Interested in reversing the age of your brain and skin? Then this for you.
When I was a teenager at the ripe age of 14-years young, I worked as a Nurse Aide in an aged care home. It was one of the experiences I’ve had that has fundamentally shaped me as a human being.
What I saw. What I experienced. What I was taught. What I learned from the residents, staff, carers and family members deeply imprinted on my way of being in — and seeing — the world. It also hugely moulded even who I am today. How we treat people who rely on us when no one is watching shows our true character. Kindness, empathy, consideration, respect, dignity, equality are things that come to mind.
Fast-forward a couple of years, and I had been promoted to working in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia ward — that’s what they called it back then, whether this is politically correct or not. This is half my lifetime ago, yet I still remember the smell, sights, job, and beautiful souls who lived there like it was yesterday. Although some of us might be genetically predisposed to these conditions, our lifestyles matter hugely. What we do matters. What we think matters. What we consume matters. If we can avoid ending up with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, I would suggest we all want that; we want to take the actions and behaviours today that will ultimately result in us keeping our facilities for as long as possible.
Inflammation + Aging = Inflammaging.
What is inflammaging?
Inflammaging refers to a chronic state of inflammation that occurs as we age and has been shown to contribute to the development of conditions such as atherosclerosis (the buildup of fat in arteries), diabetes, high blood pressure, frailty, cancer, cognitive decline, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Why this matters?
Inflammaging can be affected by both external and internal factors.
The internal factors: Diets, Hormones, Stress
The external factors: UV Rays, Chemicals, Pollutants.
A new study suggests we may be able to reverse cognitive decline caused by inflammaging. Keeping our brain younger, functional and operational for longer is awesome. We ALL need this, even if it’s not front of mind.
For more details, check out this article.
The bottom line: Our diet matters. Our lifestyles matter.
Action: It has been known for some years that eating blueberries and other fruit and vegetables, such as strawberries and spinach, improves cognition in rodents and older people. These foods are rich in molecules such as resveratrol, fisetin, and quercetin, which have been shown either to kill or rescue senescent cells. Senescent cells damage tissue function and health when they linger and grow in number, as becomes the case with age. They contribute to the chronic inflammation of aging via their signalling, the senescence-associated secretory phenotype.
Care about anti-aging in regards to your skin too?
OneSkin is a longevity company on a mission to transform the way we think about skin.
One Skin claims to improve the skin barrier, support DNA damage repair and prevent the accumulation of senescent cells.
Their product — a topical supplement containing a proprietary peptide, OS-01 — has the potential to reverse our skins biological age, and take a decade or more off of the age of our skin. In the skin, senescent cells are most likely responsible for a sizable fraction of the more problematic later life skin aging.
I was on a wait-list and finally ordered some today, yay! Want to see the results as I use it over time? Comment below.