Learning about “how to reverse the aging process” has been the most exciting and eye-opening aspect of my research for “designyournewlife.com”; so many amazing things happening in so many fields of research.
This article provides just an insight into what is happening and, most importantly, what you should be doing right now to make sure that you personally maximise your chances of being around to benefit from the exciting developments in age reversal and life extension that are already at an advanced stage of research and development.
Your personal program to take action on ageing will depend on which of the following 2 categories best describes you:-
- You do not currently follow a healthy nutritional regime, don’t exercise regularly and are overweight; so adopting a healthy diet, starting to exercise regularly and giving p any toxic habits you might have, will unquestionably reverse your biological age, i.e. how you look, feel and perform, or
- You already follow these positive lifestyle practices; so reinforcing and fine-tuning them will ensure that you will do even better i.e. they will, to some extent, reverse your current biological age, and will slow-down your ageing in the future.
Over the next 10 to 15 years there will be major advances in biotechnology and medical research that will radically improve future prospects for life-expectancy from which we can all benefit. These developments will come mainly from dramatic advances in stem cell and nanotechnology, and the use of human growth hormone in the treatment of the effects of ageing.
Taking action right now in all the above areas,to stay healthy, fit and active, will increase your chances of being around and in the best possible condition to take advantage of these imminent benefits.
The Difference Between Chronological and Biological Age
There are two measures of ageing; your chronological age measures how long you have been alive, and your biological age measures how you look externally and how you feel and perform; your biological age is the more accurate indicator of your overall health and well being, to how long you will live, and how healthy and mobile you will be.
Your biological age is the result of the cumulative effects of everything that has had an impact on the health and function of your cells, tissues and organs over your lifetime.
The key factors that determine your biological age are: your lifestyle, diet, body weight, exercise, hormones, the impact of toxins, stress and your genes.
In case you are worried that your genetic inheritance will mean this won’t benefit you, recent studies have shown that the rate at which you age is determined by your genetics is only 25–35%, and there are steps we can take to minimise the risks associated with our genetic inheritance. The rest is completely within your control.
10 Things you Need to be Doing Right Now to Slow Down or Reverse Your Biological Age.
1. Have the right mindset and attitude to ageing
Mindset is the fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s response to and interpretation of any event or situation in their life.
The right mindset for healthy ageing is to consciously choose to live a long, active and healthy life, to continue to contribute to society, to nurture your close personal and social relationships and to willingly share the knowledge and wisdom you possess with other people, both younger and older.
In life we tend to get what we expect, rather than what we want. So if you expect to live to 100 and if this is a core belief – what you believe at the deepest level, your thoughts and emotions will be more positive about your future and that will most likely translate into you taking the right actions to make this more likely to happen.
2. Adopting an anti ageing diet.
The Right Nutrition is one of the most important elements for a Long Healthy Life. Adopting an anti-ageing diet will give you greater resistance to disease and illness, higher levels of energy and a sharper and clearer mind. An anti-ageing diet can also make you look and feel younger, and it’s the most important step you can take to slow the ageing process.
Proteins maintain your body’s cells tissues and organs, and are the building blocks of your biological systems and the source of your energy. If you don’t get enough, your immune system functions less effectively, your metabolism slows, and it can reduce muscle mass, and weaken your heart and respiratory system.
Next to water, fat is the most abundant substance in your body. So clearly we do need fats and they make up around 10–20% of our body weight. For years, medical professionals, the food industry and the media have preached that a low-fat diet is the key to losing weight, and preventing health problems. But it’s the types of fat you eat that really matter, not the amount.
You need to remember that drinking sufficient water (Ideally spring or filtered water) is critical; it is the medium in which all your body’s chemical reactions take place, it transports your nutrients, oxygen and waste products and regulates your body temperature.
3. Incorporating vitamins, supplements and superfoods into your nutrition plan
Recent studies show we are not getting the amounts of vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need from our modern diet. There are thousands of published studies supporting the use of vitamins, minerals and supplements, and we are now also able to measure the positive effects that many supplements provide.
The growing number of superfoods, now widely available has provided a new source of incredibly powerful natural nutritional supplements.
4. Exercise regularly
No matter what your age, exercise can provide enormous benefits for your health, and its importance increases once you are over 50.
Regardless of whether you are healthy or dealing with an illness, there are many ways to become more active.
Amongst its many benefits for older men, regular exercise can:
– boost your IQ and help you to think more clearly,
– increase your energy levels,
– enhance mobility, flexibility, and balance in over 50’s,
– improve your mind, mood, and memory,
– manage and deal with the symptoms of illness or pain, and
– it can even reverse or slow down some of the symptoms of ageing.
People who are inactive frequently experience numerous signs of accelerated ageing including: a decrease in bone mass and density, poor cardiovascular tone, and increased incidence of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic, and healthy as you get older, and once you get over the initial scepticism and learning phase and start to feel the benefits, it can even be fun, too.
5. Avoid or give up any toxic habits
If you are really serious about reversing or slowing you ageing process and plan to starting to follow a healthy diet and exercise program; as part of that overall lifestyle change you obviously need to give up or significantly cut back on the toxic habits you still have.
The most common toxic addictions in developed nations are smoking, taking illicit drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. If you are unfortunate enough to have any of these addictions you will be well aware of the health implications you are choosing to ignore. So I don’t need go into detail. Suffice to say that if you like what you have read here and are seriously considering taking action to improve your health and well being and live a longer healthier life, it won’t do you much good unless you quit your addictions at the same time.
6. Diseases related to ageing can be avoided
In its publication “Anti-aging medical news – September 2013” The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), which represents over 26,000 physicians from 120 countries worldwide wrote:
“One thing that gets overlooked nowadays is that the aging process can be slowed down naturally and simply… In the 70’s and 80’s the buzz was all about early detection of disease. Years later, we have learned as the statistics are staggering for heart disease, cancer and diabetes; that prevention is the key. We should reduce the risks by maintaining a lifestyle and activities that promote our health, like exercise and diet.”
7. Well Being for older people
The term “Well-Being” has been used more and more in recent years; yet how it is best defined has remained unanswered.
An extensive study by the “international journal of wellbeing” concluded that it would be appropriate for a new definition of well-being to centre on “a state of equilibrium or balance that can be affected by life events or challenges.”
Ageing and longevity are not just about physical health. Mind and Spirit are equally crucial to healthy ageing and living a long healthy life.
8. Stress is a key factor in almost all diseases
This is actually so serious that it has been estimated that up to 90% of doctor’s visits are for stress related conditions.
The human body responds to events that cause stress by activating your nervous system and specific hormones to speed up your heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and metabolism. These physical changes prepare you to handle an immediate threat or danger. This natural reaction is known as the
Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time, so that the nervous system does not have a chance to activate the “off switch”. As a result the body remains in a constant state of arousal. We were designed to handle short term stress, but not this chronic (ongoing) stress, which has become all too common in our modern society.
This ongoing chronic stress can wear down our bodies, causing us to become ill, either physically or emotionally.
9. You must maintain your sense of purpose in life
During our working lives our need for a sense of purpose was satisfied by our careers, bringing up our families and our children are probably grown up, and our relationship with our partner will inevitably need to be redefined as we spend much more time together than we ever have in the past.
For many mature men, me included, our work has been a key determinant of our self worth, family esteem, our personal identity and our standing in the community. Many retirees are left with little or no physical or mental activity and a complete loss of purpose, which can have catastrophic effects on their health and well being
10. Life Extension Technology
The longevity revolution is here, and already happening in biotechnology and medical science, and it is going to facilitate a quantum leap in our potential life expectancy; but even more importantly, how long we will stay healthy (ie. our healthspan).
This new science is generally being described as “life extension” but the term Longevity Revolution is also being widely used to describe the new phenomenon that is taking place as our understanding of the genome increases and new medical and computer technology reduces the time it takes to carry out research exponentially.
In a recent interview for Newsweek, Walter Bortz, who teaches Medicine at Stanford, and is considered to be one of America’s foremost aging experts, was asked “How long can most of us expect to live today?” Dr Bortz replied “The golden mean. I think that gets us to 100. After 100, it’s negotiable. Maybe we can go on to 120. But I still think the average human life span is energetically ordained around 100…… One hundred is a legitimate medical goal based on what we have now.”
What would have been considered science fiction 20 years ago is now becoming a reality. The human genome project, completed in 2003, has opened up a multitude of amazing possibilities.
The new field of “tissue engineering” is enabling medical laboratories to create replacement body parts and organs using an individual’s own cells, and research is proving that by manipulating certain genes, reducing calorie intake, and changing how specific physiological mechanisms work, there is good reason to be optimistic that decelerated ageing and increased longevity can be achieved for humans in the not too distant future.
The biotech revolution of the 21st century will do for our lifespans what the communications and internet revolutions have done for human communications since the mid 1990’s.
In ten to fifteen years, these technologies will be dramatically more powerful than they are today, using the power of supercomputers to convert the genetic codes of the human genome into useful information that can be harnessed to better understand ageing diseases and the ageing process.
I hope you have enjoyed this insight into how it is possible to reverse the aging process: how you can lower your biological age and extend your life by taking action to start living a healthy lifestyle right now, and as a result, being in the best possible physical and mental condition to take advantage of the advances in biotechnology and medical research that, over the next 10 to 15 years, will radically improve your personal future prospects to live a longer healthier life and live your third life phase to the full.
In an article in late 2015 U.S. Gene Therapy research company Bioviva announced that it had become the first company to treat a person with gene therapy to reverse biological aging.
It’s already happening!!
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