When was the last time you thought about your health on a cellular level? We often think about gut health, the health of our skin, maybe even our livers… these are common things we look after, but what about looking at things as granular as our DNA? Our cells.
Strong cells = strong immune system.
Strong cells = strong body.
As we get older, our cell output has less energy. When we are young, the mitochondria levels in our cells are high and strong. As we age, the mitochondria levels start to drop.
Did you know that billions of blood cells die every day and need to be replaced with new ones?
The human cell is at the root of every activity within the body. How healthy our cells are depends on how healthy of a lifestyle we live.
Many people only talk about stem cells, and they certainly are important. Rochester Medical Center describes them as, “special human cells that are able to develop into many different cell types. This can range from muscle cells to brain cells. In some cases, they can also fix damaged tissues.”
Stem cells matter for sure, but there are roughly 200 different types of human cells in the body. They ALL make a difference and they all need to be healthy. There are also over 30 trillion human cells in the body at any given moment! Fascinating huh? (Source)
In this article, we are going to talk about ways to rejuvenate human cells on a daily basis.
How to rejuvenate human cells on a daily basis
Fasting is one of the best ways to recycle old cells into new ones. Just 16 hours a day can kick us into autophagy, which is basically the body’s way of regenerating new cells by cleaning out old and damaged ones.
What would this look like for you? You pick an eating window that is eight hours long. So perhaps you eat from noon-8pm. Or maybe you eat from 10am-6pm. You will find what works for you. Some people like eating later into the night, and some people like an early morning breakfast. It doesn’t so much matter the timing, so long as you are not consuming any calories for 16 hours straight. The studies are very clear that this is excellent for cell rejuvenation.
Get In Your Vitamin A
Biologist Dr. Andreas Trumpp says that Vitamin A is the main signal controlling the transition of hematopoietic stem cells (stem cells that give rise to other blood cells) from dormancy (being “asleep”) to an active state. He says Vitamin A metabolites (necessary for metabolism) may help improve blood disorders and leukemias.
So getting enough Vitamin A in your diet (through foods) is very important. What foods are high in Vitamin A? First off- fruits and vegetables of orange and yellow are typically high in Vitamin A. Other plant sources to pay attention to are broccoli and other deep leafy greens. You know I love my greens!
Practice Healthy Sleep Hygiene
Sleep is so important for detoxing and regenerating new cells! Especially in the brain! (Source) I am not a doctor but I do know a thing or two about good sleep. When fighting cancer, I made sleep a huge priority and my body was better for it. It is not necessarily how long you sleep for (although I prefer 8 hours) but how well you sleep. The quality of your sleep. Make sure you are in a room with little to no artificial light. Make sure you don’t consume caffeine too late. All of these things can negatively impact sleep.
The thing to remember is that sleep is neuroprotective. It is needed to regenerate new neurons. Remember, we need to care for our body at a cellular level.
Eat Your Berries
Make no mistake about it, antioxidants are your friend when it comes to protecting your cells and also regenerating them. The last thing you want is oxidative stress, which will make your cells age at a quick rate. Not only do the antioxidants in berries protect older cells, they also help in the support of creating new ones! (Source)
As a rule of thumb, it’s always good to eat foods that have deep pigments in reds and blues and purples. I am always reminding myself to eat the rainbow. So many vitamins and God designed food in such a way that we can get everything we need from our diets- and we need variety!
A great way to get in berries is to add it to a smoothie each day, or in oatmeal bowls, or eat them as your snack! Of course, make sure to keep them in season and get organic if you can.
Look into sound healing
This one can seem woo-woo to some, but if you ask me, you know that I am a huge believer in healing frequencies! There is science that shows that certain sounds can be healing to our cells, and encourage new ones to develop.
Science tells us that atoms are energy. If atoms are energy, and molecules are made from energy… then molecules are energy. Molecules make cells… so, therefore, cells are energy. And cells make us! We are energy!
Those who have battled cancer have often heard that we have damaged cells in certain parts of the body. We can look at those cells as cells that are vibrating at a lower frequency. To heal these cells, we must change the frequency.
Frequencies to look into for destroying “bad” cells and thus making room for new cells are 100,000 hertz and 300,000 hertz. (Source)
There are many “alternative healing” treatment options these days, I highly encourage you to look them up. I don’t think one single thing will be the entire answer, but every therapy might have a piece of the pie when it comes to optimizing your body and being at your healthiest self.
There is a lot of positive research on cell regeneration and exercise! One study that I found interesting was done in mice and it showed how certain exercises can help regenerate neurons. Movement is so important not just for detox, not just for appearance, but also for staying healthy on a cellular level. Right now, the science world is big into looking into regenerating cells for those with Alzheimers, which is so important.
To promote new neurons, exercise must be consistent. In my own life, I try for 3-5 times a week. I often wonder if the sweating component of exercise has something to do with making way for new cells to emerge. Sweating is detoxifying, and we want to crowd out old cells. Sweat >> crowd out old cells >> make room for new cells! That’s how I like to think of it.
If you are not exercising, you are not doing your cells a favor.
NAD IV treatments
This is fairly controversial, but NAD IV treatments are something new when it comes to strengthening our mitochondria.
A famous medical spa in Austin, TX (Restore) puts it perfectly: “Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is one of the most essential molecules in your body. In fact, you’ll find it in every single cell working in more chemical reactions than any other vitamin-derived molecule. When the molecule has oxidized and becomes inactive, it is known as NADH, but in its active form, it is known as NAD+. NAD+ is a coenzyme of the Vitamin B3 that activates reactions after binding to protein molecules. As we age, NAD+ levels naturally decrease within our bodies. Habits such as overeating and excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to a decline in NAD+. Unfortunately, low levels of NAD+ have been linked to health issues like premature skin aging, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, and vision loss. NAD+ IV therapy is a treatment that seeks to replenish the levels of this vital molecule in your body with a solution administered through an IV.”
NAD IV treatment is still controversial so I don’t want to spend too much time on it, but I did want to at least touch on it. Science is talking more and more about NAD being an anti-aging molecule, so I had to bring it up when we talk about refreshing our cells. As always, your own research would be needed to see if you are the right candidate.
Watching your diet, limiting sugar, sleeping well, sweating, being conscious about your vibrations… all of these things are going to help your cells regenerate on a daily basis. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon, and I know in my heart you can GET WELL and STAY WELL.