Did you know the fountain of youth exists within the DNA and your lifespan can be lengthened or shortened by how your lifestyle habits impact telomeres?
So, what exactly is a telomere anyway? How do telomeres affect our Fountain of Youth? The protective caps at the end of each strand of our chromosomes are called telomeres. Our chromosomes are made up of our DNA. These together make up every cell of our body. These chromosomes replenish and copy themselves all throughout our lives. Without the telomeres to protect our DNA they become damaged and our cells can’t do this very important job!
To get a better understanding, think of the little plastic end that protects our shoelaces from fraying. That is exactly what a telomere does for our chromosomes. They protect the ends of our chromosomes from becoming damaged so that they can continue to replenish and copy to maintain life and healthy longevity.