How Your Body Stays Young

Nearly everyone would like to stay young, especially those who are already developing signs of aging. But do you know that our body can defy our chronological age? It just depends on proper maintenance.

Cells are constantly regenerating throughout our body, including in the skin, gums and circulatory system. This regeneration is how wounds heal, and also promotes the growth of hair and nails. It also occurs in ways that are not evident to the naked eye.

Cells in the digestive system regenerate every five minutes, while for the heart it occurs every six to nine months.  The liver repairs and replaces 25% of its tissue every five months.  Human skin repairs itself every four weeks, gums every two weeks and even the red blood cells are replaced every four months

Practicing a healthy lifestyle can encourage cell regeneration, allowing the body inside and out to remain in top form.  Here’s a few simple steps you can take:

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that protect the body from developing diseases and help it stay young.

Exercise. Help those renewed cells in the body and the circulating red blood cells as well.

Socialize. Talking with family, relatives and friends will keep your spirits high and help ward off depression, which can have negative effects on the body.

Get enough sleep. Seven to eight hours is recommend for optimal results, though your body will tell you if you’re sleeping enough.  Don’t be afraid to take naps if you need them.

Drink lots of water. Water is needed to maintain proper metabolism and circulation, as well preventing dehydration.

Consume whole grains. Whole grains like barley, oats, millet and brown rice contain fiber and protein, and are a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol in large amounts can be hazardous to the body, especially the liver, which is the organ responsible for filtering toxins. It depresses the function of the nervous system as well, and can affect red blood cell regeneration.

Limit processed foods.   This may include convenience foods such as frozen dinners, as well as foods containing high amounts of white flour. Processed foods do not contain enough of the nutrients that are important in cell growth, or the enzymes necessary to promote healthy digestion.  Some processed foods may also contain additives and chemicals that can impact liver health.

Avoid fried foods.  A diet high in saturated fats can damage cell membranes and enzymes, and can be stressful on the digestive system and liver.

Keep sugar intake to a minimum. Excessive sugar can affect the immune system’s normal functions, as well as reduce the amount of calcium in the body.

Be mindful of caffeine intake.  Caffeine is highly addictive and can cause undue stress on the adrenal glands.  It’s also a diuretic, which can dehydrate cell and slow down growth and regeneration.

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