THE ANTI- AGEING SECRET FOR EVERY CELL IN YOUR BODY
You can strengthen your chromosomes.
Your body has 30 trillion cells, and one contains chromosomes. At the end of every chromosome is a telomere, a layer of extra DNA that helps cells divide. But with every split, your telomeres fray, which contributes to ageing, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel, authors of The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer say there are simple strategies to benefit your body more than 30 trillion ways:
NOURISH YOUR DNA Anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, like salmon and tuna, shield telomeres from damage. On the other end of the spectrum, “processed red meat and sugar have negative effects on telomere maintenance,” says Epel.
BE POSITIVE Cynicism, hostility, and pessimism are hard on telomeres, says Epel. “What matters is how we recover from it.” Try thought distancing: imagine the stressful situation as a movie scene. You’re just in the audience watching it go by.
RUN AWAY FROM AGEING “The very time when you don’t want to exercise is the best time to do it for your telomeres,” Blackburn says. Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, done three days a week for 45 minutes, may double the activity of telomerase, an enzyme that helps repair frayed telomeres. But don’t save your exercise for one mega-workout: overtraining actually harms telomeres.