Did you know that once you hit 40 years of age, whether you’re a man or a woman, your body starts aging faster than normal? Studies have shown that without the proper nutrients and exercise, your body will age about 6 months extra for every year that passes. Think about that! If you are 40, that means by the time you hit 44 you will look and feel 48. And by the time you reach 60, you will look and feel 70 YEARS OLD!
But all of this is reversible at any age. There are specific ways to move, eat, and think that tell your brain to stop this rapid aging process… and even slow it down to the point where you’re aging less than a year for every year. That means you can look younger at 40 than you do at 35… or look younger at 50+ than you do at 40!
This does not require taking anti-aging drugs & supplements everyday, or gimmicks. And, this works for anyone, male or female, and works at any age. 35, 45, 55, 65, 75… The biology is exactly the same.
If you want people to keep telling you that you don’t look your age, incorporate these 8 tips into your life.
1. Be colorful
Eating as colorfully as possible is one of the most natural ways to ensure you are getting the nutrients your body needs. Before you sit down to dinner, make sure your food looks colorful. Load up on tomatoes, citrus fruits, bell peppers, nuts, avocado, berries, leafy greens and sweet potatoes.
Get “Your Beauty Rest”.
Sleep is a critical component of your overall health and if you don’t get enough, it’s not only bad for your health, but it won’t help how you look either. Try to get as close to eight hours a night as you can.
3. Avoid Dehydration
Water isn’t just “good for you” — water burns fat. Water suppresses hunger. Water renews your skin. Water aids in digestion, circulation, and absorption, and rids the body of toxins. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Bottom line: your organs (your skin is an organ!) need water to function properly. As you get older, you can lose skin elasticity and get more fine lines if you are dehydrated. Just drinking 8-12 ounces of pure water every day can take a few years off your face in a matter of weeks. You’ll also drop fat, have more energy, and save your kidneys and liver from chronic overwork.
When your kidneys are taxed from too little water, your liver has to take over. Your liver is your number one fat-burning organ. Do you really want it processing liquids and toxins rather than burning fat? You need to stay hydrated. Our bodies are made up of approximately 60 percent water. So drink up! Throw some fresh lemon into your water. Lemon water adds extra health benefits.
Eight glasses of water a day helps keep the age away!
4. Load up on antioxidant foods such as brown rice, bulgur, quinoa
Quinoa is a gluten free grain that is easy to digest and can be cooked like rice. It has the highest protein content of any grain and contains more calcium than milk. Brown rice is excellent too. Choose This!
5. Get enough fiber
You can get fiber from grains, but don’t forget you also can get fiber from fruits, vegetables and legumes. Per cup, black beans have about 15 grams of fiber, raspberries have about 8 grams and broccoli has 5 grams.
6. Smile and laugh
While optimists are known to live longer than pessimists, smiling and laughing can make you appear younger too. Adopting an energetic and positive attitude will translate to a youthful appearance.
7. Limit your sun exposure
I am a sun lover and love the warmth and energy it gives me. But too much sun is unhealthy. While 10 minutes of a natural dose of vitamin D from the sun is good for you—anything more use sunscreen. If you are an outdoor exerciser, you need sunscreen too. Even when you sweat, it will protect you. Just be sure to avoid the toxic ingredient oxybenzone.
Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen? You need all three to keep your skin looking its very best!
8. Muscle up
Did you know that 90% of people over the age of 35 lose enough muscle every year to burn off an additional 4 pounds of body fat? That means you not only lose the only thing on your body that creates shape, tone, and strength—you also gain more fat every year, even if your calories stay the same. Make sure you eat enough protein with every meal—about one third of your meal should come from a protein source. And use exercise to build and keep your muscle as you age. Use free weights, your body weight and circuit routines to fight muscle loss and stay toned as you age.
With a little effort and adherence to these tips, you will be looking and feeling younger in no time.
Let’s do it!
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