If you are seeking ways to feel and look younger, you are not alone. People have been seeking the fountain of youth for thousands of years.
As we get older, chasing health and vitality becomes a preoccupation for many of us. But if you think a pill or a supplement will change your life, possibly one touted by afternoon talk show hosts, you may be disappointed. In reality, making life changes is your best path to looking and feeling younger.
5 Suggestions so You Can Feel and Look Younger
1. Keep up with technology. Connecting with others, even online, can enhance your quality of life. There are even ways it can impact your day-to-day tasks. You may be able to connect with better transportation options and health support, for example.
2. Protect your skin. We all know wrinkles have become the price of that deep bronze tan you once yearned for. So starting today, if you haven’t already begun, protect your skin with sunblock and limit time in the sun. Sometimes the fountain of youth needs a little help from common sense.
3. Eat your oatmeal. This article in Science Daily says oats are packed full of antioxidants that reduce bad cholesterol, heal cell damage, and help reduce wrinkles by plumping up the skin. Suddenly you’ll find yourself repeating those 7 dreaded words from your youth: “Eat your oatmeal, it’s good for you.”
4. Hug more often. A Berkeley University study has shown hugging releases oxytocin, the so-called anti-aging hormone. Among its many attributes, it helps regenerate weakened muscles. So hug long and stay strong!
5. Cut back on sugars and processed foods. When it comes to speeding up the aging process and contributing to illness, the chief culprit is fructose because it promotes inflammation. Purge your kitchen cupboards.
And 6 More Suggestions!
6. Eat whole foods. Most centenarians are found in cultures that favor unprocessed, minimally cooked plants and regular exercise like daily walks. These seniors also manage their stress better with prayer, meditation and solid support networks.
7. Exercise and use the computer. These are not two separate tips. A Mayo Clinic study has found that computer use and moderate exercise (in conjunction with each other) can protect brain function in seniors better than if they only do one or the other.
8. Quit smoking. What’s good for our health is also a good anti-aging strategy. Smoking ages the skin, causes wrinkles, and contributes to the raspy voice that identifies long-term smokers.
9. Get a pet. Life changes like retirement, loss of a spouse, or children moving away can be isolating and depressing. Having the unconditional love of a pet is not only uplifting but there are proven health benefits too: lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety, better immunity, and less heart disease.
10. Get enough sleep. Research from University Hospitals has found that sleep deprivation can cause your skin to age faster. Study subjects who slept poorly had more fine lines, uneven skin color and reduced skin elasticity. Most of us need 7 or 8 hours a night, at the same time every night.
11. Try to think positive. Positive people live on average 7.5 years longer! And if that isn’t reason enough to ditch your inner pessimist, several studies have found that those who see aging as an opportunity are more social and successful than those who don’t.
Remember, if you’re having trouble with #10 or #11, I’m here to help. There are ways to feel and look younger. Improvement is possible. Let’s talk it out. Contact me here to set up a consultation.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.