Did you know that according to the United Nations World Population Prospects, the average lifespan of a woman is 80.8 years? The “point 8” is interesting to me. I need to know if that is hours or days, mainly because of my blog. Someone is going to have to either shut ‘er down, or take the wheel.
Aging happens to all of us and usually much quicker than we would prefer. The key is to age gracefully.
Our cells, on the other hand, don’t age. They are just sloughed off as their efficency diminishes and are replaced by new ones. So many, many years of chemical-laced foods, pollutants, overuse of prescription drugs and antibiotics all seem to weigh down our bodies and show up on our skin. If you add stress to the mix, then our minds and spirit will suffer also.
So what’s a middle-aged gal supposed to do? Give in? No, my friend!
AGE IS NOT THE ENEMY….ILLNESS IS.
We can increase our lifespan, boost our metabolism and enhance our immune response! According to Dr. Linda Page, we can start our anti-aging campaing by examining which lifestyle factors affect aging the most.
- Take a long hard look at the prescription drugs you use: Many drugs lead to serious body imbalances by impairing your nutrient uptake. They also tent to interact, especially drugs that affect hormones, like Viagra or Andro or Propecia.
- Take another look at your diet: You’ve probably already cut the fat and fried food. But the chemicals in foods like lunch meats and pre-prepared meals are the culprits for early aging. They can create an over-acid condition in the blood, trigger many allergies and like drugs, set up a free-radical cascade favorable to disease.
- If you eat a lot of sweets or have hard alcohol drinks regularly, your diet is probably high in sugar: Sugar is also a hidden ingredient in most processed foods. A high sugar diet wipes out immunity and reduces tissue elasticity. Artificial sweetners with aspartame are linked to degenerative nerve disorders.
- Take a look at your teeth and gums: almost nothing shows age faster than discolored teeth, lost teeth or red, receding gums. Consider taking CoQ-10 for gum problems, about 200 mg daily at least for the first month and see a good holistic dentist to solve the discoloration problems.
- Take a look in the mirror: If your neck is no longer straight, but at a slight angle, or if your shoulders are hunching, you may be losing bone density. Start a strengthening exercise program right away. Exercise can rapidly reverse this aging sign.
We’re all trying to look for that “magic bullet” to slow down the aging process, and adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, adequate rest, avoiding tobacco, and a diet full of healthy foods and beverages can be the best defense against aging.
“Dietary choices are critical to delay the onset of aging and age-related diseases, and the sooner you start, the greater the benefit,” says Susan Moores, RD, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association.
Remember….. smart lifestyle choices are within your control, and are among the best things you can do to help prevent disease and retard aging.