Many scientists believe that ageing is caused by a limited cell lifespan. In other words, we are all pre-programmed to age and die. This added to the everyday damage cells are subjected to, it just seems that there is no way to avoid the wrinkles.
So what happens to our bodies, as we get older?
The main changes that occur are; our immune function decreases, our blood pressure rises, we become less active, our strength decreases, our immune system is impaired, and our body fat increases.
What causes all these changes?
These changes are triggered by genetics and also by our lifestyle choices. Our genetic make-up cannot be manipulated yet, but lifestyle and mental attitude play a very important role in maintaining a longer, healthy life. We know that diet and exercise will help a great deal with anti ageing but what else?
Your mental state directly affects your immune system. Learning to cope with stress can have a beneficial effect on your ageing. Even the simplest of stresses can cause damage. So be happy and learn to relax and cope with life’s pressures.
As you get older your Insulin levels and hormones don’t function as well. Your cells don’t get the best nutrients they need. As a result of this you store more body fat resulting in higher blood pressure.
If you reduce the level of food that you eat, you have less need for Insulin. Reducing the food you eat but maintaining a healthy balanced diet will help in delaying the ageing process. It’s not about starving yourself but more about stopping the overindulgence.
As the body matures it produces less testosterone in males and less growth hormone in both sexes. These hormones help build both muscle and strength. By exercising and training into older age the body is encouraged to keep on producing these hormones. This will ensure a level of strength and agility well into your later years.
Keeping your mind active will ensure that the body stays active too. We go through our whole lives developing and learning, so this shouldn’t stop with old age.
There are practical things we can do to hold the wrinkles and pains back, read the following anti ageing checklist.
- Eat regular healthy balanced meals, don’t overindulge and eat small and often. This keeps insulin and blood sugar levels low.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; make sure you get good levels of Vitamin C and E regularly. These vitamins counteract the free radicals that cause cell damage from everyday living.
- Relaxation techniques and meditation slow your body and mind allowing it to cope. If you learn ways to control anxiety, your body and mind will not put unnecessary stress on itself.
- Regular exercise, incorporating cardiovascular exercises, stretches and resistance (weight) training all keep muscles strong. It also keeps your body producing growth hormone and also keeps your blood pressure down.
- Find a personally fulfilling role. This creates a healthy mental attitude. Being happy with a positive outlook on both life and the ageing process will help you stay both mentally and physically strong.