Cellular aging is an inevitable process linked to complex mechanisms. There are factors that accelerate these dynamics, which lead to the cessation of cell proliferation. These are variables linked to our lifestyle and lead to several consequences for our health.
Wrong lifestyles, consumption of alcohol, tobacco, air pollution and periods of stress, can cause in our body an early cellular aging. Let’s discover together what is cellular aging, what are the causes and how to prevent it.
What is cellular aging
Telomeres, the “protective caps” of DNA, play a key role in the cellular aging processes of the organism. In fact, they shorten over time and make the cells more sensitive to contract different diseases related to age including tumours, stroke, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Avoiding premature cellular aging is possible by implementing a series of processes that can make us feel better.
The medical science considers two ages: the chronological age and the biological one. The organs and systems of a 60-year-old person may be better and in more functional conditions, therefore more similar to people of about 45 years, or worse and less functional, therefore more similar to people of about 80 years.
The difference between the chronological and biological ages depends largely on lifestyle, as bad habits can make us age early, leading us to have a higher biological age compared to that we would have if we took good care of our body.
What are the causes of cellular aging
There are different causes and they can be linked to the environment in which we live. Cellular aging can be determined by genetic factors, which determine an early aging of the body and intellect, or environmental factors that have a significant influence, usually negative, on our psychophysical well-being.
Among the first causes there is stress, an element that affects our health and our lifestyle: a frenetic existence and an excessive amount of duties lead to exhaust all physical and intellectual energy and, in the most serious cases, to be in trouble.
Smoking is also particularly harmful; in addition to damaging the lungs, it causes ageing of the skin.
Among the factors that determine cellular aging, no correct alimentation and lack of physical activity are very significant: taking care of your body, nourishing it well and keeping it in shape, is essential to feel good.
How to prevent cellular aging
In order to keep yourself as young as possible, you should have a correct lifestyle that passes through two essential factors: balanced nutrition and regular physical activity.
You have to get used to be active but without exaggerating. Considering the time span of a week, the right motor activity should be at least 150 minutes a week. It is important to remember that every physical activity requires a medical supervision and the presence of a motor activity instructor that explains how to do the exercises. Moreover, you should try to minimize the amount of time spent sitting. It is advisable to get out of the chair every 20/30 minutes and take a few steps even at home or in the office in case you cannot walk for ten minutes.
A correct and balanced nutrition is fundamental to slow down cellular aging. The right diet must be varied from day to day and provide the right amount and proportion of macro and micronutrients essential for our body. The diet to combat a premature cellular aging is based on the intake of foods with strong protective and antioxidant power, in order to hinder the action of free radicals so that they do not damage our cells. Antioxidants are friends of our body, of our well-being and help to slow down the cellular aging.
In vegetable there are many useful antioxidants, distinguishable by the colour of the food. Changing colours frequently allows us to take all the necessary trace elements:
-Red. It indicates the presence of lycopene and anthocyanins, which promote the natural cell protection from free radicals. An example could be tomatoes;
-Yellow-orange. It is a source of carotenoids and flavonoids that help protect eyesight, can prevent cellular aging and strengthen the immune response;
-Green. It indicates the presence of chlorophyll, magnesium, folic acid, carotenoids and polyphenols that help strengthen blood vessels, bones, teeth and can improve the function of the nervous system;
-Purple. It indicates the presence of anthocyanins, potassium and magnesium that can fight capillary fragility and prevent atherosclerosis, as well as help improve memory.
Among the foods useful to prevent cellular aging, there are also the essential fatty acids, which are good fats contained especially in fish. In addition, they counteract the action of free radicals and facilitate the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, K. They also stimulate the metabolism, increasing its efficiency especially in burning fat and carbohydrates. Among the food rich in omega 3 there is the bluefish, such as anchovies, mackerel, anchovies, herring and salmon. Excellent sources are also tofu, nuts and some vegetable oils.
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