Cellular damage is often the root cause of many health problems including weight gain, obesity, and cancer — plus many symptoms we commonly associate with aging. Factors that commonly play a role in cellular damage include poor nutrition, inadequate or poor sleep, and excess sun exposure. Repairing your body on the cellular level can help slow down the body’s aging process and prevent the onset of health conditions that can sorely impact your overall quality of life.
Certain foods take a heavier toll on your cells than others, which is why a healthy diet is essential to good overall health and weight loss. For instance, glucose can be difficult for the body to metabolize and increases the risk of cataracts, nerve damage, and hardened blood vessels. That’s why limiting the amount of sugar you eat is important for maintaining a healthy, normal weight.
Protecting your body against cellular damage can help keep all of the systems within your body functioning at an optimal level — including those involved in metabolism, hormone regulation, and other factors that affect your weight. Take these steps to repair your body on a cellular level.
Spending time in the sun helps trigger the body’s production of vitamin D and offers a long list of health benefits, but excess sun exposure can produce damaging free radicals that cause inflammation and weight gain. Cover your skin when spending time outdoors, and wear high-quality sunscreen products that are free of toxins and other harmful ingredients.
Get more sleep
Your body naturally repairs itself on a cellular level while you sleep, which is why getting plenty of sleep can help ward off illness and mental health disorders like depression. Studies even show that senior adults who sleep for a minimum of seven hours every night tend to have healthier cells than middle-aged adults who get less sleep. Go to bed earlier and do whatever it takes to improve your sleeping environment so you can benefit from nightly quality sleep.
Stop indulging in simple carbs
Since glucose is a known contributing factor to cellular damage, avoid consuming processed carbs like cakes, donuts, and other baked goods. Replace simple carbs with complex carbs such as fruits and vegetables, which provide your body with essential nutrients.
Exercise is one of the best ways to repair cellular damage as it improves your circulation, helps you sleep, and regulates your mood. Exercise can even naturally stave off depression, anxiety, and stress — all of which can lead to major cellular damage. Engage in moderate physical activity most days per week, and do a mixture of cardio and strength training for the best results.
Consume more antioxidants
Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that can fight off free radicals and repair damage to cells. A diet high in antioxidants can strengthen your immunity, ward off cancer, and promote weight loss. Start eating more foods high in antioxidants like berries, leafy greens, and fish, or talk to your doctor about nutritional supplements that can help you boost your antioxidant intake.
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Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on December 27, 2017