When it comes to aging, we aren’t stuck in an inevitable decline. There are ways to help your cells continue regenerating to turn over new cells, new tissue, and a new you over time. There are simple changes you can make today that will help your body stay young and healthy over time. Below you’ll find a breakdown of what it means to be regenerating versus degenerating, and the foods that can help you stay on the best path for long-term health.
Keeping Your Body Young
Are You Degenerating Or Regenerating?
We know that in a fashion we are creating a new body by slowly getting new cells every day. The question is whether our new cells will be a healthier or less healthy.
The quality of the new cells is dependent on the raw material, the food that was available when the replacement cells were being formed. If you feed the body the proper food and nutrition, the new cells being formed can actually be stronger and healthier than the old cells ever were.
This is called regeneration. If you feed the body poorly, the result will be cells of an inferior quality. This is degeneration.
There are limits to this of course. Reasearchers estimate that 30 percent of our health is determined by genetics. You can do a LOT with that leftover 70 percent though. Even the expression of genetics has been shown to be moderated by the environment.
The Big 5 Degeneration Pitfalls
1. Processed foods
5. Rancid fats and oils (deep fried foods, baked goods, etc)
The Big 5 Regeneration Tips
1. Fresh vegetables
2. Fresh fruits
3. Whole grains
4. Lots of pure water
5. Exercise. Nourishing friendships. Nature. Sleep.
– via www.care2.com
Staying young is about more than just having smooth skin or healthy joints – the main factor that will keep you feeling young is a healthy, active, exercised mind. There are tons of ways to keep your brain healthy and active, but below you’ll see a few of the best. Your brain is an organ just like any others and there are specific, measurable things you can do to keep it in the best working order.
Keeping Your Brain Young
Improve your diet
Good nutrition can help your mind as well as your body. Here are some specifics:
- Keep your calories in check. In both animals and humans, a reduced caloric intake has been linked to a lower risk of mental decline in old age.
- Eat the right foods. That means reducing your consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal sources and of trans-fatty acids from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
- Remember your Bs. Three B vitamins, folic acid, B6, and B12, can help lower your homocysteine levels, high levels of which have been linked to an increased risk of dementia. Fortified cereal, other grains, and leafy green vegetables are good sources of B vitamins.
Improve your blood pressure
High blood pressure in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline in old age. Use lifestyle modification to keep your pressure as low as possible. Stay lean, exercise regularly, limit your alcohol to two drinks a day, reduce stress, and eat right.
Improve your blood sugar
Diabetes is an important risk factor for dementia. You can fight diabetes by eating right, exercising regularly, and staying lean. But if your blood sugar stays high, you’ll need medication to achieve good control.
Improve your cholesterol
High levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol increase the risk of dementia, as do low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Diet, exercise, weight control, and avoiding tobacco will go a long way toward improving your cholesterol levels. But if you need more help, ask your doctor about medication.
Consider low-dose aspirin
Observational studies suggest that long-term use of aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may reduce the risk of dementia by 10%–55%. It’s hopeful information, but it’s preliminary. Experts are not ready to recommend aspirin specifically for dementia.
– via Harvard Health
How do you plan to keep yourself young? What steps are you taking to make sure you have a healthy brain long term?