Uh-oh, is your face and that once-to-die-for body starting to deteriorate? Antiaging health habits are important not just for what we see on the outside but also for the inside.
Although, it’s easy to see the outside… Your eyebrows (recently botoxed, perhaps?) are probably raised by now, and so is your adrenaline. But look, and really look at yourself in the mirror. Could you be showing early signs of wear and tear?
Are your eyes tired-looking? Has a crow danced to its heart’s content on those once tantalizing eyes?
Are your matching dark circles under your eyes vying for attention?
Is your skin washed out and drawn?
Before you head for some make-up, a quick fix at the salon or dermatologist, or (gasp!) a cigarette, let’s check out the rest of your body (and while you’re at it, take that hand away from your eyes):
Is your hair dull and lifeless even after dabbing on all sorts of expensive gloss?
Are you off your ideal body weight? Over? Under?
Is your belly resting cozily on the bed when you lay on your side, reminding you of Free Willy, the movie?
And those thighs… hey, did you sit on a wicker chair again? Or is that just cellulite that’s been there since summer… of ‘89?
Oh, hey, where do you think you’re going? We’re not done yet.
Does your face scream, “I’m tired!” even when you’re smiling?
Do you feel like your energy hits an all-time low whenever you need to get a million errands done?
Are you as irritable as your neighbor’s ever-grumpy old female dog?
Nose huffing and eyes puffing just like the big bad wolf?
Can’t stop the addiction to sweets, caffeine or alcohol?
Enough is enough, as the old (oops) song goes. But these are just some of the signals that tell you your body is slowly and surely slipping into a chronic degenerative state. Double ouch.
Blame it on modern life
Today’s quick-paced lifestyle dictates the kind of food choices we make. The sight and aroma of food are everywhere. We eat mostly processed fatty, greasy fast food because they are convenient and “instant” – since often, we do not have time to prepare healthy and nutritious meals.
But your choice of food can sabotage your diet and eventually, your health.
Bad diet leads to bad nourishment. Poor nourishment leads not only to weight gain but to poor health as well. Then there is the lack of exercise and sleep… Too much work and stress, and too little play and relaxation…
There, too, is toxic pollution in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the news we get, and yes, the food we gobble up… All these gang up and rob our bodies of its wholeness, vitality, strength, and even beauty.
The result? Deterioration.
Without the right nourishment, our body loses its immunity to fight the free radicals that attack the healthy cells. And health suffers in the process. Here are telltale signs:
Unnecessary weight gain
Cholesterol level shoots up
Blood pressure rises
Blood sugar increases, leading to diabetes
Fatigue or loss of energy
Hair and skin turn dull, pale
And as a consequence, we feel and look older than the number of candles on our birthday cake!
Sounds dismal? Looks gloomy? Happily, it doesn’t have to be.
It’s a fact of life that although we cannot totally put the brakes on aging, we certainly can do our bit to delay its effects. How? By regenerating our bodies faster than allowing it to deteriorate.
Natural therapists recognize that our bodies are powerful self-healing and self-regenerating organisms. When given real tender loving care, it will heal itself.
It’s an innate power programmed in our DNA for eons and eons. And all we need to do is take action and take charge of our self-healing power.
Health is wealth, as the old and wise saying goes. As we get older, antiaging health becomes a top priority since life these days has so much to offer! Fun sports, great places to enjoy with loved ones, exciting new things to learn and try.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can add more years to your life and slow down aging. Being active and keeping your weight down by eating lots of colorful vegetables, helps enhance our immune system and increases the body’s natural ability to fight premature aging.
Science and medical findings have shown a direct link between high levels of free radicals and aging. In youth, our bodies produce enough natural antioxidants to neutralize cell damage caused by free radicals. But as we age, this capacity decreases, thus accelerating the aging process.
So, how do you actually regenerate faster than you deteriorate? Here are 9 antiaging health tips to get you started…
1. Drink lots of water a little at a time daily. Sip, sip and sip pure, clean water daily. Water cools and cleanses us and carries the nutrients all over our body. Whether you’re super active or a mild exerciser, 8-10 glasses of water daily is best when it comes to hydration. Avoid drinking a full glass of water straight up. This just loads the kidneys and is expelled immediately. This is the simplest antiaging health tip to include in your day.
If you just have to have your coffee, try just having a cup or glass a day.
2. Skinny down the stimulants like coffee, tea, sugar, and alcohol. They’re loaded with caffeine and bad carb and aggravate emotional stress.
3. Spring clean your guts. Eat foods rich in fiber. Veggies and fruits give your GI tract a good scrubbing and sweeping and helps you eliminate efficiently.
4. Stick to whole foods. Choose and eat foods in their freshest form. Try to avoid processed foods and canned goods since they’re filled preservatives and saturated fats. Saturated fats increase cholesterol levels in your body.
5. Pump up with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also known as the stress vitamin and is a powerful antioxidant that keeps free rads at bay. Just like bats and guinea pigs, man does not produce its own Vitamin C so its best to load and supplement 6gs daily. The more Vitamin C in your food, the stronger your immune system. The best natural sources include green vegetables, fruits, and liver.
6. Get moving! Take those 10,000 steps daily. Then complement your cardio activity with gentle exercises like yoga or tai chi or higher intensity workouts like strength training. The whole idea is to get moving. Doing daily mild or high-intensity exercises stimulates our lymphatic fluids for better flushing out of toxins.
7. Meditate. Quieting down the mind clears our overactive consciousness and helps us align with our true inner self better. Do this upon waking up. It will give you inner peace and help you hum throughout the day.
Nori rich in vitamins and minerals and are a great multi-tasker: they nourish, heal and rejuvenate!
8. Supplement with whole food supplements. Not all vitamins are created equal. And a lot of vitamin supplements are synthetic. Whole food supplements are made from concentrated whole foods that contain the right mix of vitamins and minerals plus their synergistic factors found in nature. These include enzymes, coenzymes, trace elements and other activators that make the vitamin and mineral cocktail work perfectly in the body.
9. Eat your veggies. Or better yet, eat sushi. Eat sushi? Yes! Its crispy wrap is made out of sea veggies, which are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a great multi-tasker: they nourish, heal and rejuvenate!
Sea vegetables or seaweed are an anti-aging powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino and fatty acids. They contain high concentrations of beta carotene, chlorophyll, enzymes, and fiber to help restore your cells’ optimal health – getting rid of harmful toxins, improving the appearance of your skin and hair, and increasing energy. These incredible ocean plants are your best line of defense against aging. For more information on anti-aging amino acids, check out Anti-Aging Inside and Out.
These 9 antiaging health tips are just the tip of the iceberg. Once these have turned to habits, there are other antiaging health guidelines to try out! Watch this page for further tips.