Let’s face it: we all want to live longer and look younger. Usually it’s something on the outside that we are covering, fixing or dressing up to revitalize ourselves. But maybe we should try taking a look inside ourselves? That could prove to be more effective in turning back the hands of time.
Let’s start with the brain. We once thought that our brain stopped growing after childhood and there was no possibility of improvement. Boy, were we wrong about that old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
Science has now proven that we can still create new connections and pathways in our brain no matter how old we are. This is called “neuroplasticity.” With this information a new “brain training” industry has been born, offering all sorts of new types of brain teasing games.
Want to exercise your brain? The secret to “training” the brain is to play something new. If you have always done crosswords or Sudoku then you want to branch out to new challenges because those paths are already created.
Antioxidants are the next important step you can take for longevity and wellness. These little powerhouses are essential for breaking down and flushing out damaging free radicals and helping to heal oxidative stress. We need a wide range of antioxidants to be really effective. For example, taking only vitamin C can be similar to “a firefighter with one bucket, trying to put out a house fire,” Joe McCord, Ph.D., a pioneer in antioxidant research from the University of Colorado-Denver, says.
You can get a wide range of antioxidants from food: broccoli, berries, turmeric (spice), grapes, licorice and shallots. These also help your to body increase its own production of antioxidants. Resveratrol, which is found in grapes, dark-skinned beans, and berries, has been proven to improve balance, motor coordination, heart and eye health.
Think of fighting aging from the inside out as well as from the outside and you’ll get much more from your efforts!
Dr. Andrew Weil, an integrative physician and author of “Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being,” says he sees the wealth of new anti-aging innovations as intriguing, but notes that one other critical factor for healthy aging often eludes people: To accept growing older and all the wisdom and experience it brings, with optimism, rather than dread. “The denial of aging is counterproductive,” he says. “To age gracefully means to let nature take its course while doing everything in our power to delay and prevent disease.”