How to slow the ageing process?… Is it possible or not? This is one of the greatest questions of all time! When you are in your 20’s, you are far too busy exploring the very essence of life itself, let alone thinking about getting old… ageing is not yet in your vocabulary… fast forward 30 years and words like ageing, getting old, joint pains, disease etc, start popping into your head more frequently. So from the title of this blog; Revealed! How to slow the ageing process?… You have probably guessed that I am on the wrong side of 50. And yes, ever since turning the half-century point, ageing (or should I say slowing down the ageing process) has become one of my main missions.
Can I be totally honest with you? This passion for living a long happy and healthy life, came to me as a revelation, after attending Granny Owen’s (my wife’s grandmother) 100th birthday. Now picture this, a 100-year old lady, immaculately dressed, laughing, eating, sipping sherry, telling stories and thoroughly enjoying the party that was thrown in her honour. Seeing her made me realise that I too could reach that age.
That’s right, turning 50 was no longer a problem… in fact, with my calculations, I realised I still had another 50 years full of fun adventures, travels, and wonderful times with my precious loved ones. But here’s the thing!
Having that inspiring picture of reaching 100, is not enough! I want to reach that magical number feeling happy, healthy and strong enough to pick up my grandkids and roll on the floor with them… as I did with my kids.
So I embarked on this insatiable discovery journey to slow the ageing process and my motto is” Never stop learning“! In my research, I came across the amazing work of David A. Sinclair, PhD, A.O. He is a Professor in the Department of Genetics for the Biology of Ageing at Harvard Medical School, and is very well known for his work on understanding why we age and how to slow its effects. So whether you are into age reversal or merely into improving your health, this video interview with the professor himself might be of interest or of help.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford
What can you do to slow the ageing process?
- Ageing doesn’t have to be that way. For far too long we have been made to believe that ageing is synonymous with illness, mental decline, less mobility, less money, basically that it is a struggle. Stop right there, time to change our mindset and associate this golden era with health, happiness, strength, wisdom and financial abundance. Here comes the best part…
- How long you live is 80% lifestyle, 20% genetics. The good news is that it’s never too late to make the right lifestyle changes that will sustain you for longer.
- You can manipulate the genes that impact your lifespan both at a personal and lifestyle level,
“Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” ~Ingrid Bergman
- There’s a clock in your body that can be reset. Ageing can be reversed.
- The information for your body to be young again still exists. The instructions are still in your cells. So try new things, learn new skills, be adventurous, always challenge yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
- Key life interventions to extend your life by 14 years on average:
- Cold exposure, for example, finishing on a cold shower, cold water swimming or simply not putting on the heating at home. Cold exposure makes white fat cells become brown fat.
- Every cell in your body has to respond to at least one broken DNA strand per day – that’s 28 billion broken DNA strands, happening in your body every day. So here are a few things to avoid;
- Exposure to cancerous materials
- Sun damage
- Don’t microwave plastics
- Inkjet yellow dye is really toxic
- X-rays and CT scans will break your DNA
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~Mark Twain
- There are 7 sirtuin genes on our body and they are our bodies protectors. Sirtuins are protein enzymes that regulate numerous cellular functions, including ageing, inflammation, detoxification, stress resistance, fat and glucose metabolism, circadian rhythms, and mitochondrial biogenesis.
- Eat foods rich in Sirtuins: kale, red wine, strawberries, onions, soy, parsley, extra virgin oil, dark chocolate ( 85% cocoa).
- If you never experience COLD or extreme HEAT – if you’re never hungry – if you’re never under stress – your sirtuin circuit starts to relax and your epigenome degrades much more rapidly.
- Homework: Eat less often. You still have to eat well, and you can still eat the same amount of calories, space out the meals, and don’t snack in between.
“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~Franz Kafka
That’s all for this week, I hope this helps you to get into the slow ageing mindset. I have started a few years back and it’s a continuous discovery journey… I love it, and I hope it inspires you to want to live to 100.
Take care my friends, more next week.
PS: My online journey keeps me learning, adapting and evolving every day! If you too want to share your passion with the world and earn an income from it; here’s how you too can start your own online business from scratch!
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