Monday, November 6, 2023

From Dopamine to NMN Levels- Understanding What Functions Decline with Age (And How to Stop It)

 The fact that key functions of our health slow down as we age isn’t news to anyone, but knowing specifically what to expect may be. It’s so important that you know what to expect, and not just so that you can mentally and emotionally prepare for how you’ll feel as you get older. When you know what to expect, you can also help fortify your health, so those pesky aging symptoms feel like next to nothing, at least for a little while longer.  


Are you unsure how to start fortifying your health? First you need to know what key functions decline with age, and then you can start working to minimize those effects with treatments ranging from NMN supplements to exercise. 



Dopamine and Serotonin  

Dopamine and serotonin are the happy hormones, and yes, the body’s ability to process and hold on to those chemicals decreases as we age. This is because our brain loses its ability to synthesize dopamine and also react to that dopamine. To increase those levels so you can enjoy your life as much as possible you’ll need to eat well, exercise regularly, and ensure that you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients either through your diet or through supplements. You’ll want to pay attention particularly to your gut health (with probiotics) and to your base cellular activity (through NAD+ levels.) 


NAD Levels  

NAD is a coenzyme and it’s found in all our cells. It works to distribute energy to your cells and also protects and repairs DNA, so cell turnover happens efficiently. Like everything else in this list, it drops as we get older. To boost your NAD+ levels, you’ll need to take NMN supplements. But what is NMN? you may ask. It’s nicotinamide mononucleotide, which is an enzyme that our bodies use to create NAD+.  


NMN supplements therefore are an essential component to your health goals, especially considering their role in boosting so many other areas of your health, from your brain to your gut.  


Bone Density 

Bone density drops off the older we get. The fact that we’re also less energetic and dealing with aches and pains only worsens the issue. Why? Because bone density can be maintained with regular exercise. This is best done by engaging in weight-bearing activities like resistance exercises. Before you start to worry, know that walking counts.  


The best part is those NMN supplements can actually help your efforts further by boosting your body’s cellular response, meaning that you’ll get a better response with a great regimen of supplements and diet than by exercising alone.  


Muscle Mass  

Muscle mass is another issue that you need to focus on, and once again, it can be rectified with regular exercise. To get the most out of your exercise and convert more energy into muscle mass (as opposed to fat deposits) you’ll need a healthy, rounded diet. As a bonus, NMN supplements can help to distribute cellular energy, allowing you to work out more effectively by minimizing muscle weakness and response.  



Metabolism Rates 

Our metabolism slows down consistently as we get older, which means that we need more lean foods and less food in general. If you don’t change your approach to your diet, you’ll typically gain weight. That said, eating less isn’t your only option. You can boost your metabolism with a well-rounded diet, increasing your intake of probiotics, and exercising regularly. As a bonus, NMN supplements also work to improve your metabolism, giving you multiple approaches toward engaging your gut in healthy ways.  


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