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Shoelaces and Aging

Do you know the relationship between the litle stiff ends on shoelaces, and aging?  No?  You'll be surprised at this theory of a simple way to live longer and feel younger.

You've probably seen any number of ads and articles about some pill or tonic, or exercise, or some other way to reduce inflammation and stay in better shape with age. Perhaps you didn't know how it actually works, though, and what is the correct solution. I'm going to explain, probably more than you wanted to know (maybe).

You know how shoelaces have those little "casing" or hard pieces on the ends? If you never thought about it, those are there to make it easier to insert the lace in the little holes in your shoes; they protect the lace from fraying, which makes it impossible to put the lace in the hole. Looks tacky too. They are called aglets, a word rarely heard or even spelled right!

Your body has millions of aglets, too. The strands of genetic material in each cell have protective ends, called telomeres. These slowly wear off with age, exposing the genetic material to damage. If we kept the same cells in our bodies all our lives, this wouldn't be so important, but our cells are constantly dying and reproducing. If the telomeres are frayed or used up, the new cells created throughout our body will have the same frayed telomeres. Damaged cells can cause cancer, aches and pains, less efficient body functions of all kinds - in other words, aging.

Very few of us would wish to live forever, but it's natural to dread the weakness, breaking down of body strength and efficiency, that comes with age. So is there any way to avoid or even slightly reverse this process for a while? Maybe. Naturally avoidance of toxins, excess sugar and unhealthy fats, will help. So will exercise, socialization and getting enough quality sleep at night. But researchers have found another way to protect the telomeres and sometimes even perhaps repair some. It's by eating cruciferous vegetables!

Very few of us eat many cruciferous items. They are often strong tasting, and smelling too, cause gas sometimes..... These often shunned foods include:
C
abbage
Brussels sprouts
B
roccoli
Cauliflower Bok choy
Kale
Collard greens
Mustard greens
A
rugula
R
adishes
R
utabaga
T
urnips and their leaves
W
atercress.

Even some items are used as condiments or spices - included are mustard or mustard seed, horseradish, wasabi. A good helping of any of these above veggies help the body protect and perhaps mend the telomeres for two or three days. Imagine what eating some of these items daily could do? I guess they taste so strong because they pack a punch health wise.

Except for mustard on burgers, cole slaw at the Coronal’s chicken place, or perhaps wasabi with sushi, most people get very little of these valuable veggies in their diets. Fortunately, my mother served us cruciferae fairly regularly, and grew many in her gardens; I eat even more. After seeing this research result, you can bet I'll even increase the frequency and variety.

Many can be grown in pots, raised gardens or flower beds, for instance arugula, to chop and add to salad. Many are available frozen - stock up! Cynthia MacGregor often includes recipes using cruciferae in her newsletter, and there are many on my website. Take a look - even small additions to many dishes will do the trick until you get used to eating them.

Now you know some words that were probably new to you, all very important - aglets and telomeres. Maybe even cruciferae. All are essential for your protection and ease.

For recipes, click on search above and put in the name of a veggie.  Eat up!

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