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
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,
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
Cauliflower Bok choy
Turnips and their leaves
Even some items are
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.
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
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!