telomere

3 easy habits for a long, disease-free life

Monday, April 28, 2014 by: Carolanne Wright
Tags: telomeres, longevity, anti-aging diet

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement

Delicious
(NaturalNews) Telomeres (tiny bits of DNA that influence longevity and health) have been causing quite a stir among researchers lately --- and for good reason. The length of these protective caps on the end of chromosomes determine how quickly cells age, and how prone we are to having a stroke or developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, vascular dementia, diabetes and osteoporosis. Essentially, the shorter your telomeres, the shorter your lifespan. And yet, we don't have to be at the mercy of our genetics. Have a look at the following tips which help foster strong telomeres -- as well as resistance to disease and aging.

Want to increase telomere length? Adopt these three habits

Diet - A pilot study at the University of California in San Francisco found that a diet high in plant-based protein, fruits and vegetables, and low in refined carbohydrates and fat (10 percent of total caloric intake), to be the best model for lengthening telomeres and preventing disease. Although Lawrence Wilson, M.D. firmly believes that anything which boosts glutathione in the body is helpful too -- such as meat, eggs, cooked green vegetables and other sulfur-containing amino acid foods. When glutathione is present, oxidation is minimized. This in turn reduces damage to telomeres, thereby preserving, and perhaps encouraging, length.

Further dietary considerations involve managing inflammation and the subsequent free radicals associated with the condition. The bottom line is that when free radicals are generated during an inflammatory response from a traumatic injury (either physical or emotional), telomeres are compromised. A diet rich in DHA and EPA, along with turmeric, ginger, green tea, resveratrol, zinc, magnesium and folic acid, as well as vitamins B12, C and D, can go a long way in preventing injury to telomeres through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.

Vitamin D is especially important according to research involving 2,100 female twins between the ages of 19-79. It was discovered that those with the highest levels of vitamin D also had the longest telomeres, and the lowest levels of the vitamin were associated with the shortest telomeres.

Stress reduction - Another crucial lifestyle habit that keeps telomeres from shrinking is stress management. As noted in the Prevention article "7 Steps To A Longer Life":

"Pioneering research published in 2004 found that telomeres of women under the greatest strain (caring for chronically ill children) were shorter by the equivalent of 10 additional years of aging, compared with those of low-stressed women. More recent studies have suggested that telomeres progressively shorten as job-related stress and burnout crank higher."

But it appears that telomeres can recover from chronic stress when relaxation techniques are employed. One recent study showed that those who were highly stressed from caring for a family member with dementia could boost telomerase activity by 43 percent when a daily 60-minute yoga and meditation practice was adopted.

Exercise - Physical activity also helps to extend telomeres by curbing stress. In fact, research has found that postmenopausal women who experienced a substantial upswing in stress were 15 times more likely to have short telomeres -- that is, unless the the women exercised, in which case the risk disappeared. Telomere benefits kicked in when participants exercised vigorously for at least 14 minutes per day, three days a week.

All in all, further study is needed before researchers fully understand the role telomeres play in longevity and disease prevention. In the meantime, using lifestyle habits to keep telomeres healthy and strong is still a smart move for maintaining robust health.

Sources for this article include:

"Higher serum vitamin D concentrations are associated with longer leukocyte telomere length in women" J Brent Richards, Ana M Valdes, Jeffrey P Gardner, Dimitri Paximadas, Masayuki Kimura, Ayrun Nessa, Xiaobin Lu, Gabriela L Surdulescu, Rami Swaminathan, Tim D Spector, and Abraham Aviv, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved on April 10, 2014 from: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/5/1420.full

www.ucsf.edu

http://drlwilson.com/ARTICLES/TELOMERES.htm

http://www.prevention.com

http://www.prevention.com

About the author:
Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.

Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Thrive-Living/4995788...

For Pinterest fans: www.pinterest.com/thriveliving/

Find at Google+: www.goo.gl/cEZiyR

Diaspora*: carolanne@pod.orkz.net

and Twitter: www.twitter.com/Thrive_Living

Read her other articles on Natural News here:

www.naturalnews.com/Author1183.html

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.