The growing concern about healthcare has everyone worried about what they will do in the event they get sick, and are in need of medical attention. The younger you are the more invincible you feel, and you tend to worry less about doctors visits, and more about what outfit you will wear for a night out at the club. I know with each passing year I find that age not only alters my outside appearance, but tampers with my insides as well. Little-by-little causing smile lines around my eyes and mouth, changes in my hair and skin texture, and weight gain in the strangest of places. Everyone learns to live with aging differently. I find at times I am overwhelmed by these changes and I try like most, to do whatever I can to help fight the ravages of time whether it is by buying the newest hair and skincare products, and eating healthier foods (more natural and organic), or like most people; I try to incorporate a variety of exercises that are recommended to trim the fat around my mid section in order to have a healthier heart. I truly believe that feeling good inside and outside depends on several factors which go hand in hand. To touch upon an earlier article I wrote, We Are What We Eat: The Battle of Good Health, Natural vs. Organic. What we put inside our bodies, reflects how we look and feel onthe outside. Based on this research, I have assembled some simple additions to your daily routine, which can help you feel and look younger inside and outside, while hopefully, avoiding unnecessary doctors visits.
“Genes: The story of our lives”
It doesn’t hurt to have good genetics. Science is working on the ability to alter our genes, however it is not perfected yet. Our genes provide a detailed story of our existence which has been passed down from family member to family member. Our individual genes have been tweaked here and there on their way, inevitably ending up being who we are for the rest of our lives. Take a look at your parents, and your grandparents. How well did they age? How long did they live and what types of lives did they lead? Did they enjoy life, and were they happy? All of these factor in how we adapt to aging and how we view the aging process. Good genes and good health are a prescription to longevity, even if there are some predisposed conditions you might need to think about. Modern medicine can help significantly to prolong our lives, but we have to help it along by changing our daily habits i.e. quit smoking, stop eating so many saturated fats, limit the amounts of alcohol we consume, limit sun exposure and use sunscreen, and exercise.
“Water, helping to firm your skin, flushes out toxins, and repairs your body”
Drinking plenty of water every day is not only recommended by the American Medical Association, it is essential in combating obesity in adults and children, nourishing our bodies with well needed hydration, and balancing our internal organs with essential minerals while providing our skin with its plump youthful appearance. It has been recommended that the average adult drink 5 to 8, 8 oz glasses of water a day to combat dehydration, and more in warmer climates or during bouts of prolonged exercise. If you aren’t into plain water there are plenty of low carb, non-fat alternatives you can add to your water which provide needed vitamins and minerals.
“Fiber to cleanse your insides and outsides”
So how does dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble), fit into the scheme of things in the long run of trying to stave off times wrath? The mayo clinic suggests adding dietary fiber in generous amounts, be it vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Fiber fills you up, causing you to eat less, and bulks you up, allowing you to go more regularly. You can obtain adequate dietary fiber in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and nuts. Fiber combined with an eight ounce glass of water keeps your body regular. Not to mention helping to ward off heart disease and the big C, Colon, skin, and various other forms of cancer, all diseases which affect hundreds of thousands of people every year. For an exfoliating, calming mask or baths try oatmeal. For a facial mask, spread cooked, cooled oatmeal over your entire face, let it dry, and then when rinsing it off your face, scrub softly. Oatmeal exfoliates dead skin cells, while providing moisture and calming benefits to your face. Add plain oatmeal to your bath and have a nice soak. Your skin will love you after, think “calming!”
“Good Nutrition for healthy hair, skin, and body inside and out”
The secret to good habits starts first at home. This includes taking care of your body inside and out as well as your hair, skin, and dental routines. It is important to think about how you view food, and how nutrition was presented to you as a young person, while you were being raised. You also learn about good nutrition growing up, while attending school, and throughout your life when you read magazines and books, and also when you ask advice from nutrition professionals. Figuring out what is best, and healthiest, can be confusing. Eating well is a combination of choosing dairy or an alternative to dairy, vegetables and fruits, proteins in the form of lean meats, nuts or legumes, and including low saturated fats, and whole grains throughout your day; it’s ok to have sweets once in a while. Combining these with adequate water intake and exercise keeps your skin, nails, and hair supple, healthy and glowing, and your internal organs functioning properly. Check out The Food Guide Pyramid at Kidshealth.org. You will receive informative ideas about what is considered healthy for you and your family, and guides to staying fit and healthy. Kidshealth.org follows the recommended guidelines suggested by the USDA.
“Exercise your mind, your body, and your skin”
It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to know that movement helps maintain a healthy weight, enriching your life by keeping your outside and inside looking great! We all are shaped differently. Some people carry weight better than others. This goes back to genetics as well as healthier lifestyles. In the process of being conscious of this, we are attempting to slow down the aging process and in this attempt hoping to ward off diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, all of which can cause heart disease, and stroke. It has been recommended by the AMA that walking 20 to 60 min per day as we age helps prevent weight gain. It’s just not good to carry that extra weight around the abdomen no matter what body type you have.
“Happiness, Aging, Health and Appearance”
Possibly living well beyond a century might begin with how happy we are as individuals, in our relationships, and social lives, along with a healthy diet and exercise. Mayo clinic studies have concluded that friendships as well as being happy overall -help to prolong your life, and give you a sense of belonging especially as you age. The saying goes, “Live, Laugh, and Love.” There is much to be learned from those three simple words. I find that it is better to surround yourself with laughter, and happiness, it drives away depression, sickness, and gives you a younger healthier appearance.
In conclusion; beauty is more than just skin deep. I am not opposed to aging gracefully; I kind of enjoy watching this transformation. I feel I have earned each gray hair, and laugh line, and I look at my face, and body shape, and recognize a long line of woman in my family, from my grandmother, my mother, my aunts, siblings, children, and cousins, and am proud of this legacy. I am reminded of who I am and where I come from. Aging is a natural process which humans have endured for thousands of years. People get older and wiser and I have found as I get older and wiser, I tend to focus more on the changes that are occurring inside with much more diligence. I believe in spending time with people I love, watching funny movies, listening to babies laugh, and playing with my dog. I know that there is so much more of the glass to fill, and that is what inspires me. My mother always says, “You have this one shot with the people that mean the most, make it count.” I agree, and add, “Have good stories to tell your grand children.” I believe that beauty starts within, it isn’t found in some magic elixir or at the end of a surgeon’s scalpel. These are temporary fixes that only do so much; you must first find what makes you feel beautiful, that is what radiates outside. That is one way to keep the doctor at bay!