Ladies! Here’s the news: positive lifestyle changes have been linked to a slowed ageing process – research says.
Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco have revealed that there are certain lifestyle changes that may increase the length of telomeres – which are DNA-protein complexes that control the ageing process.
Basically, these telomeres things protect the end of chromosomes; the shorter the telomeres, the shorter a person’s lifespan and conversely the longer the telomeres, the longer a person’s lifespan. And these telomeres can be both damaged and lengthened, depending on our lifestyle choices.
Researchers followed two groups of people over a period of five years; one group made positive lifestyle changes and one group didn’t. The group that made lifestyle changes showed an increased telomere length of 10 per cent, while the group that did not make any lifestyle changes showed a decreased telomere length of 3per cent.
In other words; if we live ‘well’, we will live longer!
So, what do we need to do to slow the ageing process? What is it that comprises ‘positive lifestyle changes’? The answer is, in fact, pretty logical:
- Adopt a whole foods plant-based diet.
- Carry out moderate exercise.
- Adopt stress management techniques, such as meditation and yoga.
- Adopt greater intimacy and social support.
Mostly things that we know we should do but often don’t.
Here’s the thing: ‘too much work’, ‘not enough time’ and ‘I don’t feel like it’ are not good enough excuses when it comes to our lives – especially when other people are involved (partners, children, friends etc.). We owe it to ourselves and to others to life in a manner that is both positive and healthy.
If you need to make some changes – make them! Time for procrastination is over!