Aging is a complex process that involves many areas of your body. It’s unlikely that any one product or pill could cure all of the ailments of aging. However, there are things you can do that not only will help you age more slowly but will improve your quality of life. Your best bet for a long and healthy life is to:
1. Eliminate and avoid toxins.
We are bombareded by toxins in our environment all day long. Do what you can to eliminate as many toxins as possible, including:
- quit smoking
- avoid toxic skincare ingredients
- eliminate chemical cleaners in your home
- read ingredient labels
- remove amalgams
- avoid secondhand smoke
The list could go on and on and on. For a great resource on toxin exposure and its implications, see The Autoimmune Epidemic.
2. Eliminate processed foods.
Today’s processed foods contain countless toxins that all contribute to aging more quickly as well as to disease, including autoimmune disease and cancer. Likewise, most processed foods, loaded with extra sugars contribute to heart disease and diabetes.
Eating a diet filled nutrient dense whole foods is one of the best ways to slow down the aging process. For a great resource on how to start eating well, see:
- The Paleo Cure: Eat Right for Your Genes, Body Type, and Personal Health Needs — Prevent and Reverse Disease, Lose Weight Effortlessly, and Look and Feel Better than Ever
- Whole 30 books, cookbooks and resources.
3. Quit sugar!
Quitting sugar is one of the best ways you can slow down the aging process and gain health! We now know that sugar is implicated in the development of most disease states, including cancer and heart disease. Sugar is plain evil when it comes to health and aging.
4. Exercise every day.
It does not have to be rigorous exercise each day, but moving your body every day is exactly what we need to stay fit, limber and to slow down aging. There are countless other benefits of exercise including healthy bones, giving you a better emotional outlook and improved digestion and circulation.
5. Vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Vitamin c is a powerful antioxidant and one of the best on the planet. Free radicals cause disease and vitamin c works by helping to eliminate free radicals inside the body.
Antioxidants are found in a full-range of fruits and vegetables, as well as in some meat, like fish, however it is just about impossible to get what you need these days through diet alone. Although, our bodies produce some of its own antioxidants, the level of product declines over time because of environmental factors and through the aging process.Glutathione, for example, is another key antioxidant supplement that will slow down the aging process as well as help you maintain optimal health and prevent disease.
6. Manage stress.
Stress is a part of everyday life but how you manage it is critical to your longevity. Stress can literally kill! Develop ways to help you cope and adjust to situations in your life that may cause you stress. The situation is not necessarily the problem — its how you react to it.
7. Keep strong relationships.
One key to people who maintain their youth is that they also maintain close ties to family and friends.
Do all you can to be healthy and in doing so you will age slower. If you have any questions about products that claim to slow or reverse aging ask your doctor. He or she can help you sort through the information and get the facts.