Ageing inevitably accelerates with time and some of the biggest international companies concentrate on bringing to the market creams and products which claim to bring back our youth. However, we can help to slow down the ageing process by reducing or cutting certain habits or foods in our lives, which have been directly related to an increase risk in free radicals and therefore, higher risk of our body to age faster such as, by cutting or reducing smoking, alcohol, caffeine, limit the amount of sun exposure, fatty meats (like beef, lamb or pork), processed food (fast food), sugary food (including bakery, sweets, biscuits, soda drinks..etc ) and fried food. Additionally, stress and unhealthy lifestyles can deplete our body resources and even accelerate the process of ageing. We can support our body and mind to slow down ageing through a healthy lifestyle and reducing stress in our lives. With the help of a life or professional Coaching, work or personal life stresses can be addressed. However, if you don’t feel like talking or having to give explanations, a profound therapy such as craniosacral therapy will deal with the issues without having to consciously address them. Or simply by having a massage such as shiatsu, reflexology or a body massage can help you tackle stress and help you unwind and relax without building up and storing in your body the daily tensions.
Furthermore, the power of positive thinking has been proven to change the molecular DNA of our cells as mentioned by the popular international author Gregg Braden in his article “Science says DNA can be changed with feelings”. This means, every thought you have has a direct effect in your body and negative thoughts don’t just age us and stress us, but also clot our system, leading to a cascade of events in our systems and deriving to other bigger health problems that just ageing such as: the blood can become more acidic due to the negative thoughts and stress, so conditions such as eczema, arthritis, digestive problems amongst other things, may start to present themselves. To help stay positive therapies such as flower essences, homeopathy or NLP could help.
Supportive foods to help reduce the ageing process would include increasing anti-free radical foods, this means plenty of antioxidants such as dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, seeds (pumpkin, sesame or flaxseeds) and salads, including all kind of colors daily in your fruits such as kiwi, papaya, blueberries, strawberries, avocados or watermelon. Also, these vegetables, seeds and fruits will increase the fibre in your diet, which will help detoxify your system. Having a suitable intake of essential fatty acids will also collaborate to reduce the inflammation that you may be having from the stress and could help to keep the skin moisturized and nourished, which should help reduce premature skin ageing. Foods containing high level of the essential fatty acids would include oily fish (such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies, sardines).
Detoxification is essential to clean your gut, liver and kidneys from the daily burden of toxins that we add to our systems through food and thoughts, plus it helps to slow down the process of ageing due to accumulation of these toxins and the sluggishness they bring to our body and mind. Therapies such as Ayurveda, Naturopathy or Nutrition can guide you and help you to detoxify your body, in addition to evaluate if this would be suitable for you.
A good nutritionist, naturopath or ayurveda practitioner should be able to assess what would be the best method for you to eliminate toxins, stress and increase the right nutrients to reduce or slow down the ageing process.
As eternal youth has been claimed to come from within! 😉
Sources for this article:
- Antiaging diet
- Emotions can change your DNA by the Institute of Heartmath
- Stress and ageing Stress, ageing