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.