Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Slowdown the biological clock

Every sunrise brings with it a new day, and these new days eventually turn into months, then before you know it we are celebrating another of your birthdays.

All of this is exciting around your teenage years when you can’t wait to move out of your parents’ house or finish high school. But once you are past 25, you dread the thought of the next birthday. Life begins to change and you become cautious about a lot of things.

You wake up with your eyes baggy and your skin loose around your neck, your weight is on and off and your joints become less tender. You go out of your way to purchase the “best of the best creams” to make you look younger, take in herbs and teas at weird times of the day to give you the energy they promise to deliver, which is pretty much a marketing strategy.

In fact, you believe that all these products will rejuvenate you and prolong your young years, but the inevitable finally happens, you age.

Somehow, the once-upon-a-time awesome and healthy you becomes more tired, and responsibilities tie you down, running with time to better your life and that of your family and in all of this you forget the most important thing, you.

Life is one thing that we constantly ought to be grateful for. The years seem to go by so fast and before we know it we have settled and long gone are our crazy years.

No matter how much we live right or exercise and in general take care of ourselves, there seems to be at least some natural process of aging. Aging is the process of change associated with the passage of time.

Although the word does not necessarily mean deterioration, human aging invariably leads in that direction. Caused by internal genetics that determine the function of critical body systems, how then can we grow older, age gracefully without being limited by brittle bones and loss of tissues?
The past years have brought with them a large number of lifestyle diseases associated with aging such as arthritis and bone loss.

Healthy living is an answer to longevity. Most body organs are stable but for a while. The body’s immunity ought to be kept in its healthiest state to fight off infections that could harm in the body as the days go by.

Rheumatic diseases, such as arthritis, cover a wide range of diseases and pathologic processes most of which affect the joints and tissues. The basic structures affected by these diseases are connective tissues, ligaments, synovial membranes lining joint surfaces, cartilages and the skin.
There is an inflammation of joints, which produces pain and impaired movement around the toes, knees and lower back. This usually results in persistent pain and stiffness on arising, tenderness and swelling of joints and an overall degenerative of bones, especially between 30 and 70. The progressive loss of bones is caused by a lifestyle that most of the commercial world has adapted, a sedentary lifestyle that is lazy and easy to get away with.

There is a decrease in their density which makes them porous and brittle leading to fractures with a moderate degree of trauma. Conditions such as obesity and stress cause a wear and tear process that diminishes the natural cartilage living the bones to rub against each other, thus the pain in the joints. Moving around and doing the simplest of jobs becomes such a difficulty.

The food we eat and how much of it we eat has a profound impact on our growth. The body depends on its owner for the right fuel that is healthy, loaded with antioxidants found in vegetables and fruits that are prepared in the simplest way.

Strong bones mean a strong immune system, and the reverse of that is true. The best way to avoid weak bones is to eat anti-flammatory foods and practice some exercise regimes that reduce and prevent the inflammation. Free radicals are electron-releasing molecules which produce oxidation that damage the cells’ chemical structure, resulting in cellular degeneration and premature aging. Foods to eat include whole grain cereals.

Joints also need potassium rich foods so spinach, broccoli and soy beans are in order. Walnuts also provide omega 3 fatty acids that tame inflammation. Bromelin in pineapple is good for anti inflammation. Water, which is responsible for the joint cartilage, a cushion in between the bones, needs to be taken in daily to lubricate the body.

Lutein, a carotenoid anti oxidant, helps counter age related degeneration and loss of vision. This can be found in kiwi fruit, spinach, oranges and broccoli.

Citrus fruits neutralize free radicals and protect the cells. Garlic, which is rich in selenium, is essential for the functioning of the body while celery and onions purify the blood and help get rid of waste products.

Im sure we all wish we could stay young forever, but that is obviously impossible. But this doesn’t mean we have to suddenly let ourselves grow into senior citizens over night. All we need is a little more effort on how we eat, take time to exercise and strengthen our joints, get rid of the excess caffeine that eats away your bones, drink lots of water to maintain the integrity of a younger looking skin and before you know it, you’ll be looking 18 on your 80th birthday…

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