Aging has a negative connotation for many people. It means more doctors’ visits, frailty, wrinkles, fatigue, and sickness. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. We can incorporate steps into our daily routine for better aging and health naturally. These tips are basic needs we should be utilizing; food, water, sleep, and relaxation. While we have no control over our genes, we certainly have control over these! Remember you are beautiful and aging is part of that beauty!
Don’t put that dark chocolate down, it’s actually good for you. Eating a healthy amount actually slows aging. Cacao, which is that bitter taste, is the healthy part of the chocolate. Nuts lower the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease due to the amount of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. What kind of nut works? They all do. If you’re not much of a nut or have allergies, then avocados are a good substitute to consider. Bone broth offers many needed minerals, salmon improves blood circulation with astaxanthin, figs are packed with flavonoids. Those are just some of the foods that will keep you healthy and young. Some others include; mushrooms, maca, blueberries, watermelon, green tea, pomegranates and much more. Many of these would make excellent snacks to give your afternoon a sweet kick.
It’s starting to become common knowledge that a stable sleep cycle can help many aspects of people’s health. There are many people who don’t get enough sleep, or whose sleep schedule is erratic. A consistent sleep schedule can help the body recharge. Sleep is when our bodies have a chance to repair damage inside and out. One of those damages is daily stress, which, if left to grow, can accelerate the aging process. The best target range is around 7-9 hours. Missing that target every once in a while is fine, but even too much sleep can be detrimental to your health. If getting to sleep becomes difficult, then consider using lavender to help you calm down.
Did you know cells shrivel up when dehydrated? It’s sort of gross, but animal cells don’t do well when left without moisture for too long. When our cells are hydrated, they work more efficiently. This means your system is working faster and keeping your skin plump, and that can lead to fewer wrinkles as well as happy cells. 2 liters over the course of a day is a commonly recommended amount, but if you exercise you may want to raise the amount after a workout. Balance is the key because drinking too much can also be harmful.
Managing stress is just as important to keeping a youthful glow as fighting off free radicals. Traditional stress reducers include exercise, meditation, tea, and talking. Green tea is already an anti-aging drink. If you’re out at the moment, Yogi offers a Green Tea Super Antioxidant that’s made specifically to fight free radicals. If you’re not a big tea drinker, you can meditate to help center yourself. It’s as simple as finding a comfortable spot, putting on some calming music/sounds, and clearing your mind. I’m an exercise person myself, being a little too restless to meditate. A good walk with my puppy is how I wind down for the day. I find myself feeling the best when friends join me, and we just chat about mindless things. Being able to talk about unimportant matters is what helps me find my center. We don’t have to solve problems we bring up , we’re just listening. That’s another natural way to lower stress. Slow down for a chat with a friend, not to talk about world problems or deep worries. Talk about a sale you’ve seen or a cute animal video. Remind each other of a funny event, or share interesting facts you’ve learned that week.