28 Feb The Secret to Cheating Death Revealed: How ANTI ANTI-AGING ARE YOU?
Vanity aside, a lot of us believe that there are many perks to being a 20-something. The naturally youthful skin is certainly enviable, and enjoying an eager metabolism means that you’re probably in the best shape of your life, but most middle-aged people miss the vitality associated with being young.
What if that has nothing to do with the years you’ve accumulated on the planet?
I often joke that I creek more than a log cabin on a windy day and I’m only five weeks shy of my 27th birthday. So then maybe there is some truth to the school of thought that you’re only ever as old as you feel? People in the limelight are under pressure to maintain a youthful appearance, but therefore having been approaching aging with a completely different set of eyes. What could they be doing to prolong the crows feet, varicose veins and poor posture that will inevitably come for us all?
The good news is that we live in the information age. Technology is developing in quantum leaps because there is a great drive to, not only understand but, improve our collective quality of life. Scientists are pursuing stem cell research to cure cancer, reverse spinal injuries, and treat diabetes. Engineers are developing self-driving cars to automate safety on our roads.
Medical professionals are investing time and money into extending the human lifespan.
This is what we know so far:
Controversial though it may sound, Harvard geneticist David Sinclair, Ph.D. believes that the negative effects of aging should be classified as a disease that can (and should) be treated. “The hope is that our generations will be able to expect to live until 90 and play tennis, or even make it to 100,” says the author of Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To.
This theory is supported by Robert Rountree, M.D. who asserts that, while aging is a natural progression, humans can alter their cellular makeup to delay the deterioration of the body. Mother Nature proves this to be possible in turritopsis dohrnii, or the immortal jellyfish. These creatures are confronted with their mortality but then choose to revert back to a more youthful stage in their lives. American-Indian author Deepak Chorpa unpacks how your state of consciousness can inform your physical body in his book Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. Case studies prove that this is neither a new concept nor is it beyond the realms of possibility.
How can we practice this?
Short answer; take a page out of Stefen James’ book. Rest is one of the most important components to healthy living and we just aren’t getting enough of it. The biohacker recommends wearing blue-light-blocking glasses for at least an hour before you go to bed as they slowly release melatonin, which will help you fall asleep easier.
If you want to ensure your body is operating at its optimal level, you’ll have to ensure that it is being polluted as little as possible. You might not have full autonomy of the quality of air where you live, you can certainly swap out toxic cleaning products for chemical-free alternatives. Why stop there? You can substitute old cosmetics for non-toxic products and even go as far as cleaning out your fridge and pantry of GMOs.
Lastly, while some sunlight is certainly good for you, a few people are a little too committed to getting that enviable olive complexion. Over time you will not only end up looking like chicken biltong, but you run the risk of developing skin cancer too. Why not consider a sunless bronzer as a healthy compromise? Even the tanning beds expose you to a dangerous amount of UV light that can cause wrinkling of the skin and even melanoma. It would be best to avoid them altogether.