As I have mentioned, the concept of Mindfulness is everywhere lately.
I listened to a podcast discussing mindful meditation and the research that has been done on this topic. What caught my attention was a discussion on the effect of mindful meditation on the length of telomeres.
I know, the first thing you’re asking right now is: What is a telomere??
Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes. They break down over the years as we age and our chromosomes replicate as part of our natural body function. They appear to have a connection to how we age.
Summary: telomeres are considered to be linked to how quickly we age – improve the length, slow down your ageing!
There is research going on that looks at the telomeres and the role they (and the corresponding enzymes, telomerase) play in the role of health and ageing. It appears that the telomeres reduce in length when the body is stressed, so mindful meditation can reduce the stress, see this review/study. Though, as with much research, more research is required.
There is a great TEDx talk on mindful meditation by Diana Winston, if you wish to learn more about this type of meditation
And, of course, there are free guided meditations available here.
So, why did that catch my attention?
Well, mainly because I use a product that is to aid the telomerase and consequently reduce the shortening of my telomeres. Since I’ve been using this proprietary herb blend, it has been commented upon that I am looking younger.
Am I really? I’m not sure myself, but then it’s not my opinion that counts, but that of those having to look at me regularly! I’m certainly feeling a lot less stressed, my health is great (in my humble opinion) and I’m looking amazing (again, my humble opinion!) – check out the selfie from last month!!
Another way to address the stress your body is put under and to assist in reducing this oxidative stress and the resultant ageing process, is to address your nutritonal status.
Did you know that putting your body through a high stress load on a continual basis increases the oxidative stress on your body’s cells? This increased stress can result in a faster ageing process.
Looking at keeping your nutrition, meditation and stress within a healthy Life Journey plan is the way to go!