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Hacking Old Age: How to Slow Down Father Time

man-772718_640If there was a way to hack the aging process, would you do it? Of course, you would! Ever since youth and beauty were considered important by early humans, everyone from Cleopatra to Elisabeth of Bavaria went to extraordinary methods just to hang on to the last vestiges of their youthful appearance.

The only problem is, old age is inevitable. The passing of time and the ravages that come with it are all part of nature’s beautiful cycle of life and death. No one in the history of mankind has escaped it, but many have tricked it, lived well past their expiration date and looked young while doing it. But how did they do it?

Think Happy Thoughts in Another Language

Learn another language! Being bilingual has been proven to stave off early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Staying positive is an important approach to the age old problem of old age. Stress and negativity seem to amplify disease and even bring it on, so experts agree that limiting or even eliminating stress is important to stave off aging.

Be Young at Heart

According to a study by the University College London, feeling young at heart may actually help you live longer. The study proves that age and longevity are directly tied to how old you think you are and what you perceive your health to be. So the trick here is: don’t act your age! Or at least, try to see yourself as at least a few years younger than you actually are.

Eat Less

Fasting and intermittent fasting has many benefits, and one of them would be its positive effect on slowing the aging process. Calorie restriction has been proven to “arrest gene expression levels involved in the aging phenotype” or how genes determine the behavior of mammals as they get old, according to research done by Neuroscientists at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Choose Quality

The quality of the food you eat is just as important as the volume, so make sure you’re getting calories from quality sources of meat, fish and vegetables. Choose the organic variety if you can find a reliable source, and never overcook anything. This takes out the beneficial nutrients your body needs.

So the old saying “you are what you eat” really does hold water, because the more you eat, the more calories you take in. Unburned calories are stored as fat, and fat brings a host of problems especially when a person reaches a certain age, such as hypertension and heart disease.

Up Your Supplement Intake

The only caveat for eating fewer calories is you may not be getting enough nutrients and naturally occurring minerals. This is where supplements come into play. Important supplements for older people include a high quality, plant based multivitamin. This will ensure that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals essential to help your body fight aging.

Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, DHEA, resveratrol and collagen are also crucial to slowing down the aging process. Collagen is especially important because it is responsible for your skin’s elasticity and suppleness. The body produces less and less collagen as you age, so taking a collagen supplement may help.

The benefits and side effects of eating collagen supplements are well documented online. Just make sure you get a quality supplement from a reputable manufacturer and make sure you’re getting hydrolyzed collagen.

Stay Active

Physical fitness is the last step in delaying the aging process. Maintaining an active lifestyle is critical to maintaining youth. More than half of runners in the New York Marathon is over 40. There are a lot of older athletes that are defying age limits by breaking records and doing stuff people said they couldn’t do anymore.

Michael Jordan returned to the NBA and became the oldest player to tally 40 points in a game. He even led the lowly Washington Wizards in scoring!

Remember, growing old is inevitable. But you can slow the process down and lead an amazing life! After all, age is just a state of mind.

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