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A lot of people believe that aging is an inevitable part of life, and that we all have to go through it someday. Theoretically, however, this isn’t true. Aging isn’t an inevitability -- it’s just another part of life.
You see, aging is connected to a cellular process known as autophagy. Autophagy -- literally defined as “self-eating” -- is the body’s self cleaning process, where old cells are thrown out and new cells are put into place. This process is vital for the body to keep living; old cells can cause major mutations and malfunctions that can lead to age-related diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s.
The problem with autophagy, however, is that its ability deteriorates over time. This harkens
back to what we were saying about rapamycin, sirtuins, and metformin. These three processes -
- plus many more -- all play a role in autophagy, and if any of them mess up over time, then the
autophagy process as a whole can suffer. So, the goal of longevity is to stop the deterioration of autophagy. There’s a many methods that research has figured out helps with this -- here’s a few you can try.
While strength training sure makes you look good, there’s surprisingly little proof that it helps promote your general healthspan. So instead, we focus on cardio. In particular, endurance training such as bodyweight challenges or long distance running can help a lot. Personally, we have to recommend High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which has had a lot of solid correlation to physical longevity in studies over the past few years!
Diet is of course one of the keystones to a healthy and long-lasting body. Plant-rich foods are a big part of longevity research into dieting. While most dieting plans don’t pass the test of time, the Mediterranean diet and intermittent fasting have proven to be surprisingly resilient, and so we recommend these two.
You didn’t think this would be on a longevity post? You’d be wrong. In reality, mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to lifespan, primarily due to the massive amount of mental diseases that can occur. We recommend meditating for 10 minutes a day.
Memory is a big part of a lot of old-age issues. Best way to improve your memory at a late stage? Keep learning! Read books, do projects, take classes… all of these are good methods of keeping your brain active.