As we all know, aging is a part of life. How we age is in part up to us. Of course, there is genetics that we have to consider. However, genetics isn't everything. How we live our lives will help shape how we age. Like whether or not we smoke, drink, exercise, or take daily walks. All of our lifestyle habits will impact how we age, not just our genetics.
Below are seven habits that you can incorporate into your life that will help you age gracefully.
Eat Whole Foods: Forget diets! Diets don't work! Eat real foods like rice, apples, eggplant, etc. and make nutritious meals out of it. Eat foods that will do good for your body and health and enjoy mealtime.
Exercise: Find a workout program that you like and do it. Exercising keeps your body youthful and vigorous. It keeps you looking radiant and helps you maintain a healthy and feminine physique. As we age, it is essential that we continue to work out so that our muscles don't atrophy because that makes us weaker.
Drink 70-75 oz of water: Water is an essential nutrient. It helps flush out toxins, lubricate our joints and keep our skin plump. When we don't drink the adequate amounts of water our skin dries up, it's harder to have bowel, and that keeps toxins in our body.
Use Safer Skincare: What you put on your skin is just as important as what you eat. What we put on our skin can irritate our skin, cause rashes, give us headaches, and itchiness. I've had to deal with a lot of less than adequate skin care. Some skincare works but is not good for my health, and other skincare is good for my health but doesn't work. Make sure the skin care you're using. The European Union has banned more than 1,500 harmful ingredients in skin care products, while here in the U.S. we only ban 30. When selecting a product, do your research and find out if the company is doing its best to create safer skin care products for you.
Lower Stress: Stress is something that is so common that we almost see it as normal. However, normal doesn't mean healthy. If you are dealing with a lot of stress, take a step back and ask yourself why you're dealing with so much pressure. Are you doing too much? Are your kids throwing crazy tantrums every 5 minutes? Whatever the case may be, take a step back and see if you need to remove activities from your schedule, see if you may need some training on how to deal with stressful moments. We can improve how we deal with these situations. Also, add some essential oils to your day to help you breathe better during these tense moments.
Sleep: Sleep is very crucial and yet I've heard people say something to the effect that sleep is a waste of time. Rest is a necessity so that our bodies can replenish your body. Sleeping does help in reducing stress, so it's important sleep at least 7.5-8 hours at night.
Practice Gratitude: When we are grateful for what we have, we tend to smile more. When we smile, our mood improves. Smiling helps release cortisol and endorphins, which helps reduce blood pressure, increase endurance, reduce pain and stress and helps strengthen our immune system. Practicing gratitude helps increase our happiness, which in turn improves our health.
Aging is a part of life, and there is nothing we can do about it. However, how we view aging is our choice. How we decide to live our lives is our choice. What's great about getting older is that "beauty" is less of an issue but who you are as a person becomes more important and valuable.
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