Lots of the signs of aging can be attributed to DNA damage. DNA contains all the code that your body uses to make / repair itself and when damaged things do go quite as well. On the end of each bit of DNA there's something called a 'telomere'. This can be thought of in a similar way to the plastic bit on the end of your shoe laces - they stop the shoe lace / DNA from fraying and getting damaged. As we age these telomeres reduce in length until eventually the DNA is exposed and can be damaged. Surely then if we can prevent the telomeres shortening then we can prevent aging?
Well, a study recently published shows that we can actually reverse the impact of aging on telomere length with relatively simple changes. The study took 2 groups of similar men, altered the lifestyle of one group and kept the other as a control group. The lifestyle changes included a change of diet, exercise and stress relieving practises such a yoga. After 5 years they inspected telomere length of both groups again. On average over the 5 years the group that had their lifestyle changed actually increased their telomere length by 10%. Normally they would've become shorter over time, so this is fantastic news. It's this actual increase in length that is thought to help reverse aging.
What does this mean for you? It means that this is even more evidence for you to look at your lifestyle as a whole. Don't just focus on one area of health and fitness; you need to look at it all to have a big impact. Slowly get yourself eating natural nad healthy foods rather than processed food and sugar. Take regular exercise - walk around a lot rather than sitting down for lengths of time. Reduce stress as this will reduce the hostility of your internal environment to your cells.
Once again this is another study that supports the change of lifestyle from our current, unhealthy one to a healthier and more natural lifestyle. As the evidence builds we hope you get the confidence to make the change!