Redefining Aging: Be Young from the Inside

by Donna Gates, Contributor to Organic Living on / from BodyEcology

We need to redefine aging. At 65 years old, I often meet younger women who want advice on how to look young on the outside. My advice always is to be young on the inside.

The best way to stay young is to start young. You can definitely look and feel 10 years younger naturally by following the right program, but studies show that people fail to understand how much the body ages each decade. Starting the right routine in your 20s, 30s, or 40s is the way to maintain a youthful spirit and body. In launching my new book on aging, we formulated a quiz to allow people to get some insight into how fast their bodies were aging. It was fascinating to see how many people were having symptoms they had no idea were tied to premature aging.

We need to have the energy to live the life we were destined to and manifest our dreams. This internal fountain of youth relies on many things. The most overlooked is the health of our digestive system.

Beneficial bacteria and yeast have long been thought to slow down the aging process. Their use has been advocated by some pretty impressive innovators who had the courage to sidestep the conventional thinking of their day.

Élie Metchnikoff, a Russian microbiologist and a contemporary of Pasteur, made the study of microbes and the role they play in the immune system his life’s work. His theories about white blood cells were scorned by the “microbe hunters,” such as Pasteur, but Metchnikoff was later vindicated, winning the Nobel Prize in 1908.

Metchnikoff lived to the age of 71, unusual for his day. He believed that lactic acid could prolong life, and drank sour milk every day to prove it! He is one of our earliest probiotic pioneers and practitioners!

As for looking younger . . .bacteria affect us in cosmetic ways as well. Bad bacteria cause fine lines on the skin, freckles, and age spots. So to combat the bad bacteria, skin-care companies are now putting probiotics into their creams and lotions. But beautiful skin cannot be purchased in a jar. It is the result of being clean from deep within ourselves. This can only be accomplished by removing dangerous substances from our bodies and putting back in the finest nutrients and purest water.

For years women from around the world have reported to me that being on the Body Ecology Diet has given them ageless skin. The main factor I attribute that to is the health of the digestive tract and the abundance of beneficial bacteria. Having skin that glows from the inside out should be natural to all of us and can be achieved at any age.


Naomi Dreyer
Naomi D2 years ago

Good article.

Pat Rock
Pat Rock3 years ago

be young, stay young!

John S.
Past Member 5 years ago


Susan A.
Susan A5 years ago

Diet clearly plays a part in health, much less aging...

Ela V.
Ela V5 years ago

nice, nothing that I expected :)

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago


Heidi R.
Past Member 5 years ago

I think it comes from our attitudes to.

Gwynethrose F.
Gwynethrose F5 years ago

I think I look pretty darned good for being in my early sixties...I try to eat healthily, with the occasional lapse...and I exercise by belly dancing and yoga...I feel a whole lot younger than I am. However, I do agree with Pamylle G..what's up with that???

Linda Jacoby
Linda Jacoby5 years ago

This year I turn 45 and I am the healthiest I've ever been. Honestly, I feel more like 30 and I'm loving it!

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for sharing