How to live a long and healthy life? It’s a question many of us will ask over the years. Dr Sabine Donnai is a high-flying doctor who has been studying this very question for a long time and she has concluded it's down to multiple factors – and firstly – it’s never too late to start afresh.
“The most important learning we have had over the years of measuring and managing biological ages is that it’s never too late to start taking care of your ageing process,” makes clear Dr Sabine. So, therefore, being over 50 shouldn’t stop you from doing a lifestyle overhaul and radically improving your health and wellness. “Extremely seldom do we see a situation where we can’t positively influence any or all of the biological age markers or biological clocks.” She continues. “Every cell in our systems renews at least once per year and you can decide the amount of nutrients, hormones, oxygen, sugar, inflammation, DNA repair, toxins, energy etc you put into this new cell. You make a new body every year and it is in our hands how resilient these new cells, this new body will be in a year. We see biological ages dropping by 10 years with the correct approach.”
If this seems like a lot, Dr Sabine says there are two main points you should heed. “Keep your gut biome healthy and happy and reduce sugar and refined carbohydrate intake.”
So if this is all that we should be proactive about – what should we be avoiding? What’s Dr Sabine’s take on smoking and drinking with regard to longevity? “Both smoking and alcohol are of course toxins. These will need to be eliminated and cleared out of the system,” reckons Dr Sabine. “There are also other toxins we ideally eliminate efficiently such as air pollution, tap water, heavy metals and pesticides on food. Toxins cause inflammation – inflammation makes us age and triggers chronic disease and genetic vulnerabilities.”
Anything else we should be avoiding to ensure a longer life? “Manage stress!” urges Dr Sabine, “ensure good quality sleep! Stress and poor sleep steal years and quality years from our lives. It is not a matter of avoiding stress (some stress can be positive!) but it’s a matter of managing stress and having proper sleep hygiene (stay away from phones/tablets/PCs at least an hour before bedtime).”
So plenty of healthy ageing and longevity wisdom to ruminate on here. A longer and happier life awaits!