For many centuries, finding ways to slow down aging to a crawl has been an obsession. How we wish there was an easy way to protect our body from aging – specially through natural ways.
Fortunately there is! According to recent research protecting the tiny caps on the ends of your chromosomes, which are called telomeres, is the key to a longer, healthier life.
These telomeres are just like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces. So, just imagine your shoelaces without the plastic tips or coating, it becomes frayed until they can no longer do their job. Just like the DNA strands (chromosomes), without the telomeres, it becomes damaged and our cells can’t do their job.
Telomeres are shortened as we age, but telomeres can also be shortened by stress, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet.
Luckily, if we change our lifestyles and follow a healthy way of living we can protect the telomeres and thus, protect our body from aging.
Here are 5 Natural ways to protect our body from aging:
1. Eat lots of berries.
Foods which are high in vitamins C and E, such as blueberries, and raspberries, protect telomeres from oxidative damage. In some studies, following berries with a multivitamin will significantly benefit the body. In the said study, telomeres of women who took a daily multivitamin were 5percent longer than those of non-users. It further explains that most of us are deficient in at least one essential nutrient needed to keep telomeres strong. Thus, a multivitamin gives your body what it needs to fight aging.
2. Regularly drinking coffee.
It was mentioned in one study in The Journal of Nutrition, that there were about 4,700 women who drink two cups of regular or decaf coffee daily have longer telomeres. Also, in an article in Genius Foods, it was mentioned that “Coffee is a major source of anti-inflammatory polyphenols, helping fight chronic inflammation. This, is in turn, can help keep your telomeres nice and long.”
3. Eliminate stress by reading novels.
Any woman who is highly stressed can attest to the fact that it ages you, and this truth is confirmed by lots of studies and research in science. The telomeres of chronically stressed woman look 10 years older than those of less stressed person. One way to eliminate the effect of that stress according to some studies is to read! According to The Journal of Science and Healing, enjoying a good book triggers a significant drop in stress and anxiety in minutes, helping you to live longer!
4. Adding whole-wheat pasta in your diet.
Whole-wheat pasta can provide about quarter of your daily fiber intake, which is essential because fiber helps shield telomeres from free radical damage. In addition to that, the pasta has about 160mcg of folic acid which is a nutrient that optimizes the activity of telomerase, and enzyme that makes telomeres longer.
5. Exercise more.
Middle-aged folks who exercise regularly, about 30 minutes three or four times a week has telomeres that are about 75% longer than those of other people. Moving more or exercise helps prevent shortening of telomeres by increasing vascular function and inflammation.
I am so glad to know and to share to you that there are definitely natural ways to protect our body from aging. Let us all make sure our telomeres are long and intact.
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