Earlier this year, a new series of incredible experiments was conducted on mice by neurologists at Stanford University to help find a cure against aging. The experiment was to supply older mice with younger blood cells and vice versa.
The experiment took some time but results were unanimous: old mice that received young blood experienced a significant growth of neurons. Old blood on young mice had the opposite effect. While this was never tested on humans, it is an important discovery that might revolutionise the way we age – especially if we think of currently incurable neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, which currently affects around 44 millions of people worldwide.
There might not yet be any cure against aging at the moment, but there is still a lot you can do to slow down the process and enjoy those later years while looking fab and staying healthy. Here’s how!
1. Thou shall protect your skin
Begin by choosing a face cream, retinol-based for instance, to apply before going to bed. Retinol is great to help soften the skin and reduce wrinkles. To help with firming up and redefining loser areas such as the neck line, creams such as the Perricone cold plasma subd can also help maintaining good skin structure.
2. Thou shall avoid the sun
Whenever you can, protect your skin as much as possible from the sun x-rays. Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen all year round as it noticeably reduces skin aging, wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity – according to a study that surveyed around 900 people over four years.
3. Thou shall exercise more
Numerous studies emphasise the relation between aging and exercising. Exercise is actually one of the best way to counteract some of the downsides of aging: loss of bone density, mobility, heart efficiency, etc. So get moving!
4. Thou shall eat well
Avoid fast food and deep-fried treats like the plague as all foods rich in carbs and saturated fats tend to destroy the skin’s capacity to renew itself. Opt for a classic Mediterranean diet based on plenty of veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean meats and fish, and healthy oils. Omega-3s are also very important to help slow down the aging process and can be found in nuts, beans and fish. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
5. Thou shall be happy
Depression affects a lot of people after 45. Scientists have proven that a positive outlook on life has a direct effect on living longer. On the other hand, depressive disorders may speed up the aging process on a cellular level, as well as increasing risks linked to diabetes, heart diseases, obesity and dementia. Always make sure to avoid stress, be happy and live a sociable life and seek medical support if needed.