As a woman in her fabulous forties chasing after a three year old, I’m always seeking new paths to the fountain of youth through natural anti-aging solutions. I mean really, who doesn’t want some extra energy, a sharper mind, and a fitter, healthier body?
One thing I’ve learned from working in the holistic health and spa industries is that anti-aging products and services often make BIG promises, generate a lot of hype…then fail miserably to deliver.
That said; there are tried and true principles and cutting edge techniques you can use to safely and naturally tap the fountain of youth.
Here’s are the best ways I have found to stay fitter, more relaxed, happier, sharper, and generally youthful at heart!
• You need to exercise, but not too much OR too hard—Exercise is key to maintaining muscle mass, preventing bone loss, and keeping your hot bod. BUT extreme exercise can cause our bodies to age faster.
This is due to oxidative stress that harms our cells, not to mention the added stress to our joints, muscles, and ligaments.
My personal trainer (and world’s best sister, Teryl Worster of the Spa on Green Street), is a big fan of exercise bands for a quick and convenient full body workout.
You can also try yoga, Pilates, or power walking. Feel the burn, but don’t catch on fire if you get my drift.
• Get a handle on stress…it ages us faster than ANYTHING—Stress is one of the top causes of physical and mental disease; it saps our energy, strength, and dims that youthful spark.
However, some stress—or pressure—is inevitable isn’t it? Without it, things just don’t tend to keep moving onward and upward. It’s all about balance.
• You can keep your mind sharp by eating the right fats and carbs—One of the best things you can do to support brain health is to choose healthy fats and limit refined grains and sugar.
Healthy brain fats include extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, fish and krill oil, and organic pasture-based butter.
For a fascinating read about how grains can damage our brains, check out one of my faves “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, MD.
• Stay young at heart by monitoring your ticker wisely—Heart disease is still the number 1 killer of men AND women in the United States. It affects those who look healthy, and those who don’t; the young, the old; the optimists and the cynics…it’s a sneaky bugger.
Exercise, a healthy diet, and the antioxidants CoQ10 and Vitamin E have shown great promise in helping maintain a healthy heart.
Also, check out last year’s post on 7 symptoms of heart disease most people ignore. You’ll find some good tips that could help save a life.
• Vacation regularly—As it turns out, vacationing isn’t just about kicking back with a Mai Tai and a good book; it’s actually crucial to maintaining good health.
The Framingham Heart Study found that women who took vacations two times per year were EIGHT TIMES less likely to have a heart attack than women who only vacationed once every six years.
Geez, if that’s not motivation for ya I don’t know what is! Do yourself a favor and check out our previous post by my travel agent on how to book a health-conscious and affordable cruise.
• Keep those hormones pumpin’—Nothing makes a gal (or her significant other for that matter) feel older, or more tired out than a plummeting hormone reserve.
Believe me, I know this first-hand. After giving birth to my daughter at age 42 I needed some extra help in this area, but I didn’t want to go the risky synthetic hormone route.
If you’re like me and want a holistic solution, BioIdentical Hormones may offer a short-term or long-term solution.
Even though they’ve received mixed press, many integrative medical doctors (including mine) highly recommend them for both their safety and effectiveness. Check out the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (http://www.a4m.com) for more information.
• Uplift your complexion—while avoiding nips, tucks, and injections
In our previous post on skin care, we offered up all kinds of tips and resources on choosing the best non-toxic products.
I also recommend getting regular facials with a licensed esthetician. Call ahead to make sure they use a natural skin care line (Anakiri is my personal favorite) and ask what types of services they offer.
There are all kinds of non-invasive treatments out there to help keep things toned and supple.
And here’s a super simple tip for fabulous, youthful skin, drink half your weight in ounces of pure water DAILY. Chose spring, filtered, purified…just drink it. My company, Energetix, has a wonderful product called ReHydration that can help you catch up if you’ve been neglecting your water bottle.
Though getting older, a little saggier, and a bit grayer around the edges is inevitable, our bodies are designed to heal, and our minds and hearts should actually get wiser, better, and lighter with age.
Shouldn’t the path to the fountain of youth be a healing, enlightening, and holistic experience? I think so!
What do you do to keep yourself feeling young and vibrant?
just for the health of it!