Instead of using make-up, special diets, strange remedies and cosmetic surgery, think how much simpler it would be if oldsters could just take a pill.
Most of us would rather live for a lot longer than we’re likely to, although the idea of living a long time but getting ever more decrepit is less appealing.
As we get older, cells in our bodies become damaged and we are more likely to suffer health problems. Eventually, of course, we suffer the biggest health problem of them all: death. Despite wild claims, none of the products available to buy today is capable of slowing down the aging process. Scientists all over the world are busy looking for something that really works.
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have rejuvenated aging rats by giving them two chemicals that affect their mitochondria —structures inside cells that are responsible for producing energy.
Different research, also in California, has shown that restricting calories can make flies, worms and mice live longer. Instead of putting everyone on a very strict diet though, scientists are trying to mimic the effect using genetics.
But, for the time being, there’s no miracle pill to stop people from aging. Maybe we just need to change our attitude to old age, it would certainly be an awful lot easier.
Botulism is a dangerous type of food poisoning caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Doctors began using the bacterium to treat eye disorders and noticed it could paralyze muscles. Now people have it injected into their faces to smooth wrinkles!
The elixir of life has been searched for time and time again over the centuries, and although thousands of potions and lotions have been created, nothing has been able to stop the aging process. Some of the potions created in ancient China included liquid metals, such as mercury and gold! Far from preventing aging, the metals had the opposite effect, and the poisonous elements in them accelerated death, whoops!
Over the last century, the life expectancy of the UK population has leapt to 76.6 years for a male and Si years for a female. In 1911 there were only 100 centenarians. Now there are over 9,000!
The reason we are all living longer is due to many factors, but can mainly be put down to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and sanitation. And undoubtedly things will continue to improve and advance in these areas. In fact, it is estimated that by 2031 the UK will have almost 40,000 centenarians!
Every now and again you’ll hear about a new type of super food in the news. A super food is believed to have greater health benefits than other foods. You’ll be pleased to hear that chocolate is classed as a super food BUT, as always, there’s a catch.
The benefits of chocolate are actually within the cocoa content of the bar. You’ll need to choose a dark chocolate bar with the highest cocoa content to reap the benefits, and even then, you can only consume the chocolate in SMALL quantities!
Take a look at the list of super foods below. Are there any you haven’t had before? If so, make a point of trying them all to find out which ones you like best, and persuade your family to incorporate them into their daily diet – you can all stay young together!
Almonds El Apples
Bananas ElBeans (various types)
Cocoa (dark chocolate)
Garlic El Ginger
Peel (orange and lemon)
Tea (especially green tea)
Whole grains (cereal, bread etc)
Pumpkin (and pumpkin seeds)
Mackerel Nettle leaf Oats