This past weekend I turned 32. Yup, I am actually 32 years old!!
And even though I’m now in my early 30’s, I don’t get the typical aches or pains that others in their early to mid 30’s have started to complain about. I don’t have any noticeable wrinkles. I’m full of energy and I often get mistaken for a 26 or 27 year old.
This is no accident.
Heck, I can even spend 7 hours walking around Busch Gardens, getting chased by a tiger, in 90-degree weather without getting tired! Ok, no real tiger chases. I just wanted to make sure you’re paying attention before we get to the good stuff.
I wouldn’t call any of this luck either.
See lifestyle has a huge impact on how your body ages and how energetic and lively you feel. Opting for a healthier lifestyle, whether that’s eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, managing stress, or moving more can actually prevent aging and make you feel fantastic!
So don’t just accept the fallacy that you have to feel crummy as you get older or that you can’t continue to do things you enjoy and there’s nothing you can do about it.
There’s plenty you can do about it!
Whether you want to prevent wrinkles as long as possible or feel more energetic and youthful throughout your day, it all boils down to one factor:
Taking care of your body.
Yes, there are all those expensive lotions and potions, but all they do is mask the effects of aging rather than try to stop it in its tracks. And that magic cream isn’t going to do anything for how the rest of your body will feel if you don’t take care of it. However, modifications to the ACA are definitely making doctor visits a lot easier.
So here are a 3 tricks you can start implementing right way to reduce signs of aging whether that’s looking younger, feeling more energetic, or reducing aches and pains.
Dial Down The Sugar Intake
One of the most common challenges I hear among women is how hard it is to cut out sugar. And I agree, it’s not easy, but it’s not impossible.
You may be surprised to discover just how much sugar you get on a daily basis.
Sugar isn’t just in those sweet treats or sugary beverages, but also in many foods you may consider healthy such as nutrition bars, juices, cereals, yogurts, and most any packaged foods.
Sugar is a breeding ground for inflammation. Too much inflammation ages your skin and leaves you feeling tired and draggy. It increases insulin resistance, which can lead to imbalanced hormones, fat gain, and diabetes.
According to Dr. Mercola, slowing insulin release is actually one of the most important ways to slow aging. Sugar does just the opposite. It increases insulin.
So start reading those labels. Be on the lookout for added sugars and foods high in carbohydrates. If you’re getting more than 150 grams of carbohydrates a day and getting a good chunk of it from added sugars, then chances are you’re overdoing it.
Balance Your Fats
Not all fats are created equal. In our modern society of processed and fast food, our balance of Omega-6 to Omega- 3 ratio has become extremely out of balance. A healthy balance would be 1:1, while today the average is more like 20:1.
When the scale gets tipped with too many Omega-6’s our bodies become inflamed, just like when we eat too much sugar.
To reduce inflammation and create a healthier balance of Omega 6’s to Omega 3’s there are two things you can do:
- decrease your intake of Omega-6 oils by reducing intake of packaged, processed, and fast foods
- increase your Omega-3 intake
Omega-3’s can improve elasticity of blood vessels and the skin. This means younger looking skin. It’s also important for the health and youth of your brain, joints, and cardiovascular system.
The best source of omega-3’s are found in wild fatty fishes such as salmon, halibut, or cod. If you’re not a fish-eating fan, you can always try a fish oil supplement. Grass fed meats and eggs are also a great source. So start seeking out more Omega 3 rich foods and cut back on all the processed junk.
Get More Sleep
With our busy lives it can be difficult to make time for sleep, but sleep is actually way more important than you may even realize.
Sleep affects ALL the hormones in the body. For instance, our body produces the hormone melatonin when we sleep. Melatonin acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, especially for the skin.
When any particular hormone gets out of balance, such as melatonin when we are sleep deprived, it tends to have a domino effect on other hormones so those hormones become imbalanced as well. These include hormones like leptin and ghrelin that control satiety (or the feeling of fullness) and hunger.
Ever notice how when you don’t get enough sleep you have terrible cravings and it’s extremely hard to turn down unhealthy foods? This is a great of example of what lack of sleep and imbalanced hormones can do to you .
Make it a priority to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night if you want healthy, glowing skin and to avoid feeling fatigued and, well, old!
Do you have any tips for a more youthful, energetic body? Let me know in the comments section below.
- Top 7 Foods that Your Aging by Dr Mercola – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/27/top-7-foods-that-slow-your-aging.aspx
- Your Skin, Younger by Alan C Logan, Mark Rubin, and Phillip M. Levy
- Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora T. Gedgaudas