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Research Finds That Moms Of More Children Age More Slowly

Research Finds That Moms Of More Children Age More Slowly

Science is evolving every day. There are so many facts turning into myths, and many myths turning out to be facts. Similarly, long time ago it was said that those women who turn moms tend to become old easily. It is because the more children they have, the more hard work they do. Raising children is a full time, 24/7 job. On top of that, they have to look after the household chores as well. Therefore, all in all, they age quicker than single women. Is it true? Well, science says otherwise.

Before we learn more details about the research, first we need to briefly go through some important terms.

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Senescence

Senescence is a process to grow old, in other words, it means biological ageing. This happens when each time a cell splits into halves and slowly worsening the tissue process. But the researchers believe that the effect of childbirth may limit the tissue damage and have positive effect on the process.

Telomere

How is childbirth effecting such a procedure? According to the researchers, there is a feature known as telomere, that can be found longer in those women who gave multiple childbirth. Telomere is a region that is found at the tip of a chromosome, and helps to protect the end of the chromosome from worsening and fusing with other chromosome.

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How is telomere important?

When every time a cell divides, the telomere shortens. By the time the cell is divided for a longer period of time, the telomere will no longer exist. If a telomere does not exist, the chromosomes lay unprotected, and will not be able to divide, leaving the tissues to die. The longer the telomere stays, the longer the tissue lives. That is why the length of the telomere is important in shaping senescence.

The research

The researches studied 94 Guatemalan women, all came from the rural Kaqchikel Mayan communities. The data was collected back in 2000. After 13 years, the researches went back to collect genetic samples from these women. Next, they cross matched the changes in the length of the telomere in accordance to the number of children each woman had. The results showed surprising facts that moms with more children had longer telomere length.

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The result debunked previous theories on how women tend to age faster and more with the amount of children they bore. It was believed that since child birth and child bearing requires plenty of energy, it results in damaging the tissues faster.

The researchers came up with the answer that the steriod estradiol helps to limit the damage of telomere. Steriod estradiol has an antioxidant effect which protects the telomere from damaging.

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The study also proposes that the environment also plays an important role here. According to the Kaqchikel Mayan tradition, moms who have multiple children have greating social status. This helps them to receive communal assistance, and welfare benefits. Since they are receiving such helps from the society, these women utilises less energy in raising children. They have enough time to rest and save more energy for tissue maintenance.

In the end..

The researchers are now thinking of doing a similar research in other communities, or ethnic groups of different countries. They want to know whether the longevity of telomere is solely based on how many children a woman gives birth to, or is it also related to the facts how much rest she has and help she gets from her society. Different ethnic groups have different rules. The researchers can only draw a positive conclusion once they complete a similar study on a different group of women. If they see that taking rest has no or minimal effect on the longevity of telomere, then they can easily conclude that the more children moms give birth to, the more slowly they shall age.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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