Getting ALL your body clocks in sync could help you live longer... Believe it ... trends now

Getting ALL your body clocks in sync could help you live longer... Believe it ... trends now
Getting ALL your body clocks in sync could help you live longer... Believe it ... trends now

Getting ALL your body clocks in sync could help you live longer... Believe it ... trends now

We MAY believe that the secret to retaining youthful healthiness lies in turning back time with 'magical' potions and regimens. But scientists now say that we can do something much more practical (and promising) by targeting our internal clocks.

Researchers in the U.S. suggest we can boost our physical and mental health — and even slow down ageing — by adopting everyday habits to help keep our various internal clocks properly synchronised with each other so they work with optimum efficiency.

It has been known since the 1990s that the body has an internal molecular clock that runs on a daily cycle to regulate vital functions such as sleep, appetite and metabolism. This is called our circadian rhythm or clock.

But there's more than one clock. In fact, in recent years researchers have discovered that we absolutely teem with internal timekeepers.

Circadian clocks are now believed to be present in almost every cell and tissue in our bodies, with a 'master clock', called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, in the brain.

Researchers in the U.S. suggest we can boost our physical and mental health by adopting everyday habits to help keep our various internal clocks properly synchronised with each other

Researchers in the U.S. suggest we can boost our physical and mental health by adopting everyday habits to help keep our various internal clocks properly synchronised with each other

It has been known since the 1990s that the body has an internal molecular clock that runs on a daily cycle to regulate vital functions such as sleep, appetite and metabolism (Stock Image)

It has been known since the 1990s that the body has an internal molecular clock that runs on a daily cycle to regulate vital functions such as sleep, appetite and metabolism (Stock Image)

The bad news is that as we age, our circadian timekeepers can increasingly fall out of sync with each other, according to research by Northwestern University in the U.S., published in the journal Chaos earlier this month.

It's rather like living in a house full of vintage wind-up clocks that all chime at different times. This can mean that vital systems for regulating our body functions and brain don't work healthily in sync as they did when we were younger.

Research increasingly links this 'circadian clock de-syncing' with serious problems such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer, warned the Northwestern scientists.

Under the microscope

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen, 64, answers our health quiz

CAN YOU RUN UP THE STAIRS?

Yes, 100 per cent. I'm very fit. I train every day at 7am in my gym at home. I do everything from lifting weights to Pilates and using resistance bands.

EVER DIETED?

I've weighed 8st 7lb for as long as I can remember and I stand at 5ft 5in. I've worked out since I was 17.

GET YOUR FIVE A DAY?

Yes, I eat lots of broccoli, spinach, greens — I don't eat meat.

ANY VICES?

I find it hard to resist a packet of crisps. I don't have a sweet tooth but I like anything salty.

ANY FAMILY AILMENTS?

Twenty years ago my mother had breast cancer, but she's still alive and kicking at 87.

WORST INJURY?

I injured my back giving birth to my daughter, Natasha, 40 years ago. From that day on, I've done 15 minutes of stretching every day to keep the niggling pain away. I think I'm brilliant at handling pain although my partner, John [Gardiner, a businessman], would probably disagree.

POP ANY PILLS?

I'll take Nurofen if my back is bad or paracetamol if I have a headache but I'm not a pill person. I like to think I'm pretty in tune with my body.

EVER BEEN DEPRESSED?

Not ever, no; it's not in my nature. Like everyone, I got a bit fed up during the pandemic because it felt like it might never end. But, because I was with someone I love, I got my head around it. Also, I continued working remotely with my team of 50-odd people which kept me motivated.

HANGOVER CURE?

I know this will sound odd but I hate the taste of alcohol, which is why I'll only ever have the occasional cocktail where the taste is masked. As I don't drink often, when I do, I get very drunk, very quickly. As for a hangover cure, here's the secret: take a Dioralyte powder in a glass of water before you go to bed plus a couple of paracetamol and you should wake up feeling perky.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE?

Anything to do with family, or if I'm worrying about a business deadline. To get back to sleep, I lie on my back with one hand on my chest, the other on my stomach, and I concentrate on breathing rhythmically. If that doesn't work, I just get up.

ANY PHOBIAS?

Rats, flying — although I've learnt to deal with that — and heights. Hence why I've never done I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER?

Yes, but only if I didn't have to get any older and

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