Telomere Length and Aging: How to Prevent Aging from Within
Aging is something that happens to us all, but there is a natural way to control the rate at which it occurs. The answer lies in our own bodies, with tiny genetic protectors called telomeres. By doing what we can to support and maintain them, longer and healthier lives can be the result.
What Are Telomeres?
Telomeric DNA is found on our chromosomes. Chromosomes contain genetic data, such as how we age. Telomeres protect this data by enveloping the tips of our chromosomes, but they also prevent the sticking and fraying of chromosome ends, which would destroy our genetic information.
In addition, telomeres act as genetic fact-checkers, ensuring that DNA is properly and accurately copied when cell division occurs.
How Are Telomeres Related to Aging and Disease?
The older a person is, the longer cell division has been taking place in their body. The longer this cellular senescence has been occurring, the shorter their telomeres become each time. As telomeres become progressively shorter, the rate of biological aging increases.
When telomeres are short, cells wear down and eventually die, but they can also change. Changes in the cells can lead to the development of tumors, as well as chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.
The bottom line is this: Short telomeres increase our rate of aging and significantly increase our risk of developing various diseases, while long telomeres do the opposite. Although studies have revealed that increasing telomerase activity by introducing this enzyme to cells did have a positive effect, these effects were short-lived.
Just because there’s not a way to achieve longer telomeres in humans at the moment, that doesn’t mean we are without options to protect our telomere length.
Keep Your Telomeres Young with These Natural Methods
Reducing rates of telomere shortening not only involves doing things to benefit telomere health, but also avoiding the things that cause your telomeres to deteriorate faster than they should.
Excess weight in the form of obesity can be a warning that your average telomere length is decreasing prematurely. As well, the accumulation of abdominal or visceral fat can put organs in danger of developing disease. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to preventing DNA damage.
One very effective way to lose weight is with regular exercise, with your doctor’s approval, of course. Start small, with short walks around the block, and increase the amount and intensity of exercise gradually. You’ll soon find yourself benefiting from more energy, lower weight, and better sleep.
Simply put, your telomeres are what you eat. Processed foods that are high in fat and sugar cause the oxidative stress that damages telomeres, but antioxidant-rich foods like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, along with kale, dark chocolate, and a host of others will help to kickstart protection and DNA repair. They’ll also boost your immune system and blood cell health.
Chronic stress in one’s life may not appear to be that severe or appear to exist at all. However, left unchecked, chronic stress can be a telomere shortener and culprit of human aging.
When we’re stressed, our adrenal gland releases glucocorticoid hormones that reduce antioxidant protein levels. Fewer antioxidants mean that more telomere-shortening oxidative damage can occur.1 Lower stress with yoga, meditation, volunteering, or hobbies you enjoy.
We used to be able to obtain the nutrients necessary for telomere and overall health from our food. Today, nutrient-depleting farming practices and the subsequent use of fertilizers means that what we eat may no longer be enough to give us what we need.
Supplementing can help you maintain the nutrient balance necessary for a healthy body. It can also deliver nourishment at the cellular level, which slows the aging process and decreases one’s health span.
As well, by supplementing, you can reap the benefits of a healthier body without having to consume foods that you may not like.
Forrest Health: Where Technology and Nature Combine
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