The “fountain of youth” is more and more in-demand as baby boomers come of age.
That anti-aging magic pill has not arrived. Good genes help, but research indicates that it is more about how we live that makes the difference.
There are so many things we can do and not do, to slow down aging, prevent disease and feel young. To feel fully alive with an abundance of energy is good no matter how old you are! We are in control of what we do and what we put into our bodies.
8 Keys to Staying Young
1. Attitude is Extremely Important. When we act old, we become old.
“Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.” - Gabriel García Márquez
This quote sums it up for me. Even in my early 30s I felt younger than people in their mid 20s. I thought I was being immature but this pattern continued right into my 60s. I realized that I don’t act my age. Many of my good friends are in their 30’s and 40’s.
Now, I am happy to say that I have not grown up. It’s wonderful to be ageless. ”However, that doesn’t mean you have to try acting and looking like a teenager!)
Studies have shown that those with an optimistic outlook on life actually live longer, healthier lives.
2. Eat for Longevity.
- Include a variety of fresh, whole, real foods.
- Eliminate processed foods; they have fewer nutrients. They are also full of chemicals that cause inflammation which stresses the body systems from functioning well.
- Add a variety of vegetables to your lunch and dinner. They should full up three quarters of your plate.
- Eat 2 – 3 fruits daily.
- Add healthy fats (coconut oil, cold pressed, olive oil, cold pressed, avocados, almonds, and walnuts).
- Eliminate trans fats and reduce saturated fats from animal products.
- Control the salt habit. The average American eats twice what they should!
- Try going one day a week meatless to cut down on being highly acidic. Try Meatless Monday.
3. Get Enough Sleep and Rest
- “Poor sleep quality may be linked to increased build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of older adults, a sign of Alzheimer’s.” This is a sure sign of aging.
- People who don’t get a good night’s sleep or who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick, studies show.
- Sleep ‘cleans’ the brain of toxins.
Brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean. – Journal Science.
4. Keep Fit
- Exercise can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increase muscle mass and reduce heart disease.
One in three people will die from heart disease. With exercise you don’t have to be one of them!
- Integrate a regular exercise program of 30 minutes several days a week is recommended and helps with weight loss too.
5. Reduce Stress
Numerous studies prove stress accelerates aging.
- Deep breathing can help reduce stress, increase energy and lift your spirit.
- Make Time for relaxation or meditation.
- If you have a meditation technique, try doing it in the morning before getting out of bed, for ten or fifteen minutes. Or simply put on relaxing music, close your eyes and breathe. Watch your thoughts don’t get caught up them.
- People with strong relationships are 50 percent likely to live longer. - Brigham Young University/University of North Carolina
- “Social relationships appear to be rather important when it comes to health. Everywhere they look, they see opportunities to learn, build, and love.” – Zorba Paster, M.D. The Longevity Code
- Join a class, volunteer, babysit or meet for lunch in a restaurant.
7. Keep Your Brain Active
- Reasearch shows, the more educated you are, the longer you’ll live.
- Read a book, take a course, learn a foreign language, do puzzles and have challenging conversations.
8. See the humor in life!
- People with a greater sense of humor live longer. – Study
- Sven Svebak, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
- Laughter really is the best medicine! It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens the immune system, reduces physical tension and relieves emotional
- Laughter helps blood vessels function better. Dr. Miller who conducted the study, suggested that laughter may be good for the heart.
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” ― Michael Pritchard
Are you ready for a long life? Here are many Forever Young Habits to help you. Please add your own too.