5 Natural Ways to Stay Young
We can’t argue with our chronological age, but we can keep our minds and bodies as youthful as possible by taking care of our health. Here are five simple ways we can support our bodies – no anti-aging creams or surgery required!
1. Enhance sleep
Our bodies need sleep for rest and repair but the pace of modern life is often sleep depriving. Rather than relying on pharmaceutical aids, try a relaxing cup of herbal tea (such as sweet dreams) an hour before you go to bed. If you cut out TV, computers and other electronic devices at this time, your body will be much more relaxed and ready for sleep.
2. Look after your gut
The well-being of the gut is central to many health issues. Try lemon juice in warm water in the morning to kick start your digestive processes, eat foods with “good bacteria” such as yoghurt and fermented foods like kombucha or add a probiotic supplement to your regime. When your digestive process is running smoothly, you’ll feel less sluggish and more vital.
3. Add antioxidants
Oxidative damage is caused by free radicals, single-oxygen molecules that can negatively affect the tissues and other vital substances in your body. Antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals and a great way to get them is to drink green or Rooibos tea – just three cups a day makes a therapeutic dose. You can also get your fill of antioxidants by eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
4. Support your skin
Dry skin looks older and less radiant. For more hydrated skin, drink lots of water. Herbal and fruit teas are caffeine free and are a great way to increase your water intake. Vitamins and minerals can also support skin health – vitamin E, selenium, zinc, B6 and magnesium are all beneficial. As well as eating a diet rich in these elements, supplements are a simple way to up your intake.
5. Keep active
Keeping your body moving is incredibly beneficial to your overall health and how youthful you feel. A simple walk in the fresh air helps clear the mind, bolster the immune system, flood the body with beneficial natural chemicals, increase energy, lower stress levels and enhance self-esteem. Keeping flexible is also a key to youthfulness, as any yoga teacher will tell you.
Two great ways to fight ageing – and achieve smoother skin
“Ageing skin looks wrinkled, dry or scarred,” explains Red Seal naturopath Julie Fergusson. “One of the best ways to combat this is to ensure your diet is high in antioxidants such as vitamin C, by eating more fresh vegetables, citrus fruits and berries. You might also consider a vitamin C supplement,” she says. “Omega 3s are great for calming and moisturizing the skin too. Krill oil offers a higher concentration of Omega 3 than other fish oils and it also contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity.”
Stay young! Stay alive!