One of the most frequent questions I get from my patients is: “How do I slow down aging?” I get it. Nobody wants to look, and more importantly, feel like they’re getting old. And by “getting old,” they mean losing the spark and sparkle and wrinkle-free skin they may have taken for granted in their twenties and thirties. What I tell them is, if you follow some basic rules of slowing down aging, you’ll help take care of the wrinkles on the outside of you at the same time you’re addressing the wrinkles on the inside – dysfunctions in the way your metabolism, cardiovascular system, immune system and your brain work, in other words the big things that can reduce both the quality and the quantity of your years on the planet.
Looking for the fountain of youth? There are several every-day habits and behaviors you can do, starting now, that can slow down aging at the most basic cellular level. They don’t cost much, or in most cases, anything, and they can, and should, last a lifetime -- in other words, a lot longer than ‘miracle’ potions or jars of skin cream. While absolute lifespan, for instance whether your grandmother lived to 85 or 95, is very much influenced by genetics, your ‘healthspan’ – how long you live well, is very much up to you.
Urolithin A(UA) is a compound which is naturally produced by bacteria within the gut microbiome, after consuming ellagitannins or ellagic acid – polyphenols which can be found in foods like pomegranate, berries, nuts, teas, and other foods. Urolithin A has recently been in the longevity spotlight, with research showing that it protects against age-related disease and also slows the aging processes.
To live a long and healthy life, movement, and plenty of it, simply must be part of your overall plan. No surprises there. However, we all know that when life gets busy, regular exercise often slides down the to-do list. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Sound familiar? If so, now might be a good time to work some High Intensity Interval Training, or ‘HIIT,’ into your routine to get maximum bang for your movement buck, in the minimum amount of time.
As much as we were all hoping to have COVID-19 on the run by now, it is still very much with us, with the Delta variant currently taking center stage. As the virus grinds on, continuing to follow CDC guidance and local mandates, getting the shot, masking, hand-washing and social distancing are all a big part of the ongoing battle. What else can you do to keep this unprecedented menace at bay? Do everything possible to support your immunity and remember, you’ve got a tremendous amount of control over it.