Author: Christin Sander, Health Writer
Everyone loves the benefits of youth – a healthy appearance, more energy and passion for life. Fortunately, there are natural, easy things you can do every day to stay younger, feel more vibrant, and look your best at any age.
Eating nutrient dense foods and avoiding processed, refined and sodium rich foods prevents aging. Nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables help soften and smooth skin, regulate metabolism and improve circulation. Eating the right foods not only makes you healthier and younger inside, it definitely reflects on the outside. The skin, eyes, hair and nails are all very good indicators of what is fed to the body.
Those who eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants enjoy improved health and energy with the added perk of a much more youthful appearance. The eyes are whiter, skin is supple and less wrinkled, nails are healthy and the hair is shiny and vibrant.
Proper hydration is vital and supports all bodily functions. All cells require water to function properly. A regular supply of pure, fresh water allows the body to work at peak efficiency - improving energy, cognitive function, and circulation. Water keeps skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
When the body is dehydrated, it works hard to retain every bit of water it can, leading to bloating and puffiness, which age you. Dehydration can also lead to cognitive decline and poor circulation.
All forms of exercise are important for maintaining good health and slowing down aging. Cardiovascular exercise improves circulation and increases energy. Strength training builds muscle, boosts metabolism and protects the skeletal system from bone loss and weakness. Flexibility exercises like yoga and stretching relieve stress and prevent injury while making you look longer and leaner.
Those who lead sedentary lifestyles face many potential health problems and age rapidly. It's important to find enjoyable activities that keep you active every day. Plant a garden, go for a walk, play a sport. Any activity that keeps you moving and fit also helps keep you young.
Stress causes changes in the body that accelerate aging. The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol surge during periods of stress causing a “fight or flight” response. This causes the heart rate to increase and blood vessels to constrict. Chronic stress with no relief leads to many serious health problems including high blood pressure, obesity, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia and even heart disease.
Take time each day to focus on meditation or other stress reducing activities. It reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body and ensures good health.
There are supplements that prevent aging and provide support for vital bodily functions and brain health. Ginkgo biloba improves circulation to the brain and protects nerve cells damaged by Alzheimer's. It's also used for its memory enhancing effects and ability to protect the eyes from glaucoma and macular degeneration. Gotu kola improves circulation and prevents hardening of the arteries. It also acts as a brain tonic that aids the memory and improves the mood.
Train Your Brain
Like the body, the brain also requires regular exercise to function at peak performance. Engaging in activities that stimulate the brain can prevent age-related decline. Reading and doing brain training puzzles improve memory, attention and cognitive function. There are many puzzles and activities designed to target specific brain functions like memory, focus and speed.
Use Natural Products
Many people are exposed to toxins through everyday household products and personal care items. Use natural alternatives instead to protect your health. Natural skin care products provide the best anti-aging properties. Ingredients like seaweed and resveratrol can be taken in supplement form or used in skin creams since they are easily absorbed topically. They nourish the cells while protecting against environmental damage.
It isn't difficult to slow the aging process. There are many natural ways to stay young throughout life. Youth is more about health than it is a number on the calendar. Those who care for themselves properly and make health a priority are usually much younger than their actual age.