Searching for the fountain of youth.
If you decided to take some time out of your day to watch this video, you were probably looking for a way to stop the aging process altogether but aging is a two-edged sword. Remember: In our puberty and our childhood: birthdays were almost always an amazing thing to look forward to. It is only after reaching a certain age, where ageing starts losing it’s beneficial component. After reaching a certain age, aging is not only losing social benefits, after turning 21 you can nearly do anything everywhere, but also the biological benefits. For example you’re starting to continuously lose muscles after the age of 30. While at the age of 20 your body is producing more sexual hormones, like testosterone, to facilitate muscle growth.
Why is your body acting like this? Isn’t this illogical? Building muscles that he later on will destroy? This paradox is called antagonistic pleiotropy. Antagonistic pleiotropy means a gene expression can be beneficial in young age, while being detrimental later. This works because in the face of evolution, our reason for being on this planet was simply to give away our genome, aka. having a child. It doesn’t matter, in the face of evolution, how you as a person perform at the age of 80, as long as your kid has the perfect genome.
But isn’t there a way to stop this ageing process or at least, maybe slow it down.? Yes I think so. There are multiple tactics that you can implement in your daily life to manage stress and therefore prevent biological ageing:
1. Psychological: Breath deeply to manage stress. Meditate. Do something you love
2. Nutrition: Eat a lot of antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, avoid alcohol and cigarettes
3. Exercise: Exercise everyday, on a low to moderate intensity, for about 30 minutes
The only study I read about, where people were able to even REVERSE the ageing process, by lengthening the telomeres, was found to be a plant based diet.