4 August 2022

Aging with grace: Top anti-aging tips

Why do we even age and how can we maintain vitality? What are the secrets to anti-aging?

 

Aging is a process every one of us undergoes. We begin aging the moment we’re born. It’s inescapable, it’s natural, and yet from a certain date in the calendar, we start being overly concerned or even worried about it. 

 

Aging comes with changes in the physical body, often undesired, and it also brings maturity and wisdom that can only come from the lived experience. All these changes are inevitable, to some extent. 

 

Instead of falling into despair, we can graciously embrace each stage of life. That comes easier when we understand certain things and know how to support a good quality of life at any age. 

What is aging and why it happens

The cause of aging is still not fully understood. The Aging and Gerontology Glossary defines aging as “a progressive deterioration of physiological function, an intrinsic age-related process of loss of viability and increase in vulnerability.’’ There are more than three hundred theories discussing why we age.

 

Some present the idea that aging is related to an accumulation of waste, another suggests that over time we lose irreplaceable elements, and others imply that getting old is a result of the wear and tear effect. And while this doesn’t sound too encouraging, let’s look further for the good news.

 

Telomere theory of aging

 One of the most widely recognized theories targets telomeres. These are pieces of genetic material that are found on the end of chromosomes, structures that contain our DNA. Telomeres protect the genetic material during cell replication.

 

As you know, there are large amounts of cells dying and being created every single day. In each replication of a cell, telomeres are shortening and this may be the molecular clock that triggers aging. When there are no more telomeres, the “real” DNA cannot be copied anymore. That means the cell ages and is no longer able to replicate.

 

It’s been found that the process of telomeres shortening doesn’t happen to everyone at the same rate. A study done on people who lived to age 100 found that some had telomeres that remained the same length over time or even got longer. What is behind this potential secret to longevity is yet to be revealed in full.

Other accepted causes of aging

Many scientists believe that free radicals and oxidative stress play a significant role in aging. They see aging as a result of damage to the structures and functions of the molecules, cells, and organs. Due to this damage which is a result of multiple causes, the organism is more prone to diseases and eventually dies.

 

The good news is, that we are well equipped to beat the oxidative stress. Good nutrition, full of fresh vegetables, fruits, and wholesome food, will take care of a lot. Balancing our packed, hectic days with time to decompress and truly relax, will also greatly support regeneration and vitality. Moreover, proper relaxation helps you to lose weight.

 

 Optimism as a key to longevity and vitality

We can fear getting old and try to fix our bodies. There are numerous options such as plastic surgeries, botox, collagen injections, and many other interventions available. We can also turn the lens onto a less invasive approach, and seek ways to maintain vitality and support regeneration.

An all-time leader in maintaining youthfulness is a positive outlook on life. The quote of Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, can serve as one small example of inspiration:

 

“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.”

 

Adding to this essential foundation of positivity, we nowadays also know that longevity is not genetically guaranteed. Genes only contribute 10% and the major part, 90%, is determined by our lifestyle, as the study of heritability of human longevity demonstrated. 

 

How to slow down aging

From many resources and studies of communities with the longest lifespan and high quality of life, we can draw inspiration for our lifestyle interventions. Some may be obvious and some may seem surprising.

 

What do people living long and healthy life have in common:

  • Portion control: use a smaller plate
  • Restrict calories: intermittent fasting, at least 12 hours overnight
  • Purpose: follow what gives meaning to your life
  • Social circles and belonging: spend time with people you love
  • Detox: quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption
  • Forget urgency: slow down and breathe deeply
  • Move naturally: move daily in a way that feels good
  • Adopt a positive attitude: wisdom that only comes with time is your gift to younger generations

 

The key to healthy aging is balance, the synergy between the physical, emotional, and mental aspects. Living and aging are all about navigating, course-correcting, and adjusting. That comes much easier with a solid foundation of a good, healthy lifestyle.

 

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