You know what they say, you can’t avoid death or taxes. But what you CAN do is make certain that the years you have between the time you’re born, and the time you die is the best possible life you can live.
At the time of writing this article, I’m 47. Do you remember when you were a kid, looking at your grandparents (who were likely in their 40’s and 50″s) and thinking they looked so old!
Then as we’re heading into our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s – we’re trying SO HARD to live our very best lives. We color our hair. We take tons of supplements. We go the gym.
Aging is an inevitability. However, HOW we choose to age is within our control based on our choices, habits, and knowledge.
The Cellular Perspective
What many women don’t understand is that at its core, aging is a cellular process. Over time, cellular damage accumulates, leading to aging signs and potential health challenges. Antioxidants, found in colorful fruits and vegetables, combat this damage, promoting cellular health. One of the best ways to reverse some of that cellular damage? Add more color to your plate – more fruits and vegetables. Those fruits and vegetables will literally pass information to your cells telling them how to be healthier and age better!
Balanced Hormones: The Key to Well-being
Hormonal balance is central to how we feel and function. As years progress, natural shifts occur – often in ways we don’t even understand. Something that worked for you in your 20’s doesn’t work any more in your 40’s. Adapting our diet, lifestyle, and using natural supplements can ensure this balance is maintained, fostering well-being.
Movement and Mobility
Remember that saying, “Move it or lose it”? Our bodies are designed for movement. Regular physical activity, encompassing strength, flexibility, and endurance, keeps the body agile. Whether it’s through structured workouts, walks in nature, or yoga, movement is life. As you age, you may find that you don’t want to do the same workouts you once did. I traded my High Intensity Interval classes (HIIT) for barre and pilates. I traded my runs on my treadmill for walks, or walks out in nature. I’m consistently looking for ways to get more movement into my day.
Brain Health: A Lifelong Endeavor
The brain, a marvel of nature, requires nurturing. Omega-3 fatty acids, cognitive exercises, and mental stimulation ensure its optimal function. Many studies are starting to show that illnesses such as alzheimers and dementia are exacerbated (if not caused) by the body’s inability to properly process sugar – being called Type 3 Diabetes. Make sure you’re feeding your brain what it needs for maximum health. In addition to your nutrition, practices like meditation also offer benefits, enhancing neural connections.
Gut Health and Immunity
The gut has been called the second brain and plays a multifaceted role. Gut health is central to digestion, influences immunity, and even impacts mood. A diverse microbiome, achieved through a varied diet and probiotic supplementation, is a cornerstone of health.
Skin: The Mirror to Internal Health
What we are seeing on our skin externally is often reflecting what is happening iOur skin often reflects our internal health. Hydration, nutrition, and sun protection are vital. Natural supplements, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, can further support skin health.
The Emotional Landscape
Emotional well-being is intertwined with physical health. Building resilience, fostering positive relationships, and seeking joy in small moments can create a fulfilling emotional landscape.
Chronic stress is a modern epidemic with tangible health impacts. Functional medicine offers a buffet of stress management tools, from deep breathing and meditation to herbal adaptogens like ashwagandha. I take mine in a gummy each night after dinner, so it almost seems like a treat.
Ultimately, aging, when approached with the right tools and mindset, is not a decline but a journey of growth, wisdom, and depth.