Posted by myideas1 on August 23rd, 2008
Genetically, a person who comes from a family where most have lived to old age is also likely to enjoy longevity. This genetic heritage can also determine the aspects of good health such as a healthy heart, healthy brain, good circulation, good eyesight and hearing.
Even people who do not come from a heritage of longevity can live to old age if they look after themselves and avoid the risk factors that cause poor physical and mental health, thus accelerating the aging process. Following a healthy diet, regular exercise, drinking in moderation, cutting out smoking, and following safe practices can all help to increase potential life span.
As we age, there are certain processes which cannot be avoided. This is particularly so of cell aging. As our body cells age, we are more likely to contract certain conditions because of the decline in strength and resistance to infection. Our bodies also begin to show signs of ‘wear and tear'. The skin loses its elasticity, thus resulting in the wrinkling we associate with old age.
As our body's cells wear out, they are replaced by a process of cell division. The only cells which don't replicate are those in the brain which cease to divide after birth.
It has been a philosophy that if you look after your body, particularly your body cells, then anti-aging should be smooth sailing. How? By nutrition - a balanced diet with associated exercise. The right and optimum balance of antioxidants and minerals daily is a great start.
Anti-aging health shouldn't be something you decide is a good idea when it's too late. Your body cells are constantly bombarded by those little attack armies called free radicals and if left unchecked, without the daily optimum replenishment of antioxidants and minerals, over time, they will kick-start a degeneration process that more often than not, can't be reversed.
The good news is that this process usually occurs over an extended period of time. Antioxidants, like little body commandos, will seek out these free radicals and neutralize them. But, you need to keep them coming on a daily basis.
Healthy body cells means you are one step ahead of the anti-aging health game. So set the pace, and make sure you don't slip back and become another aging statistic.
Contributing Writer: Dr. Nedra Dodds - a top anti-aging physician in metro Atlanta, and president of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine. For newspaper, radio or television interviews, contact People You Need to Know at firstname.lastname@example.org.