What is cellular decline? Inside 2019’s biggest wellness trend
-Aug 23, Hannah Hargrave, Health -
Cellular decline is something that happens to all of us as we get older. As we age we likely notice a few more wrinkles, have a little less energy and have to work harder in the gym to stay looking fit, but the first signs of ageing don’t appear on your skin, they start within your cells.
This year, wellness industry insiders are all buzzing about cellular decline and saying that finding ways of tackling it is the way forward when it comes to enjoying great health and gorgeous skin. But what is cellular decline? In layman’s terms, your cells are the foundation of your wellbeing and unfortunately with age comes the natural decline of their health.
What is cellular decline?
Cells are imperative to growth. When you are a child new cells are constantly forming and dividing so that your body can get bigger, but when you reach adulthood cells only divide to replace ones that have died.
The problem is that cells can’t divide infinitely. For example the cells that produce collagen in your skin, called fibroblasts, can only split approximately 50 times before they receive a signal to essentially commit cell suicide – known as apoptosis.
Every time a cell divides, a bit of its telomere – the end portions which cap off a string of chromosomes – breaks away.
So it makes sense that as you get older your telomeres get shorter and at some point the cell can no longer divide and dies.
Think of it like the ends of your shoe laces. Those plastic bits gradually wear away and over time your laces become shorter and shorter until you can no longer tie them.
On top of that old cells’ mitochondria, which are essentially the power generators of the cells, become less efficient when they are older. That’s one of the reasons your body slows down the older you get.
How can we slow down ageing in cells?
While there are no treatments that can stop our cells from ageing, scientists have made huge steps in understanding why cellular decline happens and what the causes are.
One unequivocal factor is that oxidative stress, caused by free radicals, from the likes of sun damage, burned or processed foods, causes cell damage.
That’s where a diet made up of high quality nutritious food, regular exercise, minimising stress and investing in a high quality supplement containing nutrients that all help to slow cellular decline come into the picture.
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