They say that “old age is not for sissies,” and “they” are not kidding. The aging process is unavoidable and often difficult. Aging well is more than a matter of endurance and determination, though. You can live a longer and healthier life by making a few reasonable preparations for the inevitable aging process. Read the tips below for ways to make the journey more pleasant.
Aging is not a bad thing. With more years comes knowledge. You know the old saying “older but wiser” and that's true. Think of all the life experiences you've had compared to those that are young, and make sure to enjoy the naivety of those that you were once like.
Reduce your calorie intake. Scientific studies show that what and how much you eat may affect the years and quality of your life. Specifically, animal research indicates that restricting calories up to 40 percent fewer than normal have a beneficial effect on the markers of aging and disease. Keep in mind that not every species has shown this improvement and studies on humans, and other primates are still ongoing.
Resveratrol is very effective at fighting aging. Caloric restriction diets have been shown to extend life and lower abnormal insulin levels. Resveratrol is found in both grapes and nuts. You can also find it within the roots of a plant called the Japanese Knotweed, this is commonly used in supplements. Another place to find it is the South American shrub called Senna quinquangulata.
Be sure to protect your skin from the sun. Getting a bit of sun each day can be very beneficial but be sure to wear sunscreen while you do it. Overexposure can lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer. Taking care of your skin is vital to living a long and healthy youthful life.
Get fish oils into your life! If not fish oils, then olive, flax or nut oils. These oils have been shown to really improve your health while aging compared to their alternatives like soybean, corn or sunflower oils. The latter oils are processed oils and have been shown to be less healthy for you.
Sit down and write. This can be in a journal, blog, a letter or even writing a book or poem. Writing will exercise your brain because it makes you think. It is also a great way to express yourself and generate new ideas. These things will keep you feeling wonderful and alive.
Take the time to be grateful for the things that you have in your life. Each day before you get out of bed, stop and think about at least five things that you are thankful for. This can be your heath, family, friends or any other little thing that you appreciate in life.
Growing older is one trial that you know with certainty you will have to face. It is never too early to start learning about the aging process and preparing yourself for it. A few helpful hints like the ones presented above can help you cope with aging by staying healthy and happy as the years roll on.