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.
While deepening laugh lines on the outside are a give-away, it’s often the slow and not-always-visible chipping away of muscle mass, power, strength, and endurance which are the more significant signs of time marching on. That and lot of aches and pains. As these rather humbling physiological hiccups begin to add up, the question becomes, how to slow the slide – or prevent it altogether? The answer: staying physically active!