If you’re a long-time follower of LifeCell Australia, then you’ll already know the answer to the question: What is the secret to slowing ageing?
It’s a topic I am extremely passionate about and something I hope to explain to as many people as I possibly can! The answer is this: the secret to staying young on the inside – and out – is your telomeres. These are the protective caps at the end of each strand of your DNA.
When you are young, your telomeres are long. But every time a cell divides the telomeres get shorter. Over time, your telomeres get so short they can’t protect your DNA as well. When a cell divides, new cells are defective. You begin to develop the signs and diseases of old age.
Ageing is not inevitable – here’s how to slow it down
This was my primary concern when formulating the CELL Infuse Super Greens and I researched this topic to discover the most appropriate nutrients to deliver this result. I also learned that there are several things we can do in our lifestyles to improve the health and youthfulness of our telomeres.
1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables.
Diets lower in refined carbohydrates and higher in fresh fruits and vegetables are linked to longer telomeres. Also, eating magnesium-rich foods, such as leafy greens, preserves and repairs DNA. Boost your magnesium levels by eating more kale, spinach, Swiss chard and seaweed. Other good choices include quinoa, lentils, almonds, sesame seeds, avocado, spirulina, and dark chocolate.
Studies show people who do little or no exercise have the highest risk of short telomeres. Vigorous exercise can lead to longer telomeres, but you don’t have to be an endurance athlete to stretch your telomeres!
Short bursts of medium to high intensity exercise can give you anti-aging benefits. I personally include a 12 to 18-minute incline in my regular run to expand the lungs and strengthen the body. I suggest you build up to this – and don’t use your age as an excuse not to try.
3. Reduce Your Stress.
I suggest some meditation or listening to relaxing music. These are the best ways to reduce stress, and can also turn on telomerase activity, the enzyme that rebuilds telomeres and helps rebuild a younger body.
4. Raise Your HDL Levels.
One of the best ways to maintain your telomeres is to raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol as high as you can, as studies show that people with the highest HDL have the longest telomeres. You might want to consider taking a vitamin E complex called tocotrienols. Studies show that these give your HDL a huge boost. Look for a tocotrienol supplement with as much gamma and delta tocotrienols as you can.
Supplements to support long telomeres
- Folate or folic acid is one of the B vitamins. Men with the highest folic acid levels have longer telomeres than those with low folate, according to research.
- Zinc, Magnesium Vitamin C,D, K & E are all beneficial to anti-ageing.
- Collagen is a group of proteins that together form the building blocks for your skin (and connective tissue). Collagen gives volume, flexibility and strength to your skin and is what makes it look healthy and young. You might want to try our Collagen Booster capsules, which include the most sought-after antioxidants and natural extracts.
In other news…
LifeCell Australia is about to release five exciting new products, so stay tuned!
Here’s to a more youthful you!
Judy & LCA Team