For centuries humans have tried to defy the fact of aging, whether it’s with new technology or different lifestyles. Is it possible to slow down aging or is it something we can only dream of?
Mortality is inevitable and humans are the only species that are aware of that. Religion is a solace for some, allowing a place of immortality and an afterlife. Although, some aren’t satisfied by this answer and want a scientific explanation. People want answers and are being led to anti-aging gurus and anti-aging products that promise elongated youth.
Is Aging our Foe?
Opposing views battle whether aging should be accepted or if we should overcome it. Some may feel that aging should be embraced and that we shouldn’t devalue it’s natural process. Growing old shouldn’t be the enemy, it’s nonconstructive and our attitudes should change. While others have the complete opposite view, seeing aging as the nemesis.
Some find aging as “barbaric”, arguing that aging should be treated like a disease. Studies are being done to try to halt the process of aging, predicting that lifespans will increase about one year per year. The prediction is that today’s children will live over 150 and eventually people will achieve living beyond 1,000 years old.
The Exploration of Immortality
Through history it’s been apparent that life ends, finding solace in immortality of the body and soul through religion. Now we are trying to find ways to keep our earthly bodies living longer. Although, there have always been figures that have attempted to end the aging process.
Through ancient mythology we’ve heard about the fountain of youth, in which the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon searched the new world for it. Now businessmen are trying to capitalize on humans fear of aging by creating potions that supposedly cure all ailments.
Anti-Aging Plan of Action
People claim to know the best way to end aging or how to achieve immortality of consciousness. These are the most common trends in anti-aging today:
Calorie Restricted Diet
Some may seek a longer life span with practicing a calorie restricted diet. They eat less than 800 calories a day, but making sure to get the proper nutrients. Although, new studies have shown that it doesn’t promote longevity. The healthiest diet is eating healthy and following general dietary guidelines.
Freezing Ourselves Alive
Freezing our bodies to preserve them is real and people are doing this in the hopes that in the future their bodies can be revived. Another hope is being able to download their consciousness from a frozen brain onto a computer, so their mind can live on without a body.
The question arises on whether bodies will be able to stay frozen until the right technology is developed. Anything can happen in the meanwhile, such as natural disasters or social unrest for the bodies to become thawed or forgotten.
Many common vitamins have been re branded as anti-aging supplements, such as fish oil, melatonin, and green tea extract. They can increase health in our lives, but there is no promise of a longer life if taken.
Simple Life, Long Life
Scientists are working on ways to extend our lifespans, but until now there is no miracle immortal elixir. Living a long healthy life can be as simple as eating a simple healthy diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and not smoking.
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