5 Ways to Naturally Lower Your Internal Age
Jul 31, 2014 by Sarah Goodman | lifestyle
By supporting the body with positive daily choices, you can give your body a helpful boost to improve circulation, cleanse, and detox of harmful toxins. Follow any (or all!) of these easy 5 little changes and watch yourself get younger and healthier from the inside out.
Look at how much movement you're getting in your day, and boost it up a bit. For some, this could mean just taking the stairs at work. More active? Instead of driving around to run errands, bike. Bored of your current workout regime? Hire a personal trainer for one session to show you something new and exciting to get you out of a slump. For some, the gym can get pretty boring. Try to find something that's different, and fun to do for your activity that doesn't feel like working out. Try indoor rock climbing, spinning classes, yoga, bar classes, the list goes on.
Two thirds of the body is made up of water, and to work optimally, the body needs sufficient water intake. Sounds pretty important, right? So why are an estimated 75% of North Americans chronically dehydrated? An easy way to increase hydration is to purchase a good quality water bottle and keep it with you! If you have it there, you'll drink it. Also try cutting out concentrated juices and pops, the sugars in those drinks will just add to dehydration. Add some lemon, lime, mint or fruit to your water bottle and have a refreshing drink all day.
Decrease Sugar Consumption
Sugar intake has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer's, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome (to name a few). Next time you read a label on a product keep this in mind: 4g of sugar is 1 tsp. 1 regular sized can of soda pop has 39 grams of sugar. That's almost TEN teaspoons of sugar! Sport, energy, and vitamin drinks have ridiculous amounts of sugar that rob your body of nutrients and cause disease. Don't get fooled by flashy words and advertisements. Lowering your sugar intake will have positive results on your health, your appearance, and your cognitive function. If this wasn't enough for you, read 141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health.
Improve your Diet
What you put in your body directly impacts every bodily function. If you eat crap, you're going to feel like crap, but change is hard. Try adding a couple new healthy foods into your diet each week. Once you start to feel the difference good quality whole foods make on your body and mind, you won't want the junk anymore. Try this recipe for Papillot Steamed Salmon.
Lower Your Stress Levels
You body only sees stress one way. Whether you're late for work and stuck in traffic, or you're getting chased by a tiger, same stress response. Fight or flight. Our bodies are equipped to handle stress, but when the body experiences stress on a regular basis it has a detrimental effect. Stress affects all systems of the body, and excess stress can contribute to decreased health. When your body is in a stressed state, it shuts down certain systems like immunity, digestion and growth to name a few, to deal with the current stress at hand. Try some of these stress lowering suggestions during your day.
Move your body - Yes, I know I already mentioned moving, but your body releases endorphins when you move around, so go for a 5 minute walk and see how you feel.
Breathe through it - Taking a few deep breaths before reacting could make a world of difference.
You time - Take some time for yourself each day to do something you love.
Stretch - Stretching your body is relaxing and works wonder for movement and posture. Try stretching for 5 minutes when you wake up, and before you go to bed.
Easy as that! Try some, or all of these suggestions for 1 week and feel the difference it makes on your body and mind.