Aging Gracefully

Photography credit: Tracy Sheppard of Studio Soleil


Aging gracefully

Aging is inevitable, and “Old age,” as Bette Davis once said, “is no place for sissies.” Much of the way we age has to do with our genetics and the way our parents and grandparents aged.

These factors cannot be controlled. But there are proactive steps we can take that can make a big difference.

What we eat. Yes, nutrition matters. Sugars, unhealthy fats and carbohydrate heavy diets age our skin. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, salmon, and flaxseed, help our skin manufacture the essential oils it needs to protect itself and maintain a youthful appearance.

Sleep. Beauty sleep is real. During sleep, our body releases a growth hormone that helps restore collagen and elastin, the essential building blocks of young, healthy skin.

How much we eat. Overeating creates a host of unhealthy scenarios in our body. Learn to stop when satiated and full.

Exercise. Literally, the fountain of youth. Maintaining muscle mass, as well as strength, can keep us independent and reduces the risk of dementia. Exercise strengthens the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning and mental focus.

Skin protection. Sunscreen. After only a few moments in the sun, our skins stops making essential vitamin D, and begins to make skin cancer. Protect the largest organ on our body; our skin.

Get social. Maintaining a close circle of friends and family is essential to aging well.

Think positive. I can’t say enough about this one. We truly are what we think. Spend time using positive aspirations, and engaging in positive activities. Negativity drains the life out of us!

Aging with class, grace and beauty starts within, and radiates outward.