The natural effects of aging on your body and mind can affect your quality of life. Slowing metabolism and memory loss are just a couple of the realities that may affect you as you age. Fortunately, there are ways to help maintain your youthful quality of life.
What is aging?
Aging is a progressive failure of metabolic processes in the body. Since all of our cells and their functions are intertwined, our bodies start to deteriorate once the cells’ function start to decline. But slowing the process of aging isn’t as simple as doing one or even two things differently; it takes a multi-faceted approach to slow the aging process and gain our optimal health.
Lifestyle, nutrient intake and obesity
First and foremost, we need to establish a healthy foundation. As we age, this foundation becomes increasingly important to improving the health of our cells. Our cells are do-everything soldiers in our body. When we get hurt, our cells help us heal. When we get sick, our cells help us feel better. When we exercise, our cells help us recover.
But over time, our cells don’t work as hard. That’s just natural. But if you don’t treat your body right – eat the wrong foods, don’t exercise, have unhealthy habits like smoking – you are doing even more damage to your cells, which can accelerate the aging process.
Systematic approach to the endocrine system
What exactly is the endocrine system and why is it important for healthy aging? First, the endocrine system creates hormones in your body affecting metabolism, growth, development, tissue function and even mood. So it’s got a lot to do with a wide array of functions within your body.
Second, our hormone production decreases with aging, making it more difficult to repair and regulate body functions. And because hormone production is interactive, a drop in any one hormone may lead to an imbalance in many others, wreaking havoc on the entire endocrine system. Keeping the endocrine system healthy can help slow the aging process.
We age because our hormone production declines; our hormones don’t decline because we age.
Sleeplessness. Diminished mental capacity. Joint and muscle pain. Decreased sexual desire. These are just some of the age-related conditions that we worry about facing as we get older. But there are all-natural ways to help slow the onset of all these conditions. We just have to start by looking at some labels.
- Sleep: Some thing might not change when we get older – many of us keep hectic lifestyles and remain stressed throughout our lives. All of this affects how we sleep. But for older people, the relationship between sleep and aging becomes even more important. A lack of sleep takes a toll on our health. For those looking for more sleep, increasing the hormone melatonin could help sleep quality.
- Mental Acuity: One of the most important aspects of our health is our mental capacity. Studies have shown that hormone levels, reflexes and memory neurotransmitters show slight decreases each year after we reach our middle aged years. It’s important to help enhance our cognitive function by inhibiting oxidative stress and maintaining healthy blood circulation to the brain.
- Achy joints: more than 30 percent of adults experience joint pain, and the older we get, the more joint pain can affect us. Studies have shown that ingredients such as glucosamine, Pycnogenol and hyaluronic acid can help with flexibility, inflammation and fluidity for bone and joint health.
- Libido: Menopause and decreased testosterone production are key reasons for a decrease in sex drive when we age. But fear, anxiety and depression about aging can also affect your sex drive. Nitric oxide capacity also decreases with age, which plays a role in sexual performance. Supplementing with products designed to increase testosterone and estrogen, as well as increasing nitric oxide capacity, might help improve sexual desire.
Anti-aging doesn’t start when you’re retired. We have to start young to stay young. By understanding what causes our bodies to decline with age, we can begin a regimen to prevent it from starting too soon. That way, we can find the Fountain of Youth within ourselves.