5 Ways To Naturally Slow The Aging Process:- Scientists believe they have identified a “survival circuit” that is present in all life forms on Earth, one that we inherited from a common ancestor. This circuit has two modes: “reproduce” or “repair”. When things are going well we “reproduce” so to speak. And when times are harsh the circuit switches to “repair” mode.
Stay Young: 5 Ways To Naturally Slow The Aging Process
The survival circuit is thought to have evolved in some of the earliest forms of life: the single-cells that inhabited the swamps and ponds of the early Earth. The evolution of a “repair” mode allowed our common ancestor to outcompete and survive in the harsh environments of the early Earth.
Armed with this knowledge, it is now believed that life evolved to cope in stressful environments; that some stress — mild stress, is actually a good thing. In fact, when our bodies are put in mildly stressful situations, it activates genes that serve to repair any broken DNA fragments, keeping us healthier and looking younger.
So the key to living long, healthy lives and looking younger is stress. Mild stress. Let’s take a look at some of the stressful situations you can put to the test now, in order to live longer; healthier lives:
- Let yourself feel hungry
It has long been understood that fasting is beneficial to us. In fact, most forms of life — including yeast cells — show decreased naturally slow the aging process and health benefits when put on a calorie-restricted diet. By missing meals and feeling hungry, your body is tricked into thinking that it is in danger. So it switches from “reproduce” to “repair” mode, where it starts boosting cellular defenses, warding off disease, and slowing the effects of aging.
The key is just to miss a meal every now and then and feel hungry from time to time. Note that this is not to suggest that you starve or malnourish yourself. But it is good to live in a state of want.
- Eat less meat
Protein is essential for our diet — but you can get all of your protein and amino acids from plants, you just need to know where to look. True, it is gram-for-gram, harder to get as many amino acids from plant consumption as it is from meat — but that’s a good thing. We don’t need anywhere near as much amino acid consumption as we already have.
Having a sufficient amino acid and protein intake from plants to stay healthy, but not enough so that the circuit switches into “repair” mode and turns on the longevity genes, is the right balance. If you find you cannot give up meat, cut down your portion sizes, and really limit red meat — which has been associated with increased heart disease and cancer risk.
- Make your body work to keep warm (or cold)
All life strives for equilibrium with their environment — this is known as homeostasis. So, whenever you move out of a position of equilibrium, the body immediately feels under stress and the need to correct the circumstances.
This is exactly what happens when you move to an area that isn’t “thermoneutral” — an area that is uncomfortably cold or hot. This is sometimes known as cold therapy and hot therapy. The idea is to be uncomfortable for a short while, feel the stress, and move on. There’s no use getting hypo or hyperthermia. On a winter’s day, try a short, brisk walk in just a t-shirt around the block. Frequent (but short) trips to the sauna have also been linked with twofold drops in heart disease and heart attacks.
- Feel yourself sweat
It should come as no surprise to learn that exercise is also an important key to living longer, healthier and aging slower. But the key to activating the longevity genes lies in HIIT or high-intensity interval training. Just 10 minutes a day of HIIT can extend a lifespan by years and make it markedly healthier.
To stress your circuit into “repair” mode and activate those crucial longevity genes, you should challenge yourself. You want to be in a position where you cannot speak a few words without catching up on your breath, and where your heart feels like it is pounding in your chest. Again, don’t overdo it. A 10-minute sprint a day will do.
- Don’t overwhelm your circuit
It is good to put your body under mild stress, but too much stress overworks the circuit and will cause permanent damage in the long run. The chances are you are already familiar with the things that overwhelm the circuit: smoking, too much UV exposure, pesticides, the PCB compounds in plastic water, to name a few. In the long run, they cause massive damage — not mild stress. And people who routinely overwhelm the circuit are expected to live much shorter lives, look a lot older, and get sick sooner.
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On the other hand, moderation is key. Activate the “repair” mode like in the instances described above, and you should live longer, healthier, and look younger throughout your life.—
This article was written by Eliza Cochrane of GBS Clinic Ltd, which also has the name of ‘Your Comprehensive Breast Clinic’. A breast augmentation. GBS is a surgical practice based in Dublin, Ireland.