It’s high time we take a hatchet to one of the most common myths about aging.
Aging is NOT something you can see on the calendar or a birthday cake. And it’s certainly not, as the old saying goes, a state of mind, either.
Aging happens DEEP inside your body in your cells. And it doesn’t happen at the same pace for everyone.
Some of us hit 70 feeling better than we did at 40. Others reach 60 feeling like Methuselah.
Now, the latest research reveals one key reason for those differences. More importantly, it also shows the ONE STEP any senior can take to hit the brakes on the aging process right where it matters most.
And that’s deep inside your cells.
Protect your chromosomes from toxic damage
The new study, presented at this year’s European and International Conference on Obesity, looks at how aging unfolds on the smallest scale possible. And that is on your telomeres.
Think of them as a little ribbon on the ends of your DNA strands, tying the whole package together nice and neat.
As you get older, your telomeres get shorter. And as they get shorter, your risk of disease and death grow significantly.
Many scientists believe that measuring telomeres is a much more accurate sign of your “true” age than just about anything else. And one reason they shrink – one reason they “age” faster in some people – comes directly from our diet.
The new study finds that the more ultra-processed foods you eat, the shorter those telomeres will get.
- Even a modest amount of ultra-processed foods will increase your odds of shorter-than-normal telomeres by 29 percent.
- Eating more junk causes that risk to jump by 40 percent.
- And incredibly, in seniors who eat the most ultra-processed food, that risk hits 82 percent.
The study also finds – not surprisingly – that higher intake means a higher risk of weight gain, obesity, hypertension, depression, and death.
Ditch the ultra-processed foods to dial back aging
Of course, it’s not exactly a surprise to learn that processed foods are bad for you. But many folks may not realize just HOW bad, thinking that most of the damage is on the waistline.
As the new study shows, the visible toll on your waistline is NOTHING next to the invisible toll deep inside your body. So clearly, it’s time to eliminate as many processed and ultra-processed foods from your diet as you can manage.
This isn’t just a matter of avoiding the drive-through. It means ditching packaged ingredients and mixes, sugar-soaked supermarket dressings, mass-produced bread, and pre-cooked meats (especially lunch meat).
But while removing harmful foods is a great first step, you can make this better by ADDING the ones proven to help fight premature aging. Studies show key compounds hidden inside certain foods can help slow aging on a cellular level.
I’ve got the scoop on the five BEST age-fighting superfoods, including the one that your own doc may have warned you NOT to eat. And you can read all about it for free right here.