6 Ways to Make Your Cells Younger February 14, 2017 18:30
How to get a youthful glow at a cellular level.
The devil is in the details, and no where is this more true than in the field of anti-aging. Sure, you can slather on creams, dye your hair, or even take prescription drugs, but that's not going to the root: Your cells.
A stupid cold that you could shake off in a day as a kid now has you lying in bed for a week. You can blame your aging immunity. As we age, our immune systems decline, due to scenescence of our T cells, leaving us more vulnerable to everything from colds to cancer.
Exercise isn't just a great prescription for medical issues, it may also be the fountain of youth. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that, in a mouse study, not only does poor diet (i.e. fast food) speed up cellular aging, exercise is effective against this damage.
The list of benefits of losing weight is a mile long-from getting diabetes under control to lowering your blood pressure. And losing weight may also give your cells a major face lift, according to researcch from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. They found that undergoing gastric bypass surgery increased the length of a person's telomeres.
Want to get back to the care-free days of childhood? Meditation is your path to de-stress your cells, according to research from the American College of Physicians. Researchers found that regular meditators showed that regular meditators had a 17 percent decrease in cellular stress indicators after a meditation retreat (versus non-meditators, who actually had a 3 percent increase in cellular stress indicators after a comparable, non-meditation retreat).
"Some anti-aging docs are promoting Chinese ginger, Ginkgo biboa, and astragalus root extract for telomere health," says Kessler. She cites research that found that these extracts were able to decrease the percentage of short telomeres in several kinds of immune cells.
Stand up for anti-aging! We don't mean take a stand–we mean actually get out of your chair and stand up to protect your telomeres, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.