Simple Steps to Slow the Ageing Process
Ageing is natural process, and it happens to all of us eventually, but thanks to proactive health care we can slow the process down, and enjoy more of our life overall.
Getting older can be confronting. Over time, limbs don’t work as well as they used to, the mind starts to feel more and more cloudy, and our body shape may change. However, for all the drawbacks, the truth is that many people over 40 wouldn’t turn back time even if they could—growing older comes with more wisdom, more confidence, and more freedom.
That said, it’s absolutely true that ageing can be kinder to some. We’ve all heard the advice of ageing ‘gracefully’, but how exactly is this done? For some people, age doesn’t seem to slow them down at all. For others, it can be debilitating. The truth is actually quite simple! If you want to know more about ageing gracefully, read on to find out what daily habits will help keep you sharp for years to come.
A lot of people exercise to lose weight, get disheartened when it doesn’t work, and then quit. Here’s a secret—exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight, but it’s still one of the best possible things you can do for your health. In reality, managing your calorie intake is the best way to lose weight. While exercise can be an instrumental part of getting in shape, its biggest benefits are all the things you don’t see—at least not at first!
Exercise drastically improves circulation, heart health, and strengthens your lungs. It helps you sleep better, feel happier, reduces stress, improve your bone mass… the list goes on and on. Exercise supercharges every aspect of your physical and mental health.
The trick is to find exercise you enjoy doing, and do it because you like it, not because you have to! Truthfully, no one likes to exercise, because it’s a chore, but enjoying dancing, falling in love with a sport, or feeling drawn to explore nature; these are much easier to do. If you dislike exercise, you just haven’t found the right thing yet.
Training your body is important for staying able as you age, and the same is true for your mind. There are plenty of activities which can stimulate the brain; reading, writing, puzzles, etc. These work just like exercise does for your body, keeping the mind young and strong by improving neural pathways and strengthening cells.
The same philosophy as in exercise applies here too! If you feel as though brain-training sounds like a chore, then there’s probably something you’ll enjoy out there; you just haven’t found it yet. Learning a language, or a new skill—like painting, music, or photography—can be a great way to exercise the brain, and feel like you’re getting something practical out of it too. The rule of thumb is this: if you have to keep a sharp focus, it’s a good workout for your brain.
You are what you eat, literally. What we consume becomes the raw material that our body uses to heal, grow, and maintain itself. Our diet impacts our immune system, how we think, feel, and even how our skin looks! When it comes to eating, simple rules are the easiest to follow. Try to eat mostly plants, as fruit and vegetables contain the highest levels of antioxidants. Don’t avoid meat completely (unless you want to), but pay attention to what you’re eating, and how much of it you’re consuming.
The biggest culprit when it comes to speeding up the ageing process is sugar. Too much sugar can unbalance your pH, making your body more acidic. The body can course-correct, but to do so it needs to deplete calcium from your bones and teeth. Now, there are few things in life as good many of the foods that contain a lot of sugar, and many of them—like chocolate—can be great for your health in moderation.
So, it helps to have simple rules here too; try only eating processed sugar if it’s in something that you’ve put the time and effort into making yourself, or try saving desserts for special occasions.
This one also might seem obvious, but it’s important.Drink as much water as you comfortably can. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day has so many health benefits we actually can’t write them down here.Water positively impacts just about any part of your mental and physical health that you can think of, and it ought to—we’re made of the stuff.
Consistent lack of sleep is connected to increased risk of heart diseases, stroke, declining cognitive ability, and weakened immunity.Sleep is so important to overall health that we decided to make it a cornerstone of our health and wellness plans with the addition of the Oura ring, a smart device which tracks sleep cycles, to ensure you’re getting the rest you need to operate at full potential.
Stress is often overlooked as a key player when it comes to ageing, but it’s true. Constant stress has been shown to increase risk of heart disease, obesity, and hypertension. It also lowers our defences against viruses, diseases, and other illness. Finding time to unwind is key to long-term health.
Quit Smoking & Limit Alcohol
Smoking is, simply put, one of the worst possible things you can do for your health. It’s commonly understood that smoking is a key factor of speeding the ageing process.
Excessive use of alcohol is just as bad, and in some cases, can be worse. While there are thought to be health benefits connected to drinking red wine, even these benefits really only apply in moderation.Drinking a small amount often is not nearly as bad as drinking nothing all week and then drinking heavily for a day or two. Heavy drinking, if it continues for long enough, will irreparably damage almost every physiological system in th ehuman body.
Rejuvenate your cells with NAD+
Ageing is a cellular process. All of the above: exercise, sleep, balanced diet—they all work because they improve the body’s ability to repair itself on the cellular level. Nothing can stop cell damage completely, but there is a lot that we can do to protect against it.
The body has its own line of defence against cell damage; a newly discovered group of genes called ‘sirtuins’. These genes rely on NAD+, and by infusing them with it, they can be supercharged and rejuvenated. Think of NAD+ as petrol of every cellular chemical reaction in your body. NAD+declines as we age, but it can be replaced.