Young Lungs, Old Brain

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There’s a popular notion that all the cells in our body renew themselves every seven years. You’ve probably heard it. Only thing is, it’s just not true. Some cells don’t have the chance to stick around that long. Think about it. The acid in your stomach can reduce most things you eat to mush so the cells themselves couldn’t last very long–as cells go they have a rough life. So some cells regenerate more quickly than others.

Which for those of us who are older poses a question: So if most of our cells are technically young, why do some of us look so much older? The theory is that as our cells regenerate they make less than ideal copies of themselves, so we get wrinkles, aching joints and other things that trouble us. For more about that, check out the links at the bottom of the article.

Many people fret about ageing, little realising that whatever your age in years, some of your body parts are just a few weeks, even days, old. This is because they are constantly renewing themselves. Here, Angela Epstein looks at how old you REALLY are…

LIVER AGE: 5 MONTHS

The liver is known for its amazing capacity to repair and re-grow itself thanks to its rich blood supply.

This means it can continue with its main job of flushing toxins out of the body.

Read more…

Learn About Antioxidants & the Replication of DNA

Learn More About Cell Renewal

Original article, “Believe it or not, your lungs are six weeks old – and your taste buds just ten days! So how old is the rest of your body?” by ANGELA EPSTEIN posted October 13, 2009 in the Daily Mail, UK.

 

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