There is alot of information on anti-ageing in the media ranging from vitamin supplements to the latest magical creams and lotions. All of this information can seem confusing and overwhelming. There are a number of simple measures that you can take to “age healthily”. Factors that can influence the ageing process are nutrition, exercise, levels of stress and relaxation. Addressing these factors can result in a dramatic improvement in general health as well as slowing down the ageing process. Natural anti-ageing tips are all around, but here is our selection from us at Healthy3.
Healthy ageing does not work with a quick fix approach or just supplemneting with lots of vitamins. A healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and the addition of antioxidants is the key to keeping you healthy and young. The following simple tips can help you achieve your target of healthy ageing:
A diet high in caffiene, alcohol, saturated fat, salt and processed foods is unsurprisingly going to result in unhealthy skin, and will starve the body of nutrients. A diet that is going to help the anti-ageing process should include plenty of vegetables, water, essential fatty acids (from oily fish, nuts and seeds), and fruits. Anti-oxidants are also very important in anti-ageing. There are a number of supplements that are discussed in the article What are anti-oxidants?”. Foods that have high levels of anti-oxidants are garlic, colourful vegetables and fruits, extra virgin olive oil, pink grapefruit, walnuts, almonds, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
Alchohol consumption should be kept to a minimum as it causes dehydration throughout the body. This also applies to processed foods, which are high in sugar and salt. You should aim to drink 8 glasses or 1.5 litres of water a day.
Regular exercise is very important in maintaining a healthy mind and body. Exercise causes an increase of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural mood boosting chemicals and are released during exercise. Exercise also reduces the stress hormones such as cortisol. Several studies have shown that regular exercise can slow down the ageing process. The types of exercise that can be incorporated into a regime should include flexibility training, strength training and a cardiovascular workout. If you haven’t done any strenuous exercise recently, you should consult a person trainer for advise.
Vigourous exercise should be supplemented with antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. This is because as well as exercise being good for health, it can actually cause a release of free radicals from the body.
Please read the article titled “Natural remedies to help with stress” on how stress can affect the body. Increased stress can lead to a lack of good quality sleep, which in turn can lead to facilitating the ageing process. It is important to find “time out” to relax. This is effective if only done for a few minutes every day. There are a number of supplements that are discussed in the article, “Natural remedies to help with stress”, that may help reduce levels of stress.