Source: Healthy Lifestyle Arena
It's an old cliché, but there's a certain truth to it: Spring really is a time of youth and renewal.
And fortunately, you don't have to be young to celebrate this youthful new season.
Even if you've seen a few more springs than you care to admit, you have the golden opportunity right now to turn back the clock and SLOW aging.
Yes, friend, the sun not only helps reawaken the flowers and grass as the days grow longer…
It can make you YOUNGER!
I'm not just talking about that "youthful glow" you get from a little sunlight. New research reveals how the nutrient your body makes from sun exposure can recharge your DNA.
Deep down in your cells, on the very ends of your DNA, sit little caps called telomeres. Like the caps on a shoelace, they keep the whole strand from coming apart.
As your cells replicate — and as you get older — the telomeres shrink. When they get too short, the cells start to die off, and your risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia, and even death all jump.
But the new study finds that simply boosting your levels of the sunshine vitamin can slow the shrink of those telomeres.
Folks with blood levels of D over 50 nmol/L had the longest telomeres — a.k.a. the YOUNGEST — of everyone in the study.
That's certainly an achievable number. If anything, that's at the low end of what you want for maximum benefits.
But most Americans don't come close, with 80 percent of U.S. adults at 30 ng/mL or less.
If you're not making an effort to boost your own D levels, you're probably among them… and that means if you want the age-fighting benefits of vitamin D, you're going to have to take action.
The cheapest way, of course, is to make sure you get a little sunlight every day. But it's also important to practice sun safety, so limit your sunscreen-free time outside and cover up or head indoors before you burn.
Since it's hard to tell how much D your body is generating — and it changes throughout the year — consider a D supplement.
Most folks need between 2,000 and 5,000 IU per day.
And if you're curious about the state of your own telomeres, your doc can order a simple test that'll tell you exactly how long — or short — they are.
It's not a routine part of testing (yet), so you'll have to ask — and there may be an out-of-pocket fee as a result.
You might find it's worth the money.