The Villain of Early Aging

Are you aging faster than normal? Many people all over the world are complaining about early aging. Not only is the complaint about the early physical manifestations of aging, but also age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, chronic fatigue, heart diseases and many more.

These diseases in the past were only common with the elderly population but these days more and more younger people are also suffering from them. What can be causing this? Let us try and find out.

People tend to age faster when:

  • they eat a lot of sugar
  • they are constantly exposed to pollutants in the environment as well as chemical toxins
  • their immune system has been weakened because of a compromised digestive system
  • they have been exposed too much to UV light
  • there’s fluctuation in their testosterone or estrogen levels
  • they lead a very stressful life
  • they don’t get enough sleep

All of these things can cause early aging. Why so? The simple answer is inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself against harmful invaders and damage. It does the body good however as with anything there is also what we call as bad inflammation. This inflammation happens even when there is no invader. Examples of bad inflammation are seen in atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Inflammation is also to blame for the wrinkles and fine lines you see on your skin. Although inflammation is a part of the body’s defense mechanism the free radicals produced in the process can cause collagen to break down and therefore compromising the structure of the skin. Not only can this result to wrinkles, skin sagging and thinning of the skin, this can also lead to slow healing of wounds.

Chronic Inflammation and Intrinsic Aging
Many factors can trigger chronic inflammation. Munching too much on processed food products, eating a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates, having low protein and low fat intake, not eating enough vegetables, not drinking enough water and even too much exercising can lead to chronic inflammation. This will then lead to intrinsic aging or aging of the skin from within.

Chronic Inflammation and Extrinsic Aging
External factors can also cause inflammation. These include too much sun exposure, or too much time in tanning booths. When you constantly expose yourself to UV light the body will have an inflammatory response as its way to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. The body’s inflammatory response then triggers the production of metalloproteinases which are enzymes that break down the skin leading to wrinkles and sagging. There is also a disturbance in the production of collagen and stimulation in elastin production which contribute to the skin’s early and rapid aging.

Now that you are aware of the factors that can make you age faster, do your best to avoid them.

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