In recent weeks I have been studying and sharing with you about telomeres, the caps at the end of each strand of our DNA that protects our chromosomes. I have telomeres described by several people as being like the plastic tips at the end our shoelaces. And like the tips at the end of our shoelaces, as telomeres age with time they shorten and lose their effectiveness. And why are they important? Telomere aging is most likely the key to how healthy and functioning we will be as we get older. The shorter the telomeres become, the more likely we are to suffer with more disease, ailments, and a less functioning life. In other words telomeres are vital to our life and it is important to take care of them.
Taking Care of Telomeres
- Aerobic Exercise While resistance training and being strong is important to the way we age, our telomeres prefer you to do 45 minutes of aerobic exercise or High Intensity Interval Training. The HIIT workout consisted of also performed three times a week, was high-intensity interval training, consisting of a 10-minute warm-up, four alternating intervals of fast and easy running (at three minutes each) and a 10-minute cool down.
- Watch The Yo-Yo Weight Loss If you regularly lose weight and gain it back again you are harming your telomeres, according to research. It is important to lose the belly fat and to limit the amount of sugar we take in for healthy telomeres but yo-yo dieting is more harmful than helpful,
- Eat Fish, Flaxseed, and Seaweed Longer telomeres are linked to a diet rich in omega 3’s. Omega 3’s are also great for our heart, brain, and joints. Eat fish!
- Manage Depression Research is showing that depression directly affects our telomeres in a negative way. Depression is also known to be a direct path to heart disease, many cancers, and bone deterioration. If you suffer from depression, there is help available. Get it! On the other side of the coin, meditation is showing through research to lengthen and strengthen our telomeres. Meditation can also teach you how to manage thoughts of depression if done correctly.
It is so important to take care of our telomeres. I am not shocked that the same things that affect our overall health also affect our telomeres. Exercise, eat fish, maintain a healthy weight, and please manage your mood and seek fulfillment in your life. Your happiness and health depend on it. Begin as soon as possible. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!