3 Ways to Slow Cellular Aging
The human body is made up of billions of individual cells – each of which age as the result of cellular stress, genetic expression, and hitherto unknown mechanisms. The consequence of this collective cellular aging is the aging of the person, and therefore the first method to slow aging is to improve cellular health. Follow these three steps:
Move with Intensity
One of the best ways to slow cellular senescence is to engage in high intensity exercise. In a study published in Preventive Medicine, researchers found that those who have “consistently high levels of physical activity” showed younger cells. Remarkably, these researchers found that intense exercise could reduce cellular aging by up to nine full years.
These researchers found that vigorous exercise was correlated positively with the length of telomeres in cells, which are like little caps that protect DNA . Telomeres shorten as cells age and divide, and are considered a sensitive marker of cellular age. By preventing telomere shortening, exercise can slow cell aging and DNA damage– leading to better health overall and possibly a longer lifespan.
Vegetables and Cell Aging
Research from the University of California, San Francisco and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, found that a greater amount of vegetables in your diet could cause prevent telomere shortening. In addition to lifestyle changes like moderate aerobic exercise, stress management, and increased social support, diet was shown to be a contributive factor in preventing telomere shortening. The combination of these factors was significant with respect to cellular aging.
Timing Your Meals to Your Cells
Could your nightly feasts be causing your cells to age faster? Research from the National Institute on Aging showed that large meals, as well as the traditional three meals a day plus snacks feeding schedule, was a major cause for the cell stress involved in cell aging. Instead, it is recommended to incorporate intermittent fasting – such as abstaining from eating for 16 hours of the day, and eating during the other 8 – to minimize cell damage. In addition, eating smaller meals in general can prevent the cell damage leading to cell aging, and poor health generally.
Living a long, full life includes taking care of the cells that support us. Use Rthm to schedule your day around cycle designed to minimize cell damage and aging.