Herbs to De-Stress and protect your telomeres

 

Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age.  Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes.  Without this coating, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.  Telomeres are shortened as we age, but telomeres can also be shortened by stress, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet.  Many scientific studies have shown a strong connection between short telomeres and cellular aging. 

Chronic stress=Shortened telomeres=Rapid aging.

When experiencing a stressful event, the stress hormone cortisol is released, triggering a fight-or flight response.

Short-term effects of Stress

  • Turns off digestion

  • Stores fat

  • Spikes blood sugar and blood pressure

Causes heart to race

If the body isn’t given the opportunity to recover from short-term stress, over time stress responses occur that are more concerning.

Long-Term effects of Stress

  • Free radical damage

  • Decreased memory and cognition

  • Decreased sexual function

  • Imbalanced blood sugars

  • Release of stress hormones

  • Depletion of mood-stabilizing hormones

  • Muscular pain

 When homeostasis pathways are overwhelmed by stress, the subsequent chemistry can linger for hours, days, weeks, or longer.  When the stress is chronic, homeostatic pathways break down and more telomeres become damaged and shortened.

Three Ayurvedic herbs that help De-stress:

Ashwagandha

o   Increases energy and vitality

o   General adaptogen for combating stress

o   Assists in calming the mind and promotes restful sleep

Bacopa

o   Supports proper function of the nervous system

o   Promotes memory and concentration

o   Calms and clears the mind

Tulsi

o   Promotes clear, comfortable breathing

o   Supports healthy circulation and a normal body temperature

o   Heightens awareness and promotes mental clarity

 Mother nature supports the homeostatic pathways and provides the antidote to stress.

Sherry Bonds