Aging is a natural part of living. But there is no reason to look old, feel old, or think old. I actually learned this lesson in my twenties when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This not much to compare to feeling “old” in your early twenties…fast forward to my mid-thirties and I feel younger than I did at eighteen, and I owe it to major lifestyle changes.
There are tons of ways to help you feel younger. Out of all the remedies available, ranging from ancient treatments handed down over generations to medical discoveries today, there are three main remedies that truly do work and that you can focus on incorporating right now.
These three are Diet, Exercise, and Herbs.
What you eat affects the health of your cells, which ensures the health of your organs and your overall body functions. So, diet is a very important factor in staying young, feeling young, and looking young. It is never too late to change your diet to one that supports longevity, reduces lines and wrinkles, and helps you feel good.
A good diet for fighting against the effects of age is simple:
- Eat five fruits and veggies a day, preferably more, to greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
- Eat fish two to three times a week. Make sure that at least one is an oily fish like salmon for the omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce disease-causing inflammation.
- Get fiber, at least 25 grams a day, through fruits, veggies, and whole grains. A high-fiber diet can lower your risk of dying from any cause.
- Snack on nuts like pistachios and walnuts to fight heart disease. Don’t eat more than a handful a day.
High-intensity interval training is fast-paced workouts that alternate short bursts of exercise with quick recovery periods. Mayo Clinic researchers say interval training may have anti-aging benefits at the cellular level. This is a quick and intense workout that you can squeeze even into the busiest schedules. These workouts boost metabolism, melt fat, build muscle, and more. Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered yet another benefit: it can also reverse signs of aging at the cellular level.
Don’t be put off by the words “high intensity.” Adding this to your current routine could be as simple as finding a walking path that includes hills. Or, if you like to ride a bicycle, pedal faster for a short period of time. It’s about adding short bursts of exercise that is more intense than what you are doing now, then backing off to the regular exercise to recover.
Ancient remedies for anti-aging include utilizing herbs from the local region. Most are made into teas for drinking, while some are used to create facial masks to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles. The most effective herbs are those that have natural anti-aging properties.
The three most commonly used herbs today are Ginseng, Holy Basil, and Sage.
Ginseng: The two most common types of ginseng are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Korean, or Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). It is great for the heart, regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and lowers blood pressure. It also can increase energy levels, enhance the immune system, and increase blood flow to the brain, which enhances nerve development, which can lead to an improvement in cognitive function. It can be taken as a supplement.
Holy Basil: It is known for increasing energy, lowering stress levels, and promoting longevity. It is recommended for those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular problems. This herb reduces stress and cortisol levels better than any other plant or even other types of supplements, without side effects. It also reduces inflammation. It is easy to grow and can be used dried or served fresh.
Sage: Spanish sage and garden sage are the two most common types that are used for healing purposes. It has both calming and clarifying effects on sinus and respiratory congestion, making it great for anyone suffering from breathing problems. It also is known to stop headaches and contribute to improved memory and clearer thinking. Sage oil has been shown in studies to have immune-enhancing properties, protect the heart, and fight cancer. Sage is high in antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that cause premature aging. It is also high in anti-inflammatory compounds, which can stop arthritis and its pain. Make a tea with a tablespoon of fresh sage leaves (or a teaspoon of dried) and add to boiling water. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Sweeten with honey.