Aging: the process of growing older. It happens to all of us. We don’t like it, but it’s inevitable. Sooner or later those annoying gray hairs start to appear and our skin doesn’t look as soft and smooth as it once did. These are both normal signs of aging. Under the surface as well, our bodies are undergoing a series of changes within our cells and systems. As much as we don’t like to think about it, the changes that occur with aging result in our body not being able to function and adapt efficiently, and this leads eventually to death.
WHY DO WE AGE?
There have been many theories as to why we age. One of the big questions researchers have asked over the years is whether there is one root cause responsible for aging or several.
Current findings seem to be pointing toward several causes.
Genetic theories suggest that the aging process is pre-programmed in our genes.
The “Wear and Tear theory” proposes that our body simply breaks down over time due to accumulated damage.
Since the “WHY” question has raised so much speculation over the years, perhaps a more appropriate question to ask would be:
“HOW DO WE AGE?”
Many effects of aging can be detected in our body systems. As we age and these systems start to deteriorate, we become more susceptible to disease. Here’s an overview of how our body’s systems change over time:
ALL OF THIS SOUNDS PRETTY GRIM…
So WHY does this happen? One of the current hypothesis is Telomere shortening. While the study of telomere shortening is relatively new science, we feel it’s worth considering in our approach to anti-aging medicine.
What’s a Telomere?
Telomeres are caps on the ends of a DNA strand. They protect the vital information contained within our chromosomes. DNA makes up all the cells in our body and every organ in our body is made up of cells.
Our cells replenish by duplicating themselves Each time a cell duplicates itself, our telomeres get shorter. When our telomeres become too short, they will no longer be able to reproduce, causing our cells to degenerate and eventually die.
Cells that regenerate more quickly than others show the earliest signs of aging, such as cells found in skin, hair and nails.
Our telomere length represents our physical age vs our biological age:
Physical Age: The number of years we have lived
Biological Age: How old we are based on our bio-markers (telomere length).
Experts agree that our biological age is a truer measure of our age than the date of our birth.
Does that mean that our telomeres determine the number of years of our life and we have no control over the matter?
LIFESPAN AND BEHAVIORAL FACTORS
Telomeres shorten as we age, there’s nothing we can do about that. But choices we make may affect how quickly our telomeres shorten. These include: stress, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet.
Here’s some practical tips to implement into your lifestyle to stay healthy and protect those telomeres…
WHAT IF YOU ARE ALREADY IMPLEMENTING THESE CHANGES?
Is there anything else that can be done?
YES! At Full Circle Health we offer a lab test that can determine your telomere length. Why is this beneficial? We can compare this to a candle that’s ready to burn out. It’s possible to re-ignite the flame if we catch it before it completely burns out. Once that flame is burned out, however; it’s gone. The same can be said about our telomeres. If ours are close to being burned out, wouldn’t it be great to know ahead of time so that we can make necessary changes to our lifestyle in order to preserve what we have left? Having this information available may just give us the motivation we need to make those changes.
Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants will suppress our immune system function which contributes to degeneration. You may take a daily multivitamin and eat a balanced healthy diet but still be deficient. There’s a number of reasons for this….
Each of us have our own unique requirements. What works for one person may not work for you.
Your body may not properly absorb nutrients even though you eat a balanced diet.
Chronic illness can lead to micronutrient deficiencies.
As we age, our micronutrient requirement’s change.
Lifestyle factors such as medications, smoking, activity level, emotional and environmental stressors can deplete our micronutrients.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a daily supplementation plan designed specifically to your needs? At Full Circle Health, we can do that! Our Micro-nutrient test will measure your intracellular vitamin, mineral, antioxidant and amino/fatty acid levels within your white blood cells. This helps us to see how well your nutrients are being utilized at the cellular level and where you’re deficient.
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