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Turn back your biological clock using mindfulness

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Written on 2019-10-31T11:59:31+00:00

We’ve all heard of workout routines that help the body stay fit. But what about one that slows down the process of ageing? Here’s the science behind how a daily mindfulness routine helps prolong youth and prevent illnesses. The best part is it only takes twenty-one minutes per day and requires no fancy equipment.
Nobel-prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn’s research led to the discovery of telomerase. Telomerase is an enzyme that is vital to understanding how our cells deteriorate over time. At speeds unfathomable to us, the cells within our body divide constantly to prevent decay and to replenish all biological function. Ageing is just the physical manifestation of cell division slowing down. Our hair turns grey because hair pigment cells stop dividing and fail to replenish.
Blackburn’s team realized that the slowdown in cell division is linked to falling levels of telomerase. It took them years of research and experimentation to figure out why. Research from around the world leading to over ten thousand scientific papers finally confirmed their hypothesis about what caused the decline in telomerase levels. The answer they discovered – rather surprisingly – is stress. Stress leads to a spike in the hormone cortisol. Consistently high levels of cortisol lead to lower telomerase levels. Stress and anxiety are the primary causes of ageing. Fortunately, the research that discovered the problem also held a cure. They found out that telomerase levels of those who suffered from stress increased when they practised mindful meditation for less than half an hour every day. Blackburn’s research showed us how we have far greater control over our body’s ageing process than we think. Our complicated lives bring us in daily contact with stress, but mindfulness is key to how we react to these. Daily mindfulness enables the mind to overcome daily stress challenges, regulate stress levels and limit its effect on telomerase levels.
Twenty-one minutes of mindfulness is a daily workout routine that not only strengthens both mind and body but also keeps them younger and healthier. It is nothing short of a miracle but one that has actually been proven by science.

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Turn back your biological clock using mindfulness

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Written on 2019-10-31T11:59:31+00:00

We’ve all heard of workout routines that help the body stay fit. But what about one that slows down the process of ageing? Here’s the science behind how a daily mindfulness routine helps prolong youth and prevent illnesses. The best part is it only takes twenty-one minutes per day and requires no fancy equipment.
Nobel-prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn’s research led to the discovery of telomerase. Telomerase is an enzyme that is vital to understanding how our cells deteriorate over time. At speeds unfathomable to us, the cells within our body divide constantly to prevent decay and to replenish all biological function. Ageing is just the physical manifestation of cell division slowing down. Our hair turns grey because hair pigment cells stop dividing and fail to replenish.
Blackburn’s team realized that the slowdown in cell division is linked to falling levels of telomerase. It took them years of research and experimentation to figure out why. Research from around the world leading to over ten thousand scientific papers finally confirmed their hypothesis about what caused the decline in telomerase levels. The answer they discovered – rather surprisingly – is stress. Stress leads to a spike in the hormone cortisol. Consistently high levels of cortisol lead to lower telomerase levels. Stress and anxiety are the primary causes of ageing. Fortunately, the research that discovered the problem also held a cure. They found out that telomerase levels of those who suffered from stress increased when they practised mindful meditation for less than half an hour every day. Blackburn’s research showed us how we have far greater control over our body’s ageing process than we think. Our complicated lives bring us in daily contact with stress, but mindfulness is key to how we react to these. Daily mindfulness enables the mind to overcome daily stress challenges, regulate stress levels and limit its effect on telomerase levels.
Twenty-one minutes of mindfulness is a daily workout routine that not only strengthens both mind and body but also keeps them younger and healthier. It is nothing short of a miracle but one that has actually been proven by science.

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We now sit with one eye on the screen and the other on a child or a parent nearby. Over the past few months, we’ve realised work from home brings with it its own set of unique challenges.

Why are influential personalities embracing meditation?

Influential people around the globe aren’t new to the concept of mindfulness, hear from the experts themselves.