Wouldn’t it be great if we could have the energy of a toddler, skin of a baby, hair of a teenager, and mental clarity of a young adult?
Some of the most common complaints with aging are physical; wrinkles, hair loss, weight gain, and general aches and pains. Then, there are those who suffer from memory loss, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and other issues as they age. Many may also develop illnesses, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and heart disease, to name a few.
However, aging doesn’t have to be miserable! Aging is a beautiful part of life, and there are many reasons to enjoy it. There are also many ways to slow down the aging process, and avoid some of the more uncomfortable, unattractive aspects of growing old.
Put Good Things In Your Body
Fresh fruits and vegetables are nature’s anti-aging miracles. The phytonutrients that are found in whole fruits and veggies have been found to improve skin, hair, and nail health, prevent cancer and other diseases, and provide the body with natural energy. Avoid eating processed foods, even when they make health claims such as “high fiber”, “all-natural”, and “high in Omega-3’s”. The foods that don’t have labels are the healthiest!
Put Good Things On Your Body
It is just as important to look at the ingredients in your shampoos and lotions as it is to look at the ingredients in your yogurt. The skin is an extremely absorbent organ, so everything it comes into contact with on a daily basis should be free of toxins. Unfortunately, many of our bath and beauty products contain ingredients that are toxic, but in small enough levels so that they are not harmful enough to be banned. However, the combined levels of all of the products we use on a daily basis is concerning. Try to simplify your beauty routine by cutting down on the amount of products you use every day, or look for those with natural ingredients.
Move Your Body
Exercise is the best way to stay youthful! It keeps our muscle, bones, and joints healthy, and it is a great way to avoid weight gain when the metabolism slows down with age. Weight-bearing exercise helps to keep bones strong, which reduces the risk of developing Osteoporosis, and cardiovascular exercise is wonderful for the heart and lungs. The key to maintaining physical activity into old age is finding something you enjoy doing, whether it is walking, swimming, going to the gym, lifting weights, or practicing yoga. If you enjoy it and look forward to doing it, it will create a life-long habit of good health!
Keep Your Mind Sharp
Forgetfulness is a concern for the aging, and can be embarrassing and even dangerous. It is not inevitable as you age, though, and there are things that you can do to prevent it. Reading is a great way to keep your brain operating smoothly, but you can also play games, such as cards, chess, or even games on your tablet or smart phone! Another wonderful exercise for the mind is meditation, where you train your mind to quiet down and focus on a single thing, like the breath, which can improve mental clarity as well as memory.
Keep Your Friends Close
Relationships are good for your health! Family, friends, and lovers are important aspect of our lives, and fostering good, healthy, fulfilling relationships with these people may not keep the wrinkles at bay, but they can contribute to overall happiness and enjoyment as the years go by.
Keep Your Thoughts Positive
Positive thinking has been proven to aid in health and happiness. The more you can monitor your thoughts and notice when you are being negative and swap that thought out for a positive one, the more you will notice that things start to look up. It is not about being ignorant to the unpleasant, but rather just changing the way you look at things to focus on the good rather than the bad. This way of thinking can help the sick get well, the losers to win, and the cranky to be happy. Plus, frowning creates more wrinkles!
These tips are great for anyone, at any age, but especially those who are becoming more and more uncomfortable with each passing calendar year. Sure there are creams, supplements, and procedures out there that can aid in the aging process, some of which we offer to our clients here at the Center for Health and Restoration! However, our holistic approach to wellness involves more than just writing a prescription. Eating a clean diet, avoiding excess toxins, having a regular exercise routine, surrounding yourself with supportive relationships, and maintaining a positive, sharp mind, are some ways that you can take the way you age into your own hands.