Aging Backwards: Reverse The Aging Process And ...
Miranda Esmonde-White shows readers how we age at a cellular level, and what we can do to slow down and reverse this process. Her pioneering exercise program can help anyone, at any level, maintain a youthful body as we inevitably enter into later stages of life.
Aging Backwards: Reverse the Aging Process and ...
PBS fitness personality on Classical Stretch and creator of the fitness phenomenon Essentrics, Miranda Esmonde-White offers an eye-opening guide to anti-aging that provides essential tools to help anyone turn back the clock and look and feel younger no matter what age.
It's never too late to slow down, or even reverse, the effects of aging. The human body is designed to function for the full length of its life--and with gentle, full-body flexibility and strengthening exercises we can look and feel tremendous, vibrant and active at any age, and well into our senior years. After all, the body is the world's most efficient self-healing machine. And yet, remarkably, many of us neglect the single most important system in the body--the one that makes all the others work--the muscular system.
In 2020, Sinclair reported that in mice, the process restored vision in older animals; the current results show that the system can apply to not just one tissue or organ, but the entire animal. He anticipates eye diseases will be the first condition used to test this aging reversal in people, since the gene therapy can be injected directly into the eye area.
Beyond that, the implications of being able to age and rejuvenate tissues, organs, or even entire animals or people are mind-bending. Sinclair has rejuvenated the eye nerves multiple times, which raises the more existential question for bioethicists and society of considering what it would mean to continually rewind the clock on aging.
It should come as no surprise that healthy eating can help you live longer. Numerous studies have shown that eating more fruits and vegetables, like in the Mediterranean diet, can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, brain disorders, and other medical conditions (Capurson, 2019). But can your diet help with the effects of aging?
A Mediterranean diet focuses on lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, like olive oil and oily fish. These healthy fats often contain omega-3-fatty acids, which have their potential impacts on your health and aging. Some research shows that these healthy fats may protect you against heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes, but the data is not definitive. Animal studies suggest that omega-3-fatty acid supplements may slow aging and increase lifespan, but no human data supports this yet (Capurso, 2019).
A recent literature review suggests that a whole-food, plant-based diet may prevent skin aging by maximizing the amount of antioxidants you get from your diet (Solway, 2020). While the research is far from conclusive, there seem to be more than enough reasons to incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle.
Cigarette smoke contains thousands of harmful chemicals, and it can take its toll on your body, most visibly on your skin. These chemicals cause damage to skin cells and hasten the signs of skin aging. Smoking increases fine lines and wrinkles on your face, especially around your mouth and eyes. It also causes skin discoloration and uneven skin tones. Fortunately, quitting smoking can improve some of these changes (Krutmann, 2017).
You expose your skin to ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays when you are in the sun. Both kinds of UV rays cause damage to the skin, also called sun damage, through oxidative stress and the formation of free radicals. Many experts believe that up to 80% of the aging changes in your skin may actually be due to UV exposure and not just getting older.
Sun damage causes tell-tale signs of premature aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots (or age spots), spider veins, and an uneven skin tone. It also increases your risk of skin cancer. Applying sunscreen daily (SPF 30 or higher) can help prevent sun damage, thereby preventing premature aging (Guan, 2021).
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a natural antioxidant and one of the often mentioned supplements to reverse aging. As an antioxidant, vitamin C works against free radicals, which can cause all kinds of damage in our bodies, not the least of which include skin aging. Studies show that vitamin C may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by protecting your skin against oxidative damage. It may also improve skin elasticity and firmness by helping your body make more collagen (Zasada, 2019; Ahmed, 2020).
Some people turn to cosmetic products and procedures to help slow down and reverse aging. Many anti-aging skincare products can help reduce the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Products that include retinol, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C are all wonderful ingredients that help your skin look more youthful and healthier.
If you want a more robust approach, your dermatologist can perform procedures that more aggressively address aging skin issues at the cellular level. Even better, some of these procedures help you manage current skin issues and prevent future ones. Examples include:
To prevent aging, you need to avoid the habits that can accelerate this process. Try to re-evaluate your eating habits. For example, are you getting enough antioxidants? If not, this could damage skin cells due to free radicals resulting in skin aging.
Now in paperback, an eye-opening guide to anti-aging, arming readers with tools they need to turn back the hands of time from PBS personality and injury prevention and recovery specialist Miranda Esmonde-White.
"The body delivers a certain configuration at age 18," Johnson, who again is a middle-aged human man, told Bloomberg, detailing his roughly $2 million-per-year approach to anti-aging. "This really is an impassioned approach to achieve age 18 everywhere."
Of course, Johnson isn't the only rich person obsessed with prolonging his lifespan and vitality. Anti-aging, and even reverse-aging, is common pursuit among the ultrawealthy, particularly in Silicon Valley, elite sports, and celebrity circles. But it could well be argued that Johnson takes longevity to greater extremes than most, not just putting his money, but his body, where his mouth is.
Johnson's doctors told Bloomberg that they do in fact believe that some of their client's organs are aging backward, with his heart, skin, and lung capacity presenting as 37, 28, and 18 years old, respectively. Overall, the entrepreneur and his team claim that Johnson has wound the epigenetic clock back by 5.1 years over the course of 7 months.
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) geneticist, Steve Horvath, one of the researchers involved in the study and a pioneer in the human aging epigenetic research told the journal Nature that he was surprised by the results.
The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin. Other things that we do also can age our skin more quickly than it naturally would. To help their patients prevent premature skin aging, dermatologists offer their patients the following tips.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
Cleanse your skin gently. Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate your skin. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating your skin.
Note: Some anti-aging products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting. When using a prescription anti-aging product, this can be OK. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.
Even people who already have signs of premature skin aging can benefit from making lifestyle changes. By protecting your skin from the sun, you give it a chance to repair some of the damage. Smokers who stop often notice that their skin looks healthier. 041b061a72