Unlock the secret to looking and feeling younger than your years, says Jayney Goddard
Admittedly, the term ‘biological age’ is a bit of a dry one but, given the billions spent on anti-ageing products and services each year, it’s safe to assume most of us want to age well – and feel youthful while we do it. That’s why measuring – and understanding – your biological age is key. It takes into consideration the functioning of your body, your chemistry and physiology, your cognitive performance, plus your mental acuity and more. And, as a result, it can differ wildly from your chronological age.
I first became fascinated by biological age reversal – and effectively rewound my own body clock – 20 years ago. I’d been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and had been a full-time wheelchair user for 10 years, but things didn’t really become life or death until I experienced an enormous flare-up in 2001. I was admitted into a hospice and told that I had two weeks to ‘get my affairs in order’. Many people assume that RA only affects your joints, but it is an autoimmune disease, so your body attacks itself in its entirety. In short, it can be a lifethreatening condition. During this devastating flare-up, not only were my joints dangerously inflamed, my internal organs – including my brain, liver, kidneys, lungs and blood vessels – were too. I tried lots of different approaches to figure out how to recover, and one of the tests I took indicated that my biological age was 55 years old. I was just 36 at the time.
That was the trigger. I realised I needed to throw everything I had at my health problem – all my training, as well as treatments and advice from my trusted health practitioner colleagues. To cut a very long story short, I returned to health by developing my own unique, holistic mind/body approach to reach deep, lasting, vibrant wellness. I know that these mind/body techniques work because, after I recovered, I made a point of regularly testing my biological age. One year after my health meltdown and recovery, my biological age had reverted to 27. However, what’s even more interesting is that, 20 years later, I’m still measuring at 27 biologically – even though I’m now 57. Not only have my approaches rewound my body clock, they have also profoundly slowed the progression of my biological age.
How is biological age assessed? There are various ways of measuring biological age, including assessing the length of telomeres – the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes that shorten each time cells divide. Shortened telomeres indicate older biological age. Research shows that telomeres can be lengthened, but only with healthy lifestyle interventions – there are no pharmaceutical drugs that can do this. So far, a whole-food, plantbased diet, meditation and exercise have all been demonstrated to increase the production of telomerase – the enzyme that contributes to lengthening telomeres.
Getting your telomere length tested is expensive and not an entirely reliable picture of your own biological age, though, as telomere length differs from body part to body part. In research, telomeres are generally measured in white blood cells, as this gives a general overview of how a person is ageing (or reversing their biological age), but it doesn’t mean much from a practical perspective.
As we humans are complex creatures, it is best to do an array of tests that look at established markers of ageing, such as skin elasticity, balance, near-sightedness, flexibility, strength, reaction speed, and more. Thankfully, you can conduct these tests yourself with zero special equipment. To this end, I have created a Biological Age Rewind Tracker on my website that you can use to test and monitor your progress. You’ll also receive a monthly email reminder to re-test, and you can find out more about the tests themselves in my latest book Rewind Your Body Clock.
This is a complete mental, emotional and physical spring clean, beginning on the 1st of April, and it’s totally free to join in – just sign up now on my website. By doing this together, we can all support each other, which makes success so much more likely. I will guide you every day, with emails, Facebook Live sessions and Instagram posts. I will set the programme out ahead of time, so that you can get prepared, too. These 21 days are totally holistic and will focus on nutrition, mindset, exercise, our environment, and relationships. Plus, everything we will do is based on solid scientific evidence, so you’ll know it works.
Simplifying, Detoxing and Decluttering The main theme of this week is to let go of anything that is no longer helping you move forward in life. This decluttering will create space for more of the good things you want, sending yourself a strong message that this is a new beginning. It will leave you feeling refreshed, clearer about your future and feeling equipped to make age rewind changes to become healthier, happier and more vibrant.
Building Up, Growing and Expanding Now it’s time to spend the next seven days focusing on what new positive qualities you want to bring into your life: foods, juices, thoughts, habits, activities, people and all the rest. You’ll learn exactly what to do to feel youthful, dynamic, happy and vibrant.
Consolidating, Strengthening and Sustaining The focus this week is on really locking in your new-found positive habits and behaviours, so that you can sustain them moving forward. After all, this 21-day plan is just the beginning of a brilliant life adventure - your Rewind journey to a happier, healthier, younger you!
Do the Biological Age Rewind Tests on my site at the beginning and end of the 21-Day Rewind Plan, so that you can monitor how far you’ve come!
Jayney Goddard is president of the Complementary Medical Association. Find out more at the-cma.org.uk Sign up for Jayney’s 21-Day Rewind Plan and track your own biological age progression at JayneyGoddard.com
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