When it comes to these 10 Natural Healthy Aging Secrets, the key will lie in implementing as many of these as you possibly can. Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee. So let’s get started on this fabulous list of anti-aging strategies.
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Research backs up the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Vegetarians are at a far lower risk for coronary heart disease and the risk continues to decline as they age. A plant-based diet provides tons of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits reducing joint pain and preventing diseases related to aging.
Diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and inflammation which contributes to the development of cancer. Lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) is key in controlling the before mentioned diseases. Also worth mentioning is sticking to a plant-based lifestyle can prevent cognitive decline allowing us to be sharp as we age.
Even if we don’t go full-on vegan today the science shows that adding in lots of vegetables is one of the smartest things we can do for our health.
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Grow your own food
Grow as much of your own food as you can care for and have room for. This includes growing space and storage space. When we have our own gardens, we know what’s in our food. We don’t have to know what pesticides, fertilizers, and sprays were used to grow our food.
A lovely backyard garden gives us the opportunity to have fresh organic produce and the benefit of exercise that comes with garden maintenance. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine is not only good for the produce growing in your garden but is essential for your well being as well. Being outside gives you some exposure to a critical vitamin that you get from the sun which is vitamin D.
There are so many great gardening resources online that finding good gardening tips, tricks, and hacks make gardening a really fun and healthy hobby.
Did you know that when a patient is admitted to the hospital having a heart attack, they are given an injection of 100,000 mcg of D3? This not only helps a patient during the episode but also improves the rate of repair and healing after the episode. (Read more about this research here) You should know that the further away from the equator you are the more likely you are to need to take a vitamin D3 supplement. Between being outside and taking a supplement your vitamin D3 needs should be covered.
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This can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Wash your own car, instead of driving through the car wash. Ride a bike and drive a little less often. Have a park nearby? Walk instead of drive. Whatever you can do to move your body more, the better off you will be.
Americans love their convenient lifestyle. For example, driving to the corner market for milk and eggs, tossing a healthy frozen entree into the microwave for lunch, or hiring the local teenager to mow the yard and finally, drive-through coffee. We are used to having so much at our convenience that it’s just expected.
Sometimes a gym can help when you need an easy way to get exercise. A home gym or a public gym or both are excellent options.
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Staying Employed or Volunteering
Keeping busy and feeling useful is paramount when it comes to anti-aging. I have heard several accounts where a family friend retired from work. The next thing you know, their mental and physical health rapidly declined because a sense of purpose had been lost.
Isolation after retirement is a problem. Everyone needs to feel connected and have a sense of belonging. Along with this same line of thinking is the need to learn and to feel that we are continuing to develop and grow.
Naturally, the first line of defense is to retain physical health and strength to be able to enjoy part-time work or volunteering for a cause that we’re passionate about. The remedy to physical frailty is strength training not to become a bodybuilder or to look like Schwarzenegger, but to be able to continue to do daily tasks without feeling fatigued and tiredness. Too tired to work out? Start slow and build on that. Before you know it you’ll have some stamina and motivation to keep going forward with a sensible workout plan.
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Maintain an active Social life.
Number 5 is related to number 4. People who live to be 100 reports have a strong sense of belonging and connectedness. They report often that this is found in an organized spiritual community, that could be a church or mosque or synagogue. Whatever way you choose to be connected to the community will be the way that is best for you. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but also don’t go too far out of your comfort zone either. What we are looking for is a comfortable fit with a community of like-minded friends a community that is relatable to your core values.
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Be sure to get extra vitamin C.
This is the number one secret to firmer skin and fewer wrinkles. Vitamin C is a fundamental molecule for skins ability to make collagen. Using vitamin C in a topical application as well as in one’s diet is the ultimate defense in skins ability to promote cellular turnover. Sun damage is repaired more efficiently with extra vitamin C. This is because this vitamin is a powerful antioxidant. Oxidative stress caused by free radicals and environmental pollution can accelerate the damage to chronically exposed skin like our hands and faces.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and we must have a steady stream of it to make a difference in the health of our skin. A two-fold approach is best; using quality supplements and topical vitamin C serum is the ticket.
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Hydrate but not with just water
You need to keep a steady stream of electrolytes going throughout your system. Let me explain. I drink a lot of coffee, therefore I am going to the bathroom often. After a while coffee doesn’t do for me what it did in the beginning and that is because I have depleted my electrolytes. Calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium chloride a the common electrolytes. When these are added to water electricity is created, the kind that gives us our energy.
These charged minerals are really important for the proper functioning of the body. Our muscles need electrolytes to proper contract and that includes our heart muscle. Blood pressure is better when our electrolytes are in balance. So go ahead and hydrate, but do be mindful of your body’s need for electrolytes found in enhanced waters and many sports drinks.
Mild dehydration can cause you to eat when you are thirsty and that causes overeating and snacking and grazing. Next, calories sneak up on you. When you think you’re doing alright but in reality, all you need to do to take control is to increase your water game. When I started drinking the minimum required amount of water 64 oz, I literally quenched my hunger and gone was my desire to sometimes feed thirst with food. I essentially uncrossed my wires. Instead of reaching for water, sometimes I reached for food, usually something sweet.
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Strength Training for muscle and bone care
Strength training improves bone density. Which in turn improves balance and as we age we become more vulnerable to injury if we fall. So with strong bones and muscles and good balance, we are more likely to catch ourselves when we fall. Prevention really is the best medicine. Strength training decreases your risk for osteoporosis since strong muscles make for strong bones.
Healthy muscles also keep our body shape looking attractive. When we look good, it’s a wonderful confidence booster. One last perk from strength training is a healthy sex drive. A healthy sex drive goes a long way to helping everyone feel youthful.
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The first thing to do when it comes to fighting inflammation is to look at what you are consuming. Different people are sensitive to different kinds of food. A good example is gluten. You don’t have to have Celiac disease to have a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is very inflammatory, but it is also very prevalent in our food.
So when replacing an inflammatory food with an anti-inflammatory food is to make it easy. Like spaghetti, for instance, trade regular spaghetti for a gluten-free spaghetti. It’s a great way to start down the path of what to find in the way of anti-inflammatory foods. The same goes for vegetable oil, an easy swap is an olive oil, a much healthier choice.
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Get a better nights sleep
If you naturally sleep on your back, then I’ve got good news for you. Sleeping on your back allows gravity to work for you and not against you. It prevents wrinkles, neck and back pain and helps prevent sagging breasts.
Keep the temperature of the bedroom comfortably cool. This allows for sound quality sleep. Do use a small fan for white noise to block the sound of outside noise. This works great for me due to the fact that I live in the city and I hear ambulances and motorcycles in the middle of the night.
Consider sleeping naked. It will keep you free from getting bound up in pajamas or nightgowns. Plus you’ll have an extra special bond with your partner that is healthy as can be for both of you.
Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep increases stress, which increases inflammation. Tiredness leads to accidents and probably too much caffeine consumption. Sleep is important for healthy radiant skin. Cellular turn over occurs while we sleep and not just for skin, but for the entire body. So get your beauty rest. It’s very good for you.
That’s all for today friends.
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