability in the eyes and patients also notice improved skin health and less wrinkles in the face.  As we age the master antioxidant in the body called Glutathione starts to decrease and it can be very difficult to get rid of a glutathione deficiency. I have found that using  a scoop of undenatured whey protein concentrate once daily in a smoothie is a great way to stimulate glutathione production.   I recommend mixing some organic berries , pineapples and banana with a scoop of non denatured whey protein concentrate from grass fed New Zealand cows to boost  glutathione an get a great source of protein and antioxidants.  I developed Fortifeye Super Protein from New Zealand grass fed a2 cows for this purpose .   Everyone at any age should have their blood tested for Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is a very common deficiency that can lead to many health issues if not corrected. I do recommend a half hr of sun four days a week without any sunscreen for fair complected people and  maybe 45 minutes of sun four days a week for darkly pigmented people. The sun is a great source of vitamin d. Do not stay out long enough to get burned. After  being exposed to the sun do not wash your body with soap for at least six to eight hrs. The soap will wash away the oils on the skin that are allowing the vitamin D to absorb.  Many people that can not get sun exposure or live  up north during the winter months will need to supplement with  Vitamin D 3 anywhere from 1000 ius – 5000 ius daily depending on  how deficient your Vitamin D test is.  I recommend seeing your physician for this blood test and then  following the doctors recommendation on Vitamin D supplementation.  Many women and men may need to take a calcium supplement depending on  what their bone density scan shows. People must be very careful buying  large amounts of over the counter calcium supplements . Too much calcium may actually cause calcification of the blood vessel linings and increase ones risk of a stroke, heart attack or an ocular occlusive event and macular degeneration.  New studies are suggesting  taking a form of calcium called hydroxyapatite combined with  either ipraflavone or strontium along with Vitamin D3, magnesium, vitamin k, phosphorous and boron to maximize the absorption of the calcium into the bone and minimize the potential  complications. I like a product made by Douglas labs called Osteo -Guard Plus Ipraflavone. I also recommend after the age of 50 taking a good enzyme with all cooked meals and a probiotic right before bed on an empty stomach.   Fortifeye Vitamins has a new generation enzyme and probiotic now on the market that I recommend ( Fortifeye Digestive Enzymes and Fortifeye Probiotics Bacteria)  .  Finally I recommend  anyone that follows my protocol to have a spectracell blood test done four to five months after starting this anti aging regiment. This is a blood test that will look for any nutritional deficiencies at a cellular level and also look at many other important blood chemistries. There are many other good supplements  that one can take but I wanted to cover the basics in this introduction to anti aging.   If you have the desire and the discipline to follow the steps I have outlined you will begin to feel better and look better!   Think positive thoughts,  smile and be happy !  Remember Rome wasn’t built over night, give these lifestyle adjustment steps a minimum of four to six months before you go back to your old ways. Trust me you will adopt this as your new way of living!   Welcome to the ANTI-AGING ZONE!

Dr Michael Lange

Board Certified Optometric Physician and Certified Nutrition Specialist

Dr. Michael Lange in front of Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida

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