Aging is a . However, for some people it doesn’t seem to affect them. Although years are going by, these people never seem to be affected by physical changes that are seen in the majority of the aging population. What’s their secret and, is there something you can do to slow down the aging process?
What causes aging?
Researchers have found a number of factors that accelerate the aging process. These include the occurrence of free radicals, chronic inflammation, stress and a decline in the body’s production of hormones which spur growth such as the human growth hormone. Luckily, these are factors which you can manage and keep under control to slow down the aging process. Some of the ways to do this include the following.
Shift towards anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods
Your diet contributes a large part towards the aging process. Some foods have been found to promote increased inflammation and release of free radicals in the body. On the other hand, some foods have been found to contain high amounts of antioxidants which neutralize free radicals within cells.
Some of the foods to include in your diet include colored fruits and berries, leafy vegetables, whole grains, fish containing omega 3 fatty acids, legumes, dairy and nuts. You should also drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated at all times. Some of the foods to avoid in your diet include processed sugars and flour, tobacco, high amounts of salt, alcohol and fats.
Exercise has been found to increase the number of free radicals within muscle tissue in a process called oxidative stress. Although this might imply that exercise can lead to accelerated aging, studies show that temporary oxidative stress caused by moderate exercise can be beneficial for the body. The production of free radicals after a moderate workout has been found to trigger increased production of antioxidants. This helps the body build better defenses against free radicals.
Stress is part of everyday life. However, if not well managed, chronic stress can have major health implications. There are many stress management techniques available today. However, how effective a technique is largely depends on the stressor and how well you respond to it. Some of the healthy ways to manage stress include engaging in activities you enjoy, exercise, yoga, meditation and writing. However, you’re not limited to just a few stress management techniques, if you find a healthy activity that enables you to relax and refresh your mind and body its advisable you use it to manage your daily stress.
Future Research Possibilities
We hope in the future there will be more effective options available that will help with anti aging. There are many different peptides currently under research that have been shown to have positive effects based on animal testing however, they are not yet approved by the FDA and cannot be used for human consumption. You can learn more about some of these future options still being researched on this site.
Although growing old is part of life, you have more control over how your body ages than was previously thought. Through eating healthy, managing stress, moderate exercise and taking supplements, you can easily slow down the aging clock and look and feel great even in old age. Ongoing research will also provide us with new possible options in the future.