A telomere is the DNA sequence at the tip of a cell's chromosome in human beings.
Think of a telomere as a little cap that protects our chromosomes from deterioration which is associated with aging and disease.
Telomere length affects our long-term health and longevity.
Telomeres become shorter with each cell division and can reach a point where they are no longer able to protect the chromosomes, leaving them open to deterioration. This leads to aging and disease development.
So telomeres¬†protect the chromosomes from deterioration and play a crucial role in cell replication.
As we age, our cells divide, and our telomere lengths shorten. In recent years, shorter telomeres have been associated with a broad range of age-related diseases including some forms of cancer, dementia, stroke, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis, ¬†and diabetes.
After 35 years of¬†research, the analysis of telomere length is emerging as a commercial biomarker for aging and disease. In other words, telomeres can tell the future, and there is mounting evidence that scientists may be able to use telomere health for¬†early¬†disease detection.
In today's podcast, we discuss how we can protect and affect the size of our telomeres with food,¬†herbal remedies, and lifestyle changes.
Also, we visit Ordinary Vegan's kitchen for a recipe that is my #1 strategy to healthy holiday eating. ¬†Here is a¬†link¬†to the recipe.
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