Does a vegetarian diet lengthen the telomeres?

The telomeres of the subjects who adhered to the healthy lifestyle, on the other hand, had not only not become shorter, but even grown! They could be extended, something that until then had been thought unlikely. On average, her telomeres were now longer than when she was first examined five years earlier. So not only were their cells aged less, they were actually rejuvenated. The wholesome, plant-based diet was able to reverse the aging process.

Anti-Aging: Diet Counts!

But how did physical activity and relaxation techniques contribute to rejuvenation? Couldn't it be that exercise or meditation alone can make the telomeres grow? One can confidently deny this, because other studies have already shown that neither training nor relaxation nor weight loss or calorie reduction lead to a lengthening of the telomeres. The rejuvenating effect can therefore be directly attributed to the wholesome, plant-based diet.

The researchers concluded that this study showed a significant correlation between plant-based, whole-food diets and telomeres length. Due to the small size of the study, however, further, larger and randomized studies are necessary.

Nonetheless, the results coincide with other studies, e.g. B. show that a high consumption of carotenoids slows down aging and can rejuvenate our cells, as we have already described here: Eat carotenoids - and get younger!

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How to Lengthen Your Telomeres and Stay Young Long!

We have summarized for you how you can now benefit from this knowledge. With the following measures you can - according to the presented study - lengthen your telomeres and thus stay young and vital longer:

  • First things first: eat healthy, wholesome and plant-based foods. Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, mushrooms, and legumes such as chickpeas, lentils, and beans in your diet as often as possible. This not only slows down the aging process, but also lowers your risk of so-called lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and Co.
  • Avoid highly processed foods such as meat, dairy products, and white flour products. Heavily processed foods such as B. Lemonade makes us age faster. Meat and dairy products can also have health disadvantages and increase the risk of cancer as well as the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Exercise moderately, but every day if possible. Instead of driving everywhere by car, plan a longer walk more often. If you have a sedentary job, you should pay particular attention to sufficient exercise, because sitting a lot accelerates the aging process.
  • We live in hectic times in which, unfortunately, stress can hardly be avoided. Therefore, learn to deal with stress better. Good options for this are yoga, tai chi, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation or breathing exercises.
  • Of course, you also take into account all other aspects of a healthy lifestyle, such as sufficient exercise in the fresh air, enough sleep with the window open, optimizing your supply of vital substances (vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin K2, magnesium, to name just a few examples of frequently insufficient vital substances to be listed), regular detoxification measures, etc.

Read here what a healthy, plant-based diet looks like and how you can incorporate it into your everyday life: Base-excess diet.

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