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Anti-Aging Checklist: How To Stay Young Forever

Anti-Aging Checklist: How To Stay Young Forever

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

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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.

Eat healthy if you want to live healthy.

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.

Older man doing pushup

Keep moving and you might never stop!

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.

Do whatever it takes to reduce stress.

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.

6. Be Socially Active

  • 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.

anti-aging for the mind

Your brain must stay active to stay strong.

7. Keep Your Brain Active

  • Read a book, take a course, learn a foreign language, do puzzles and have challenging conversations.

Laughter really IS the best medicine.

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.

At Real Food For Life – many of our Healthy Online Classes teach you how to eat and cook healthy! This includes eating Gluten FreeAcid-Alkaline Balance, and Food Combining.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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6:52PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

age is but a number

12:22PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

Thanks

5:12AM PST on Dec 23, 2013

Age doesn't really matter

2:39AM PST on Dec 23, 2013

Noted

3:32AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

Noted

11:56PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

You'll get to 99% immortal!

10:15PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

thanks for the information..will share with my parents

6:22PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

Will definitely pass this on to my mother. She's taken to doing very little besides watching TV since retiring and I know it's making her unhappy and unhealthy and ageing her prematurely.

4:49PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

This info made me glad! Thank you for that! I really dislike the saying :act to your age!! -Michelle R. don't mind your daughters saying!! That's nonsense !

4:09PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

Thanks great info

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