Anti-aging science is becoming all the rage. Yet they say you can be sure of only two things in this life – death and taxes. That’s been the accepted thinking. Leading scientists now know that death will soon succumb to itself. Immortality is near. Until then – about 2030 – enjoy a few general ideas on how to stay young! The following anti-aging tips will help you slow the effects of growing older.
Create a healthy distance from people who are complaining pessimists, critical and negative all the time and surround yourself with those who are positive, happy, productive and successful. Surround yourself with positive energy, starting with your own thoughts, and sometimes that means separating from family too. Painful, but necessary. Many people focus on the body, and forget that a positive mind is one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients for good health.
There have been studies that have proved laughter and smiles are important for longevity, and can keep you looking and feeling young. In order to have something to laugh about, you need to hang around people whose company you enjoy, not those who make you frown or anxious. Laughter fights depression and disease by flooding your brain with healing chemicals and boosting your immune system. Laughter is good as long as it’s not at someone else’s expense. And hey, laughing is fun, and anti-aging.
To reduce stress for the elderly, take precautions to keep yourself safe from fraud. The elderly are targets for criminals that think they can make easy money. How do you protect yourself?
Don’t give out vital information that a fraudster could use. This includes your social security, credit card and bank account numbers. Thwart dumpster-divers by shredding papers containing all important personal information. If a stranger comes to your door, make them show identification. This will keep you from losing money to a scam artist. Help protect your family elders.
Exercise and Anti-Aging
In order to remain fit as you age, you must perform physical activities. Movement is life. The healthiest seniors are generally the most active ones. People often stagnate mentally and physically as they get older, and they no longer exercise mind or body. Consistent inactivity can lead to loss of strength and even atrophy as time goes on. Exercise is a key ingredient to any anti-aging regime.
Staying healthy and active is easy when you schedule activities like walking or gardening every day. Helpful outdoor activities also include playing with pets or your grandchildren. And being outdoors gives you vital exposure to the sun. Studies have also shown that physical activity makes the brain more dense, meaning more resilient and intelligent.
Diet , Natural Foods and Longevity
Many people don’t associate the food they eat with anti-aging benefits, but they should. Make an effort to increase the amount of anti-oxidants that you consume daily. Research shows that antioxidants neutralize free radicals that can wreak havoc in the body. Dark, richly colored produce contains the most antioxidants. Some fruits and veggies to eat include tomatoes, squash, berries, and spinach. The greater the variety the better. Mix colors. Eat vegetables raw or lightly cooked to preserve nutrition. A good, high potency multi-vitamin and mineral formula is essential, as well as hormone replacement and superfoods like spirulina.
To keep a forward-looking attitude in the face of retirement or the ‘empty nest’ syndrome, pick up again on that hobby you loved years ago. Activities that may have been set aside and neglected for many years can suddenly become enjoyable again once you have more free time. Hobbies not only keep you active but also fill those times when you may feel lonely or overwhelmed with what to do with yourself.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Keep your hormone levels stable. If you are losing hormones when you age, it can cause your libido, energy, and stamina to decrease, insomnia, weight gain and even depression. You should consider consulting a physician about starting a program of hormone replacement therapy. But don’t talk to a mainstream doctor who doesn’t understand the true science of anti-aging. Talk to an anti-aging specialist who is open to new theories of aging, and who embraces natural healing. You will have fewer problems as you age and extend lifespan.
Be realistic about your living situation and capability to live alone. If you have concerns about living alone, talk to someone you know and trust. Assisted living communities for the elderly are available for those who can’t or don’t want to live with family members. An assisted living facility gives you independence but helps you to tackle your most daunting everyday tasks with professional assistance in a community of peers.
Lose Weight Loss
Many people gain weight when they age. There are many benefits of staying healthy and managing your weight, such as lowering risks of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer. Between a healthy diet and a proper exercise routine, you can stabilize your weight.
Eat right. You will want to focus on a balanced diet that includes many fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and legumes, but one that is low in sugar, starch and unhealthy fats. Eating a healthy, balanced diet gives you the energy you need to live your day to the fullest while feeding a healthy body and mind. Add healing herbs to your diet, which the Asian people have been doing for thousands of years. Beware of gluten, which can cause serious problems in some people.
Don’t Forget to Be Yourself
Longevity is a state of mind, just like happiness. Don’t worry about your age, it’s just a number! You can drive yourself crazy constantly thinking about how much you weigh, how your memory is fading, how fat you’re getting. New research shows that older people are generally happier and more content than younger people. So much for our youth-obsessed society. I love getting older and wiser. I’m in China where everyone dyes their hair. I did for awhile, but now I’m saying forget it. Embracing my age and not feeling as if I have to look other than what I am is liberating. I feel lighter.
Be sure to keep good medical records. This way, you can take them with you if you change doctors, or if you see a specialist, they can access your records right away instead of waiting.
Sex . . . Did Someone Say?
Older people will often not want to have sex as often. If you find you have lost all interest in sex, talk to your doctor about it. Hormone supplements may be all you need to revitalize your love life and re-discover the intimacy you used to enjoy! A healthy sexual life is an important component of healthy aging.
Refusing to smoke cigarettes and engage in other unhealthy activities is crucial; smoking can intensify wrinkles and sagging skin that is associated with aging. Smoke effects the face first, mainly around the mouth. If you stay away from smoking cigarettes, you can take an important step towards having better and younger looking skin, not to mention healthier lungs and less chance of getting cancer and other chronic diseases.
Taking care of your precious eyesight is important as you age. Some eyesight loss is natural and unavoidable, but it’s important to keep getting checked to look for diseases that can worsen your eyesight if left untreated. Cataracts are very common in the elderly, but often avoidable.
We all get a little bit older every day and there’s a lot you can do to stop it. So make sure you’re also getting wiser as you age. Be sure you’re using the tips provided in this article to do the little things that help ensure powerful anti-aging benefits.