Did you know Telomere represents our biological age
This interesting name comes from Greek telos (end) and meros (part) and is the end caps of DNA strands that protect our chromosomes. Telomere is a protein that protects the DNA information in the body. Our cells regenerate themselves constantly throughout our lives but telomeres get shorter each time a cell copies itself. When telomeres are too short it will cause premature cellular aging. When our bodies don’t have enough healthy cells to replace collagen or pigment it will show drastic signs of aging in our skin and hair.
Physical activity Cardio and interval training exercises promote regeneration of telomeres.
Good diet – the Omega 3s are fatty acids your body needs the most EPA and DHA. It helps lower inflammation that makes cells divide faster.
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods such as spinach, asparagus, brussels sprouts, lentils and beans. This vitamin helps reduce inflammation and delays telomere shortening.
Vitamin D helps maintain telomere length. Vitamin D rich foods are salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, eggs, yogurt, and mushrooms.
Good sleep inflammation and oxidative stress can cause lack of sleep and will shorten your telomeres. A better sleep habit will improve your continuous sleep thru the night.
Relief stress –try to find a healthy way to deal with stress and don’t take things so extreme. There are many yoga styles that helps you meditate to reduce chronic stress.
There are many factors in your daily habits that are accelerating biological age. The good news is that there are ways to reduce and prevent premature aging.
Biological age measures how your body is functioning relative to your actual calendar age. The actual chronological age of a 50 year old with an active and healthy lifestyle can have a biological age of a 40 year old. Taking control of your life reducing bad habits will have beneficial results in the long run.
Extended sun Exposure
The number one cause for premature aging is not applying sunblock. Sunlight delivers a daily dose of beneficial Vitamin D but extreme exposure to sunlight can harm your skin if you don’t wear sunblock. Limit the exposure sun rays to can be harmful after 1hr of exposure and lead to wrinkles and cancer in the long run. Wear sunscreen with at least 15 SPF plus and reapply every hour depending on the activities. The sun in mid afternoon is the strongest and is best to avoid direct exposure. Wear hats, sunglasses and protective UPF clothing, when you have to be outdoors for a while.
Lack of Sleep
Not sleeping well can cause circles under your eyes to appear or become more prominent. The lack of sleep cause the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eyes to dilate, creating a dark tint.Sleeping is important for overall mental and physical health. Lack of sleep can take toll on your daytime energy, productivity, and even your weight. Balancing your daytime routine and bedtime habits increase the quality of deep sleep, increases awareness, balance emotions, and energized.
At night, these cells work to repair damage caused by sunlight, pollution and more. when the skin is unable to complete the repair process it will lead to premature aging.
Smoking kills cells that produce collagen reducing the suppleness and elasticity of your skin. Also deteriorates your lungs in the long run.