Aging is an inevitable process. Every living thing on the earth that has experienced growth has to age with passage of time. Its true advances in science has not yet been able to discover ways to control the signs of aging, but there are certain lifestyle modifications which can help you in the process of delaying the biological clock. Forty years of research has shown that when a nourishing diet is eaten sparingly, aging can be retarded and you can add years of vitality to your life. This strategy makes absolute biological sense because most people who overeat are actually under nourished.
Eat up to 3/4th of your capacity
When you eat less. you produce fewer free radicals) cell-damaging oxygen molecules) which are known to be the prime players in accelerating the aging process. Excess calories (in other words, overeating) are the enemies of youth.
Balance your appetite
In case of excessive appetite ( a sign of excess heat) in the body, balance your appetite by consuming raw, cooling vegetables like cucumber, celery, cabbage, radish, lettuce, tomatoes and fruits like watermelon, apple, banana, oranges, grapefruits, pears etc.
Drink a lot of (10-12 glasses) of tepid water, watery soups and vegetable broths.
Water plays many roles in keeping you healthy. It helps to digest food so you can absorb the nutrients you need. It gives you an important source of minerals like magnesium and calcium. Water moistens mucous membranes and lubricates the joints and cools the body through perspiration.
Take anti oxidants
Take anti oxidants every day in the form of a vegetable juice or wheat grass juice or by taking an antioxidant vitamin supplement of A.C.E. and selenium. More >>>
Reduce consumption of stimulants like coffee and colas.
Avoid tobacco, reduce alcohol and fried foods, sugar and maida-based foods. These foods are denatured (robbed of natural vitamins) and trigger production of free radicals in the body which precipitate the aging process.
Maintain ideal body weight.
Neither under nor overweight is desirable. Achieving ideal body weight does provide the basis for attaining good health. After making sure your doctor approves, indulge in physical activity to get your heart rate up by walking,biking, or swimming for at least 30 -60 minutes a day. Choose some activity you like – it will make exercise more enjoyable. If you exercise daily or almost daily, you will become fit within a few short months. Remember, you are never too old to take up exercise.
Eat high fibre foods
Eat high fibre foods like dark, green, leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains like jowar, bajra, naachini, brown rice, whole wheat; pulses like rajma, channa, moth sprouted moong beans, chowli beans, nuts and seeds.
Maintain a positive outlook
Stay in the company of people you enjoy being with, and maintain a positive outlook in life. Every time you hear yourself saying something negative, turn it around, rephrase it into something more positive. We have offered some excellent chapters on this site on stress management & self-esteem. Keep tuned in.
Use the right oils for cooking.
Olive oil is the most beneficial for health. Oils extracted from till and mustard seeds also have health-promoting properties. Supplement this by taking 2 table-spoons of flax seeds everyday.
Take a multi vitamin-mineral tablet everyday
Take a multi vitamin-mineral tablet everyday while following a healthful eating pattern.
Aim for a lifestyle to live well. Eat well, exercise your body and mind regularly, maintain a positive attitude and you will see things changing around you for good.