I have a pair of boots that I can best describe as 'KILLA' - they are red patent leather, Natasha Marro ankle boots with a black tongue, stiletto heels, cloven hoof toe..... I absolutely love them and always feel a million dollars when I wear them and I definitely feel youthful.
The plastic ends of the laces have come off, though, so it's always a bit of a mission to lace them up as the ends of the laces are frayed. Yes, I could invest in some new laces but I manage with the original.
So, here's the thing. Our chromosomes have ends on them as well to stop them fraying - the end bits are called TELOMERES. Don't worry, I'm not going to get all sciency on you but if you are interested in preserving your vitality and youthfulness, you'll want to read this.
When our cells divide, the chromosomes clone themselves, in effect. Each time they do that the telomere on the end gets shorter. Once the telomere reaches a certain length (shortness) the cell can't divide anymore and that's it. No more cell renewal.
Now before you start to yawn and go 'so what' let me jump in and tell you this - you can lengthen your telomeres. So, you can increase the lifespan of your cells. What does that mean in real terms? It means that you can live longer but, more important than that, you can live healthier during your life.
How to Stay Youthful for Longer - 5 Top Tips
So how do you lengthen your telomeres? I have 5 tips for you right here so read on:
1. Reduce stress in your life.
Stress is probably the number one killer disease in our society - you might be saying 'it doesn't feature on the Top 5 list' - maybe not but stress is a risk factor for every one of the top 5 killer diseases.
So, how do you reduce stress? Well there are many ways including:
- Taking a walk in nature can reduce stress as well
- Seeing obstacles as challenges rather than barriers or stress
So, for a longer, healthier life, chill out
2. Wake up joyful.
Easier said than done you might be thinking, but one way to wake up joyful is to wake up and express gratitude. Yes, a simple gratitude practice can actually make you live longer by lengthening your telomeres.
Some of us have stressful lives but studies in caregivers of children with disabilities have shown that waking up joyful (and being grateful for what you do have) can counter the shortening of the telomeres seen because of the stress.
So, tomorrow, I expect you will wake up and if you have nothing else, you will at least be able to say 'I'm so grateful that Maud advised me about how I lengthen my telomreres' :-) You're very welcome.
3. Move your body.
Our bodies were designed to move and regular exercise is associated with longer telomeres compared to a sedentary lifestyle. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been shown to lengthen telomeres but you can also get the lengthening effect with a regular walk.
4. Have a diet rich in anti-oxidants
Colourful fruits and vegetables and omega 3 fats are full of anti-oxidants which are so important in neutralising free radicals, which if left unchecked initiate inflammation and disease processes ensue.
Diets rich in omega 3 fats have been studies and shown to lengthen the telomere. So it's definitely worth increasing the amount of these in your diet.
We all know about having a healthy diet, right? The million dollar question regarding anti-oxidant is always 'are you getting enough?' My solution is to take an anti-oxidant rich supplement so I know I've got that covered. We promote and sell 2 options that can really help boost your anti-oxidant levels:
- Y Span (aka YOUTH) -an advanced anti-ageing formula that is based on the healthiest diets in the world (Mediterranean, Japanese, Scandinavian, Alaskan etc)
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So, if you're not sure you are getting enough anti-oxidants in your diet and you want to try a supplement, speak to the person who referred you to this page or contact us.
5. Cultivate close relationships
Yes, you heard me right. Having close relationships and feeling part of a tribe (community) will lengthen your telomeres and your life and wellness span.
Remember the movie ET -'phone home'. It's not just an alien need, humans need connection, so pick up the phone and call someone you love or someone who you haven't been in touch with who you feel is important to you. Tell them today.
My nerdy side is fascinated with the science behind telomeres and epigenetics. The fact is this: we have choice in how we live our lives and the choices we make can either make us healthier and live longer or not. I know what my choice is.
If you want to read more about telomeres, I recommend 'The Telomere Effect. Living Younger, Healthier, Longer' by Ellizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel.
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