Beauty from the Inside Out! — Skin Spa New York

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See what the Global Spa and Wellness Summit has to say about how to prevent aging and kept your Telomeres at their peak below:

GSWS Weekender Issue 26: How do you think telomere testing will affect the spa and wellness industry?Posted on September 8, 2012 by Alexandra
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What are telomeres?We have 23 pairs of chromosomes, and telomeres are the buffers, or caps, blocking the ends of them. They protect our chromosomes’ ends from deterioration, from fusing with others or rearranging (causing abnormalities that can lead to cancer). They are replenished by an enzyme, telomerase, and are the only malleable aspect of our DNA.
So, what shortens telomeres?
While it’s still unclear exactly how psychological stress shortens telomeres, telomere length is negatively impacted by unhealthy behaviors such as:

  • Stress and stress sensitivity
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Depression/perceived lack of control
  • Early emotional trauma
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor sleep
  • Poor diet (low in fruits and vegetables, etc.
What lengthens telomeres?Based on the cross-sectional studies so far, the following may help maintain or even lengthen our telomeres:

  • Increasing vigorous exercise to four to five times a week
  • Improving nutrition: Eating a low-fat diet, eating less red and processed meat like hot dogs and sausages, or taking dietary supplements that activate telomerase (the replenishing enzyme)
  • Improving metabolism: If overweight, losing some extra weight or reducing waist circumference
  • Enhancing wellbeing: Reducing psychological stress and depression and increasing feelings of personal control and purpose in life
Can telomeres be protected? Can we reverse cellular aging? Given studies that show the relationship between poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and high stress on telomere health, it’s a reasonable assumption that one can indeed protect his/her telomeres. For instance, one study on post-menopausal women showed that mind wandering (which leads to negative thoughts) caused shorter telomeres — while focusing the mind through meditation lengthened them. Another study on a group that meditated intensely for three months saw significant increases in telomere length.
Clearly, as Epel puts it, telomere science is “just at the tip of the iceberg.” The implications for the spa/wellness industry are STRIKING AND POTENTIALLY PROFOUND.

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