Ageing and How To Avoid It

The current official old-age record holder is Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman who died in 1997 at the age of 122; but there are reports of people in remote areas living in perfect health to around the age of 140 years or more.

What is aging? What causes it? And can it be prevented?

“The aging process should be approached as an engineering problem. It is merely a side effect of being alive… much like a disease, it is preventable.”

According to Cambridge researcher and aging expert Aubrey de Grey, there are seven basic factors that are responsible for our aging:

  • Cell loss/atrophy
  • Death-resistant cells
  • Nuclear mutations and epimutations
  • mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) mutations
  • Protein cross links
  • Junk inside cells
  • Junk outside cells

His hypothesis suggests that if you can keep these seven deadly cell-damaging processes below the threshold where cells start to break down until your body dies from the cumulative damage, you will be able to extend your life indefinitely.
Fasting has a long tradition of use as a spiritual cleanser in most cultures and religions, but apparently it may have physical effects that contribute to longevity. Studies on animals have shown that restricted caloric intake can extend lifespan significantly.

Research from the University of Texas in the 90’s showed that a low-calorie diet switches on a key gene called SIRT1 that controls a network of other genes, which in turn create proteins that protect cells from damage. Now, more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies are working on anti-aging drugs designed to switch on SIRT1 in your cells.

While an anti-aging pill would no doubt have strong market potential, how useful would it really be? Surely any benefit derived from anti-aging drugs would be wiped out by rising threats to public health, such as obesity and diabetes. It’s thought that within the next 50 years, obesity alone will cut life expectancy by two to five years. Then of course there’s the issue of quality of life – it’s all very well living for a long time but one would want to do it in good health. Not to mention any possible side-effects anti-aging drugs would carry.

The good news is that there is much you can do naturally to achieve a long and healthy life. Just a few natural principles will make a big difference. Without further adieu, here are the 9 steps we would recommend:

1. Keep your insulin levels low. Consuming sugars and grains will increase your insulin level, which is the equivalent of slamming your foot on your aging accelerator.

2. Eat a balanced, healthy diet with fish, organic lean meats, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and a proportion of raw foods. Use coconut oil in place of other oils, margarine, or butter. It can also help you lose weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and lower your cholesterol, among other things.

3. Take omega-3 fats. Many experts believe that a diet high in Omega-3 is the predominant reason why the Japanese are the longest lived race on the planet. So eat oily fish regularly, and consider supplementation with fish oil, krill oil or flax seed oil.

4. Get your antioxidants from foods. Antioxidants have been shown to have anti-aging effects. Good sources include blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, red grapes, beans, and artichokes.

5. Get plenty of exercise. Studies repeatedly show that regular moderate-to-vigorous exercise can help prevent or delay hypertension, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and the falls that lead to hip fracture. Although a lifetime of regular exercise is ideal, it’s never too late to start. It’s been shown that even individuals in their 70’s can substantially increase both strength and endurance with exercise.

6. Avoid as many chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as possible. Many household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides are toxic. Try to replace these types of products with non-toxic alternatives.

7. Avoid pharmaceutical drugs. If you keep to a healthy lifestyle, it’s likely you won’t need them anyway; but pharmaceutical drugs kill thousands of people prematurely every year.

8. Perhaps the most important: Just keep going! Keep busy and never count anything out on the grounds of age.

While the idea of living longer is extremely attractive to many people, they are not taking notice of the very simple, natural steps that they can take now. For most of us, living a healthy life well into our 100’s is absolutely possible, with a little dedication and a few lifestyle changes.

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