By: Adam L.
Age, it’s something that none of us can escape.
And while that’s true, aging is something that some scientists believe can be halted in its tracks and even reversed.
Better yet, there are eight obvious signs you can recognize to see if your body is aging faster than average.
In addition to recognizing those signs, you’ll also be given tools and solutions to help you reverse obvious signs of aging.
These solutions don’t rely on expensive medical therapy but are often free and straightforward things you can do at home.
Since this information is of apparent interest to the vast majority of Americans over 45, we’ve broken this series into two parts.
We’ll lead with one of the most common signs of aging and how to help reverse it.
8 Signs Of Aging and What You Can Do To Reverse It – Part 1
1- Brain Fog:
Dr. David Sinclair, a researcher at Harvard University, believes that one-day, aging will be viewed as a disease we can cure.
And he says that one of the most obvious places to look for signs of aging, and the best place to start reversing age, is in the brain.
Brain fog is indicative of specific bodily processes being corrupted and manifesting as the inability to think clearly or recall memories with precision.
While “brain fog” is not a term recognized in the medical community, it can typically be thought of as a cluster of symptoms that would include the inability to concentrate, constant headaches, frequent memory lapses, mental illness like anxiety or depression, and a general feeling of acting slower than usual.
What causes brain fog as it relates to aging.
Likely the #1 cause is chronic inflammation.
And an inflammatory diet is generally the leading cause of chronic inflammation. Which is good news for people who are dealing with brain fog. Switching over to an anti-inflammatory diet (like an AIP or ketogenic diet) won’t just help relieve brain fog, but will help to heal various other issues resulting from chronic inflammation.
2 – Varicose Veins:
You don’t see varicose veins on children typically, and that’s because they typically only occur in the aged.
While varicose veins are quite common (50% of people over 50 have them), they are usually a canary in a coal mine that something could be going wrong. Chief among the potential issues varicose veins signal a risk for the development of blood sugar issues and cardiovascular disease.
So what causes varicose veins? There are typically two factors, one you can’t control (and doesn’t really signal age-related health issues), and one you can. These are genetics and lifestyle.
When it comes to genetic predisposition for varicose veins, don’t worry much about it, your varicose veins are likely just cosmetic.
However, if you don’t have a predisposition towards varicose veins, or, you do and still are worried, realize that things like a sedentary lifestyle, a Standard American Diet (SAD), exposure to toxic chemicals and inflammation could all be the reason those veins exist.
For that reason, you should begin exercising and clean up your diet. If you do, the varicose veins might clear up, and your chance of developing age-related health problems goes down.
3 – Issues With Digestion:
If you have a gut feeling about feeling older than someone your age should feel, that feeling might actually originate in your gut.
Over the past decade or so we’ve discovered that many of the problems people of all ages deal with stem from an imbalance in the distribution of different kinds of gut flora (bacteria in the gut).
When the gut is damaged, and “bad” bacteria outnumber “good” bacteria, it results in chronic inflammation. A damaged gut also contributes to the inability of your body to efficiently extract nutrients from food.
Both of these are factors in causing you to age poorly.
First off, let’s talk about how to know if your digestion issues are related to harmful bacteria and if they’re part of the reason you feel more aged than you biologically should.
If you deal with constipation, GERD, ulcers, diarrhea, IBS and various other stomach problems, then you probably have a gut-related aging issue. And if you’re a user of prescription medications or pain-relievers like Motrin, there’s an even better chance you’ve brought on age-related digestive problems earlier than you’d typically expect to deal with them.
All that being said, fixing digestive issues won’t just help you feel better (imagine the relief of not being constipated all the time) it could add years to your life.
By eating an anti-inflammatory diet rich in healthy fats, fiber, and good bacteria, you can fix digestive issues. Taking a probiotic and prebiotic will help reverse digestive issues quickly, too.
4 – Chronic Fatigue:
It’s natural to feel tired as you age.
But feeling wiped out is altogether different. Chronic fatigue is a signal; something is desperately wrong with your body. And if you don’t remedy the underlying issue that bone-aching tiredness could put you in the grave years before you’re due.
Chronic fatigue generally results from chronic inflammation. When the body is exposed to inflammation, your body perceives the inflammation to mean something is attacking the body.
Thus, it mobilizes an immune response to attack the possible invaders.
The only issue? When chronic inflammation is present, there’s not necessarily anything attacking the body, and once your immune system is primed to attack and finds no offending organism, it turns on itself to satisfy its call to “destroy.”
This is known as an autoimmune response, and Chronic Fatigue is a hallmark autoimmune issue.
The best way to deal with chronic fatigue? Eat an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise 4-5 times a week, and practice stress reduction techniques like deep breathing or meditation.
These steps will take you on a path to healing from Chronic Fatigue, will help you feel better, and could extend your lifespan.