Diet and lifestyle intervention: Potential reversal of epigenetic ageJun 07, 2021
On top of that they were told to: Stay hydrated, Don’t eat between 7pm and 7am
Include “healthy” oils, balance types of fat eg. coconut, olive, flaxseed and pumpkin seed oil
Avoid added sugar/candy, dairy, grains, legumes/beans and minimize plastic food containers.
They were also given a supplement rich in bioactive plant compounds and a probiotic containing Lactobacillus plantarum.
For lifestyle changes they were told to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days per week, at an intensity of 60-80% of maximum perceived exertion and to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. For stress management they were given breathing exercises to do twice a day.
The results were quite interesting, the diet and lifestyle intervention significantly decreased epigenetic age by more than three years by the end of the eight-week trial compared to participants in the control group. I think it's pretty amazing to see how quickly a healthy diet and lifestyle can reverse or at least slow down the aging process. I think we all know that if we eat unprocessed food, avoid sugars, have lots of veggies, try to get enough sleep, do some exercise etc that it is going to be good for our bodies but it is easy to just get complacent with it. Studies like this are a good reminder that we need to stay on top of our game. It's worth it in the long run!
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