It’s keeping our cells young! Every cell contains something called a “telomere,” which is a tiny strip of DNA that gets shorter as we age. Once they get too short to work properly, it leads to age-related problems, like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. But there are ways to protect our telomeres – and even make them longer – which can help us live longer, healthier lives. Here’s how:
De-stress. A study found that women caring for ill children are so stressed their telomeres are a short as someone 10 years older! But calming yoga and meditation boosts production of the chemical that helps make telomeres longer by 43 percent.
Get active! Research found that highly stressed people who exercise are 15 times less likely to have short telomeres. In fact, just 14 minutes of vigorous exercise a day can make a difference.
Eat whole grains, especially cereal. That’s because a lot of cereals are fortified with folic acid, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help protect your cells.
Lose weight. Obesity causes chronic inflammation that can damage cells and tissues. And the longer you stay overweight, the more damage there is.
Eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week, like wild salmon. Which can increase telomere length after just 4 months.