10 ways to age gracefully

August 25, 2017

10 ways to age gracefully

When it comes to aging, we all worry about losing our mobility and our youthful looks. Although aging is something we can’t avoid, we can look fascinating. While we can’t avoid growing old, we can utilize the right tools to help us welcome aging while still looking and feeling our best.

By now you’ve surely heard about many different products and tips that offer to return you to the fountain of youth, but which of these actually work while having the lowest impact on your system? Check out these tips and you’ll be on your way to aging gracefully in no time:

1. Exercise regularly

Exercise is one of the most important factors in staying healthy as you age. Not only does it help your mobility and your body stay in shape, but it will also benefit your mind.

45 minutes of exercise (you don’t have to run marathons, it could be aerobics or just a simple walk), three to four times a week will keep your heart young, increase blood flow through your body, strengthen your bones, improve your figure, and boost your mood and brainpower.

 2. Control your blood pressure

High blood pressure today can set you up for dementia tomorrow. Controlling your blood pressure is very important at any age, but as we get older it becomes even more important. High blood pressure (or hypertension) is a condition that is very likely to increase with age and can lead to serious health complications like heart attack, stroke, and a decline in cognitive functioning.

Keep in mind that a high sodium diet can trigger high blood pressure, so be careful of adding extra salt to your meals.

 3. Sleep

As people age, it is common to have more difficulty falling or staying asleep. Getting less than 6-5 hours at night puts you at risk for a host of physical and mental problems, like depression and difficulty making and recalling memories, and impaired judgment.

When staying active, it is important that the body rests and recovers from all the activities of the day. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep helps us rest and recover the energy spent during our daily activities, making us look healthier. It also brings many benefits to our brain, helping us consolidate memory, create new and more creative ideas, and improve our motor skills.

And as if that weren’t enough, sleeping also benefits our skin! A study published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that chronic poor sleep quality is associated with increased signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and eye bags, diminished skin barrier function and lower satisfaction with appearance.

So, if you want to be and look healthy, give your body a good rest and don’t waste your sleep!

 4. Stop smoking

If you are a smoker, quit! Smoking greatly speeds up the aging process by depriving your skin of oxygen and essential vitamins which lead to premature wrinkles.It also damages collagen and elastin, causing your skin to weaken and sag.

Also, as you may know, smoking is linked to serious health problems that can shorten your life, such as heart disease, lung disease, and cancer.

 5. Eat healthy

Have you ever heard saying "you are what you eat"? Our bodies react to what we eat, so it’s important to be conscious of what your are consuming.

Our body needs certain nutrients to its correct functioning and as we grow older, these needs become stronger because our bodies can have trouble creating essential vitamins or we may begin needing more vitamins to maintain our health.

The body needs certain nutrients in order to function correctly and at its optimum state. We recommend following a healthy diet that supports your lifestyle. Try to avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar and substitute them for those rich in vitamins like green vegetables, (rich in Vitamin E) or citrus fruits(rich in Vitamin C).

6. Maintain a healthy mind

A good way to keep our minds healthy and active is to engage in social activities and keep in touch with our friends and loved ones. This not only helps us prevent depression, it can actually keep our minds agile. Keeping up with a conversation can keep neural connections from weakening.

Another good way to maintain a healthy mind is by learning and trying new things. The more you test and push the limits of your brain, the better it performs. You can try out a new recipe and cooking technique or start picking up a new language. Everyday activities such as crossword puzzles, board games, and reading are also great ways to keep your brain active.

7. Take care of your skin

As we age, we are tempted to wear more makeup to hide our wrinkles and emulate a more youthful appearance. This doesn’t always work and can leave us feeling self-conscious about our skin’s appearance.

The first step to skin care is trying to avoid is excessive sun exposure. Although the sun is a great source of vitamin D, it’s important to use proper protection, such as a high SPF, to minimize damage. Applying sunscreen can protect your skin from wrinkles, sunspots, and loss of elasticity.

8. Stay hydrated

Something that can’t be missing in your daily life, is water. It has numerous functions in the human body, reason why it is one of the most important nutrients and is essential in all stages of our lives to stay healthy.

However, as we age, our body’s mechanisms of water balance are disturbed, increasing the risk of dehydration, resulting in dry skin, sleepiness or tiredness, headaches, and lightheadedness. In addition, if the dehydration is severe, it may cause low blood pressure, fever, delirium, and very dry skin and mucous membranes.

Also, water makes our skin look more beautiful. A balanced skin depends on the production of moisturizing factors, which make our skin retain water. When we come dehydrated, our skin experiences symptoms of dryness, roughness, irritation, and cracking; hence the look of prematurely aged skin.

So, stay healthy hydrated!

 9. Positive attitude

Embrace your age! This is the first thing you need to consider if you want to age gracefully. Aging is a natural and beautiful process and we can’t avoid, so stay positive and try to enjoy it as much as you can. Having a positive attitude is linked to longevity and better physical and mental health.

10. Accompany your diet with natural supplements!

Although a balanced diet can help us stay healthy, there are micronutrients that are difficult to get only from food or some of them are also lost during cooking process. So, how do we get those extra nutrients that our body needs? Here is where supplements can help us.

There are many supplements that we can add to our daily diet to get those extra nutrients needed, such as highly-bioavailable Liposomal Vitamin C supplement (good for maintaining a healthy immune system), Vitamin B complex (perfect for keeping our body cells healthy) and collagen.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it’s essential to renew cells in all areas of the body. As we age its natural production begins to decline and we start losing it, translating into the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, joint pain, loss of muscle mass, and dehydration.

So, if you are looking for a natural supplement to support this process, we have the best option for you. Our Marine Collagen Peptides are packed with natural glycine, known as the “anti-aging amino”, supports smooth clear skin, strong nails, and full shiny hair.

Learn more about Amandean's marine collagen peptides and discover other natural supplements that benefit your health here.

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