The health science community is a buzz with a thing called telomeres (tea-low-mere-z) that are in every cell in your body and are an indication of the aging process. The discovery of telomeres won the Nobel Prize in 2009 and they can now be tested, allowing your cells to actually tell the story of your biological age.
What’s really cool is that we can now see, on a cellular level, how food and other lifestyle choices are affecting your health and your kids. But you don’t need to have your own blood tested. You just need to apply the scientific information that helps kids grow and keeps cells healthy. Preventing mutant cells from coming into being in the first place goes a long way toward lifelong health.
There are specific anti-aging diet tips and activities that factor into telomere protection. For example, consume high nutrient, low calorie foods like:
- Fresh Herbs
- Whole Grains like quinoa and millet
- Beans and Pulses
- Nuts and seeds
- And avoid processed sugar and flour
One of the key findings in this field of study has been the effect of childhood trauma on telomeres. Not that childhood stress is insurmountable – but it does require a more intense approach to overcome. And that starts with the foods listed above, but continues with managing stress and sleep.
Experts say that one of the most important things you can do to prevent the aging process of telomeres is to avoid “R and R”: Red and Rumination. Learn how to relax and take things in stride instead of seeing red. And stop ruminating on stressful events that have already passed, let them go. Teaching your kids this skill may be even more powerful that shoving kale and quinoa down their throats.
Lucky break, that.
About the Author:
Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Private Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com