I’ve just come back from my Starfleet Academy experience (I’m a huge Star Trek fan) at The Intrepid Museum in New York.
Finally. I planned to go for 2 months!
It was so cool to see all the technology and ship emulations in real life, to go through the Starfleet Academy application tests, to learn more about technology from Star Trek compared to modern technology. It was so fun! Tricorders, phasers, transporters, food replicators, universal translators … I loved every bit of it! As it turned out, I’m a perfect communication officer — that wasn’t such a surprise, I’ve always been good at languages, translating ideas from one field to another, using metaphors to explain complex terms in simple words, at negotiations. At some point in my life I wanted to work in United Nations. Didn’t quite work out. Yet.
That whole experience made me remember that I recently read a book by a former director of NASA life sciences — Dr. Joan Vernikos.
I wanted to read this book because my biggest passion is longevity, prolonging human lifespan to 1000 or so. I read anything good I can find on the subject.
The book caught my interest because the topic isn’t talked much about — the connection between gravity and our human health and longevity (I don’t like using the term aging, it puts a negative spin on everything.)
Most of the book didn’t reveal anything new. It explains a lot of things about general health, about the science of maintaining good health to the end of our days, but unlike other health books it goes into many details, explaining the science behind the need of our body to move aka stimulate our body systems with the help of gravity to stay healthy. The book explains how every system and every process in our body depends on the proper use of gravity — our heart and circulatory system, our muscles and bones, our breathing, our digestion, elimination, metabolism and nutrient/oxygen delivery and absorption, hormonal regulation, sleep/awake cycles, brain functions and even our motivation depend on gravity!
It’s fascinating information!
The book does explain how our misuse of gravity shortens our health span and makes us age faster. But it does not say much new about how possibly we could extend our life spans using gravity in some way — hyper-gravity or zero-gravity treatments.
It is interesting to know though that we might be better off on Mars, if we want to live longer. It seems, that micro-gravity environment prolongs our life spans and the time does seem to run slower in space for the body and cell metabolism.
Another interesting thing. A lot of health problems associated with space, only start to matter, if we plan to return to Earth. Our bodies are very smart, they adapt quickly to micro-gravity and start running all the systems accordingly. And what might seem like a negative effect short term for the astronauts planning return to Earth might be actually just a transitional stage for our body’s adaptation process to life in a different gravitational environment. If leave for Mars we might end up arriving as different species. As I think of it — it might be a good idea to think about creating artificial Mars gravity environment on the ship transporting humans to Mars, instead of trying to emulate Earth gravity environment, that settlers on Mars will probably never experience again.
Key takeaways from “The G-Connection: Harness gravity and reverse aging”
Use gravity to stay healthy.
If we want all our body’s systems run smoothly, if we want to stay healthy as long as possible (Ideally till the day we die), we need to stimulate our body through variety of movement constantly and frequently. Dr. Joan, the author, points at FREQUENT VARIETY of movements throughout the day — sit, stand, stretch, walk, lift something heavy, use the stairs, do the housework — keep moving! Not just in the gym or aerobics class. The whole day! Everywhere!
Use gravity to stay motivated and keep smiling.
There is a proven and researched correlation between normal functioning of our brain and hormonal systems and our movement habits. The less we move the worse it all works and the less motivation and more depression we have.
Grumpy and feel totally unmotivated? — Get off your rear end and move!
Get your ass to Mars.
Look, there is a theory in NASA that gravity on Mars might cause longer life spans without any surgical procedures and fountain-of-youth-magic potions. You might consider applying for re-location to Mars when there is an opportunity.
Look what I found at the museum!
I couldn’t resist from getting one of these ice-creams. Not sure I’ll ever eat it though. Unless stranded in space and having no better healthier options. Why don’t they make healthier ice-creams for the people who really need the best nutrition? Junk is everywhere.
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health