Are you concerned about your aging? Unfortunately it’s something you have no control over. The body is like a machine and will age. As you get older some of the machine parts get a bit ‘rusty’ and don’t work quite as well. You may experience weakened muscles, aches in joints, fragile bones, find it harder to breathe or just have less energy. Some of the aches and pains and other difficulties you experience may alter your lifestyle which means you will lose some of your freedom. Your hearing and eyesight may be affected or your memory. All these things add to your anxiety and can make you feel unimportant and eventually depressed. This does not have to be the case though.
There are however some things you can do to slow down the aging process and look after yourself better. We are all aware how stress accelerates our cortisol levels and puts us into overdrive so we can’t sleep properly at night. Not having enough sleep shortens the length of your DNA telomeres which means your body ages faster. It also means that you become moody and not feeling well in general. When people feel like this they tend to feel even less like doing exercise and a sedentary lifestyle plus poor nutrition and lack of antioxidants and vitamins will age you faster.
Outside issues that affect our immune system are genetically modified foods, junk foods, too much sugar or salt, wheat, yeast, gluten, too many take-away meals and lack of good nutrition in general. All these lead to inflammation in the body and affects how we metabolise our food. Our digestion suffers and we get something called ‘leaky gut’ which makes our body infected with acidic substances which cause many underlying illnesses. Add alcohol and being overweight to this plus effects of pesticides, herbicides, pollution, toxins and it’s no wonder that you feel under par.
The good news is that there are ways to slow down the aging process and in some cases ‘reverse’ it. Of course you can’t reverse the years but you can reverse how you look and feel and the speed at which the body ages.
Regarding telomeres (the protective ends of our DNA that control aging) the good news is that the primary enzyme responsible for keeping telomeres healthy is called telomerase. Free radical exposure causes oxidative stress in your body however antioxidants are one way to oxygenate the body internally and oxygen is a key to keeping younger and healthy.
If you are experiencing the signs of age whether it be in your organs, mentally, emotionally or physically on your skin then there are ways you can slow this down. Ashwagandha is an herb which fights stress, cognitive impairment, hormonal issues and cortisol problems. Curcumin is the most active constituent of turmeric and needs to be absorbed properly for it to work. It also is an herb which destroys free radicals in your body and eases inflammation. This means a lot of those aches and pains will begin to ease, your skin will begin to have more elasticity and less wrinkles. Glutathione is another antioxidant for hair, skin, nails, muscles and bones. It will also raise your immune system. Coenzyme Q10 is good for the heart and magnesium coupled with vitamin C is for your muscles, bone health stress and to increase your brain function.
Put these five products together and you have a dynamite start to slow your aging process. Consult a natural therapist to help you get a program together for your diet and exercise balance and some suggestions regarding sleep. Do some yoga, meditate, relax and have some fun with friends to balance your work and social life. All this will lead to a better lifestyle which will give you more fulfillment.