When I was young, I played the violin. It sounded ok when I played alone but when I played in the orchestra, that was when it sounded amazing.
And ageing is a bit like the orchestra. It’s not just one instrument, there are many and they need to operate in harmony for the best results.
And it’s no good just tuning the violin for a pure sound, every instrument in the orchestra needs to be in tune.
I find that this analogy makes it easier when talking about ageing.
There are so many claims that this pill or that herb or that juice will keep you youthful. And each of these may be beneficial but they are like violins without an orchestra.
A quick fix sounds so appealing but it just won’t give you the results you want.
To remain youthful, you need the whole orchestra to play in tune.
What causes ageing?
I’m not talking about getting older, I’m talking about ageing. We all grow older everyday but we don’t age at the same rate. I’m sure you’re aware of people who look much younger than what you’d expect from the number of candles on the cake.
Ageing is the result of damage at the cellular level which then translates into how your organs function and your body copes on a day to day basis.
The body has built in anti-ageing mechanisms
I am constantly amazed at the ability of the body to heal itself and keep everything ticking along.
We have the most intricate systems working for us and there are some specifically working to keep our cells youthful.
You may be aware of some of the mechanisms, like the anti-oxidant network that fights free radical damage. As we age, we make more free radicals so anti-oxidants are a key component of staying youthful, but they’re not the only mechanism that keeps us youthful.
Ageing Defence Mechanisms
There are several ageing defence mechanisms and they all need to be operating efficiently for you to have a youthful glow and that spring in your step that makes people think you are 10 years younger than you actually are.
This is the orchestra and every one of these instruments need to be in tune
Think of body’s defence mechanisms as individual instruments:
That keep inflammation in balance
That regulate metabolism
That do cellular detox and recycling
That repair and protect DNA
That are involved with tissue renewal
That involve anti-oxidant defence against free radicals
Simple lifestyle changes can make a difference
It would be easy to be discouraged by that list and feel that there’s nothing that you can do.
But, there is a lot you can do and although there’s not one quick fix, I’ve found that just by changing one thing at a time, I’ve developed a lifestyle that actually minimises the damage that leads to ageing - this damage is sometimes call inflammaging.
We have the ability to choose how we live our lives and a few key choices can lead to a longer, healthier life.
5 lifestyle changes that can reduce inflammaging
How many of these do you think you could incorporate into your life?
Exercise helps reduce ageing at the cellular level. So, what one thing can you do to increase your exercise ?
Take the stairs
Park a block away from work and walk the rest
Try interval training where you walk fast for 3 minutes then slow for 3 minutes and you do that four to six times
Managing stress is key to staying youthful. What one thing can you add to you day to reduce stress.
Breathe - use the technique where you breathe in for 2 and then out for 4 and you do that 10 times
Practice mindfulness - be in the present moment and just notice what your senses are telling you without analysing
Try mediation - there are many great apps that give guided meditations. Try one
Increase your anti-oxidant intake and your cells will thank you. What one thing can you do to increase your anti-oxidant intake
Increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat daily
Increase the amount of oily fish you eat which will increase you omega 3 and they have anti-inflammatory action
Take an anti-oxidant rich supplement. It’s important, though, that you choose a high quality supplement to ensure you are actually getting what you believe you are taking. Our supplements are high quality and many of our anti-oxidant supplements come with a money back guarantee.
Reduce your sugar intake and you will reduce tissue inflammation. I actually found it easier to reduce sugar when I understood how much was an acceptable level.
We only need 6 to 9 teaspoons of sugar a day and each teaspoon is 4 g, so that’s 24 - 36 grams per day depending on your size.
Read the labels on food and compare items - look for the lower sugar per 100 g
Stop having all sodas and carbonated drinks
Avoid processed food
Reducing body fat will also reduce inflammaging. If you’re like me, you might be rolling your eyes and saying ‘easier said than done’ but it is possible and doesn’t need to be difficult .
Keep active and maintain your muscle mass as that is your fat burning engine
Manage your stress as stress hormones will lead to fat accumulation particularly around the belly
Take a fat burning supplement like our TeGreen97 - one capsule is equivalent to 7 cups of green tea without the caffeine
Keeping the orchestra in tune doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s just a matter of being diligent and choosing to keep each instrument tuned up and you can do it one at a time.
Start by making one change in each of the 5 areas above and you’ll be making an excellent start.