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Embracing the Aging Process

November 12, 2008

The majority of Americans flock to foods or products that claim to have anti-aging properties. Why is that?

It seems that people fear the process of getting older because they associate it with losing independence or losing pleasure in life. This fear often leads people to take unhealthy actions that do not support their body’s capabilities. It’s important to recognize that aging is a natural process and rather than fighting it, embrace it. By tuning into where you are in life, it will be that much more enjoyable.

According to this interview with Andrew Weil MD, here are some ways to live healthier and happier.

Keep Learning. By challenging yourself with new ideas, studies suggest that you can keep the neurons in your brain pliable and flexible to ward off degenerative diseases.

Live in a peaceful and healthy environment. Target those people in your life who make you happy and find ways to spend more time with them. Introduce fresh flowers into your house and listen to music that elevates your spirits.

Healthy Eating. Continue to eat those fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Introduce more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet like fish and nuts. Studies suggest they help ward off certain degenerative diseases.  

Stress Management. It’s pretty hard to avoid stress, but you can alter how you cope with it. The more relaxed you are when a stressful situation comes up the less likely your body will react negatively to it. Some people find that meditation or yoga helps with stress management.

Get Moving. No matter what your age, exercise or some form of movement should be a part of your life. This will help your body stay flexible and strong throughout the years.

The next time someone asks how old you are you can say, “I am X years young.”

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.