The old adage goes: After you turn 50 things go “downhill” from there. Half your life (and for most of us, it’s more than half) is over!
To say that things start going downhill at age 35 seems preposterous doesn’t it? Well maybe so but let’s look at some critical evidence that shows exactly that.
But, don’t panic! I’m not about to tell all of you 35-year-olds out there that you look like 50-year olds already. 🙂
What I would like to draw attention to is that yes – there are some things happening inside your body that you can’t feel, and there are things that you can do now so you don’t have to look or feel your age when you do reach the BIG 5 – 0!
If I could, I would write that letter to my 35-year old self with some serious recommendations for action!
The human body is a miracle – if you think about all the miles of arteries and veins we possess, the fact that our lungs regenerate every 7 weeks, tastebuds? New ones every 10 days! In fact, we rebuild our entire bodies every 7 years – you just have to be amazed at the wonder of it all! Just think about how our muscles work, how our pain receptors communicate, OMG our brains (Just think about phantom limbs for example)! It’s almost too much to comprehend. We are designed to process food, metabolize it into nutrients, store fat for a rainy day, produce energy for our brains and limbs, we acquire our mother’s immune system, double in size in 6 months and at full adulthood grow by over 2000%.
Not only do we increase in size by enormous percentages, from birth to adulthood, we are continuously producing every anti-oxidant (millions! billions!) needed to protect us from Oxidative Stress* (when you cut an apple in half – the apple turns brown or how a car rusts afte exposure to oxygen – that’s Oxidative Stress.) This is what happens inside our bodies when we are exposed to elements like Oxygen (from breathing) physical damage (from bruises, scrapes and breaks), pollution, pesticides-insecticides and other chemicals we put on our food, as well as estrogen and endocrine disruptors from the plastics from which we drink…and more. BPAs, parabens, phthalates (in which we wash our clothes, bathe our bodies and style our faces and hair) have also proven to accumulate over time and cause damage. It is a continual bombardment of harmful substances thrown at us continuously.
When we are exposed to these elements, the restult is Oxidative Stress which creates free radicals, those are the lone charged electrons that break off from certain cells then run around our bodies looking for a partner. Free radicals cause so much damage that we need a plethora of anti-oxidants to neutralize them and minimize the Oxidative Stress, to prevent our bodies from rusting from the inside out!
Although we are born with the capability to manufacture our own antioxidants by efficiently utilizing the nutrients from food we eat through cellular transcription, as we age, our pathways diminish and our ability to perform this heroic act decreases, and as a result – and starting at age 35 – we start to see a decline in our anti-oxidant levels.
Anti-oxidants aren’t the only thing we cease to create. Every woman is familiar with collagen breakdown which starts in our late 20s, and almost everyone notices our fat-to-muscle ratio changing starting in our early 30s.
If we’re not careful we will wake up one day in our 5th decade and wonder what happened to our firm and lifted cheeks and chins, and where did this jelly belly come from? Aging. That’s right. By the time you hit your 50s, you are already more than halfway down the other side of that hill. You started the decline years before that – before you even knew what hit ya! Keep reading to get a few takeaways to help lessen the downward spiral.
So, what is it about our bodies that cause us to begin this decline at such a young age? Well, physiology has a lot to do with it, and actually, there are even parts of us that start to age earlier (lungs, skin and brain in our 20s, muscles at age 30 for example).
We are finite beings designed to get older, break down and eventually die through the process we call “life”. Just by virtue of how we breathe lends itself to our gradual decline, not to mention outside forces. ,
Other things that cause us to degenerate are lifestyle choices – smoking, drinking, sugar substitutes, sugar, high-acidity foods, trans-fats, fast food, just a whole host of things – let’s not even touch on stress – that’s a subject deserving of its own article.
What do these things have in common? They are lifestyle CHOICES! This is where the letter to our 35 year-old selves comes in. All those bad habits we “enjoyed” when we were younger – when we felt immortal, invincible and unconquerable – led us directly to old-age diseases.
In fact, many top diseases in our country that cause death today are due to lifestyle choices. It’s pretty sad actually: Smoking leads to lung cancer, pancreatic cancer COPD, emphysema; Sugar causes diabetes, liver disease, pancreatic diseases, Trans-fats is linked to cardio vascular and heart disease, (and who knows what else, they’ve only been around for 50 years so it’s too early to tell.) The list goes on and the scary part is that we all know what could happen when we make those decisions while we’re young but we do it anyway. Oh well, is that part of being human or part of being young
However, what we cannot control is the internal rusting that goes on inside us. Unlike the apple or the car, we can’t see it and we can’t feel it, so we don’t even know it’s happening until we get the diagnosis of some degenerative disease like arthritis, cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, diabetes, fibromyalgia, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue and over 200 more ailments on record. All due to Oxidative Stress.
What if we could address Oxidative Stress right now? Start making our own anti-oxidants even though we’ve passed the age of 35? Well, guess what?! We can! There is a company on the forefront of Nutrigenomics* – using food to affect gene expression. The scientists at this company have harnessed a few simple food ingredients and combined them in a way that when we take this little yellow pill, literally “Flips the Switch” in our bodies re-activating the very pathways that used to make protective antioxidants so we start creating them by ourselves – again – just like when we were young!
If we can flip that switch, there will likely be lots of interested people – this means we will see a lot of healthier folks later in life – with a quality of life that is enjoyable. Go to Pubmed.gov and search “NRF2” – or “Oxidative Stress” and you will see how serious the our lack of anti-oxidant production is. Take comfort from understanding that staying active, getting 7-8 hours of sleep, and eating plenty of fresh, whole foods – preferably local and organic – can lead us to better health later on. And my advice to 35 year-olds everywhere? Say no to cigarettes and alcohol, keep moving your body every day and eat food in as close to its natural state as possible. Then feel free to go zip-lining, bungee-jumping and all those other exhilarating activities that make you feel amazing!
Oxidative Stress: is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules. https://www.healthline.com/health/oxidative-stress#:~:text=Oxidative%20stress%20is%20an%20imbalance,easily%20react%20with%20other%20molecules.
Nutragenomics: In the simplest of terms, nutrigenomics is the study and branch of genetic research of how foods affect our genes and how, in return, genetic variations affect the way we react to nutrients in foods. https://omecare.co/resources/blog/what-is-nutrigenomics/
NRF2: NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is an essential transcription factor that regulates an array of detoxifying and antioxidant defence gene expression in the liver. https:..www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/transcription-factor-nrf2
Disclaimer: I am a Health Coach, not a MD or medical practioner of any kind, and the comments, observations and conclusions in this article are not meant to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. The facts are substantiated, on Pubmed.gov. Brief textbook definitions can be found below, or with a search on Google. The statements made here are the opinion of this author and do not reflect the views of the platform on which it is published. To learn more about the products I reference, go to my website: https://www.veronicaswellness.com/bio-hack-the-aging-process/