Aging process is something we all experience, yet it can manifest itself in different ways. Some people use it as an excuse to relent to the pressures of life; to quit striving for success. While others seize it as an opportunity to chart new territory; to use their collected experiences and gained wisdom to make the best of whatever situation they might find themselves in. One thing is certain, however: there is no escaping it and if we are unprepared, it will catch us off guard and will drastically change the course of our lives.
The Aging Process
While some people seem to remain eternally youthful – indeed appear to be in their prime well into their 40s and 50s – some suffer such a drastic decline that it appears they already have one foot in the grave. Aging expresses itself in the form of biological decline due to the processes associated with the running and rebuilding of our cellular structure working less effectively over time. What was once rebuilt with a modicum of effort now takes much longer with the finished product, the various cells comprising our body, being less structurally sound than before.
Although aging is inevitable, there are many things that we can incorporate into our lives to slow down the aging process, and even gain new health and strength along the way. It doesn’t have to be a downward spiral to the end. We can support our bodies in their journey and find new ways to combat and change how we view the aging process. Here are five simple things you need to do each day to stay feeling young, vibrant, and energetic and looking your best.
5 Things You Can Do To Each Day To Stay Young
1. Eat well.
The key is finding a healthy way of eating that works for you all the time, whether busy, traveling, or spending the holidays with family.
Don’t skip meals. Try to prepare most meals at home, and make sure to eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Including lots of vitamins C, E, and A, and minerals like zinc and selenium. This keeps skin looking younger by building collagen and staving off premature sagging and wrinkles. Also feed your skin essential fatty acids via salmon, nuts, and seeds to stay plump and youthful.
Eating well not only helps keep those extra pounds off, but it also alleviates achy muscles, tendons, and joints that come from carrying extra weight and getting older.
Another way to prevent age-related weight gain is by improving a slowing metabolism through exercise. Weight-bearing exercises like strength training and yoga build a more muscular body that requires more energy. And cardio — walking, running, or swimming — burns more calories than being at rest. Exercise also improves circulation, a crucial component of healthy skin. Plus, regular movement builds sturdier bones, which can fend off sprains and breaks, a common pitfall of aging.
3. Drink at least 70 ounces of water a day.
Staying hydrated is perhaps the simplest — but most powerful — thing you can do to fight aging skin. Water allows the smooth flow of nutrients into the cells and keeps them plump and full, meaning your skin will look firmer and clearer. Lack of hydration will cause your skin to be dry, tight, flaky, less resilient, and more prone to wrinkling. Water also boosts energy levels, so if you’re feeling slow in the afternoon, drink a large glass of water and see how you feel after 20 minutes.
4. Manage stress.
Middle-aged weight gain is often the result of stress eating. But stress can also appear on our faces in the form of frown and worry lines. Learning and practicing stress management techniques like meditation and breathing helps. But what works even better is reducing stress, is saying no when overwhelmed, and ask for help when you need it.
5. Sleep soundly.
Perhaps the most important thing we can do to keep our bodies and skin young is something we don’t even need to be awake for! Getting enough sleep is necessary for the repair and growth process of every tissue in our bodies, especially our skin. CBD is a natural way to aid your body in reaching homeostasis and may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, in order for the body to complete its essential processes. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain. In smaller doses, CBD can also stimulate alertness and reduce daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.
We all need seven to nine hours of restful sleep, so limit caffeine intake, keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and clutter-free, and be consistent with the time you go to bed, allowing for the optimum sleep hours. Nature will do the rest!