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Stalling Aging: What You’re Up Against

Last updated by Dr. Jamé Heskett on March 23, 2017

Growing older and aging are different. Thank goodness.

You can’t stop time but you can slow the aging process.

While the science of aging is still evolving, there are some factors that are known to contribute to the process.

Stem cell decline

All new cells in your body begin as stem cells.

Babies and young children have the ability to heal rapidly due to the stem cells circulating in their bloodstream. 

When you reach age thirty-five, that rapid stem cell production drops to 55%.

That means that if you break your arm, it will take a whole lot longer to heal and will require more therapy than a child who experiences the same break.

At age 50, stem-cell production drops to 50% and at age 65, it’s down to 10%. By the time you’re at a retirement age, you’ll be looking at months of recovery for that broken arm.

Some of this decline is natural and you can’t do much about it.

There are a few habits and lifestyle factors that can accelerate the process of stem cell decline. These include:

  • Overtraining
  • Anxiety

You can make the most of the stem cells you have by boosting circulation and nutrifying your cells.

It’s possible that the future may hold some remedies for stem cell loss.

One remedy that’s being used with success today is patients being injected with their own stem cells at the point of an injury or an area of tissue decline.

Shortening telomeres

Your DNA is composed of chromosomes. These threads of protein are located inside the nucleus of your cells.

A telomere is the tip on the end of each chromosomal thread. It’s like a protective cap and can be likened to the plastic tip on the end of a shoelace.

The job of the telomere is to regulate the replication of your cells.

Each time a cell divides to make new cells, the telomere gets shorter.

The cell dies when the telomere can’t get any shorter.

Telomeres have an impact on the length of your life.

While some people are blessed with naturally long telomeres, there are ways to keep them long and even lengthen them.  

Getting good nutrients, striking a balance between exercise and rest, getting good sleep, and reducing stress are all ways to preserve and possibly lengthen telomeres.

On the flip-side, some habits have the effect of rapidly shortening them.

Dieting, worrying about dieting, chronic stress, and a sedentary lifestyle all have a negative effect.

Glycation

Glycation is a chemical reaction that is the result of glucose binding to proteins and/or fats inside your body.

This is a normal part of the metabolic process, but it can also come from the food you eat.

AGE refers to advanced glycation end product. In layman’s terms, it’s a sweet, sticky goo that can coat and clog your organs.

It slows them down and impairs their functionality.

The dangers of an AGE buildup include things like heart disease, diabetes, dementia, deterioration of muscles, and arthritis, to name a few.

The AGE’s you can avoid are the ones in your food. You can reduce them by eating food that is as close to its natural state as possible.

Baking, grilling, broiling, sauteing, and frying should be replaced with methods such as steaming, boiling, microwaving, poaching, stewing, and souping.

Crockpot cooking is also a great alternative.

Another tip is to focus on eating a diet high in fiber.

The Well Path can help you understand what you’re up against and give you the tools you need to combat those age-progressing elements.

Join the community today and get a jumpstart on slowing down your aging process.

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