DANGER: The Real Reason You Feel Old and Tired - Part 2
Dear Longevity Insider,
Get ahold of yourself! There are 7 factors that can cause you to age at warp speed. We both know that's not what you want. So it's important to pin down these 7 culprits so that you can do something about your longevity.
I mentioned the first 2 factors on Tuesday. The first factor is the Standard American Diet (SAD). The second is Sugar. (Catch up here.) Both can and do sabotage your chance at a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life. But that can stop today. Let's pick up where we left off and jump into the remaining 5 factors.
The Remaining Not-So-Fab 5 Factors That Sabotage Your Longevity
Factor #3: Toxins. Toxins can cause a wide variety of problems. Toxins refer to the harmful substances that may accumulate in the body when we drink, eat, breathe in, or come in contact with something harmful. These include both natural and unnatural substances.
For example, some types of air pollution contain toxins that can damage your cells and cause an array of health problems. These toxins can severely affect your health.1
Toxins can affect your hormones, weaken the immune system, and lead to various other complications. Toxins affect hormones by disrupting levels and also sending false signals to cells. Toxins weaken our immune system by causing inflammation that makes it harder for the immune system to fight off infection. Inflammation has also been linked to accelerated aging. If you want to reduce how much toxins may be aging you, try reducing or eliminating your exposure to pollutants wherever possible. Chemical exposure is one of the biggest factors that contribute to aging, so it's important to take steps to minimize it as much as possible.
Factor #4: UV Radiation. Sun exposure is good for your skin – but only in moderation! When you spend too much time in the sun, you can end up developing a variety of health problems.
This includes anything from accelerated aging to skin cancer, and it's important to avoid these scenarios as much as possible. Protect yourself with hats and other clothing whenever you go outside, and consider avoiding the sun when it's at its strongest.2
Factor #5: Tobacco Smoke. Smoking is one of the most common causes of accelerated aging. It can cause you to take on an unhealthy appearance, including skin problems like rashes and wrinkles. When you smoke, not only are you exposing yourself to toxins that can damage cells and lead to all sorts of problems, but the chemicals in cigarettes will also cause harm.
Chemicals in cigarettes have been linked to wrinkling and sagging skin, as well as an increased risk for a variety of health problems including cancer, heart disease, and vascular disease. It is currently estimate that cigarette smoking reduces your life expectancy by at least 10 years in comparison to nonsmokers.3 Tobacco smoke has been linked to accelerated skin aging, including wrinkles and sagging skin. If you want to keep your skin looking young, try to cut out smoking as soon as possible!
Factor #6: Sedentary Lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the main causes of many health problems. It's been linked to heart disease, obesity, and a variety of other serious ailments – but it can also lead to a more rapid aging process as well!
One of the best ways to induce autophagy (our cells "eating" themselves) is by engaging in physical activity that gets your heart rate up and triggers the "fight or flight" response. This is because exercise reduces insulin levels, which can help prevent premature aging. Self-eating cells may sound like a curse, but they're really a blessing when they are toxic cells. This is why autophagy plays such a crucial role in anti-aging and flushing toxic cells out of the body.
Think about this: If you're not physically active regularly, your body doesn't get as much use as it should. This means that cellular processes like autophagy won't occur as often, and that can lead to a variety of health problems like accelerated aging. If you want to keep your body in good shape for as long as possible, try engaging in physical activity whenever you can!4 (Here's another way to boost autophagy that doesn't involve exercise!)
Factor #7: Poor Sleep. Sleep is one of the most important factors in the way your body functions. When you get enough sleep, you'll wake up feeling refreshed and energized. You won't feel as sluggish throughout the day, which often leads to a reduced quality of life.
Unfortunately, many people around the world don't get enough sleep. This is because of the demands of their lifestyle and work duties, or because of various other factors. Researchers believe that sufficient, consistent, and quality sleep is key to optimal health and longevity.5
We know that aging is inevitable, but there are steps you can take to slow down the effects. If you want to live longer, it's important that you understand what accelerates aging. To your longevity, Anil Bajnath MD
For example, the amount of sleep we get each night impacts our ability to ward off disease and illness due to how it affects immune function. Getting enough sleep is also key for maintaining cognitive health as well since this helps preserve memory retention. By optimizing your longevity by making sensible lifestyle changes, you'll be able to enjoy a better quality of life during all stages in life.
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ
P.S. I remember the days of working 12-hour shifts helping patients. This is the only thing that helped me get a good night's rest.
P.P.S. In case you missed it, this week's Longevity Insider YouTube video exposes the 9 reasons you're getting old.
To your longevity,
Anil Bajnath MD