A study has shown that the hypothalamus is the area of the brain that has been linked to aging
The link between the brain and the hypothalamus in mice was analyzed in a recent study that was found in Nature magazine. Researchers found that when the mice suffered a significant loss of their hypothalamic cells, that is when aging began.
The lifespan became even shorter and aging was sped up in the mice after the researchers intentionally removed the cells. The vital cells in the brain of the mice were being harmed by inflammation. Researchers then placed genetically modified hypothalamic cells in the mice that were engineered to resist the inflammatory surroundings, which then slowed down the aging and increased their lifespans.
Researchers say protecting our brain from inflammation is key
The inflammation and the damage it causes to the brain is what is noteworthy when it comes to this study. The inflammation destroyed the new hypothalamic cells that researchers placed in the mice without making any alterations to them, resulting in the death of the mice. The mice survived even longer after the cells were altered to resist the inflammation.
But this research was all conducted on mice. Until the researchers conduct further research on humans, you can do a few things to minimize the inflammation in your body. A good way to begin is by following good anti-inflammatory habits.
Regular exercise can prevent and minimize inflammation
For about a week, start exercising slowly and try to increase the duration of your exercising gradually until you can exercise between 20 and 30 minutes 3x a week.
Sleeping between 7 and 9 hours each night and trying relaxations techniques like yoga and meditation can reduce inflammation
When a study looked into mice that were sleep-deprived for 4 weeks, the researchers found the mice developed insulin resistance, fat mass and inflammation. Not sleeping enough also makes one stressed, leading to unhealthy sleep patterns. All this creates a vicious cycle when it comes to inflammation.
Eating the anti-inflammatory foods also helps
A Mediterranean diet is a good source of anti-inflammatory foods. And these include:
- Leafy greens
- Fruits such as oranges, cherries, blueberries and strawberries
- Olive oils
- Fish high in omega-3s.
You can also avoid eating any inflammatory foods
- Refined grains and flours
- Environmental toxins such as preservatives, pesticides and food additives