Although there is no way of stopping the aging process, there are ways of reducing the affect aging has on your entire physical appearance- body, skin and hair.
The most frequent comment that comes with seeing before and after picture of Betalife members that have lost weight is, “They look so much younger!” This is true evidence that a change in diet and lifestyle can really have a dramatic affect on the aging process. From simply following the Betalife principles you’re likely to see healthier skin, hair, and nails; but we still have some more tips to help keep you looking younger for longer!
1. Do the 10 Minute Easy Exercise everyday
By doing this everyday you will see the same benefits that regular yoga workouts will bring. You’ll notice your body will become visibly firmer, stronger, more flexible and less tense. It is a great way to release stress (which as we know is a major contributor to premature aging), so not only will your body get a great workout your mind will too!
2. Body Brush
Regular body brushing helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, tone problem areas, improve circulation and keep skin soft and smooth. The circular movements that are involved in body brushing stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing toxins from the body.
3. Pelvic Floor Exercises
A weak bladder is a common side effect of aging and is experienced by women in particular. By doing pelvic floor exercises regularly you will help build the muscles that control your bladder. Here’s how to do it: Suck your stomach in so it feels like your belly button is touching your spine, hold for a few seconds and release. Continue until you have done a few sets. Do these regularly lying on the floor and raising your bottom off the ground, or even sitting in your chair. The more you do it the stronger your bladder will become.
4. Do the recommended amount of exercise
Not only is exercise important for keeping the body toned, for cardiovascular health, stress reduction and increasing energy, it is also important in the prevention of osteoporosis (which comes with aging). So to keep your bones strong and healthy for more years to come, take the time to fit in regular exercise.
5. Do Face and Neck Exercises
These help to build the muscles in your neck and face, so prevent those dreaded saggy necks. To do: Say ‘EEEE’ and hold the note for a few seconds, then say ‘OORRR’ and hold for a few seconds. This may sounds silly but it works if done regularly!
6. Exercise your eyes
Weakened eye-sight is one of the most common effects of aging, so aim to do these exercises everyday if you can: Move both your eyes to the left, then to the right. Look upwards, downwards and diagonally both ways. Repeat these steps a couple of times and you will be on the way to stronger eye-sight for more years to come!
7. Eat foods rich in Vitamin B, Zinc and Omega 3
Vitamin B helps keep the skin, eyes and hair looking healthy, assists in controlling moods and is essential for breaking down food and turning it into energy- so chances are if you feel full of energy you will feel much younger!
Foods high in omega 3 essential fatty acids also help keep your skin and hair healthy, so increase the ‘beauty foods’ such as fish, olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado, berries, green leafy veggies, broccoli and nuts and seeds. Have a look in the Food and Eating section of The Help Files for a longer list of these foods.
Zinc is essential for wound healing and cell repair, assists in digestion and helps fight cold and flu by building the immune system. The body doesn’t produce zinc on its own so it is essential to get this mineral from outside sources. The foods mentioned above are high in zinc but specific foods such as pecans, legumes, sunflower seeds, eggs, brown rice, wheat germ and oysters can be added to this list.
8. Drink the recommended amount of water
By drinking 2-3L of water per day not only will you be flushing out toxins and rehydrating the body, but you will also be rehydrating the skin and slowing down the aging process. So, more water, less wrinkles!
9. Limit your time in the sun
Too much sun causes wrinkles and skin cancer so avoid lying in the sun in the hottest parts of the day. If you insist on sun baking then make sure your face is covered! It is still important to get some exposure to the sun because it provides Vitamin D, which is essential for the absorption of calcium, keeping the skin health and assisting in skin conditions such as eczema. Just try and limit your exposure time.
10. Moisturise your body and face daily
Sorbolene cream makes a fantastic natural body moisturiser, or try to select other products that contain little or no chemicals. Soaking in a bath with a cap or two of olive oil once a week is also a great trick for keeping the skin soft and looking young! However, take extreme caution when you get out of the bath because it is very slippery and if care isn’t taken you may fall!
11. Receive regular massages
Whether they are from a professional or just your partner, you will feel the benefits that comes with regular massages. Tension in the muscles makes you feel lethargic and stiff, so by massaging (the neck and shoulders in particular) you will feel more energetic and have increased concentration. I think this is the best excuse for a weekly/fortnightly or monthly treat!
12. Get enough sleep
Sleep is important for repairing cells in the body so if you’re not sleeping enough then chances are you will see the affect of this as you age.
13. Reduce your overall stress
Stress causes grey hair, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, hyper tension and much more. So, take the time out to relax and take care of your body and mind. Meditation is one of the best ways to relax and work on your ‘inner self’, so consider doing this regularly.