The quest for eternal youth has been going on for centuries. And as no fountain of youth has been found, we go on losing what is so precious to us all: vitality, energy, and health. We do age inexorably, some of us faster than others. We all grow old differently.
How we age depends on our genetic heritage, our lifestyle and our environment, i.e., the many external factors that affect us every day of our life.
Aging is determined by our genetics. Our human genome has programmed us for a 100-to-120-year lifespan. But not everyone can reach such a ripe old age. We have inherited from our parents a unique genetic program that influences our longevity and our health. This inherited genetic blueprint endows us with more or less effective means to fight against aging.
Aging is determined by our lifestyle and environment. From birth onwards, we are constantly exposed to harmful environmental stresses and subjected to the effects of unbalanced lifestyles. Pesticides, pollution of all sorts, radiations, overexposure to the sun, viruses, microbes, poor diets, occupational and psychological stress, all accumulate throughout our life, reducing the number of healthy cells in our bodies. It deteriorates our bodies into what is called “aging.”
Aging and the weakening of our defense systems. We are equipped with two main natural defense systems: the immune system and the anti-oxidative system. They are genetically programmed to fight environmental stresses and help us survive. They also act as anti-aging mechanisms.
With age, our body’s natural defense systems weaken and our cellular energy - the key to our health - diminishes.
The buildup of environmental stresses in our bodies throughout our life disrupts and weakens our defense systems. And it accelerates the aging process, opening the gate to age-related problems and diseases.
If we cannot fight our genetic heritage, we can take action to get rid of some of the causes that lead us to lose our vitality and our health.
Health and aging do not need to be contradictory.