In the genes

HEALTH:

Ageing is a complex biological process, driven by the build up of damage in our cells, tissues and organs. This damage is accumulated by a mixture of how we live our lives and the genetic mechanisms that repair that damage, making nutrition and lifestyle an irrefutable factor in the ageing and disease process.

EXERCISE:

detoxification-camtreatments.jpgNew research has discovered that just 20 minutes of activity can alter the DNA in your muscle cells, making them work better for further exercise. It has also been found that certain genes are boosted in their ability to metabolise sugar and fat, as well as regulate glucose (blood sugar) levels. These positive DNA effects increase as the intensity of the exercise does.

NUTRITION:

You can greatly improve your health outlook by simply changing certain environmental factors to which you expose your body – specifically, by avoiding harmful compounds (such as harmful trans fats and large amounts of sugar and salt) and including more protective polyphenols (powerful antioxidants found in colourful fruits and vegetables). Every little helps!

© Sarah West Nutrition
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Turn back the clock

HEALTH:

Whilst there are many variables involved in how long you live, staying active and eating a nutrient-packed diet can go some way to protect you against age-related diseases.

By looking after yourself to the best of your ability you can help boost your body’s natural defence systems against conditions such as cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis and diseases of the eye.

EXERCISE:

Much like muscle, bone is a living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Those who exercise regularly therefore tend to achieve greater bone density and strength than those who don’t.

The best exercise for your bones is the weight-bearing kind, which forces you to work against gravity (such as weight training, walking, jogging, aerobics, climbing stairs, tennis and dancing).

NUTRITION:

The natural compounds found in blueberries can help alleviate the inflammation and oxidative damage associated with age-related problems in memory and motor function.

Sprinkle them on porridge or cereal for an anti-ageing boost to your breakfast, or blend frozen blueberries with live yogurt into a smoothie.

© Sarah West Nutrition