How You Can Reverse Aging
How You Can Reverse Aging
Written by: Kat Gal
Time passes way too quickly and as you get older it seems to pass by faster and faster. Aging happens. It seems like you can’t do anything about it.
Or can you?
It’s true that you can’t change the number on your birthday cake. But aging doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Aging doesn’t mean losing your vitality. There are definitely some factors you can control to create health and happiness while aging and slow the typical physical signs of aging.
Aging Factors And How You Can Help Reverse Them:
#1. Oxidative Stress
While oxygen is a lifeforce you breathe in to be alive, it can also cause destructible chemical reactions to your body. When oxygen becomes unstable, free radicals start producing, leading to damage in your cells and DNA.
What To Do: With antioxidants you can reverse the destruction of free radicals. Green tea extract, grape seed extract, vitamins A, C and E and alpha-lipoic-acid are very effective at fighting oxidative damage along with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
#2. Genetic Damage
Free radical damage can lead to DNA destruction and DNA changes over time that can lead to cancer.
What To Do: Ginkgo biloba can be helpful to reduce this damage by protecting your mitochondrial DNA. Folic acid is another substance that helps in repairing your DNA.
#3. Impaired Detoxification
With age, toxins and cellular debris tend to accumulate, clogging up your system.
What To Do: Regular detox cleanses, detoxifying herbs and a generally detox friendly life can help with this. Eat a plant-based diet, drink plenty of water and take probiotics to protect your gut flora and allow elimination.
#4. Insulin Resistance
As you age, an unhealthy diet can take a bigger and bigger toll on your body. If your blood sugar levels become chronically elevated, your cells can begin to build resistance to insulin, putting you at risk of diabetes, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other chronic illness.
What To Do: Maintaining a healthy blood sugar with a healthy, plant-based, whole food diet, exercise and natural therapies is necessary to graceful and healthy aging.
#5. Chronic Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is a common disease of the modern world that is often due to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and stress. Inflammation accumulated throughout your life can lead to more and more diseases as you age.
What To Do: You can reduce inflammation through an anti-inflammatory, alkaline, plant-based whole foods diet, with the help of probiotics, turmeric and omega-3 supplements, healthy amounts of exercise, relaxation techniques, stress reduction and meditation.
#6. Impaired Cardiovascular Function
Heart disease is rampant and heart attacks are the number one cause of death.
What To Do: A healthy diet, exercise and relaxation can do wonders for your heart. Magnesium, arginine, taurine and alpha lipoic acid are helpful supplements that can help prevent cardiovascular issues.
#7. Hormonal Imbalance
As you age, your hormones will change, but hormonal balance is essential throughout your life even as body changes, such as menopause and andropause, happen.
What To Do: As always, a good diet, exercise and de-stressing is key. Naturopathic and holistic doctors can help you with the best diet and lifestyle for you to keep your hormones happy as you age.
#8. Immune System Depression
Your immune system doesn’t have to become suppressed as you age. You can keep your immune system healthy, keeping infections, autoimmune diseases and cancer away.
What To Do: Vitamin D and probiotics are absolute musts for a healthy immune system. Generally speaking, a balanced whole foods diet and moderate exercise are non-negotiable as well.
Alzheimer’s, dementia and brain fog are rampant, but are not a normal part of aging. They tend to be the result of neurotransmitter imbalance, nerve cell degeneration and toxic overload.
What To Do: Regular detoxification, plenty of antioxidants and a healthy diet are essential to keep your brain healthy. Eat plenty of ‘brain foods,’ such as avocados, walnuts and coconut.
#10. Losing Joy
Aging doesn’t mean losing happiness, joy, energy, agility and hope. You can still have a lust for life.
What To Do: Pick up new hobbies. Connect with friends and family and make new friends to have a supportive community. Keep your body active as you age. Seek activities you enjoy. Spend time in nature and around animals. Meditate. Be grateful. You can always have a reason to love your life.
No matter how old you are, you can live a happy, healthy, love-filled and fulfilling life.
How will you keep your youthfulness and health alive as you age? Share in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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