For the longest time our age has been defined by the day we were born and the number of times we are fortunate enough to circle the sun. Recent advances in the field of biotechnology hint that in the future we will all carry two ages, our traditional measure of age, known as our chronological age, the one that we celebrate every advancing birthday, and our biological age – the age that our cells are acting. And it turns out that these two ages can be quite different.
We all know of people who look just a little older than the age they are and also a lucky few that look significantly younger than their actual age. And the interesting thing is that when you do a new diagnostic test that measures something called DNA methylation, researchers have found not only do these folk look different to their actual age but the DNA in their cells are reflecting this as well.
In fact, your biological age, if you are not aging well, can be up to 20 or even more years older than your chronological age. This means that if you are in your fifties that your cells are acting like someone in their seventies and makes it much more likely that you will start to suffer from the conditions associated with older age much earlier than you should.
The good news is that if you do get a result that suggests your biological age is getting ahead of your chronological age all is not lost. Your biological age responds to lifestyle changes and certain supplements and can be brought back into line meaning you can literally wind back time and capture those years back.
And the news gets better, there are people that have not only brought back their biological age to one that closer resembles their chronological age but gone further and literally reversed the aging of their cells so that their biological age is substantially younger than their chronological age. There are cases of people in their fifties and sixties who have a biological age two or three decades younger, that is their cells are acting like someone in their thirties. These are the people that are acing the aging process and will arrive at their 8th, 9th and even 10th decades with amazing health and vitality as they push back the health conditions that arrive with older age much further down the road.
As our understanding of how this process works grows we will all be able to age better but for now there are some very simple actions you can take today that reverse your biological age and increase your chances that you will arrive into older adulthood with the energy, vitality and health of someone much younger.
We all know the importance of regular exercise and a good diet for our health.
These two simple actions have a remarkably significant and positive impact on our biological age.
Consciously building exercise into our daily life is much easier than you think. Of course, if you are getting to the gym regularly or able to find time to go walking, running or swimming then you are on completely the right track. But if these activities just don’t fit into your current lifestyle then have a think about what you can do. Things like taking the stairs instead of the lift, using a stand up desk, walking or cycling to the store for your weekly grocery top up, having stand up meetings all positively contribute to engineering exercise into your life and helping to reverse that all important biological age so that you age better.
We are also learning a few diet hacks that accelerate the improvement of our biological age.
Having a predominantly plant-based diet helps, along with having a habit of not eating until you are full.
Occasionally partaking in fasting also helps as it stimulates key cellular pathways that support autophagy. Autophagy is a process that is essentially like cellular housekeeping. When autophagy is triggered, the body removes older cells and cellular components that are no longer working optimally and stores them so that when we begin to eat again our body recycles them to make newer versions of those cells and components. The result is we freshen up and repair faulty cells which has a significant whole-body benefit.
Next in your strategy to slow or even reverse your cellular biological age is adding supplements to your daily healthy aging regime. We are incredibly fortunate to be alive in this day and age because of the significant increase in understanding what supplements are effectively slowing the aging process.
We know now that looking after your DNA by protecting it with molecules like Hobamine which reduce the impact of oxidative stress on your DNA in a way that has not been available to us before and supporting the key molecular mechanism our cells use to monitor and repair DNA damage with molecules like pterostilbene that promote DNA stability and repair and compounds like NMN and NR that boost levels of a key enzyme in our cells that decline with age called NAD are supplements that should be at the top of anyone’s shopping list if they are determined to slow the aging process and live healthier for longer.
For those that want to take their biological age to the next level then additional supplements are available that tackle all nine of the Hallmarks of Aging. The Hallmarks of Aging are key elements of our cells and cellular system that decline with age and if we can support them with the above supplements and more then you are giving your cells a wholistic program of care that will deliver you a longer healthier life that will pay dividends for life.
As humans, we are rapidly decoding cellular aging and this means that more and more options are available to us to extend the number of years of healthy life available to us. Next time you look in the mirror ask yourself if another 10 or 20 years of healthy life is something that would be worthwhile to you and if so then set about working on the one age you can control – your biological age. The benefits for you and your loved ones is the one thing we cant measure!