“Thank you for calling God’s body shop, how can I be of assistance?”
“Oh finally, I am so glad I got a live person, I thought I was going to be put on hold with that horrible harp music again.
I need to talk to someone about an upgrade for this body. A newer, improved version.”
“I’m sorry, but this version doesn’t come with any available upgrades.”
“Wait? ….WHAT???…that’s unacceptable. Haven’t you ever heard the term the customer is always right?
This thing needs an overhaul, I mean look…
The skin on this is sagging.
The hair is turning grey…and falling out!
These eyeball components are totally cheap…everything is blurry and out of focus!
EVERYTHING HURTS… all.. the.. time.
Oh, and the navigation system in the head is clearly defective. It’s stopped remembering simple everyday things.
I demand a refund and a shiny new one!”
(Big hollow sounding voice) ”Madam…you don’t want to know what has to happen in order for you to receive a new body from me.”
“Yikes! Oh... Gulp…Okay, I get it. Well then, I guess I’ll have to learn to live with this. Thank you and have a good day....your emanence...errr immenseness?”
The quest for the fountain of youth is big business. Everyone wants to know how to attain it and everyone wants to know how to provide it.
If you really want live long...and more importantly...live WELL,you need to focus on keeping your body and mind healthy…
…and look after your telomere’s!
Well, the simple answer is that they are the caps at the end of our chromosomes that protect our DNA.
Chromosomes carry a cell’s genetic information and telomeres are the protective cover that determine how fast the DNA age and die.
In basic terms, think of a shoelace. You know those little plastic caps at the end that protect the laces? If you lose the tips, the laces start to fray, and they begin to become damaged.
That’s how telomeres work for our chromosomes.
First of all…totally unfair, but why do you think that is?
You guessed it. It all comes down to those little shoe lace caps…telomeres.
Telomeres act like timekeepers, for your DNA.
As the cells in your body divide, your telomeres get shorter. The shorter your telomeres, the more you age.
One study of 60- to 75-year-olds showed that the people with short telomeres had a 300 percent higher death rate from heart disease.
They also had an 800 percent higher death rate from infectious diseases.
Those are huge percentages, but why some and not others?
From the very second that you come into this word, your telomeres begin counting down towards old age and all of those "fun" aches and pains that can come with it.
Eventually..the inevitable happens.
Your telomeres get so short that cell division stops. When cell division stops, no new cells are made to replace the damaged ones. That’s quite literally... the end.
I’m glad you asked..see I knew you were on the ball 🙂
Recent studies indicate that your telomere length, is affected by certain lifestyle factors....Lets stop there, and re-read that sentence.
Your telomere length, is affected by your lifestyle.
So.... lifestyle does play a huge roll in aging, and that in turn affects the speed at which you age, along with the onset of age related diseases.
Hmm...that sounds ominous.
Yes it does, but fear not ....there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel.
Look at this...
According to various studies, the rate of telomere shortening can also be decreased, or increased by specific lifestyle factors!
What? So let me get this straight.
If I have certain things that I do or don’t do, it will lessen my telomer length (and my lifespan) BUT- If stop doing certain and start doing others, I can LENGTHEN my telomeres (and lifespan)???
Let’s stretch those babies!
Let’s start with an easy peasy one. You all know this, but for the one person out there who still thinks it’s junk science-
Yes, it’s hard… extremely hard, but do it anyway.
Studies show that telomere loss caused by smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for a period of 40 years is equivalent to 7.4 years of life. Enough said. Give yourself back those 7.4 years of life.
I am a huge advocate on loving yourself exactly as you are toda...however... we have to address the scientific research surrounding obesity. In our case, obesity and telomer length.
In studies done with obese women their telomeres were significantly shorter than those in lean women of the same age group.
The loss of telomeres in obese women was equal to 8.8 years of life!
Holy cow, that’s even worse than smoking. If you fit into both groups, that’s 16 + years of your life unnecessarily cut short.
You can work to bring it back though, which brings me to the next little tidbit.
3. YOU'VE GOT TO MOVE IT... MOVE IT!
Move those bodies-exercise!
I know you’re grumbling right now, but look…at…this.
Studies show that athletes and regular exercisers, had high telomerase activity and significantly less telomere shortening then people who do not exercise. It’s a no brainer. Grow your telomeres. Go move!
Take control of your ongoing stress level…now
In a study done between women living with daily, chronic stress levels, and women with low stress lives (or those using outlets to reduce their stress), the high stress women had much shorter telomeres…so much so that their lifespans were reduced by a decade. 10 YEARS-
I think most people understand the idea around good stress. You know what I mean...
It’s the type that drives us to our goal or keeps us out of danger, by kicking our “fight or flight” responses into gear but there’s also the other kind of stress...
When our stress hormones are released with the good type of stress, they adjust back to normal soon after the incident, but there are so many instances of stress in our lives that for many people, they are in a constant cycle of stress.
This keeps the stress hormone cortisol always spiked, and streaming through your body without relief.
Instead of “stressing out” at every problem, we need to look at how to control the level of stress with certain tools, on a daily basis.
Stress will always be there, because problems will always be there, but you can control it, not let it control you.
I will point you back up to number 3..go on …look.
Yes, exercise. There are numerous studies on the benefits of exercise for reducing stress.
Walk, jog, do yoga, dance, Zumba-whatever floats your fancy, just as long as you do it regularly, and...
Look into meditation. Tons of studies show that it has amazing benefits on stress reduction as well as re-building your grey cells. Check out The Free Mindfulness Project, for an amazing amount of free meditations. You are sure to find something for everyone here.
Also, tackle one thing at a time. Make a list of the real reasons behind the stress and write down how to remove that stress. Consider it a challenge.
Think outside of the box. When one stressor is checked off of your list, move on to the next.
Last and one of the most important...
5. OMEGA 3's...THEY'RE WHATS GOOD FOR YOUR BODY AND MIND...AND APPARENTLY, YOUR TELOMERES!
We come to a very interesting one for me personally, because I’m a true believer in it’s benefits both for the building blocks of the brain, as well as the body...
OMEGA 3 DHA and EPA-
We know that you need a certain amount daily in order for your brain and body to function correctly, but did you also know that it can slow down your telomere loss?
One 5 year study actually found that Marine omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was shown to decrease the rate of telomere shortening.
That's five years of study to show that this has a major impact on whether your telomeres shorten or stay long.
Come to me my beautiful salmon...I'll have you baked and grilled and sushi-fied...and now I'm hungry.
Did you know, that when you don't have enough omega-3 fatty acid it can be associated with increased risk of age-related cognitive decline or dementia, including Alzheimers disease?
So ..Why does this occur, when we have it readily available through diet and supplements? Great question. It shouldn't.
There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids:
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Fish and shellfish are full of these. Algae often provides only DHA.
Short-chain omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids don't have as strong of health benefits as EPA and DHA. You'd have to eat a lot to gain the same benefits as you do from fish.
Hundreds of studies suggest that omega-3s may provide benefits to a wide range of diseases such as: cancer, asthma, depression, cardiovascular disease, ADHD, and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
According to Joseph C. Maroon, MD, professor and vice chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "All these diseases have a common root in inflammation,"
Maroon says that in large enough amounts omega-3's reduce the inflammatory process that leads to many chronic conditions.
Unless you’re getting the required dosage through food,you need to supplement daily with an Omega 3 formula.
When looking for fish oil supplements, you want to look at the amount of EPA and DHA, not the total amount of fish oil.
In studies with healthy human volunteers an intake of under 2 grams of marine EPA+DHA/day is required to reduce the inflammatory processes. Long term studies range between 1.5 grams and higher. That's about 1500 mg.
The quick answer is no.
When you're looking for an omega 3 supplement, you want to look for oil from smaller fishes. They live shorter lives and have less time to ingest mercury and other toxic elements.
Speaking of mercury, be sure that your Omega 3 supplement is molecularly distilled for purity. This insures that the weight of the oil is separated from the weight of mercury. The mercury is left behind.
If you really want to be pro-active about slowing down the rate of your telomere shrinking, you can begin all of these tips today, including daily supplementation with our Alpha Omega DHA/EPA.
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To your telomeres!