Aging happens inside and out. Today, let’s look at the process of aging externally and what can we do to keep our skin and muscles as youthful and healthy looking as possible.
We all know that exercise and eating good foods is important to maintaining good muscle tone and functionality. So, keep working on those aspects of health. It is not just your biceps and quadriceps that benefit from it. Your skin shows benefits from exercise and good food.
You also want to examine what you are putting on your skin. We all know that the skin is very absorbent. That is evidenced by the trans-dermal patches that are wide use in the medical field. These small pieces of fabric that attach to the skin with an adhesive allow us to alleviate pain with a morphine patch, stop smoking with a patch and even avoid unwanted pregnancies with a patch.
It stands to reason that chemicals and other things we don’t want in our bodies do get there through the skin. That is why it is important that we carefully choose what we deliberately put on our skin and what we unconsciously expose to our skin.
We deliberately use soaps and lotions on our skins to get that youthful and healthy look. But are the products in wide manufacture pure and chemical-free? Do some of their ingredients cause harm to the cells?
We also expose our bodies to undesirable elements without much consideration about where they may come from. What do you wash your clothes in? Is that detergent that smells so good free of harmful phosphates and other man-made chemicals that may even cause cancer? Are you cleaning your bathroom with products that have fumes hidden behind a pleasant scent? What are these things doing to your lungs, slowly and imperceptibly?
Thanksgiving is next week! The start of the holiday season and, as the song says, the most wonderful time of the year. But it’s also the time of year when life gets more stressful. We tend to overindulge in high-sugar, high-fat, and artificially flavored and colored foods. We drink more alcohol than we should. And we’re exposed to an extra load of environmental toxins: smoke in our fireplaces; cigar smoke at parties; artificial fragrances at the mall; and exhaust fumes from sitting in holiday traffic. It’s enough to make you feel older than you really are! Well, don’t let the holidays age you. Here is what scientists have discovered about the aging process. Following are some things you can do to age healthier, starting this holiday season.
Tips for healthy aging
Eat a balanced diet (low in saturated fat, rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains)
Maintain a healthy weight (helps to reduce risk of many age-related diseases)
Get regular exercise (weight bearing and endurance. Go for at least 30 minutes per day)
Add these nutrients to your daily regime:
Vitamin D(improved bone and colon health, reducing risk of all causes of motality)
The National Institute of Aging says that achieving and maintaining health and function in advanced years can be aided by a commitment to a lifestyle of good nutrition, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding activities such as smoking and other activities that adversely affect your health.
The good news is that research shows that it is never too late to adopt healthy habitsHere’s to your good health!