Major Ager: Stem Cell Slowdown
Its Effect: Damage From Stress
Say the words stem cell and you've triggered almost as much controversy as any other two words in the English language! But here's a fact about which there is little controversy: Your stem cells are an incredibly powerful tool, and they play a key role in how you recover from stress. At all stages of your life, your body responds to damage by recruiting stem cells. When you smoke, stem cells are sent to the lungs to respond to damage. Or when your skin burns from the sun, stem cells go there to make repairs. The problem is, we lose stem cells as we age, whether by using them to repair damaged organs or because they're destroyed by toxins like oxygen free radicals, leaving us vulnerable to stress-related conditions.