There is no easier way to say it – Modern living is the cause of accelerated aging. Aging isn’t something we need to be afraid of as it is a natural element of life, and we can actually enjoy this process if we are in a state of vibrant health.
However, if we want to achieve vibrancy in health, we first need to focus on understanding the reasons that lead to degenerative aging so that we can attempt to prevent them.
Degenerative aging mainly stems from impaired detoxification or toxicity, poor nutritional lifestyle, oxidative stress and excess free radicals which eventually bring about the aging processes.
This in turn leads to signs of poor health such as hormonal imbalance and chronic inflammation which eventually deteriorate our health and speed up our aging process.
Let’s explore these causes a bit more in depth to better understand them:
1. Oxidative Stress And Free Radicals
Oxidative stress or oxidation is basically a reaction through which an element’s atoms lose out on electrons. Put in the simplistic of terms, oxidation is the process that consists of the loss of electrons. When this happens, it’s as though our bodies are starting to rust from the inside which is quite destructive for our health.
Free radicals are the result of oxidative stress or oxidation. Free radicals can be helpful in daily metabolism when present in controlled and rather small quantities. Because oxidation can be destructive, maintaining a balanced state of oxidation, which is a natural process, is crucial.
Free radicals can become problematic when they start increasing, become excessive and out of control because this brings about constant oxidative stress. This tends to occur when we are exposed to poor lifestyle habits including dietary and environmental toxins.
Oxidative stress and free radical damage can be reduced by:
- Using anti-oxidants to neutralize free radicals.
- Avoiding toxins and pollution by living in a green environment.
2. Impaired Detoxification Or Toxicity
Toxicity can lead to chronic ill health as well as continual stress and premature aging. Our bodies are designed to naturally clean and detoxify themselves but we tend to become toxic when our cells get saturated with waste faster than they are being disposed off. Impaired detoxification or toxicity occurs either by natural waste products or by decreased level of artificial toxins.
Toxins can also originate externally in the form of air, medications, drink, and food. The most dangerous toxins are environmental toxins. They cannot be smelt, felt or seen, and are extremely destructive to your health over time and can lead to various threatening diseases.
We therefore need to detoxify our bodies from the build-up of toxins by managing our stress levels and being watchful of what goes into our body.
Here are a few tips through which you can prevent toxins from building up in your body:
- Eat foods that are natural and organic.
- Drink lots of water.
- Keep away from alcohol, drugs, stimulants, medication and caffeine.
- Live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle to stay away from stress.
3. Poor Nutritional Lifestyle
Nobody wants to age before their time and we all need to understand that the food we consume and the environment we surround ourselves with play a huge part in our vibrancy, health and well-being. This is why we need to eat healthy, natural foods and say goodbye to supplements, junk and processed foods.
Also, our modern lifestyles prevent us from experiencing the beauty and freshness of nature. We should learn to explore the natural outdoors, be in places that are not too overly populated or polluted, and make nature a significant part of our lives if we want to transform our lifestyle into one that is healthier.
The three factors mentioned above are the main solutions of premature aging and degenerative diseases and we can move towards the reversal of aging if they can be implemented.
Here is an example of people who seem to possess the secrets of eternal youth and longevity:
The People Of Hunza Valley
Hunza is a gorgeous valley situated amidst the north-east mountains of Pakistan.
Hunzakuts, the people who live in this beautiful lost paradise are known for their idyllic, illness-free lifestyle that is the source of their everlasting youth, and extraordinary longevity.
Sally Beare mentioned the Hunzakuts in her book “The Live-Longer Diet”, stating that their livelihood and diet principles are pretty much the same as the Campodemeliani, Symiots, and Okinawans.
The Hunzakuts follow a diet based on natural home grown foods that are free of any processing or additives and are high in nutritional value and low in calories. They live in a pollution free environment and are extremely close to nature. This lifestyle has kept them away from illnesses and diseases and they generally live long, healthy lives.
Their eating habits, their closeness to nature and the fresh pollution free environment they live in certainly speaks volumes for the quality of life and good health they enjoy. They truly possess the secret to longevity and we can benefit a great deal from incorporating into our lives the habits and lifestyle they live by.
This article will impart you with the knowledge of how you can set the longevity gene in motion and start living a healthier lifestyle, one that activates your body’s natural ability to turn back time and reverse aging.