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Scientists: Restrictions and stress heal old age

Old age is like a disease that is treated with limitations and stress according to a genetics lecturer from Harvard Medical School, reported in. The Independent.
People can live and much more than a hundred years, believes Prof. David Sinclair. He heads the Paul Glenn Center for Biological Mechanisms of Aging and is the author of many books on genetics and aging.

Prof. Sinclair is adamant that old age is just another disease that mankind has to deal with, and it doesn't take pills, but to make sure we don't feel comfortable.

"You need to get your body out of the comfort zone - we call it hormesis,” the specialist explained. “The problem in the modern world is that we only want to be fed and rest. We don't want to feel any discomfort and it leads to a whole bunch of problems. If we don't constantly tell our bodies there's a problem, they're careless - they're not fighting against disease, they're not fighting ageing. '

Prof. Sinclair offers familiar techniques, but in his methodology they are all united by the fact that they lead to a feeling of discomfort. The first thing we need to do to live longer is eat less often. “Don't eat three times a day,” advises the geneticist. He misses one or two meals a day and claims it has changed his life. Fasting increases levels of the coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (AD+), which causes the body to “repair genes” more actively. Similarly, the alternation of hot and cold as in a sauna works.

The Harvard professor also recommends limiting meat consumption because the amino acids in it activate a protein that turns off the body's defense mechanisms and tells him it's time to grow up.

Prof. Sinclair sums up that everything that causes us stress - exercise, fasting, alternating cold and warm, increases the levels of AD+ and restores the body.

Without OVER+, aging occurs quickly, Sinclair said. He is convinced that “80 per cent of our old-age health is the result of our lifestyle and only 20 per cent is genetic.”

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