Can you reverse the signs of ageing at a cellular level?
-May 2, Hannah Hargrave, Health -
The tell-tale signs of ageing might rear their heads on the surface of your skin but before you see the indicators on the outside, it starts within your cells. So if we know this to be the case is there any way we can reverse it from the inside out?
Cellular decline is completely natural and comes with age. When you’re a child cells keep forming in order to help you grow but as an adult cells only divide to replace dead ones. Since they can’t divide infintitely there comes a point when they simple commit suicide – the scientific term for which is apoptosis.
If you’re looking for an example of this, lets take collagen – that all important protein which keeps your skin looking plumped up and youthful. The cells that produce it, fibroblasts, can only be split around 50 times. Thats not good news for your skin, which can become saggy and wrinkled without collagen and elastin.
As for your body slowing down, this happens as a result of old cells mitochondria – our cell’s energy powerhouse – which cease to function as well as you age.
But the good news is it doesn’t have to be such a grim picture. Ageing happens to the very best of us and let’s face it, it’s better than the alternative. Scientistis haven’t discovered a magic pill to turn back the hands of time but they have been making leaps and bounds in discovering what the causes of cellular decline are, other than just the natural ageing process.
Here’s how you can help maintain your body from the inside out.
Reduce Oxidative Stress
One huge factor is that cells are damaged by free radicals. Eating burned or processed foods and getting too much exposure to UV rays can cause oxidative stress and negatively impact our looks and our health.
It therefore makes sense to protect your cells by eating a wholesome diet packed with antioxidants and fresh fruits and vegetables loaded with the likes of Vitamin C and E which help combat free radicals. Broccoli, watermelon, spinach, apricots, raspberries and a whole host of other healthy foods can be added to your diet.
Add a Supplement
In addition Lumity Day and Night Supplements have been designed to work on a cellular level to restore youthful efficiency and they too are loaded with Vitamins C and E, plus Selenium and Zinc too which help protect your body from oxidative stress.
An overkill of sugar can bog down the mitochondria with the weight of oxidative stress leaving them unable to give you the energy you need to stay active and young. Limit cakes, sweets, refined carbohydrates and alcohol and you won’t just help your waistline you’ll give your cells a break too.
There have been several studies suggesting exercise can combat ageing by protecting the telomeres on cells. The telomeres – the ends of a string of DNA – wear away as you age until the cell can no longer be divided and dies, so protecting them can lengthen the cells life.
Exercise keeps you both physically and mentally healthy and youthful at the same time while a sedentary lifestyle can leave you at risk of chronic illness and a shortened life span.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
A healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) will reduce oxidative stress. Belly fat in particular – which surrounds the internal organs rather than just sitting on top of muscles under the skin – sends out chemical messengers that creative oxidative stress on cells.
A healthy lifestyle can keep your BMI at a healthy level – under 24 – and also keep your waist circumference in check.
If you enjoyed this article and want to know more about the importance of your waist measurement you might like to read why the circumference of your mid section is more important than your weight and discover how to exercise your way to a healthy heart.