Science is increasingly developing new treatments designed to slow the ageing process. Look into the realms of what we would have considered science fiction and you can see that new experiments are being done using stem cells to literally create brand new cells from our own DNA which can then be reinjected into our bodies to rejuvenate. It may be an amazing way to feel and look younger but this is something that isn’t mainstream….yet! You have some scientists saying that nanobots can be used to repair our ageing organs, blood vessels and muscles from within our bodies. Even the fitness and beauty industry is looking at new ways to defend our youth. Cells deteriorate with age. You can’t stop cell deterioration but you can slow it down, slowing down the visual appearance of ageing in the process.
Eat better to age healthily
Our diet plays a major role in how we age. You are what you eat as the saying goes. Healthy helpings of vegetables that are rich in vitamin E, Vitamin B12 and zinc are easy to serve as a side dish daily. Dark green vegetables such as courgettes, broccoli, lettuce, peppers, kale, collard, spinach and peas to name but a few. The darker the better as the colour will suggest the level of vitamins in the flesh of the vegetables. Look at spices that have anti-inflammatory properties such as turmeric. Calcium rich foods help to strengthen bones and stave off osteoporosis- increasing calcium in your diet does not mean having to increase dairy products – other calcium rich sources include nuts, breads made with fortified flour and dark leafy vegetables (with the exception of spinach, which can in fact deplete calcium)
Too much of a good thing
We have all been educated on the negative effects the sun can have on our skin – not least putting us at increased risk of skin cancer, but it is also now recognised that some exposure is good for us in terms of absorbing vitamin D, which is essential for maintain the strong bones and teeth, supporting the immune system and regulating insulin levels. On average, the daily recommended amount of sunshine is around 30 minutes.
Core and cardio
Weight bearing exercise is well known to help support bone density – and is essential as we age. Engages more muscle groups and increases the effectiveness of the workout. And it doesn’t mean the gym. Walking is great weight bearing exercise, and if you progress to Nordic walking, the use of the poles and associated movement engages more muscle groups and increases the effectiveness of the workout. Cardio is something everyone can do simply by taking a brisk walk . Pilates is great exercise for strengthening the core, increasing muscle tone and strength and improving posture – bad posture is incredibly ageing! If you don’t like the idea of joining group classes consider working out to aerobics and yoga DVDs at home- but consider booking a one-to one session with a personal instructor before you start to ensure you are employing the right techniques, assuming the wrong poses could potentially do more harm than good!
There is an array of skincare products to choose from to help support and maintain mature skin – far more choice with improved technology to than any previous generation has had available – many have been reviewed on Fab after Fifty – but there are also non- surgical options for those wanting an extra boost to reduce the visible effects of ageing such as Anti-Wrinkle Injections. Again techniques have improved in recent years – the right practitioner will avoid the overly ‘done’ frozen look, and instead soften lines – particularly crows feet and forehead lines. Injections an also be used to tighten jaw lines, and combined with HA fillers can deliver visual ‘mini-facelift’. Always go to a reputable practitioner who should ask you to complete a medical questionnaire and offer a full consultation prior to treatment.
Wipe it away
Never go to bed without removing make-up. Maintain a regular skincare routine which includes weekly exfoliation. Dead skin cells left on the surface will actually trap debris and dirt and lead to the skin looking dull. A good cleanser will not only cleanse, but also nourish the skin.
Embrace new experiences
Continuing to learn increases confidence – and promotes good brain health. It’s never too late to try something new- whether learning another language, learning to play a musical instrument, coming to grips with new technology. Anything that gives the brain an active workout. Stay social – research show that a good social life is a contributing factor to healthy ageing – and longevity.
So much of how we age is within our own control- small changes can make a big difference.