The ultimate guide to ageing gracefully
As the Preventive and Anti-Aging medicine doctor Dr. Vicente Mera claims, it’s not about going against the natural cycle of ageing, it’s about improving quality of life to prevent premature and disease-ridden ageing. How we age is influenced directly by our lifestyle choices. Whilst we can’t freeze time or impede cellular ageing, we can dictate the rate at which this occurs.
We all secretly want to look our best and delay the process of ageing, and luckily for us, with the advice of the best experts in ageing and preventive medicine, we can discover what the best tricks to keeping our body as healthy as possible, for as long as possible are.
We all know what the main ageing triggers are, such as smoking, poor diet, regular alcohol consumption, stress, insomnia and pollution, but do we know what our body needs to stay youthful?
According to Dr.Mera, adopting an anti-ageing diet, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can prevent the shortening of telomeres. Telomeres are the extreme ends of chromosomes, where most of our DNA is found, and as we age, they begin to shorten. They influence our general state of health, metabolism oxidation and cellular ageing. The interesting fact is that they don’t necessarily correspond to our chronological age. In fact, if you’re ageing faster than you’re supposed to because of lifestyle choices, your telomeres will be shorter than they should be.
To prevent this from happening, your diet should be rich in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes, and you should include anti-ageing foods such as pomegranates, blueberries, spinach, kale, salmon, nuts, turmeric, avocado, mushrooms, cacao and maca root.
Another less known factor that prevents premature ageing is meditation. Studies show that practising meditation stimulates 2 genes that reduce telomerase, the enzyme that shortens telomeres, therefore, slowing down the process of aging. In addition, meditation helps reduce stress levels, a great ageing accelerator.
The most overlooked remedy for age prevention is sleep. In a society that takes sleep for granted, it’s becoming even more important to highlight the fact that sleep is a healing, restoring and rejuvenating therapy for our body. Lack of sleep doesn’t only increase blood pressure, weaken the immune system, worsen memory, and affect our hormonal levels and mood, but it also causes our cells to age faster.
Luckily for us, ageing isn’t out of our control and there is a lot that we can do on our behalf to prevent it from affecting us prematurely. With a balanced, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich diet, as well as meditation, sleep and exercise, we can keep our body feeling young from the inside out.