Aging is a fact of life, and many would agree that there are positive as well as negative aspects to this phase of life. Most people believe that growing older means loosing many of the things we once had in our youth. Great skin, energy, fitness, a positive outlook on life, keeping at a desirable weight, mobility, flexibility, sound of mind and a youthful outlook.
The truth is that all of these things are available to us as we grow older. Sure we may have to work a little harder if we have let things go a little but by looking after yourself in the right areas you will keep healthy and active.
There are many theories as to what really causes aging, among them genes and our genetic makeup, free radicals and lifestyle choices. The purpose of this site is to focus more on the lifestyle choices and what we can do to slow the aging process and remain fit and Aging Healthy as we grow older.
To this effect our focus is to be on aging healthy through lifestyle, anti aging nutrition and exercise.
It is well documented of the destructive nature of free radicals roving around our bodies. They occur naturally and are created as a part of all the chemical reactions our bodies perform to sustain life. They carry an unstable molecule with an unpaired electron that runs amok, attacking cell membranes, weakening arteries and attacking DNA in an attempt to steal an electron. They are also generated by environmental toxins excessive sunlight, food additives, damaged oils, alcohol and the biggest offender, cigarettes.
Antioxidants are the protective force to douse the free radical fires. When we have insufficient anti-oxidants in out diets we can suffer from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is most damaging at the cellular level where the free radical affected cells become less able to expel waste and deliver nutrients.
The keys to replenishing protective anti-oxidants is by supporting anti-oxidant enzyme systems, eating anti-oxidant rich foods, and consuming anti-oxidant based supplements - essential nutrients.
Anti aging exercise. Offers massive benefits by preventing and reversing any age-related muscle mass, improving strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. Regular exercise can assist in preventing obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Yoga is ideal, as is weight training and simply walking.
Nutrition. We’ve all heard the term we are what we eat. Research has proven that eating healthy food promotes good health and unhealthy foods lead to a diseased body. The main healthy food groups include; Fruits, vegetables, cereals’ and pulses, dairy, poultry fish and meat products. However in regards to cooking foods, especially meats, poultry and fish, are ever vigilant about the amount of fats consumed and the oils used in cooking.