Aging is caused by a number of factors within our daily life. The causes of aging are accelerated by the chemically unstable molecules in the air we breathe, which attacks our cells and damages our DNA.
At each end of our DNA cell strands are protective caps called telomeres. The longer the telomere, the more times a cell can divide and refresh. The shorter your telomeres get, the shorter your lifespan becomes, which gives your cells a more significant susceptibility to dying off but is a big part of the natural physiological aging process.
One factor has stood out in all major studies when it comes to what causes the acceleration to the shortening of our telomeres: chronic environmental stress and perceived stress induces premature aging. Inflammation causes our immune system to target healthy cells and tissues in our physiological body and attacks the healthy immune response the body needs to prevent the body from developing chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
The key to increasing your resistance against aging with your diet and slowing down the pace with a good quality of life is proper nutrition. An estimated third to one-half of the health problems we face in the modern age is easily associated with the wholesomeness, or lack thereof, in our diet.
UV light breaks down the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. These fibers form the skin’s connective tissue. They are located under the surface of the skin, and they support the skin. Breaking down this layer causes the skin to become weaker and less flexible. The skin starts to droop, and wrinkles appear.