The idea of aging is fairly easy to understand but unpleasant to contemplate. Be it a bottle of ketchup, a car, or even your own body. The more you use it, the more likely it is to run out, stop working or however you want to describe it.
In the case of the empty ketchup bottle it’s not such a big problem, you simply buy a new bottle. Same goes for the car, slightly more inconvenient but a solvable problem nonetheless. Both pail into insignificance next to the idea of your body “running out” or “breaking down”. There is no simple solution to this problem. Philosophers from ancient Greece contemplated it back in the day and scientists spend much time and effort on it today. Much thought and study goes into solving the human body’s aging problems. So with this said, here are 2 anti-aging theories that explain why we age and even what we can do about it.
The first thing you need to understand about aging and the theories presented below is that they cover aging at the cellular level. Our bodies are made up of billions of cells and they contribute to the overall health and vitality of the body as a whole. So solving the cells aging problems helps the body as a whole. So here the first theory :
This is the theory that human cells will divide a finite number of times and then will die (apoptosis). Cell division is the way the body rejuvenates. Old cells are replaced by the newly create cells through the division process. However, when the Hayflick limit is reached, the cells can’t be replaced and the body as a whole starts to age. Before the Hayflick limit theory, it was thought that the division process was limitless.
It has since been found that the length of the telomeres at the end of a cell can influence the number of times a cell can divide. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres (proteins that bind the cell together) get shorter. The telomeres get to the point where they are so short that they can’t hold the cell together anymore and it unravels.
An enzyme known as telomerase is thought to help telomeres keep their length thus increasing the number of times a cell can divide before it reaches it’s Hayflick limit.
The amino acid known as Carnosine is also thought to increase the number of times a cell can divide and reduces the shortening of the telomeres. Carnosine is sold as a oral supplement.
This is the very commonsensical theory that waste accumulates in each and every cell in the body. And this ultimately diminishes that cells ability to work when this waste reaches a critical mass.
Think of the state of your house if the rubbish or garbage was never taken away by the weekly refuse truck. The same goes for your cells. For instance, the mitochondria is the part of the cell that creates energy for the cell.
Think of it like a furnace that uses energy from food to power the cell. Just like a furnace, it might create energy but it also creates toxic smoke and leaves ash and other residue behind. This toxic smoke and ashy residue impacts how well the cell can work. And the more smoke and ash that accumulates in the cell, the worse it gets. Until it stops working.
One way to help remove the waste by-products is to get more anti-oxidants into the body. Much of the cellular waste is known as free radicals. Eating high anti-oxidant food can mop up free radical damage to the cells. Fresh fruit and vegetables and a good source of anti-oxidants.