Do you want to discover how to hijack the ageing process?
Guess what? Ageing is not a simple passive degenerative process, but one regulated by distinct biochemical pathways, which you actually can well and truly influence
It all comes down to keeping something called 'telomers' long and happy. So what are telomeres again?
Imagine shoelaces, with the little plastic pieces over the ends - preventing the lace from fraying at the ends. This is exactly like a telomere. Telomeres, are the tiny protein sheaths on the ends of your chromosomes, these help keep your DNA in prime condition, when not in prime condition the telomeres shorten leading to poor health and ageing itself.
Although there are other factors related to aging, it appears that the length of your telomeres correlates to your biological age. Longer end caps are a sign of youthfulness. Your brain, organs and systems function better when telomere length is preserved. Shorter end caps indicate cellular aging.
"If they wear down too much, the genetic material in your chromosomes is no longer protected," says Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., a coauthor of the new book The Telomere Effect. "This inhibits your cells' ability to function properly, which speeds up the aging process"
What factors cause your telomeres to deteriorate;
- chronic stress - The number one baddie. Studies show clear evidence of the relationship between lifestyle, stress, telomeres and aging. Stress, in its many forms, speeds up telomere shortening.
- lack of exercise
- poor diet
- alcohol and tobacco
- lack of quality sleep
OMMMM - Chronic stress can increase the odds that your telomeres will deteriorate. Regular meditation, yoga - infact any kind of exercise will reduce chronic stress and increase in the enzyme that lengthens telomeres. NB: Magnesium is THE mineral to nourish your nervous system.
DONT WORRY, BE HAPPY - Anything that makes you happy, the right life partner and surrounded by close friends is shown to be HUGELY beneficial. Besides reducing stress, being with friends and loved ones causes your cells to produce fewer C-reactive proteins (pro-inflammatory substances that have been linked to shorter telomeres and conditions like heart disease and depression).
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT - Chronic inflammation makes your cells divide faster, prematurely wearing down your telomeres. By adding Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, you can fight inflammation - our body converts omega-3s into hormones that moderate inflammation. Aim for at least 1,000 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids a day from fish like salmon or an algae-based supplement. NB: Magnesium is a potent anti-inflammatory mineral
BEAUTY SLEEP - If you're getting less than seven hours a night, tossing and turning, or going to bed and getting up at different times every day, you're more likely to suffer from inflammation and oxidative stress, which shorten your telomeres. Develop good sleep hygiene, avoid working late or watching TV shows right up until you crawl between the sheets. NB: Magnesium is a an essential mineral for managing insomnia.
The mind needs a slow descent into slumber. (Begin with a relaxing magnesium bath, leave your phone in another room on silent). Read or listen to a relaxing podcast for a few minutes, and you'll fall into a sounder sleep faster.
MOVE YOUR BODY - Exercise increases levels of telomerase, making telomeres longer and healthier. People who participated in two, three, or four types of activities a month were, respectively, 24, 29, and 52 percent less likely to have short telomeres compared with those who did none, according to a University of Mississippi study.
REDUCE INDOOR POLLUTANTS - like benzene and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), these can stretch your telomeres in unhealthy ways, which in turn increases the risk of cancer, research shows. There's evidence that certain types, like Boston ferns, peace lilies, English ivy, and philodendrons, can help clean the air. Fill your home and office with leafy greens - as well as your plate!
BALNEOTHERAPY - Beyond getting your body clean and reducing stress levels, a bath has offered healing benefits for thousands of years. And there is a very good reason people have been flocking to The Dead Sea for centuries too - it's the healing body of water, filled with magnesium chloride.
The bottom line is that it is important to avoid substances that compromise your health. Unhealthy habits prematurely shorten your telomeres and accelerate aging. Healthy living and eating habits protects your telomeres. That is the best insurance to naturally safeguard your cells, your longevity, and your well-being into old age.