Let’s face it, as we begin to see those tell-tale signs of aging in the mirror, we often start to wonder if looking old is something that must be endured. You might be surprised to know there really are ways in which ageing gracefully can become a reality. In helping people with heath and wellness solutions, I often find that an excellent benefit of working on total body health and wellness is very often a younger looking and younger feeling person emerges. To this day, each time this happens, I am still amazed at the person’s physical appearance as well as watching their emotional health and confidence soar.
Of course, when we talk about ageing gracefully, we must remember there is no one magic bullet, no one supplement and no secret cream that will keep us young. It’s my experience that looking younger is more about what we do on a day-to-day basis to care for and support our mind, body and soul than anything else. Lifestyle habits such as eating a healthy diet, daily exercise, restful sleep, daily sunshine, clean water, clean air, healthy emotions and limited stress will improve the inside and, best of all, will on the outside.
I’m often asked if I have any anti-ageing secrets that work…the short answer is a resounding yes. However, more than anything else, it always involves more of what is happening on the inside of your body. Below are my suggested Ten Secrets for Ageing Gracefully – Beautifully and Naturally. Implement these ageing gracefully suggestions and you might be pleasantly surprised at what you begin to see in your mirror every morning.
Ten Secrets for Ageing Gracefully
1) Keep your digestive tract and liver clean. I understand that some may wonder if cleansing and detoxifying the body is really necessary. The answer is “yes” especially when you consider the toxic world in which we live. I highly suggest performing a liver-gallbladder-digestive tract cleanse two times a year (Spring & Fall). This will help with proper digestion as well as elimination. It will also make sure that the digestive tract is clean so that nutrients can be absorbed, utilized and assimilated properly. A sluggish liver and bowel (constipation) can have very negative effects on your skin and your emotions. Your liver is the main filter in your body and must be kept clean in order to continue to do its job properly – filtering out toxins. For instance fatty liver disease (as many as one in five Americans have a fatty liver and don’t know it) can cause skin rashes, cellulite, difficulty in losing weight, fluid retention, dark circles under the eyes, acne, brown spots on skin, emotional concerns and a sluggish over-all feeling. One of the first differences that many people notice after performing several liver-gallbladder cleanses is how clear their skin looks.
2) Water. Your body is 75% water and your brain is about 78% water. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, you are already dehydrated. Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces of purified water every day, up to 126 ounces of water. Water hydrates your cells and facilitates the body in the efficient elimination of toxins. Drink filtered water or distilled water with added minerals. It is also advised to purchase a shower filter. Chlorine and chloramine is carcinogenic and will age your skin, not to mention having a negative effect on your overall health. A 15 minute hot shower is the equivalent of drinking 7 glasses of tap water. Supplementing with MegaHydrate can help with body hydration. MegaHydrate can also provide anti-aging benefits.
3) Diet. Yo yo and fad dieting is not beneficial to your body or your skin. Get on a healthy diet that promotes real food (not pre-packaged foods or chemical laden foods, etc.) and get your weight at a level that is healthy and maintainable. Organic, raw fresh fruits and vegetables should make up the biggest part of your eating plan. Add organic raw nuts and seeds, organic and free-range eggs, organic oils (coconut, flax seed, hemp, olive) and free-range, grass-fed organic meats. Make sure that you consume enough of the healthy fats. Try not to eat after 7:30 PM. Supplementation: Include an organic multi-vitamin mineral complex such as intraMAX, emulsified Vitamin D (In a study of more than 2,000 women, those with higher vitamin D levels were found to have fewer aging-related changes in their DNA, as well as lowered inflammatory responses.) and extra natural-sourced B vitamins for supplementation. Another important anti-aging supplement is enzymes. There is evidence that systemic enzymes help the body fight inflammation, break down certain proteins and fats that make up arterial plaque and more. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of systemic pancreatic enzymes, there is evidence that they can aid the body in dealing with virtually all inflammatory symptoms.
4) Exercise. Try to perform 30 minutes of some type of exercise daily. Walking is the cheapest, most convenient and easiest way to exercise. You may also want to incorporate Pilate’s, Yoga, strength training and/or aerobics. The main thing is to get moving and do it every single day. Like other organs of the body, the skin gets its nourishment from the bloodstream. Exercise increases the circulation of blood to the skin as well as to your organs. Lymphatic drainage techniques will keep your lymph system moving which will aid in toxin removal. One of the best exercises in keeping the lymph system moving is rebounding. Sweating is good for you and a way for the skin to release toxins. For those who sit at a computer most of the day, set a timer to remind you to up and walking around every hour. This will give you a boost of energy, clear your mind, relax your eyes and help with circulation.
5) Essential Fatty Acids. Good fats are very important and very necessary for a younger looking you. They are needed to make cell membranes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Essential fatty acids help you live longer, keep your heart healthy, fight inflammation, and may even prevent some cancers. Did you know that most cancer patients are deficient in EFA’s? Good fats are also particularly important to people with inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and also for people with dry skin. Include in your diet freshly ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil, unrefined coconut oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil and some cold-water fish. Avoid saturated and animal fats. Not only will your skin look better, but you will most likely notice those pesky little aches and pains that make you feel old begin to be less noticeable.
6) Eliminate sugar and pre-packaged foods. I call white refined sugar the “legal” drug of America. It is a main culprit of disease, depression and mood swings. It is implicated in most degenerative disease and we see clinical evidence that when it is removed from the diet, over-all health including emotional health improves considerably. It has no nutritional benefit and contributes to premature aging and disease. For those times when you need a sweetener consider using organic fruit juice, stevia or raw honey.
7) Natural skin care products. Use non-toxic skin care products on your face and skin. Be aware that even some products labeled as “natural” contain parabens (may have estrogenic effects) and many contain titanium dioxide of which we are not completely sure of its safety. We should not have to be concerned with harmful chemicals in skin care products, but unfortunately in this area we must diligently do our own research since manufacturers are not always truthful. Read labels and let companies know of your satisfaction or dissatisfaction concerning their product ingredients. Avoid using harsh soaps or solid cleansing creams such as cold cream on your face. Instead, use natural oils such as organic argan oil to remove dirt and old makeup. Try to wash your face with distilled water – fill up a jug to keep in your bathroom. Tap water contains chlorine, chloramine and fluoride, which kills skin cells. I recommend the Oasis Serene Botanicals skin care line consisting of OxyBalm (oxygen facial balm), Purely Ageless Age-Defense Creme and Hydra-Tone Refining Toner as some of the finest all-natural skincare products available. For a great oxygenated facial apply Oxy-Balm on your face at bedtime, two times weekly. Your skin will be soft and smooth in the morning plus will get the healing benefit of the added oxygen. Don’t avoid the sun, but do respect it and when spending long periods of time in the sun use an organic sunscreen on all exposed skin.
8) Stress. Stress is a silent killer and can wreck havoc on the entire body, both inside and outside. High stress levels show on the skin, around the eyes and with the emotions. Reduce stress by implementing some of the following: meditation, listening to good music, taking up a hobby, yoga, Pilate’s, walking in nature, activities with friends and volunteering your time for worthy causes. Sometimes the direct source of continual stress must be dealt with such as a stressful job, boss, spouse, etc. Enjoy life and make time for fun and relaxation.
9) Sleep. The importance of restful sleep cannot be overstated. It is definitely one of the most important cornerstones of good health. Your body does a tremendous amount of repair work and healing during sleep. Restful sleep helps with longevity, regulation of hormones, inflammation, stress and is anti-aging. I suggest being in bed every night by 10:00-10:30 PM. While this may be difficult at first, before long your body’s Circadian Rhythm will adjust and your body will show signs that it is ready for sleep. Be sure to turn off your computer, WI-FI devices, TV, cell phone in the area where you sleep. The electromagnetic radiation from these devices can deplete your body of melatonin (hormone) making it difficult for your body to experience restful sleep. Sleep in a totally dark room that is cool helps to initiate restful sleep.
10) Hormone Imbalance (men and women). Because of our toxic environment, hormone-laden foods, estrogen-mimicking chemicals in personal care products, over consumption of soy and thousands of prescription medications getting into the water table, hormone imbalance is rampant and even showing up in children as young as 8 years old. Hormone imbalance can cause insomnia, dry skin, lack of energy, emotional distress, mood swings and many other health concerns. While there are some herbs that may help to relieve hormonal symptoms or support already balanced hormones, they will not clinically balance hormones. Bioidentical Progesterone USP cream such as Oasis Serene Rejuvenating Creme is an excellent method of rejuvenating hormones for both pre and post menopausal women. For more ideas about hormone balance, see my e-book Proven Secrets to Whole Body Hormone Balance…You Can Feel Good. If hormone imbalance is a concern, find a knowledgeable practitioner who uses bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT).
11) Eliminate smoking. Not only does smoking put you in a very real danger of lung cancer and other diseases, it also causes premature wrinkling of the skin around the mouth area. Most people who smoke often have dull skin, brittle hair and yellow teeth. You inhale hundreds of toxins into the body every time you light up. So lay those cigarettes down – you will look better and feel better.
Ageing gracefully, beautifully, and naturally is not difficult. If you keep the inside of your body in good health, it will reward you through your outward appearance. Remember that the help you may get from an expensive, chemical-laden jar of cream is only temporary and, in the long run, may add toxicity to your body. Employ the suggestions above and in three months, you may very well find people commenting not only on your healthy skin, but on your youthful and glowing appearance.