We cannot prevent ageing, regardless of how we may feel about it. The process of ageing is one that all living things must experience. It is a natural and unstoppable force that we must all eventually submit to, despite our greatest efforts to postpone or resist it. Regardless of how we feel about it, we cannot stop ageing.
However, there is one aspect of our lives that we can more easily control: how we change as we age. Our bodies and minds alter as we get older, frequently in ways that are beyond of our control. Aches and pains that we’ve never experienced before could appear, as well as wrinkles and grey hair. There is a chance that we will feel less energetic and that our memory could deteriorate. However, one aspect of our lives that we have greater control over is how we change as we get older.
We’ll likely continue to live longer and longer because Western medicine has made such remarkable strides. It is a blessing for the time in which we live to have access to this kind of emergency medicine. But do we really live and pass away that quickly?
There are people who maintain their independence and high levels of vigour well into their later years. There are some, though, who regrettably spend a large portion of their latter years coping with health issues that lower their quality of life.
The good news is that there are things we can do to decrease the likelihood that we’ll age faster than our biological years or deal with debilitating health problems in our later years. The following advice can assist you in preserving your health and vitality as you age:
Consume only healthy, whole foods (mostly plants)
Antioxidants in the human body are produced by the elements that give plants their colour. By teaming up with the free radicals that, by themselves, harm our cells, antioxidants help to battle oxidative stress. The possible impact of antioxidants in reducing telomere shortening is also becoming increasingly clear to scientists. But eating complete, entire foods aren’t just about what you receive; it’s also about what you lose out on.
Reducing your intake of processed foods, or what is referred to as high “human intervention” foods, implies you’re less likely to ingest excess amounts of additives, preservatives, trans fats, processed sugars, and trans fats, all of which can harm our health by affecting our ability to digest food and increasing the workload of our liver. No amount of exercise will be able to reverse the effects of poor eating habits. A significant strategy to promote anti-aging and improve your quality of life as you get older is to change your diet.
Avoid sugar consumption
In the course of human evolution, prepared foods with high sugar content have not been around for very long. They used to only be drunk on special occasions, like birthday parties, but for far too many people, they have now become a regular part of life. It is what you do every day that determines your health, not what you do occasionally. Wrinkles, age spots, and other indications of ageing can develop in the body as a result of inflammation and oxidative stress brought on by an excessive sugar intake. It’s critical to limit your intake of sugar in order to slow down the ageing process. This entails avoiding processed foods and beverages, which are frequently loaded with sugar, and choosing whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains instead. If you eat less refined sugar, the ageing process will go more slowly.
Develop muscle and keep your mobility
If we don’t actively gain muscle after the age of 30, we start to lose it. Be open to resistance training. Going to the gym is not required unless it makes your tyres spin. You use your body weight as resistance when doing yoga. Pilates is a fantastic form of resistance exercise, along with farming, carrying heavy loads, carrying children, and gardening. Don’t refrain from moving. Regularly use the stairs, as an example. Develop muscle.
The idea of “functional movement” is another one I want to encourage you to research. I’m not an expert in it, but it is based on situational biomechanics in real-world settings. The pioneers in this sector with the health, youth, vitality, and physique that are proof of these methods are, nonetheless, people I have worked with. To ensure that our body is capable of carrying out all the motions required for daily life and an active lifestyle throughout our entire lives, not only when we are young, is something we must do.
A succession of one of seven movement patterns can be used to decompose every movement that our bodies make. Squat, lunge, push, pull, bend, twist, and walk are some of the movements that are frequently referred to as the “Seven Primal Movement Patterns.” Every one of us requires a broad functioning in each of these patterns to perform everyday tasks like packing groceries, lifting boxes, or racing to catch the bus.
Make water your primary beverage choice.
Every living thing, including your body, depends on water. Your body’s muscles, which are 75% water, move you around. A whopping 82% of your blood is water, which is in charge of distributing nutrients all around your body. 90% of your body is made up of water, including your lungs, which use this water to absorb oxygen from the air, and 76% of your brain. Water makes up 25% of even your bones!
The majority of people are aware of how very important adequate hydration is to overall health and, obviously, to the condition of their skin in particular. For the skin to maintain its suppleness and to continue to seem young and healthy, enough hydration is necessary. Unintentional persistent dehydration can cause weariness, which has a significant impact on how young or old we feel, as well as discomfort and inflammation in the body. Water should be consumed in large quantities all day long to avoid chronic dehydration. Eight glasses or more of water a day are the average amount that should be consumed; however this number might change depending on the person.