The 7 Mechanisms of Aging
The seven aging mechanisms that run down our bodies are:
- Loss and atrophy of cells
- Accumulation of unnecessary cells
- Chromosomal mutation
- Mitochondrial mutation
- Intracellular junk
- Extracellular junk
- Cross-links in extracellular proteins
Before gerontology comes to the rescue, you’ll have to take care of your own cells in the following ways:
- Exercise – Preferably up to 1 hour a day, the more the better. Weights, walking, swimming, yoga, you name it. Personally, I love weights, the stationary bike, and soccer.
- Sleep – 7+ Z’s per night will do you good.
- Proper nutrition: In addition to lots of good fat, protein, and vegetables, try throwing in some reservatrol (wine) and melatonin (use the supplement, or darken your sleeping area) to combat free-radicals, and perhaps lower your calorie intake (caloric restriction).
- Lower your stress and blood pressure levels: Meditation, exercise, laughing, walking, talking with friends, creativity, making art and music — these are all good things.
- Keep your mind in gear: Try to learn some synonyms, or read some great free books!
- Stay social to stay happy: Again, this will help with lowering your stress and blood-pressure.
- Keep up to date on important health research: try the Methuselah Foundation.
Read more about negligible senescence and what you can do to stay young and healthy.