CAN WE REVERSE AGEING?
Contrary to how we usually measure our age, our actual biological age may have nothing to do with our date of birth. While our chronological age only means how long we have been on this planet, our biological age is what defines how old we are? And it can be reversed.
For most of us, our biological age could be way more than our chronological age without us having any idea. This could be the reason why you may feel tired or experience brain fog. Check out the two links below where BBC tests the biological age of two individuals as part of an anti-aging experiment they are running.
IT's ALL IN THE MIND
Ever heard yourself saying: ‘I am too old for this’ or ‘My back hurts, I am getting old’. What if I told you that you are getting old cause you think and believe you are getting old? In a study conducted by BBC, they took a group of people to a secluded room and asked them to make sentences from the words such as, “Fragile”, “Sentimental” and “old”. These people when filmed coming out of the room were observed walking 20% slower. They subconsciously believed they were fragile.
Ellen Langer a popular psychologist carried out a similar experiment in 1979. She took a group of men in the 70s and 80s to a secluded retreat and changed the whole setup of this place to transport the group into 20 years back in time. These people would watch movies, listen to songs, etc from 1959. The idea was to reconnect their minds with their younger and spontaneous selves by putting them in an environment that was similar to their own past lives. The results showed that the group had considerably improved their gait, dexterity, arthritis, speed of movement, cognitive abilities, and memory. They had lower blood pressure and better eyesight and hearing abilities.
Have you heard about the placebo effect? If you have you would be aware that our mind is very powerful and is responsible for triggering the production of various hormones and chemicals. Every thought you think will have a positive or negative impact on your body. If you want to stay young think thoughts like, “you are getting young every day”.
Below are some other ways to stop aging:
Meditation: Research has proved that 10 minutes of meditation every day can reduce your biological age by 12-15 years.
Exercise: Only 15 minutes of workout every day can have a profound impact on your age cycle. Fast walking, Yoga, and Tabata are all very beneficial.
Nutrition: You must consume plenty of fiber-rich fresh food as part of your balanced diet for a youthful body and mind. 10 key food items to include in your weekly shopping are – Watercress, Bell Pepper, Papaya, Blueberries, Broccoli, Spinach, Nuts, Avocado, Sweet potatoes, and Pomegranate seeds.
Water: Our body is made up of 70% of water and hence drinking plenty of water is one of the best things you can do to stay fit and young for longer.
Sleep: During slow-wave sleep, our body produces Human Growth Hormone (HGH) most efficiently. HGH helps in keeping the body young even after we have stopped growing. You should aim for 6.5 to 8 hours of sleep every day. And for the best night's sleep try waking up at the same time, even on your day-offs.
The secret to longevity lies in your habits and attitude towards life. You will get older, but you don’t have to get old.
This blog is posted by Anurag Rai. Anurag is the Founder of Superhuman In You and Superhuman University. He is also the founder of multiple other businesses and a certified NLP & meditation practitioner.