We will move beyond improving our biological age because in order to genuinely improve our bodies we first need to improve our minds.
We are going to need confidence. Confidence in the science, confidence in the strategy, but most significant, confidence in our desire to accomplish it.
Knowledge gives us the ability to make educated choices and take accurate, intentional actions that generate amazing results.
Yes, it is possible to look our finest, feel our best, protected from diseases, stay sharp, and be our strongest, healthiest, and better in the years to come.
Aging is one of the most complex biological processes that exist, and it is not easy to describe.
It is a mechanism that affects nearly all the structures of the body and the cells of each vital organ at rates that can differ dramatically from individual to individual.
Aging is a natural and inevitable process. It can make us intelligent, smarter, and healthier if we try.
The passage of time is not the only explanation for frailty. The decisions we make in the way we live are what allows our bodies to degrade rapidly or maintain and flourish.
Old age is not the cause of why we die. Research has proven that the concept that people die of old age is a complete illusion.
Decreasing calorie intake while taking adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients have been shown to increase longevity over a number of species.
Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen are the four elements that make our bodies. According to researchers our body breaks down into more than thirty-seven trillion cells.
Those cells are our basic foundation and each one performs a function.
Proteins are a huge deal because it takes up the most space in our cells, but also basically governs everything. We might all know that protein plays a role in building and preserving muscle, but it also does the same for our bones, blood, organs as well as other tissues.
Carbohydrates are well known for energy storage in the form of simple sugars for short-term fuel. Carbs also promote essential body processes such as communication between cells and molecules.
One way aging begins in our life is through our mitochondria. Mitochondria are essential for transforming nutrients into energy.
When our mitochondria misbehave, it compromises other processes, from how well they interact with our cell to how much energy they generate. They can even cause inflammation, and also cause the cells to die prematurely. As a consequence, mitochondrial dysfunction leads to multiple age-related conditions and diseases.
Our cells are fitted with a system of mechanisms to repair the DNA broken strands to reverse errors. If these systems malfunction, mutations will accumulate and turbo-charge aging by resulting in cell dysfunction and death.
The problem is that the older we get, the harder it is for our cells to communicate with each other. This weakened communication also prevents our immune system from detecting and removing damaged cells and pathogens, increasing the risk of various age-related diseases.
New research has revealed why the immune system declines with age. It appears that the immune cells in older tissues lose balance and become unstable with their ability to follow directions. When we are young, all our cells work collectively to prevent pathogens, and it is that organization that strengthens our immune system.
This really is why an aging immune system is now believed to be one of the leading causes of cancer.
Our best option is to eat as many different fruits and vegetables as possible. Fruits and vegetables probably boost our production of glutathione peroxidase and prevent oxidation more effectively.
Furthermore, omega-3 supplements have been shown to reduce oxidative stress by almost 15 percent.
Vitamin C can also do much more than just strengthen our immune system.
However, what fascinates the scientific community is that what ages us is a collection of genes all twisted in the wrong direction. They believe that eventually, they will be able to trace out every gene and find out how to avoid epigenetic changes from being messing around with our functions. Then, hopefully, everything will stay functioning smoothly forever. By simply controlling our epigenome, we can stop numerous illnesses and even the progression of aging.