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
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