Is proper English dead?
We’re learning to abbreviate and use emoticons to text and tweet.
This has come to the attention of Weird Al Yankovic, who has been writing and performing song parodies for years. His newest song, Word Crimes, says it all.
Have you ever noticed that some people age faster than others? Scientists are learning that we may actually be able to slow the aging process by changing some of our unhealthy habits.
To find out what your aging speed might be, take our quick quiz:
Scientists who study aging have found there are many things that can speed your aging:
Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life and usually aren’t a problem until they become an everyday event. Stress raises many hormones, including cortisol, which can impact the way we look and how fast we age.1 In a recent study, women with a high level of anxiety had biological markers of women who were six years older.2
When you look at the faces of people who are long-term smokers you can see that smoking destroys our skin and is associated with many chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke, as well as lung cancer.3
Too Much Sun Exposure
While the sun is good for us as a great source of vitamin D, ultraviolet radiation is well known to age skin.4
Short-term sleep restriction (such as having a bad night’s sleep) has a variety of adverse effects including aising blood pressure, impairing blood sugar control, and increasing inflammation which all accelerate aging. But when people don’t sleep well over a long period of time (less than 7 hours of sleep) they are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and all-cause mortality. 5
Many foods seem to increase aging including trans-fats, processed and hydrogenated oils.6 Refined sugars produce a chemical reaction called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in our bodies and these have been tied to diseases including cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.7
Obesity has been called a state of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress8 and is associated with a variety of diseases, including diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke (men only).9,10
Sedentary lifestyles have long been associated with being less healthy. People who don’t exercise are more likely to be overweight, have higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and even certain cancers.11
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1 Wikgren M, Maripuu M, Karlsson T, et al. Short telomeres in depression and the general population are associated with a hypocortisolemic state. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Feb 15;71(4):294-300. PMID: 22055018.
2 Okereke OI, Prescott J, Wong JY et al. High phobic anxiety is related to lower leukocyte telomere length in women. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e40516. PubMed PMID: 22808180.
4 Polefka TG, Meyer TA, Agin PP, Bianchini RJ. Effects of solar radiation on the skin. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2012 Jun;11(2):134-43. PMID: 22672278.
5 Alvarez GG, Ayas NT. The impact of daily sleep duration on health: a review of the literature. Prog Cardiovasc Nurs. 2004 Spring;19(2):56-9. PMID: 15133379.
6 Stender S, Dyerberg J. Influence of trans fatty acids on health. Ann Nutr Metab. 2004;48(2):61-6. Epub 2003 Dec 16. PMID: 14679314.
7 Luevano-Contreras C, Chapman-Novakofski K. Dietary advanced glycation end products and aging. Nutrients. 2010 Dec;2(12):1247-65. doi: 10.3390/nu2121247. Epub 2010 Dec 13. PMID: 22254007.
8 Vincent HK, Innes KE, Vincent KR. Oxidative stress and potential interventions to reduce oxidative stress in overweight and obesity. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2007 Nov;9(6):813-39. PMID: 17924865.
9 Hubert HB, Bloch DA, Oehlert JW, Fries JF. Lifestyle habits and compression of morbidity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2002 Jun;57(6):M347-51. PMID: 12023263.
10 Field AE, Coakley EH, Must A, et al. Impact of overweight on the risk of developing common chronic diseases during a 10-year period. Arch Intern Med. 2001 Jul 9;161(13):1581-6. PMID:11434789.
11 Kruk J. Physical activity in the prevention of the most frequent chronic diseases: an analysis of the recent evidence. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2007 Jul-Sep;8(3):325-38. PMID: 18159963.
Guest post by Paisley Hansen.
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Metabolism, protein production, calcium and phosphorous balance, weight gain or weight loss, increase in oxygen levels and body temperature are all controlled by a 2-inch bi-lobed gland known as the thyroid, located just below the larynx in the front of the neck.
When normal thyroid function is compromised, it can result in an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). The conventional way of treating these conditions is medication and surgery. However, natural healing of the thyroid can be successfully done by consuming five foods that positively affect thyroid function.
An essential component needed by the thyroid to manage calcium absorption is selenium. Individuals with an under-active thyroid can heal this gland naturally eating selenium-rich foods such as fish (tuna and salmon) at least three times a week. Sardines are the one of the best food choices for people to maintain good thyroid function since it is a good source of Omega-3 and is packed with a high content of selenium, calcium and iodine which are also crucial for good thyroid health.
Typical thyroid medication only provides T4 hormone for hypothyroidism. However, the most beneficial form of thyroid hormone that effects living tissue is T3. Therefore, T4 hormone has to be converted into T3 by the body in order for an underactive thyroid to begin to function normally. One of the best foods that can provide the body with the nutrients it needs to convert T4 to T3 efficiently is nuts. Almonds and walnuts are both good sources of selenium and have concentrated levels of nutrients, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Brazil nuts are also rich in selenium, but contain a greater amount of saturated fats that may increase the risk of developing higher LDL and cholesterol levels, heart disease and hardening of the arteries with frequent consumption.
For individuals who have an overactive thyroid, yogurt is a good food choice to reduce the effects of this condition. Since hyperthyroidism is considered a disease of the autoimmune or defense system, the active presence of good bacteria called probiotics, (i.e., lactobacillus acidophilus) helps to improve the function of the immune system over time by eating it regularly.
Low thyroid hormone can also be caused by a copper and iron deficiency. People who produce low amounts of thyroid hormone can incorporate Shiitake mushrooms often in their diet to boost these nutrients.
Hyperthyroidism may be caused by too much iodine consumption among other things. Eating a “goitrogenic” food (inhibits the body’s use of iodine) such as cabbage may significantly prevent the body’s ability to absorb iodine and minimize hyperthyroidism symptoms.
Autoimmune problems are related to certain disorders of the thyroid that also include food sensitivities to gluten found in wheat, barley and rye and processed foods that can prove harmful to the thyroid’s autoimmune function.
Foods containing isothiocyanates occur in certain foods such as peanuts that may interfere with thyroid metabolism. Before consuming peanuts, it is advisable to get a blood test to check thyroid hormone levels.
Although cabbage may help reduce overactive thyroid, it should be avoided for individuals who have an under-active thyroid since it belongs in the category of cruciferous vegetables known as goitrogens.
Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain. Although this vegetable is often praised over the white potato, the sweet potato is a goitrogen food that can sabotage the effects of thyroid medications used to stabilize this gland.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.
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