How Do We Age?
Aging affects every inch of our bodies. Aging is a slow deterioration of cells, which takes a toll on our vital organs, functions, bodily tissues, and brain.
Aside from its physical effects, aging also affects our emotions, which are shaped by years of responding to stimuli in specific ways.
The aging body goes through a series of changes that have direct impact on how it will later function. As we age, the
main organic changes are a follows:
(1) Vessels’ blood carrying volume is reduced, due to calcification and collagen deposits in veins, arteries, and capillaries feeding the entire
body. Blood flow is thereby reduced, along with the oxygenation of bodily tissues.
(2) The heart’s blood-pumping chambers gather layers of connective tissue that diminish its capacity and holding volume. Blood flow is also reduced and oxygenation diminished.
(3) Lungs lose the elastic recoil that allow for the proper exchange of oxygenated and deoxygenated air. As a result, air remains in the bottom of the lungs, diminishing the amount of oxygen entering the blood. The tissues within the lungs also loose their functioning ability, reducing the amount of available oxygen even further.
(4) The digestive tract loses its readiness to absorb nutrients and becomes blocked with the growth of intestinal flora and yeasts that prevent proper absorption.
(5) The neurons in the brain die over the years, and nerve connections become less and less functional. Electric synapses between nerves and neurons are reduced and the response to stimuli is delayed.
(6) The skin’s ability to stretch and flex is significantly inhibited in air of the physical changes that take place within its layers. Suffering dehydration and diminished production of collagen and elastin, the skin is
more prone to sagging and wrinkling, acquiring a dull appearance and roughening in texture.
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