The aging process is for the greater part no mystery anymore. It
consists for a great part of daily damages done on the macroscopic,
tissue, cellular and genetic levels. These add up as the years are
passing. These damages have specific causes like oxidating agents, sun
beams, mechanical wear and tear, psychological stress, lack of some
nutritional components and too much of others, like fat.
component of aging is the reduction of the telomere chains at the
chromosome ends, as each cell division occurs. When these are shortened
enough, cells stop dividing. However, the body has means to repair these
ends again, with an enzyme called telomerase. The rapidity of the aging
process depends on lack of efficiency in this repair process. The above
mention aging causes also slow down this repair process.
factors causing aging, also causes other diseases like cancer and coronary
heart disease. Both aging and these diseases can in great extend be
prevented with the knowledge possessed today, and the damages can in great
extend be reversed. The components to achieve this are:
daily food containing whole cereals, peas, beans, vegetables, fruit, fish,
mushrooms, fouls and seafood, and with just a moderate amount of red meat.
-Just a moderate amount of fat.
-Ideally most fat one eats,
should be of the type mono-unsaturated. One also needs some
poly-unsaturated fat of the types omega-3, and omega 6, but not too much
of omega-6. The consumption of saturated fat should be very
- In order to achieve right fat balance, most of the
fat supply should come from sources like olive, peanuts, canola, fish,
nuts, sun-flower, etc. Then you will get a good balance between
mono-unsaturated fat (olive, canola, peanuts), poly-unsaturated fat of the
omaga-3-type (fish) and poly-unsaturated fat of the omega-6-type
-Just a very moderate amount of butter, soy oil,
margarine, corn oil and palm oil. A high consumption of these fat sources
gives you too much saturated fat and poly-unsaturated
-Just a very moderate amount of sugar, refined flour
or refined cereals.
-Do not add more salt to the food than you
need. Most people consume too much salt. However, some salt is needed. If
the weather is warm and you are in high activity, you need more salt than
by cold weather and low activity. Prefer sea-salt, because of its content
of valuable minerals.
-Just a moderate consumption of
tranquilizers/stimulants as alcohol and caffeine, but in moderate amounts
these contribute to slow down the aging process.
-No smoking or
-Supplements of specific nutritional components
like vitamins, minerals, lecithin and some essential fatty
-Adequate training that both gives a muscular load, work up
your condition and stretches out your body. To stretch out, yoga-exercises
-Adequate rest and stress-reduction. Daily meditation is
a method of achieving this. Natural relaxing agents or specific tools for
meditation or relaxation may also be useful.
specific anti-aging agents like anti-oxidants or human growth
-Use of specific anti-aging agents to apply upon the skin
-To protect the skin against excessive sun
The amount one needs of nutritional supplements, like
vitamins and minerals, differs very much according to a personís health
condition, work load and exposure to environmental stress. A person having
a poor digestion, doing high performance sport or being exposed to a high
amount of environmental stressors, may need more than a person in an