Getting older is inevitable, but aging might not be! A new study found that making simple tweaks to your lifestyle could actually turn back the clock and make you younger. It’s all about easy tweaks to your life, and these researchers think that’s how they cracked the code on how to reverse aging.
Dubbed the Younger You Program, the study tracked DNA to see if making changes to your diet and lifestyle would impact aging. According to their results, it did. Participants were “younger” at the end of the 8-week program. Their biological ages had decreased by three years, and their DNA reflected that. The study hinged on balancing DNA methylation, a biological process that basically makes changes to DNA segments without changing the sequence. The process doesn’t alter our DNA, it just changes the activity.
The eight-week treatment included diet, sleep, exercise, and relaxation guidance. It also featured supplemental probiotics and phytonutrients, which are the natural compounds we get from plant foods. The study specifically targeted the methylation patterns that predict biological age, and according to lead author Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, that was the key to their success.
“What is extremely exciting is that food and lifestyle practices, including specific nutrients and food compounds known to selectively alter DNA methylation, are able to have such an impact on those DNA methylation patterns we know predict aging and age-related disease,” she said.
The study is significant since aging is the main reason we develop chronic diseases. Finding a way to keep our biological age lower could aid in preventing these illnesses. According to the study, these include impaired mental and physical function and many non-infectious diseases including cancer. Aging also creates a larger risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
How can I reverse aging naturally?
Dr. Fitzgerald highlighted some parts of the program, like a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week. And you don’t even have to work out that hard — the study only called for 60 percent exertion. Other parts of the study included eating five to ten eggs a week, two cups of dark leafy greens, and two cups of cruciferous (like broccoli and Brussels sprouts) vegetables every day. The participants also ate three more cups of colorful vegetables on top of that.
The diet also called for things like beets and pumpkin seeds, 6 ounces of animal protein, and fruits that are lower in sugar. To top it all off, the study also called for intermittent fasting, with participants not eating between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. When it comes to sweets, the program says to avoid.
If this seems like something you want to do, head to youngeryouprogram.com to join their waitlist. These lifestyle changes could be the secret to getting younger!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.