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Can we stay forever young?

For most people, ageing is simply a biological process and it affects all things, not just the living and humans, yet even the universe we reside in changes or ages over time.

As we age through childhood and adolescence we become stronger and are more inclined to celebrate life and have a sense of timelessness.  As we age through mid life, our awareness shifts as we settle to build a home and raise families, time becomes more important.  When this is done we begin to notice time moving faster and eventually we slow down and our bodies lose their strength before death takes us,  facts that many try to avoid.

The ageing process is perceivable, understandable and must be accepted as a natural process. However we are not without control and can decide on our own destiny.  Some individuals have lives unusually long and healthy lives so we know that a life span of up to 130 years is possible, and scientists say we can live even longer IF we lived by certain rules.

We experience two types of ageing; the biological and chronological processes.

  • Biological ageing shows how much our body changes compared to how we appear compared to the past years and to other people who are of the same age as us.
  • Chronological ageing pertains to the years we have lived and relates to wisdom.

Since the biological process is what matters most in ageing, we have more control as it is now possible to prolong or slow down biological maturity by simply adhering to the currently available knowledge and practices that slow the ageing process.

Stress is a prime factor that affects the ageing process and this theory on ageing says that stress affects the growth and function of our body systems, particularly the hypothalamus which is considered the master of all glands since it controls the hormonal release processes of all other glands in the body. When we experience too much stress, this gland will become less accurate, thus, leading to imbalanced hormonal level within our bodies, resulting in more damaged tissues and a decline in our appearance.

The free radical theory is another widely accepted explanation for ageing. Free radicals, or loose highly reactive body chemicals damage our cells and tissues.  Free radicals have adverse effects inside the body, these chemicals are highly reactive because they contain extra electrons that enable them to absorb electrons of other molecules. As the free radicals repeatedly do this, they eventually wear out the cells in our bodies as well as creating toxic new chemicals on the process. As the cells in our bodies wear out, we then experience the signs of premature ageing.

As we age,  not only do we look older, many often display social and psychological changes like becoming more cranky and intolerant while others become more resplendent. But eventually with age comes a loss of strength and physical ability and some experience a loss mental and cognitive ability.

The steps taken to ensure longevity will to some extent help to slow the ageing process, however many simply learn to deal with the changes life brings as we slow down.

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With age, stamina reduces

Unfortunately, our sexual vigour is sometimes among the things that inevitably changes as we get older. During our young age, we have a lot of energy for this activity, thus, enjoying its benefits and gaining experiences from it. But as we age, we tend to lose interest or have less energy for sex.

For men, testosterone production decreases due to age and health conditions. The same goes for women since studies show that most females who are on the prime of their age no longer have the strong sexual vigour they once had when they were young.

To combat premature ageing, we need to be proactive in maintaining our health and fitness on all levels,  and where our diet and lifestyle is lacking, make changes and use supplements.

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