The secret to slowing down ageing is about more than just your physical appearance. If you want to win this fight, you need to tackle it head-on with body, spirit and mind.
Following a holistic approach
Body, mind and spirit – it is all interlinked. It has been proved over and over that, when your spirit suffers, your body will suffer too; when your spirits are high, you glow. The same is true for the mind – the power of positive thinking has been widely debated and studied at length – and the body – the endorphins that are released from exercise will lift your spirits and sharpen your mind for instance.
Penny Kendall-Reed, director of natural therapies, Urban Wellness Clinic, Toronto, is of meaning that happiness and a low-stress environment are the two main ingredients to slowing down ageing. Here are some tips.
Tips to slow down ageing naturally
Protein: Eat protein in every meal. According to Canadian Kendall-Reed one gram of protein should be eaten for every kilogram of body weight. Kendall-Reed suggests that you eat low-fat protein, as protein slows insulin levels which should be balanced in order to lose weight and avoid disease; it also “promotes stable blood sugar levels which reduces stress, which in turn helps keep that pesky stress hormone, cortisol, in check.”
Soothe your body, mind and spirit on those stressful days by drinking green tea, meditating or getting a massage. Learn stress-coping techniques to minimise the harsh effects stress has on you. Lavender-infused bath oil or a lavender sachet under your pillow will also go a long way in reducing the effect of stress. Kendall-Reed says, “Be happy and stress-free. What comes out in your body when you are unhappy and stressed wreaks so much havoc. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Fight stress hormones by taking “100mg to 200mg each of vitamins B6 and B12 daily”. This will decrease the stress hormone cortisol and increase serotonin – a chemical that occurs in your body naturally, and fights depression and anxiety.
Antioxidants: There are thirteen types of free radicals. According to Kendall-Reed, taking a daily dose of vitamins A, C, E and selenium will assist in cleaning up those free radicals. She continues by giving some advice – always consult your doctor first before taking any vitamins. This may have an effect on the uptake of your current medication.
Supplements, such as glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulfate, MSM and hyaluronic acid, enhance the production of elastin and collagen – which helps repair the body.
To strengthen your immune system take plant sterinols, olive extract (which is an antiviral), zinc and denatured whey. Consult your doctor first before taking any supplement.
When you exercise, your body produces the growth hormone – a hormone central to a youthful appearance. “Growth hormone plays a role in everything, whether it’s skin, libido, weight gain, muscle mass or energy level – almost any sign and symptom you can think of related to ageing,” according to Kendall-Reed.
Get enough sleep:
According to Kendall-Reed the normal eight hours just don’t cut it. Growth hormone is produced during deep sleep, thus people who suffer from restless sleep will show lower levels of growth hormone.