telomeres detox We have been told that age is just a number, but in all actuality, age is actually based on our telomeres. Telomeres are sequences of DNA chains that prevent chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other. When chromosome ends start to wither, the genetic information starts to scramble, which could lead to aging, a host of diseases including cancer and even death.

Unfortunately as you do grow older, our bodies naturally divide cells resulting in telomeres getting a little shorter each time. Fortunately though, scientists have discovered that there are ways to slow the process as well as ways to even repair the frayed chromosome ends. Of course, this does not exactly mean eternal youth; if it did, there would be some sort of Hollywood fad surrounding it, but taking care of your telomeres could help you stay healthier as we get older.

Don’t be overwhelmed with the thought of having to do something more in order to be healthy and happy. If you’re currently eating a nutritious diet, getting ample amounts of sleep, exercising daily and not smoking, you are on the right track to keeping your telomeres from unraveling quicker than they should. There are a few other specific tactics though that can help slow the aging process further and they’re not difficult to adapt to your lifestyle.

Eat Fatty Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) get a very good reputation for boosting heart health and easing depression but they are also very powerful fatty acids that are terrific for keeping telomeres health. Fatty fish along with nuts and seeds are the best sources of these fats and should be consumed on a daily basis. If you do not eat a lot of fish, taking fish oil supplements with 1,000 milligrams of DHA and EPA combined is ideal.

Watch Your Weight: Obesity is a telomere-fraying accelerator. Those who are obese tend to have increased oxidative stress and inflammation in their bodies, which affects telomeres. Eating nutritionally void diet further wrecks telomeres because these processed foods do little to promote healthy body mass. When telomeres continue to fray, visceral excess fat (otherwise known as abdominal fat) further accumulates. By losing weight through adopting healthy lifestyle tactics, you will be able to nourish your telomeres and start to feel reenergized.

Take Mental Breaks: Stress can cause your telomeres to unravel because stress often leads to eating, which translates to weight gain and you know what happens to telomeres when people gain weight. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t stress eat, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear though. If you tend to lose your appetite when you’re stressed, just know that that feeling is temporary because cortisol, a hormone released when stress hits, increases appetite driving you to eventually eat more. The smart approaches to avoiding or at least reducing stress as much as possible are to take frequent breaks from work, take yoga class, mediate or even exercise!

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Telomeres do not get enough attention considering how much they control our lives. Now that you’re a bit more aware of telomere function, it’s up to you to make sure that they function at their utmost so that you can live a long and fruitful life.

- , CEO, Wise Choice Health, Inc

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