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Anti-Aging
Facts &
Myths
Ever since Ponce de Leon went searching
for the Fountain of Youth, people have been
looking for ways to slow down the aging
process. Medical science has made great
advances in keeping people alive longer by
preventing and curing diseases, and helping
people to live healthier, happier lives. Average
life expectancy keeps increasing and most of
us can look forward to a much longer life than
our ancestors.
Our bodies were actually designed with the
ability to fix themselves, as long as you take
care of yourself properly. Your body is made
up of about 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000)
living cells, which keep themselves strong and
healthy with the proper food. Each and every
one of those trillions of cells dies off and is
replaced with a new cell at regular intervals.
Your entire body is literally completely
replaced every few years – you really aren’t the
same person you used to be!
What happens with your cells is the key to
anti-aging -
When a cell dies, one of
three possible things must
happen:
A
If the cell has not been receiving proper
nutrition, its replacement will be a weaker
version of the cell. In this scenario, your
body is degenerating.
B
The replacement cell may have the same
strength as its predecessor. In this case,
your body essentially remains in the same
place.
If you’re alive, you’re aging - you can’t avoid it. But
there are a number of things that you can do to keep
yourself healthy and active, and to eliminate or at least
slow down many of the factors that contribute to aging.
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The third possibility is that the new cell
is stronger than the previous one. Now
you’re actually regenerating the body, and
reversing the aging process. This can only
happen if you give your cells plenty of the
right kind of food energy to work with.
Sometime, usually in our late twenties or early
thirties, many of us start noticing those first
signs that we aren’t kids anymore – a few gray
hairs appearing, facial wrinkles, skin starts
sagging. As more time goes by, other signs
gradually appear – it’s a little harder getting up
in the morning, our vision and hearing aren’t
what they used to be, our sex life isn’t as lively
as we remember. As we look around, we see
the same things happening to our friends and
family. Most of us generally accept what we see
as an inevitable process of nature.
You’re only as old as
you feel
And if you feel and think that you’re getting
older – well, then you are! Your mindset
does influence what goes on in your body.
Meanwhile, you see your body getting older,
so you feel older, which reinforces the aging
processes in your body. It becomes a vicious
circle.
You can turn things around
As you notice your body looking and feeling
younger, your mindset will improve, which
motivates you to continue your anti-aging
practices, which sets up a positive feedback
loop, instead of a negative one. And so the
process accelerates.
People are living longer than ever nowadays,
due to advanced medical breakthroughs,
increased awareness of the importance of a
healthy lifestyle, and other related factors.
The human body can take
an awful lot of abuse and
neglect
We don’t always think about our bad habits,
since it may take years or decades for the
effects to become apparent. But neglect
yourself long enough and you may one day
find yourself suffering through the late period
of your life with a wide range of ailments and
complaints - from difficulty seeing and hearing
to cancer, heart disease, brittle bones, and
many other problems.
Yet it only takes knowledge and a little bit
of work to prevent most, if not all, of these
common old-age problems from manifesting.
There’s no magic pill or instant cure, and it
will take some effort on your part. But the
results will be well worth it. How much would
it be worth to you to enjoy your final years as
a healthy, active adult, able to continue doing
many of the things you most love?
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