The scientific explanations are complicated in terms of the physiological changes that take place, so this article attempts to keep the readers interested and in so doing relate the content in a more simplistic way .Never before have human beings been so obsessed with understanding the under lying causes of aging. In comparison, animals think only of their survival and where the next meal is coming from.
Aging is actually a multi-dimensional process of physical, psychological and social changes.
Basically we all have a biological clock buried in our genetic makeup, which can only run for so long, but other factors like poverty, poor diet, the use of toxic substances, various pollutants and so on will impact on health and longevity.
Recently more research has focused on sleep deprivation as a contributor to aging. The fact is that during sleep our cells undergo renewal and our immune systems are boosted. This illustrates that aging is a mix of genetic and environmental factors.
One is constantly hearing about free radicals. The following will give a little knowledge.
This term is used to describe oxygen molecules in cells that have lost an electron, become unstable and then steal from other cells causing further damage. This attributes to aging as cells are injured and their DNA impairs cell reproduction.
One can then understand why the intake of anti-oxidants is so vital to good cell functioning.
At the ends of the cells chromosomes, structures call telomeres exist which can in simple terms be compared to the plastic ends of shoelaces.
These are absolutely vital to cell reproduction, but through the years they become shorter, then non-existent. Science attributes this to one of the major causes of aging, whereas in youth, cell reproduction is rapid.
Aging of the skin
90% of this is thought not to be caused so much by one's age, but to sun damage.
Our skins are the first line of defence from the environment and are continually being buffeted by pollution and Ultra violet rays. Comparison between covered and uncovered parts of our bodies like face, neck and hands reveal considerable signs of good and damaged skin.
So how does one deal with this "enemy" termed aging?
Fortunately all is not doom and gloom!
Firstly one should make a concerted effort to ingest foods having anti-oxidant qualities, to counter the free radicals. Foods like apricots, melons, citrus fruits, avocado pears, beetroot and berries will have this effect. Walnuts, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are most beneficial as are the real treats like dark chocolate and red wine!
From a cosmetic point of few, great expertise continually contributed by science, can in some ways arrest the aging process.
Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis, strengthens skin as a barrier and is a strong anti-oxidant.
Vitamin A is an excellent additive to preparations and is said to reverse some changes in sun induced skin damage.
The number of beauty products containing these two vitamins is staggering and can in no doubt be found varying in price.
Alternatively, one can consult a pharmacist for advice regarding the oral intake of superior quality Vitamins A and C.
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