Most of us wouldn’t mind paying money if there was a way to slow down the aging process. And some experts are saying we should save the money we spend on wrinkle creams and use it to buy “better” red meat – and a lot less of it.
Turns out that even if our anti-aging treatments, such as Botox, filler and retinols, are making us look a lot younger than we actually are on the outside, on the inside, our biological age may likely be a lot older.
Understanding biological age
Your chronological age relates to the year you were born; on the other hand, biological age is based on the health of your genes – and that age has been closely tied to your risk of age-related diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and cancer.
Is that fast-food burger to blame?
Researchers from the University of Glasgow, Scotland have determined that eating too much standard red meat (and not enough fruit and vegetables) could be accelerating your body’s biological clock. This new study was recently published in the journal Aging and is similar to other studies linking a diet high in red meat to disease and obesity.
The link between high consumption of red meat and early death has been identified in many studies, often also speculating that people who eat a lot of red meat tend to eat fewer plant-based foods so they’re consuming fewer protective antioxidants and nutrients.
The problem seems to be the processing
Unprocessed organic red meat does not accelerate the biological aging process. Processed conventional varieties, like basic ground beef for burgers, can. That’s because processed meat is pumped with phosphates to improve shelf life, tenderness and sadly, flavor.
Phosphates are necessary to help our cells function, but the body can’t process excess phosphate. This causes high levels of the chemical to build up in the blood, which is linked to higher rates of many diseases and health problems.
When you begin your program with Alison Wellness
We will discuss nutrition and how your diet can be modified for the sake of your health and weight. Call for your appointment today: (256) 489-5748