Are you Making These Aging Mistakes?

Are you over fifty, like me, or not quite there yet? Are you dreading turning fifty? (Do you remember when you were twenty-five and you thought everyone in their fifties were OLD. Haha!!) Maybe you feel your forties were hard enough. Well, I want to reassure you that you can age gracefully by avoiding some of the following mistakes.

No matter what lies ahead for you, I want to reassure you that there are many things you can do to reduce the impact of turning fifty so that you can be Fabulous and Fit. I am going to share 5 mistakes to avoid so that you can be at the top of your game. I avoid all of these mistakes plus many more. Trust me, when you reach a certain age, you can use all the help available to you.

Mistake #1 – Trying to Hydrate with Soda and Energy Drinks.

As the years go by our bodies literally dry up from the inside out. Our skin just can’t continue to retain moisture like it used to back in the day when we were plump infants with juicy flesh that stored wa­ter like desert succulents.

Diet sodas and energy drinks may quench your thirst on the spot but they don’t hydrate your system in the long run like good old H2O does!

Why?

Because they are jam packed with artificial flavors, sugars, chemical preservatives and acidifying agents that can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, tooth decay, organ stress and low­ered immune system.

What you can do to make a change:

DRINK WATER, DRINK WATER, DRINK WATER.

Drinking water is the true fountain of youth! It is all your body needs to stay hydrated.

How much water should you drink? A good rule of thumb is to drink between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight per day.

For example, if your body weight is 150 pounds, then you need to drink anywhere between 64 ounces and 100 ounces (0.67% x 150) of water per day.

Mistake # 2 – Underestimating the Value of Heart-Healthy Fatty Acids

How this ages your body:

The older you get, the harder your body has to work to pump blood to your heart and brain because age slows down the body’s func­tioning and puts strain on your heart and immune system.

So the good news is that Omega-3’s found in fatty fish such as wild salmon, lake trout sardines, mackerel and tuna are nature’s gift to anti-aging!

Here’s why…..

Omega-3’s are known to significantly reduce inflammation in the body, which is a symptom of many chronic age-related diseases.

For example, Omega-3 supplements are known to lower triglyceride (blood fat) levels that can otherwise put you at risk for heart disease. And some research suggests that Omega-3’s even protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

And aside from eating fatty fish, what is the best way to get Ome­ga-3 fatty acids?

What you can do to make a change:

TAKE FISH OIL

If the thought of eating sardines out of the can turns your stomach, the next best thing is omega-3 fish oil capsules!

These are one of the BEST ways to keep you skin healthy and supple with less wrinkles and they support your heart and immune func­tions as aging takes its toll on your system.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the UltraWellenss Center, finding a high quality fish oil is imperative. So look out for reputable brands that certify that their products are heavy metal and pesticide free!

Dr. Hyman recommends taking 1000 mg of fish oil twice daily with a 300/200 ratio of EPA/DHA. These are both long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids—EPA is found in most fish and shellfish and DHA is found in algae. 

Mistake # 3 – Eating Too Much Sugar

How this ages your skin:

Experts now agree that eating processed sugar over a lifetime can lead to dull, wrinkled skin. Huh? Why would sugar speed up the ag­ing process? Good question!

A high-sugar diet reduces the quality of the collagen in your skin.

How does this work? Your skin has three types of collagen (I, II, and III) and when it absorbs too much sugar, it weakens type III, which is also the strongest and most durable collagen. This is what makes your skin look less supple, drier and more prone to wrinkles.

What you can do to make a change:

SWITCH TO NATURAL UNPROCESSED SWEETENERS

If the thought of foregoing sugar altogether is giving you a nervous breakdown, relax… here are a few healthier alternatives so you don’t have to forever abandon your sweet tooth:

                    Maple syrup that is pure, unflavored and free of additives like high-fructose corn syrup

                    Raw honey that is unheated and unfiltered is rich in minerals and vitamins

                    Blackstrap molasses is super high in iron and Vitamin B6

                    Date sugar is high in fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium

                    Coconut sugar is just as sweet as sugar and contains small amount of iron and potassium

Mistake #4 – Casually Sipping Your Coffee and Tea

How this ages your look:

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your teeth are what others see when you talk or smile.

We all know that the caffeine in tea and coffee is notorious for stain­ing your once cloud-white tooth enamel yellow.

As we age we are more prone to stains because of the amount of caffeine we consume and because of how we sip it.

What you can do to make a change:

STRAWBERRY WHITENING PASTE!

Be mindful when you drink coffee or tea not to swoosh it around on your teeth like a mouthwash as it erodes the enamel and stains the teeth.

Instead, either drink from a straw or swallow without swooshing it around.

Another trick is to use a natural tooth-whitener containing malic ac­id—a strawberry!

Mash one strawberry to a pulp and mix with half a teaspoon of bak­ing powder. Use a toothbrush to coat your teeth with the mixture. Leave on for five minutes and then brush! 

Mistake #5 – Turning Your Nose Up to Smelly Sulfur Veggies

How this ages your skin:

You know that stinky egg odor that rises up from mineral hot springs? That’s sulfur! And it’s actually really good for your skin. It’s the often-misunderstood “beauty mineral.”

If your body lacks sulfur, your skin will look dull, your pores will clog up and your complexion will appear lackluster. Why?

Sulfur provides smoothness and shine to your skin by helping with fat digestion and controlling the metabolism of carbohydrates and ridding the body of waste.

It also resists bacteria and protects against toxicity. And it helps restore connective tissue in the skin and maintain its structural integ­rity.

What you can do to make a change:

EAT STINKY VEGGIES!

Think twice next time before turning your nose up at the green, gas­sy cruciferous family of veggies in the produce section like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, bok choy and kohlrabi.

Add these to your diet and your skin will start to glow as though you’ve been soaking it up in mineral hot springs!

These are only a handful of the things I do. If you want to feel and look incredible, well into your fifties and beyond, check back soon for more tips.

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