Aging is a process of life that does not have to be dreaded. Contrary to popular thought, the changes associated with aging are not always bad. They do, in many cases present certain challenges. We present some ideas on aging in a better way.
Sugar has been proven to have an aging affect. You don’t have to cut it out of your life completely, but definitely cut back on it. It has been shown to actually reduce the lifespan in multiple studies. Stick with foods that are naturally sweet like fruits to help your sweet cravings.
Use olive oil and remember fat does not equal bad. Oils have gotten a bad rap in the past few decades but oils are essential to our health. The trick is to stay away from “fake” fats like trans fats. The use of olive oil has many heart healthy benefits so don’t shy away from using it. Try making your own salad vinaigrette’s of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Don’t get caught feeling and acting old! Spend time with children! Volunteer at a daycare or a church nursery where you can feel useful and engage in childish activities. Keep in touch often with grandkids and have them visit often. Children will make you feel young and joyful again!
Free radicals are destructive by-products formed as your body turns food and oxygen into energy. Because they protect against those free radicals, antioxidants may help you deal with the effects of aging. Sources of antioxidants are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Blueberries, blackberries, broccoli, and spinach are particularly desirable, as darker foods tend to have a higher amount of antioxidants.
If you want to age gracefully, then you should try to do something you like every day. By doing this, you will get fulfillment out of each and every day because you are doing something that you look forward to, which keeps you motivated to continue and keeps the enjoyment flowing.
When you age sometimes you feel you have earned the right to be an ornery individual and not treat people as well as you should. This could not be farther from the truth. In order for people to treat you with respect and dignity you must also show them the same respect and dignity.
If you’re getting up there in age, try asking your doctor about anti-aging supplements. These are special vitamins and minerals that will give your body extra tools to keep you looking and feeling young. But they’re not right for everyone, so check with your doctor before you start taking them.
As the years go by, our habits harden. We tend to become sclerotic in mind as well as body. Overcoming this is the secret to good aging. Open up to new interests, people and places. Try something you thought you couldn’t do. Challenge those dead habits and new life will unfold!
Aging is something that we have no other choice than to accept. It is going to happen no matter how hard we try to prevent it. Why not be receptive to that fact, and apply some of these sensible suggestions on taking much of the stress out of the process?