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Apr 2015

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Accepting The Change

#AgeingGracefullyYour eyes and face all will lie as far as ageing is concerned, the truth is often stated by the neck. Nora Ephron in her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck states “Our Faces are lies and necks are the truth. You cut open a red wood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t have to if it had a neck”.

She has written about how she has smoothed her face with fillers and botox and laments the grieving death of her loved ones. Without a doubt getting older is not easy considering the obsession of our society towards negative aspects of ageing.

While you can’t prevent ageing, you can make sure you body has enough nutrients to #AgeGracefully, so rather than mourning the loss of tout skin and puckered lips you might wanna choose to accept the new you… do it sooner, eat right food, exercise and above all shun the habits that are disrupting the natural process.

This first post is just the tip of the iceberg and as I dont want you to get bored and rather reel in with me I will be sharing more consecutive posts on the subject within this week. So today I just want to discuss

Why & How Do We Age

Ageing has been the focal point of innumerable scientific researches, for years scientist had explored the reason why we age and how we age. The reasons are still vast and each sign of ageing has its own point of origin ranging from genes, to chromosome, environment, food, mutations and of course time itself. With extensive breakthroughs in these researches and with continuing progress one thing that has never been achieved is discontinuing or the reversal of the ageing process. Largely any treatment or therapy available today is either constructive or preventive thus we are still waiting for that holy grail of youth that motivated Indiana Jones.

The process of ageing in most individuals start at the age of 20 or shall I say you stop growing young at the age of 20, our cells divide to reproduce new cells so that the old cells can be replicated this process starts to reduce after 20 yrs (i.e more cells die in comparison of new production). Scientists believe this process is irreversible yet there are many ways to increase the cell turn over and reduce this process.

SKIN

Ageing Gracefully SheenaFab
Skin map of how your face changes as it ages

The main cause of your youthful skin is “Collagen”… collagen provides the skin its luster, smooth texture and that healthy glow. It is believed as you turn 20 this collagen production starts to reduce almost 1% every year. So every year your dermis starts to get thinner and more fragile, it looses its capability to escape the effects of gravity. Yes Gravity is the main reason you get sagging skin, gravity that pulls us towards the centre of the earth, helps us to walk swiftly, lets us keeps our hair down it eventually starts to drag our skin as well, so unless you are living on moon you are bound to be affected by it.

HAIR

Ageing Gracefully, greying of hair- SheenaFab
While you can’t prevent ageing, you can make sure you body has enough nutrients to age gracefully, so rather than mourning the loss of tout skin and puckered lips you might wanna choose to accept the change and #AgeGracefully

Melanin is the pigment that gives hair it color, it can be black, brown or blonde but it gets exhausted at a certain point. The hair become white as the melanin at the hair follicle is replaced by colourless air bubble, this happens at different time for different people the biggest deciding factor is stress and genetics but an average age of greying for men is 30yrs and for women is 35yrs.

Similarly there are other ageing factors that affect your Physical and Mental health, which is a subject for some other time.