Why You Are As Young As You Eat

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When it comes to anti-aging, it’s all about what’s in the fine lines.

The details, that is: you can slather on creams all you want or take prescription drugs up the wazoo, but that won’t counter the issue at its core.

The root actually is in your core, in fact– the core of your cells, that is, which is truly the center to aging.

After all, aging is more than just wrinkles and saggy flesh– it’s something that occurs at a microscopic level. Luckily for us, gunning for your cells can both slow aging and even reverse it, in some cases.

Many of the main cogs involved in cellular aging include cell division, which is important for switching out old, fatigued cells with pretty new ones.

Senescence is a phenomenon that involves old cells that ceasing to divide. This is caused by what are known as telomeres, which are protective caps sitting on the ends of our chromosomes, offers Lauren Kessler, who wrote the book Counterclockwise. Much like how plastic tips allow your shoelaces to keep from unraveling, she says, “telomeres keep your DNA from beginning to fray during cell division.” When they become too short, this signals senescence to kick in.

Kessler also looks at mitochondria, which generate the necessary energy for the body to function in many ways– including cell division!

Improve Your Nutrition

Your slowly-less-effective immunity could be, at least in part, because of poor nutrition. While our immune systems become less effective as we grow older regardless, senescence of our T cells often leaves us increasingly susceptible to illnesses and other health issues.

This drop in T cell ability has been associated with a compound known as p38 MAPK, according to researchers out of the University College of London. That being said, blocking p38 MAPK improved T cells’ ability for splitting, which improved the performance of the mitochondria.

Realizing that p38 MAPK could be initiated by poor nutrient levels, researchers found that the main cog involved with aging is sitting on your plate. It could be that your diet, rather than drug intervention, is what improves your immunity, since both metabolism and senescence are “two sides of the same coin,” offers researcher Arne Akbar, PhD.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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