Why do you look better and younger after a great vacation? And how to keep that forever? You may want to be younger than your chronological age and to maintain your young creative spirit. What about your body? Dermatologists tell that you get a new skin on your hands every 24 hours – and on your face every 28 days! So why don’t you always have a beautiful young skin? Let’s take a look at what science kept telling you about being ageless.
When you age, a lot of things happen in your mind, body and soul. People use to notice the ageing signs in their bodies first: grey hair, more wrinkles and a sagged skin are easily noticed. Sometimes, you can’t help but admit hair loss. But your body begins to deteriorate not only at the surface – your mind grows forgetful. The soul starts to admit the ageing process and sees it as inevitable. Or is it the mind who decides?
A lot of people start trying to maintain their appearance as they age, and treat only the external signs of aging. Obviously, this is not the best way, although personal care doesn’t hurt. And why are skin and hair the first ones to show ageing signs?
Well, it’s all about the telomeres. Telomeres are protein-DNA complexes that are at the end of DNA threads called chromosomes, protecting them like the protective caps on shoelaces. They have a key role in cellular aging. Studies in 2012 have connected short telomeres to premature cellular aging. Another study in 2015 increased the length of some specific telomeres.
You’ve inherited telomeres from your parents, so the length of your telomeres at birth it’s not up to you. When cells divide – this is the way they reproduce – telomeres shorten. When telomeres get too short, the cell can no longer divide or reproduce, so there are no new cells to replace the old ones who degenerate and then die. That’s the bad news. And that’s why cells from your skin, hair or immune system are most affected by telomere shortening – they simply reproduce more often.
So normally the telomeres get shorter as they age – and here comes your role. The good news is that you can slow or stop this process of telomeres shortening. This is what science kept telling us about becoming ageless. We still don’t know exactly how to do this. What do we know?
How to help your telomeres
We do know that an enzyme called telomerase maintains and may even lengthen telomeres. As you might guess, the amount of telomerase in our bodies declines as we age. And you can’t influence it just like that.
But you can make a major difference: lifestyle changes are the solution here. You can change your lifestyle to help your telomeres. Your cells ageing will slow and they will start functioning better and reproducing again. It is worth, isn’t it? It’s all about your lifestyle and about changes you can make.
What to do?
There are many things you can do that might help restore telomere length or at least slow their shortening: exercise, reduce your weight, if it’s the case, have a healthier diet, reduce and relieve stress. Things we all have known to be good for us at any age. They become more important when you grow older – and it’s up to you to have a healthy lifestyle and help your body to become ageless.