Ask anyone over 40, age seems to sneak up on us. Our stressful, always-on-the-go lifestyles distract us from the inevitable fact that the clock keeps ticking and is the reason we need these anti aging tips. Next thing we know, we start to feel it in our joints, we don’t wake up with that pep-in-the-step energy like we used to and we end up feeling less and less youthful. Soon, it starts to show on our faces as wrinkles develop and we discover what the mirror’s been trying to tell us for years: we’re “old.”
Case in point, the President of the United States.
According to a 2011 CBS report:
“‘The typical person who lives one year ages one year,’ Dr. Michael Roizen, the author of Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be?, told CNN in 2009. ‘The typical president ages two years for every year they are in office!’ Roizen arrived at the two-for-one figure after reviewing the medical records of U.S. presidents back to the 1920s.”
In this article you will learn about:
- Skin Health
- Antioxidant-Rich Diet
- Regular Exercise
- Rest & Sleep
- Stress Reduction
- Living for a Purpose!
The good news about these anti aging tips is that we don’t have to be victims of our circumstances. Regardless of our biological age, we can still turn back the clock. If you’re ready to experience youthfulness today, start taking care of the mind and body by focusing on these 5 key areas of successful aging:
- Skin health
- Antioxidant rich diet
- Regular exercise
- Rest & sleep
- Stress Reduction
Of course there’s no sure-fire way to avoid getting old. In fact, aging is the rite of passage to the gray crown of wisdom as Proverbs 16:31 refers to it. But why speed its coming when we can enjoy a more natural pathway to “senior” status like our ancestors did?
Anti Aging Tips: Skin Health
Countless gimmicks from weight loss products to magic skin creams have been sold promising to erase the mark of time on our bodies, but true beauty is not cosmetic. Successful aging is all about skin health, which starts in the gut and ends with what we put on our bodies. Essentially, you need to take an internal and external approach to glowing, vibrant skin to reduce the scars of aging.
On the outside, we want to protect from excessive sun exposure and chemical damage. Avoiding harsh ingredients in your lotions and potions is paramount because the chemicals in these products annihilate the skin microbiome and dry the skin – thereby dampening the immune system, making us more susceptible to sickness and disease. When it comes to the sun, some scientists recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen at all times to protect from UV rays, but proper sun exposure is necessary to vibrant health and glowing skin so I question these recommendations. (1) I recommend enjoying 20-30 minutes of direct, bare skin sun exposure every day and be careful not to burn. This is where people get in trouble and unnecessarily damage their bodies.
On the inside, be sure to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies and focus on healthy fats that contribute to glowing skin like avocados. Antioxidant-rich foods, in particular, are also know to an help to reverse the effects aging has on the body. (2) Good hydration is also key, as it keeps the skin moist and helps prevent unnecessarily wrinkles due to dehydration.
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Anti Aging Tips: Antioxidant-Rich Diet
Speaking of antioxidants…
Oxidative stress is the primary cause for the unpleasantries of aging. (3) What’s referred to as an imbalance between the free radical production and the body’s ability to counteract (i.e. detoxify) these harmful effects through antioxidants like vitamin C and Glutathione. Essentially, when antioxidants are consumed as part of a diet rich in fresh produce (the more vibrant the color, the more antioxidant rich the food tends to be) or whole food-based supplements, the damage from oxidative stress can be reversed. This cellular restoration can then help prevent age-related conditions such as cognitive decline, diabetes and heart disease. (4)
The fruits, vegetables, and herbs that our grandmothers and mothers made us eat are rich in antioxidants that are known to:
- Cleanse toxins and damage at the cellular level. (5)
- Detox our cells
- Prevent sickness and chronic disease
- Reduce inflammation
This is often the “miracle” formula necessary to regenerate aged skin and make those achy joint feel youthful once again.
Anti Aging Tips: Regular Exercise
Did you know that regular exercise literally helps to slow the aging process? (6)
Our bodies were meant to be in relative constant motion. We were not created to sit down all day and be sedentary. Our modern desk job approach to work has arguably contributed more to expedited aging and premature death than any other factor. Not only is it important to keep our bodies moving, we need to regularly exercise to reverse the damage done to it because of years of inactivity.
Unlike remaining sedentary, which can trigger a cascade of illness, aerobic exercise (activities that get the heart racing like jogging, hiking and high intensity interval training) helps combat the risks of developing cardiovascular disease and other illnesses due to aging. (7),
Note the key word here is “regular.” Exercise isn’t meant to be something you do once and awhile. God designed us to enjoy being physically active every day, throughout the day! Prayerfully consider developing normal lifestyle habits that include exercise and fitness, because they will certainly give you more energy to tackle the day and will help you feel young again! (8)
Also, don’t forget your antioxidant-rich foods, because they have been shown to help the body adapt to exercise routines! (9)
Anti Aging Tips: Rest & Sleep
This is a well known fact: better sleep helps you feel better, look better, and actually slows the aging process. (10)
There’s a reason why God commanded us to take a day off. Our tendency is to work around the clock – or at least be busy doing stuff that keeps us away from truly resting and taking a load off. Honoring the Sabbath, Commandment #4 is our guide here…
When we rest and get a full night of undisturbed sleep, the brain and body are known to essentially hit a “reset button.” This is the God-ordained time of our day that our bodies reach hormonal balance and recover from much of the damage we’ve put them through during the day. As we sleep, our bodies regularly eliminate toxins, restores cells and participates in other successful aging activities as well. (11)
Unfortunately, as many people age, they find themselves struggling to sleep. Paradoxically, the very thing they need to recover from the damage done to their bodies by father time, is the one thing they can’t seem to control! If this describes you, try using essential oils to find that place of peace and relaxation and establish a routine to help you unwind at night. Supplements may be helpful, as well, and don’t forget to exercise!
The Research Center on Aging discovered that exercise helps regulate serotonin. This is wonderful news because regular exercise has anti-aging effects of its own, but also helps us to sleep better because this hormone helps us to relax and establish healthy sleep patterns. (12)
Anti Aging Tips: Stress Reduction
Research has shown us that emotional and mental stressors contribute to premature aging, age-related illnesses and cognitive problems. (13) Bottom line: chronic stress kills.
And, in my opinion, the #1 cause of disease all across the board is stress. Not only is it a killer on its own, all of the how to stop aging tips I have put together in this report are specifically designed to help mitigate the most common stressors: lack of sleep, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and poor skin health/microbiome damage.
To make matters worse, we have found that elevated levels of stress are actually related with elevated levels of pain in senior citizens, thereby complicating the aging process considerably. (14) On the flip-side, we should rest assured that our futures doesn’t have to be marred with pain and sickness. As Indo-Tibetan studies suggest, eating an antioxidant-rich diet and enjoying an anti-stress lifestyle can contribute to good health well into the golden years. Science is now supporting the traditional Indo-Tibetan claim that “proficiency in the suggested longevity practices of meditation, diet, and physical exercise (yoga), will result in profound anti-aging, stress-mediating and health enhancing effects.” (15)
How to Stop Aging and Living for a Purpose Using These Anti Aging Tips!
To help you get started on the road to Abundant Life aging, don’t get overwhelmed by all the changes you think you need to make today. Focus on one or two easily actionable how to stop aging tips like diffusing lavender beside your bedside to promote sound sleep, or replacing your McDonald’s habit with a fresh homemade salad to get some momentum going. Once you pick the lowest hanging fruit and make the lifestyle changes that are easiest for you, start to challenge yourself to tackle the anti aging tips that are a little harder.
If you can, ask a friend or loved one to join you along your journey to successful aging as it’s always more fun to do life with other people.
Remember to receive each day as a gift from above. Living for a purpose is your birthright in Christ and God has unbelievable things in store for you, regardless of your age. See what God says about aging and our golden years. He wants to use you to make a BIG difference in the lives of others!
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