How would you like to spend your later years? Do you want to be in a nursing home, totally dependent on others? Or would you like to travel the world, ski in the winter, golf in the summer and generally enjoy the many benefits of a strong and youthful body well into your seventies, eighties and beyond?

The choice is clear. Fortunately, medical science is currently discovering how and why the human body ages.

Scientists found out, for example, that rapid decline in human growth hormone (HGH) release in the body, after fifty years old, leads to faster aging.

Researchers also discovered that our cells renew themselves through divisions. Only this happens for a limited number of times. Each time a cell divides, a tiny portion of the DNA is lost

It is interesting to notice that certain factors influence this DNA “information” loss. Homocysteine is one of them. Homocysteine is an amino acid that accumulates in the tissues faster as you get older.

Research proved that high homocysteine tripled the amount of DNA chromosome length that is lost during cell division. This is tripling the speed at which your body is aging.

So how can we get more of the stuff we need (HGH) and less of the one we do not want (homocysteine)? Sure, there are artificial stimulants for the former or inhibitors for the later. The long term effects of these artificial means are unpredictable and not worth taking the risk.

On the other hand you can naturally and efficiently get similar effects by implementing few life style changes. Here you are:

1. Diet.

Calorie restriction is the most documented and the most scientifically validated life extending solution. The problem is that eating 20% less food than you need is not only frustrating but makes living longer meaningless. The good news is that short term periodical fasting proved also to have similar effects with a life long calorie restriction diet.

Quality of food is also an issue. Organic food is more nutrient rich and less of a stressor for the body (e.g. increase homocysteine). Eating less but better quality food seems to be the solution here. Taking supplements like vitamin B12 and Folic Acid is also documented to reduce the homocysteine levels.

High protein diets are the most efficient in increasing the amount of HGH levels. When you eat high amounts of protein, your HGH levels actually rise. This is a mild elevation, but none the less, it is effective.

2. Exercise

Strenuous exercise is proved to increase the blood serum levels of HGH in your body. Resistance training, like heavy squats and dead lifts that you can do no more than 8-10 reps are the most effective. This will also benefit your body by increasing the muscle mass and strength hence providing better support for your bones and signaling your body to retain bone mass (double whammy for osteoporosis prone individuals).

3. Reduce mental stress

As you age, it becomes more apparent that your most important organ is your brain. Living a long life without being able to remember your age or who you are is pointless.

The most important thing you must do to keep your brain healthy and your mind sharp is avoid excess stress. When you are stressed, your body produces a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol at a physiological level, actually kills and disables your brain cells.

Meditation is the perfect workout for your brain. Meditation is documented to significantly reduce stress by increasing the release of the “good mood” neurotransmitter Serotonin. It also creates the same brain wave patterns like during deep sleep when HGH is released in your body. This is a double benefit for you: lower stress and more HGH. No “brainer” here.

There are simple ways to implement these changes in your life with a minor impact on your daily routine. Just in case you want to grow … younger.

For an integral approach to a healthy mind and body that combines simple and efficient techniques filtered by thousands of years of human wisdom with modern technology based on the latest research in neuroscience, nutrition and fitness please check Better-Mind website.

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