There are always the select few that age well into their nineties and still have the bodies of a 60 year old, but for the majority of people out there, feeling younger than they actually are is only a dream. Why is it that even those of us in our thirties are all too aware that we are not young anymore? We don’t have the energy or metabolisms we once did. As we approach 40 we have to start worrying about things like hormone imbalance and diminishing eye sight. Our biological age—the health of our tissues—is older than our chronological age, and our bodies are trying to tell us that something is wrong. We should be feeling younger than we do.
What is biological age? It is the closeness our tissues are to death. If we define health as the body’s ability to adapt, then the less adaptive a tissue is, the older your biological age is. We must realize that everything in our bodies work together. If the tissues of your immune system are struggling, which can be evidenced by such things as regular viruses or adrenal fatigue, or your digestive system is having issues, such as regular heartburn, these tissues are obviously not as adaptable as they once were nor as adaptable as they should be. And what we need to recognize is that when our immune system (or other system) has increased in age, it will cause other areas in our body to age more quickly, like our cardiovascular system or our nervous system, because everything works together. As soon as we notice signs of aging tissues in one system, we must address them before the rest of the body has a chance to age, as well. The earlier we can nip it in the bud, the less we have to address disease and inflammation later on and the faster we can stop the process.
When looking for these early signs of aging tissues, think back to your childhood and infancy. Was anything abnormal? Did your mom talk about how you cried all of the time and how you wouldn’t sleep through the night? Did you have regular ear infections or develop asthma and allergies? These are all signs that your body is not adapting as it should. More often than not, these childhood illnesses were treated symptomatically, which doesn’t address the real issue and ultimately starts the spiral down as the tissues continue aging. In puberty and adulthood as we experience other health issues, we may single them out and not see the bigger picture. But with each symptom you recognize now, you must understand that there are always multiple things going on in the body before you are even aware of that symptom. The whole body must be taken into account as you seek to address your symptoms and their causes and as you seek for ways to lower your biological age.
What Can You Do?
The good news is our cells are constantly rejuvenating themselves. Unhealthy cells will only rejuvenate into unhealthy cells when we continue living the way we do. But when we make healthy changes in our lives and work towards creating a healing environment for our cells, then, as our cells rejuvenate, they slowly will become healthy with time. This means that our once aging tissues will feel young again. And the ultimate goal is to reverse the aging of our tissues, so our biological age becomes younger than our chronological age.
If you are struggling with feeling older than you actually are, if you are not able to do the things or eat the things you could in your youth, or if you are experiencing symptoms that are keeping you from living life to its fullest, take your health into your own hands, and seek a provider that can help you discover the causes of biological aging going on in your body. Each individual has their own unique life experiences and set of circumstances. We urge you to find a clinic that will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your personal history, so you can be healthy again and feel younger than you actually are!