As our societies continue to develop and reach more advanced levels of medicine, we are constantly searching for a way to postpone the aging process. We all want to live at the prime of our physical and mental health for as long as possible. But what is the key to stopping the process of aging? Is it Medicine? Supplements? New technologies?
Here, we take a look:
Many scientists have discovered that something known as telomeres might pose the key to staving off the aging process. Telomeres is something within our body that protects our DNA, by acting as a kind of buffer at the tips of chromosomes. Think of telomeres as the plastic cap you would add on top of shoelaces to ensure they do not fray.
Since the average cell in our bodies divides anywhere from 50 to 70 times before its death, and the telomeres on the ends of these chromosomes get shorter with each division, it is inevitable that shorter telomeres will result in less protection for our DNA. And studies show that those individuals who have longer telomeres, even as they get older, are going to live longer and healthier lives. But how can we increase the number of telomeres in our bodies?
A study in 2008 by a Dr. Dean Ornish showed that when his test subjects ate a plant-based diet for around three months, they showcased increased telomerase activity in their bodies. The fiber that is contained in plant foods is the reason for the increased telomeres, which indicates a healthy and sustainable plant-based diet could be the key to a long and healthy life for all of us. Giving up the meats and other processed foods we have come to love is not easy, but it could be the key to prolonging your life! Make an appointment with Fitness Chiropractic and Massage therapy today and we can get you on a great nutrition plan and help you reach your weight loss goals.