It is a desire of women (and of men, I guess) to keep their youthful qualities and live gracefully each year that passes by.
Most of us look for ways and find many commercialized aesthetically-made products such as wrinkle creams, anti-aging lotions, Botox to fight against our physical aging signs.
Life is balance. Nature always find its ways to keep the world in balance (although human beings keep on destroying the natural ecosystem). We should also keep our youthful qualities, not only outside but also inside. Keeping youth (which means, aging gracefully) means better life ahead and BETTER YOU.
Keep your Brain Healthy
Health experts advise to begin eating the right foods as early as our teen period and twenties to fight against mental stress that breaks down our mental process. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that American adults suffer post mental health distress between 18 and 24 years old. This is the period of life when individuals are experiencing a lot of pressure, particularly those who are in the poor class.
Right nutrition is a shield in fighting conditions related to mental distress. This means to avoid too much processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, and of course the sugar. These are the foods that lower the demand on adrenal glands for secreting stress hormones we call cortisol and handling our metabolism.
Health authorities recommend that we take supplements with Vitamins B, C, and magnesium to keep overall adrenal healthy condition. There are some good herbs like Ashwagandha and Rhodiola that help fight stress and improve adrenal health.
Opt for Green Tea
There were many studies support that taking a sip of tea is healthy. Recent studies show that green tea helps lower the risks of breast cancer and prevents remissions. Present studies are being conducted if green tea can help prevent colorectal, bladder, and lung cancer recurrence. Health professors and authors of studies on green tea said that green tea can also help as weight management agent. There are initial studies that show that it helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published a Japanese study that revealed sipping at least a cup of green tea help to keep your brain active as we get older.
Recent studies on centenarians found that oldest living people are those who eat less meat and more of nuts, beans, and soy.
Health experts warn us that aging is caused by free radicals in our bodies. Counter them with foods rich in antioxidants like vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts and walnuts, pumpkin seeds and herbs and spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, and oregano. Less of processed foods, please!
Who says we do not need fats? Of course, we do! But choose the healthy fats such as Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, seeds, and salmon. According to Nicholas Perricone, MD, an anti-aging expert, they help keep stronger bones, stabilize moods, help prevent signs of aging by reducing inflammation in the body. He further says that Omega-3 help increase ability of our enzymes to release unhealthy fats out from our bodies. It also helps keep us healthy and our skin young!
No to Smoking
We all know that it is proven true that cigarette smoking is detrimental to our health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that smoking is preventable reason of deaths in USA. It increases risks for heart diseases, stroke, and lung cancer. It also increases the visible signs of aging by destroying collagen and elastin in our bodies causing wrinkled skin.
It is recommended that we need to monitor our hormone levels and find ways to keep them balance or fix imbalances to fight fast aging condition, insomnia, memory loss, low libido, and unhealthy weight gain.
Hormones serve as the chemical messengers of our body for optimal functioning. Low testosterone enhances our libido and low progesterone are connected to insomnia and many sleep problems. Too much cortisol may lead to fuzzy thinking and unwanted weight gain.
Well, aging in numbers is something we cannot stop, but we can still look good and feel great as we age – that is aging gracefully.
Regular exercise help us lose unwanted weight, develop good muscles, build stronger bones, and improve moods. Studies also reveal that exercise helps us think clearly. According to the national Institute on Aging displays a link between physical exercise and better brain process. Gary Small MD, Director of UCLA Center, says a simple 10-minute daily walk helps lower our risks of Alzheimer’s by 40%. He further says, “Physical conditioning reduces stress and anxiety, which wipe out your memory bank.” Aside from walking, you can run or jog, swim, bike, dance – anything that you love to do!
Keep Stress Level Low
Studies reveal that chronic stress accelerates the cortisol level that causes unhealthy weight gain, insomnia, low libido, irritability, high blood sugar, mood swings, and hypertension. Yoga and Deep Belly Breathing are counter measures against stress.
Cardiovascular exercises help relieve stress as it increase endorphin levels (“feeling good” hormones). Avoid feelings of isolation and boredom. Keep the “flames burning” with our partner, or discover new ways of keeping ourselves happy. Be with others. Join an art club or attend culinary courses, paint, or anything that makes you on the move!
The benefits of doing Yoga are better posture, flexibility, more vitality, less stress and improved moods. Conscious Yoga breathing allows us to be conscious of the link between our mind and body and it is advantageous to our anti-aging aims.
Yoga breathing shows evidence to oxygenate our cells, help prevent diseases, eliminate toxins in our body, make our skin firm and supple. Yoga poses help improve digestive system, reproductive system, and immune system.
Develop “Thick Skin”
Skin is the first visible sign of premature aging.
Build up our antioxidant levels and keep sufficient levels of Vitamins A, C, D, E by eating plenty of various organic vegetables and fruits. They can act as natural sunscreen for our body and help prevent skin aging and even skin cancer.
You may use sunscreen products. Titanium Dioxide-based sunscreen products are recommended that can shield us against all types of harmful UV rays.
Many studies show that while we are sleeping, our body goes through a sort of “repair mode.” It “fixes” damages from the day and prepares us for the next day.
Lack of sleep can cause severe adult-onset diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, that shorten our lifespan. Those who conduct researches and studies also said that lack of sleep (less than 7 hours) affects genetic characteristics connected to unwanted weight gain and obesity.