7 Ways To Grow Younger

Young, AgeWe live in a world that looks at growing older as something undesirable.
Women hate admitting how old they are.
We feel less attractive after we pass a certain age.
The phrase “Forty Is The New Twenty” reflects our longing to staying and looking younger.

Some of this longing is based on wrong internalized messages we got, that older women are not beautiful and valuable and that needs to be challenged and changed. We are amazing at every stage of our lives!

Some of this longing is understandable.
We associate getting older with getting less active and developing health conditions like arthritis, dementia and diabetes and we see an elderly population that is reflecting that.
But growing old and sick and limited is not a human default.

In fact, our bodies have an incredible and miraculous capacity to regenerate and rejuvenate beyond our wildest dreams. The picture of growing older that we see is the reflection of our choices, not something we are destined for. And we can reverse that by making rejuvenating choices.
I believe that we can live A LOT longer and healthier than we think.

The following 7 practices that will help you grow younger, and to create and maintain optimal health at any age!

1. Eat leafy green vegetables every day.
The darker, the better.
Leafy greens, especially the dark leafy greens, are loaded with good for us nutrients like vitamins and minerals. They are also high in antioxidants that help our bodies fight and prevent disease and infections. And they are high in chlorophyll which is essential for our bones, muscles, blood and colon health.

2. Practice yoga daily.
Yoga keeps the body supple and flexible, it deeply heals the organs and cells and it calms the nervous systems. It is one of the best activities you can do to keep your body rejuvenated and young.
Even just a few poses a day will be beneficial.
I practice what I like to call “yoga tidbits” on days that I don’t have time to do a full yoga class. 2-3 poses in the morning, before bed and anytime during the day.

3. Avoid aging substances.
Stay away from foods and substances that degenerate our bodies like cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine and refined, processed foods.
Foods that contain white flour-white sugar are especially depleting.
Choose whole and natural foods.

4. Learn something new.
Always.
A new language.
New computer skills.
A creative craft.
A new sport.
Learning something that you did not know before teaches your brain to stay functioning and thinking in creative ways.
It will help keep brain cells renewed and will keep brain degeneration away. You are never too old to learn something new.

5. Be part of a supportive community.
The Blue Zones are areas on the planets where large populations have been living into their 90s and 100s in great health. There have been many studies to learn their secrets and one of the things all those populations have in common is that they live with a strong sense of community and connection to each other. Having people around you that love and support you is vital to your well being. Especially if it’s a community that shares your goal of healthy living. Look for groups, congregations, clubs and activities that help you connect to other people that will support your vision.

6. Live joyfully.
Worry and depression can wreak havoc on our mind and body. If you find that your life is devoid of joy, start examining it and make joy a priority.
Ask yourself:
What makes me happy?
What feeds my heart and soul?
And take steps to bring those things into your life.
Get help if you need to from a friend, a support group or a professional.

7. Stay in a positive conversation.
We are all bombarded with information. TV news. Newspapers. Magazines. E-mails. Social media. There is information coming at us non stop from all directions. And a lot of it is negative and shows us a grim picture of the world. And while it is important to know what is going on, the world is also filled with beauty and miracles that we often do not notice. Take time every day to stay connected to something positive and life affirming.

Let’s embrace growing younger!
xoxo
Rachel

Rachel Kieffer About Rachel Kieffer

Rachel Kieffer is a holistic health coach who helps women heal their relationship with food and their bodies and fall in love with a healthy life. You can get her free 'Healthiest Food Shopping List' at www.healthnutgirl.com

  • Lore Raymond

    Appreciated learning about: “5. Be part of a supportive community.
    The Blue Zones are areas on the planets where large populations have been living into their 90s and 100s in great health.” Going to Google Blue Zones. Yes, I feel I am 64 years young!

    • Rachel Kieffer

      Ooh, you will love learning about the blue zones.

  • All great tips, Rachel. We try to incorporate all of these daily… but neither one of us is terribly freaked out by aging. We consider it a priviledge.

    • Rachel Kieffer

      It sure is, an attitude of being delighted with aging is the best way to live a long and radiant life.

  • Yes to all of those although i still like the occasional glass of red wine 🙂

    • Rachel Kieffer

      No worries, enjoy without guilt.

  • Reba Linker

    I’m with you on this one, Rachel!

    • Rachel Kieffer

      Right on Reba xoxo

  • Kelley Grimes

    I love this article and all the ideas to embrace our vibrant health! I am especially inspired by the stay in positive conversation Rachel and so appreciate you highlighting how important that is to our health and wellness. Thank you so much!

    • Rachel Kieffer

      Thank you Kelley, so glad you are inspired.

  • CK Kochis

    Wonderful article, Rachel! I love all of your tips. Thank you for inspire me.

    • Rachel Kieffer

      Thanks Cindy xoxo

  • Oh, Rachel…. While I read this I was drinking my second cup of coffee…. sigh! What a great list though! I’m not doing too bad, but I could step it up a bit more if I didn’t suffer such wretched headaches from caffeine withdrawal….

    • Rachel Kieffer

      Everything in moderation Sheila, it took me years to get myself of caffeine, I did it very slowly and gradually, no withdrawal symptoms.

  • TheBacaJourney

    I feel inspired and also grateful that I am already doing most of the things on your list. Your are really a pied piper of health and wellness! Thank you Rachel.

    • Rachel Kieffer

      That is so great xoxo

  • Barb Parcells

    This great grandma is still practicing her yoga (okay, not like I was still in my 50’s, but not too shabby for 68)! Maybe I’m a Blue Zone all by myself!

    • Rachel Kieffer

      Lol, sounds like you are xoxo

  • Rachel, what a great list. I agree, they are trying to make 60 the new 40 and such. What’s wrong with being fabulous at 40, 50, 60 and beyond? We earned our vibrancy and wisdom. Embrace every stage of life!

    • Rachel Kieffer

      True!

  • Lottie Moore

    There’s some great inspiration here Rachel. I’m going to commit to learning more new things!

    • Rachel Kieffer

      Great Lottie, so glad you are inspired.