Do you feel like you’re getting healthier year after year? Or declining?
While it’s natural for our cells, tissues, and body to age, there are steps you can take to keep them all as healthy as possible.
Healthy aging means avoiding cognitive decline, keeping your heart and arteries healthy, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, and supporting your body’s natural vitality.
You can do it. Here are our 7 Steps to Healthy Aging no matter what your current age.
If you want your skin to look youthful and bright, a sparkling smile, healthy digestion, and cushioned joints, it all starts with hydration.
While much has been said about the minimum of fluid a body needs per day, hydration is often overlooked for what it can do for you beyond the minimum.
When you drink adequately, you give your body the component that makes up a huge percentage of its cells, tissues, and systems.
In fact, everybody system needs adequate hydration to thrive.
What’s more, fluid can help with satiety (feeling full) and weight loss. Here are a few drinks from which to choose:
How Much? I recommend a minimum of 48-64 oz. fluid per day for most women, and 64-80 oz. per day for most men. But, many people feel great on more. Also, add more hydration if you workout. Try to get in all fluids before 7 pm or so, so that it doesn’t disrupt your sleep.
Lastly, make sure to brush your teeth after drinking coffee and tea to avoid staining.
Believe it or not, some foods slow the aging process in your cells and tissues! In fact, foods and nutrients that promote cell detoxification, reduced inflammation, and connective-tissue health are potent anti-agers.
Some of the best Anti-Aging foods include:
And there’s more! Some foods reduce fluid retention, while others specifically promote youthful eyes, brains, and hearts.
Check out the full list and all the details here.
While some foods slow again, others expedite it.
These foods increase inflammation, oxidative stress, skin issues, and more. Some of the top offenders include:
Don’t stop there. Learn which foods are the worst for aging and how to avoid them here.
Many people fast for spiritual reasons, and this is great. But fasting also has benefits that manifest physically.
In fact, there are numerous scientific studies that show its anti-aging benefits.
Fasting can increase insulin sensitivity, promote weight loss, decrease inflammation, increase mental clarity, normalize levels of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin, and even regenerate the immune system.
In fact, many of its benefits are due to its digestive “rest.” Your digestive tract works very hard for your body. And, much of the work is high-energy.
When you give it a break, your whole body benefits. This is also why eating 24-hours per day or at times when your body wants to rest, is detrimental to hormones and health. We see this is studies involving shift workers and those who work through the night.
How can you incorporate fasting?
You can use full-day fasting once a week or once a month if you’d like.
Or, on a daily basis, try intermittent fasting. This can be as simple as giving your body an extended non-eating time.
Aim to stop eating for the day by 6 or 7 pm. Then, delay solids until 10 am the next day. It’s okay to have non-carbohydrate liquids like Keto Zone Coffee before 10 am.
A schedule like this allows for 15-16 hours of intermittent fasting per 24 hours.
Consistently get at least 7-8 hours of good sleep per night. I know, easier said than done.
However, great brain health is one of the key pieces to healthy aging.
And, guess what’s one of the best things you can do for your brain?
In fact, lack of sleep is associated with increased anxiety, slow brain performance, increased blood sugars, hormone disturbances, and more. These all lead to expedited and unhealthy aging.
To age well, you don’t need just any sleep…you need good sleep.
So, if you suffer from snoring, sleep apnea, or anything else that disturbs sleep, it’s worthwhile to speak with your doctor and explore treatments.
As we age, our bodies experience reductions in many youthful hormones and nutrients like estrogens, testosterone, and human growth hormone. Some of these are the result of natural aging, and some are the result of modern stressful schedules and lifestyles, poor dietary habits, sedentary work, and more.
There is something you can do!
You can replenish your stores with high-quality, anti-aging supplements and nutrients. You can also use foods that support vitality. Some good ones to add are:
You don’t have to run marathons or be a powerlifter. But, your arteries and heart will benefit when you get your heart pumping!
Going for a brisk walk, engaging in fun sports, and being outside is great for your mental health, muscles, and arteries. They can keep you feeling young and improve mood, too.
What’s more, did you know that your trunk flexibility directly represents the flexibility of your arteries? As crazy as it sounds, keeping your body flexible enough to touch your toes means better artery and blood pressure.
Stretch, stay flexible, and stay active.
We all age. But, this does NOT mean that our health has to decline. Instead, use these 7 Steps to Healthy Aging to age well, keep your whole-body healthy, and feel great year after year!