Much like the caps on a shoelace, chromosomes have small protective bits of DNA at their ends, called telomeres. A decrease in the length of these chromosomal telomeres has been linked to increased cellular aging, chronic health risks, premature death, and is considered a metric for biological aging. (1)
The shorter your telomeres, the more exposed to aging, degeneration and disease you become.
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A study in the prestigious journal, The Lancet Oncology, has found that longer and thus healthier DNA chromosomal telomeres can be achieved from simple lifestyle modifications. (2)
In this study, 10 men were given Ayurveda-esque lifestyle modifications to incorporate and 25 men acted as controls.
The lifestyle modifications group was asked to do the following for 5 years:
- Eat a whole foods, plant-based protein diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, legumes, grains and low in refined foods.
- Include regular, but moderate aerobic exercise.
- Incorporate stress management routines: yoga, meditation, and relaxation.
- Participate in weekly support group sessions.
Both groups had their telomeres measured in the beginning of the study and again at the end of the study 5 years later.
In the control group that did not engage in lifestyle changes, the researchers measured a 3% average decrease in the relative length of their DNA telomeres (after adjusting for age and length of follow-up).
In the lifestyle modifications group, the researchers measured a 10% relative lengthening of the DNA telomeres (after adjusting for age and length of follow-up) – indicating what scientists believe to be a measure of age reversal… an EXTREMELY rare finding!
Change Your DNA Ayurveda-Style
Lifestyle is one area that Ayurveda puts a lot of emphasis on.
In Ayurveda, optimal health and even one’s spiritual growth starts with prevention. Prevention is based on a balanced lifestyle that is in harmony with the cycles of nature. Going to sleep and rising with the sun, eating seasonal foods for your region, and building your activities around the natural rhythms of the day are all simple and profound ways to stay in harmony with nature.
Like the owner’s manual of your car prescribes maintenance schedules for the long-term health of your car, Ayurveda speaks of daily and seasonal routines that ensure maximal health, mental clarity, and longevity.
Lifestyle is considered so important in Ayurveda that I created a 28-Day Ayurveda Challenge eCourse. In this challenge, every day for 28 days you’ll receive access to a new Ayurvedic lifestyle protocol that I guide you through via daily videos, detailed explanations and downloadable PDFs.
Along the way, you’ll get to learn some of the major concepts behind the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. It is a great way to learn, experience and benefit from this amazing storehouse of health knowledge. The new health care is self-care, after all!
Once you register, you’ll have unlimited access to the content, so while you’ll get a new challenge each day for the first 28 days, you can take all the time you need to integrate these changes into your daily routine.
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