Celebrities always tell us that they maintain a healthy lifestyle which is the reason why they look so good. Well, we looked into it to learn more about how big superstars maintain themselves so we can shave some (age) years off too. Turns out that there is more to maintenance than we thought. Celebrities employ both natural and scientific ways to reverse aging.
Some of the scientifically backed techniques not only fight but reverse aging. Yes, you read that right; it is possible to reverse aging and achieve optimal health regardless of your chronological age.
If you want to learn how to reverse age at any age, then read on.
But before we get into how to reverse age, let’s first understand why we age.
The process of aging – Why do we age?
Every living organism ages. It’s inevitable. According to research, there are a number of factors that determine our longevity. Our genes and DNA are one of those factors.
As we age, errors start to appear on a cellular level. Over time, these errors build up wreaking havoc; cells become unable to repair or rejuvenate and sometimes even become cancerous. Part of the DNA changes includes the size of the telomeres, the caps at the end of the chromosomes. They play a key role in our age-related health. As telomeres shorten over time, they cause enough damage that cannot allow for DNA replication. At the same time, senescent cells start to build up hindering any rejuvenation in the body. These changes create a combined effect on our health at a cellular level which decreases our body’s ability to maintain youth.
Researchers have figured that our cells over time accumulate a lot of damage that translates into age-related changes. If we can figure out how to improve or eliminate that damage, we can reverse age.
Aging itself is a disease that no one can escape. No amount of power or money can buy health and wellness that strips away from us as we become older. However, as we look back (at the 1800’s and older days), we see that humans have become less prone to age-related diseases. In the early days, the life expectancy of humans used to be around forty years. Today, it has drastically increased up to seventy-two.
Due to advancements in medicine, we have been successful in eliminating most of the infectious diseases that used to be fatal. However, while we have eliminated what used to kill us, we have come to face a whole different array of diseases that our ancestors did not live long enough to experience. These ailments include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more.
Aging is associated with behavioral, psychological, environmental, and biological changes. Some of the changes that occur with age are benign while others can have an impairing effect that can lead to decreased quality of life. Benign changes include grey hair and wrinkles, while, impairing changes include mental and physical decline that reduces the ability to function normally.
The main culprit behind DNA changes that can cause aging is oxidative stress that comes from:
– Environmental pollution
– Chronic stress
– exposure to radiation or chemicals
– Alcohol consumption
– In take of processed foods
Why you should care about reversing your age?
Why not? There is so much we want to do with our lives. For some people, one lifetime isn’t even enough for their goals. And even if you don’t want to do much, wouldn’t you like to be healthy at any age? Reversing age is more than just reducing or eliminating a saggy, wrinkly look; it’s about achieving optimal health so you can live an independent, fulfilled life.
The scientific ways that seek to reverse aging are looking into slowing down and even eliminating the onset of chronic degenerative diseases that can impact both physical and mental health in older age. If successful, we will have an extremely wise and experienced older population ready to help us shape the future, instead of lying in death beds fighting something as degenerative as cancer or Alzheimers.
Nobody wants to go that way. You want to be as productive as you possibly can for as long as you live. So if you haven’t looked into it before, now is the time to dig into natural and scientific ways to reverse age.
Natural ways to reverse aging
Start with the habits
Don’t be too quick to try out supplements and expensive treatments; they will not prove to be an alternative for a healthy lifestyle. Celebrities have their lifestyle maintained first before they try anything else. So we will start with the destructive/bad habits that may impact your overall health.
Do you smoke? Do you stay up late? Do you spend too much time in front of a computer screen or a TV? Do you binge-watch Netflix? Are you always guilt/regret/hate ridden? Do you often rely on junk food?
If the answer to all the above questions is yes, then you have a problem.
Let’s look into each habit and study ways to reverse aging through lifestyle changes.
You probably have heard this a million times: sleep is crucial for optimal health. Lack of sleep or improper sleep has been linked to (by many established researchers) cognitive decline that impacts memory, attention, reasoning, problem-solving, and behavior. Additionally, a chronic sleep disorder such as insomnia has been linked to other serious problems including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Just think about it for a second. By simply ignoring sleep early at night, you are putting your health in danger; and by getting proper sleep at night, you could easily eliminating a plethora of health conditions.
Apart from keeping you healthy, sleep plays a key role in keeping you young. While it may not reverse age, it plays a pivotal role in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Sleep repairs all organs in the body, but it specifically repairs epidermal layers of the skin, aiding in skin rejuvenation. This rejuvenation allows you to have a plump and youthful appearance.
How to fix your sleep
There are a couple of things you can do to fix your bad sleep habits:
- Make up your mind to sleep early. Change happens when you want it to happen. Once you acknowledge that you have a sleep problem, you will automatically adjust your daily activities to fix it.
- Finish work during the day; avoid holding off things for later. Establish discipline that allows you to finish your daily chores during the day.
- Make your room and bed comfortable. If you are not comfortable in your bed, you may not sleep well. Make sure you have blinds in place to block any external lights and switch off any internal lights. Dark will help you sleep.
- Address the underlying cause of sleepiness. Depression, anxiety, and other medical conditions can cause sleep problems. Get to the cause to figure out why you can’t sleep.
- If you can’t sleep due to a medical condition, talk to your doctor and take sleeping pills as prescribed to get the daily zzz’s. Remember that lack of sleep can lead to even further problems so you must address it.
- Wash your face before bed and use an elevated position to avoid snoring and acid reflux problems.
Smoking and drinking
When someone tells you to stop smoking and drinking, they probably think it’s easy to do. We know, it’s not. We are not going to tell you to stop smoking or drinking or lecture you about the health risks that come with the activities. You probably know how these indulgences are damaging your health.
Instead of quitting, address the underlying issues.
What led you to smoke and drink so often in the first place? Was it because your friends were doing it? Or was it to stifle depression or stress that you couldn’t control otherwise.
If you can figure out the underlying cause, you can easily fix the smoking and the drinking problem.
Be mindful of these activities, and keep track of the times you indulge in heavy smoking and drinking. Journaling will help you monitor these habits so you can find a way to deal with them.
Binge-watching TV or Netflix
Some people watch Netflix/TV to take the mind of things. And, it is a great way to divert your attention to something else so you can forget about your worries for a while. However, If you have made a habit of sitting before the TV or watching Netflix in bed for hours, you are putting your posture and your overall health in big danger.
First of all, it is impacting your sleep. People who spend hours in front of the TV are less likely to get good sleep due to blue light exposure. Now you could turn on a filter on your screen and prevent some of that exposure, but you are still putting your health in danger. Here’s how: Sitting for longer periods has been linked to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and spine problems that can lead to further complications later in life.
Watching TV for longer hours comes under a broad term called sedentary lifestyle. The key is to have a proper balance of activities so you aren’t doing the same thing for long periods. A sedentary lifestyle applies to the habits that keep your body in a certain position for more than 2 hours a day. This includes desk jobs where employees are hunched over paperwork and keyboards for most of the day. You need at least 65 minutes of movement throughout the day to eliminate the many risk factors associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
If neglected, this lifestyle can lead to several health problems; in fact, being sedentary has been dubbed as the new smoking as it causes the same risk factors. Changing sedentary lifestyle is one of the best ways to reverse aging.
Junk food impacts your overall health. While occasional pizza or soda may not do much damage, making a habit of eating junk food can distress your overall system leading to several problems. Let’s look at how fast food impacts your whole body.
- Cardiovascular and digestive system
Most junk food contains more carbohydrates than fiber. When you consume a lot of junk food, over time your body’s ability to manage carbohydrates decreases leading to type 2 diabetes and obesity. Here’s what happens:
When we eat junk food (mostly carbohydrates), our digestive system breaks down the food and releases carbohydrates in the bloodstream as sugar (glucose). This leads to a spike in sugar. Our pancreas responds to this spike in sugar by releasing insulin that transports the sugar to the cells in the body that need it for energy. The blood sugar level is regulated by your body in a way that every organ can handle the blood sugar spike; however, frequent consumption of carbs can activate abnormal spikes causing insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes.
- Trans Fats (sugar and fat)
Most junk and processed foods have added sugar that amounts to more calories than your body needs. When those extra calories build up, they lead to weight gain and diabetes. Additionally, processed foods like pastries, fried pies, cookies, pizza dough, and crackers can increase your bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your good cholesterol (HDL). Frequently consuming these foods may lead to obesity and heart disease.
- The calorie count issue
A lot of restaurants, bakeries, and other processed food manufacturers do not estimate a proper calorie count for the foods they produce. So while you think you are taking in 120 calories with each pastry, you may be taking 150.
- Central nervous system
Apart from damaging your physical health, fast food can seriously impact your central nervous system leading to depression and anxiety. Remember that depression and anxiety have many different forms and shapes; some are preventable while others may need medical attention. Frequently eating junk can put strenuous pressure on your central nervous system and your cardiovascular system.
- Effects on skin, hair, and nails (integumentary system)
Processed foods impact every aspect of your health including skin, hair, and nails. People who consume too much sugar, sodium, and trans fats can develop conditions like eczema and acne. Carbohydrates cause blood sugar spikes that can lead to breakouts.
- Effects on bones
Junk food increases the acidity in your mouth that can peel the protective enamel making teeth susceptible to cavities and tooth damage. The carbs in junk food also cause obesity that can affect your bone density and muscle mass.
- Effects on reproductive system and fertility
If you are trying to get pregnant, it is best to avoid fast food as it contains phthalates that can disrupt the reproductive system, making it hard to conceive. Apart from fertility, phthalates can also lead to birth defects and other issues that can harm you and your baby’s health.
As humans, we crave a lot of food. Mostly sugar, sodium, and trans fat foods. What happens is, when you are hungry, your body demands foods rich in sodium, or sugar. And at that hungry hour, a pizza, french fries, and sauces look delicious.
Here are a couple of things you can do to mend this bad habit:
- Plan your meals. It’s very easy to fall for junk food when you don’t have a meal at hand. Fast food is a quick solution to hunger. So plan your meals by preparing in advance so you always have a healthy meal at hand.
- Get used to whole foods. Our bodies are amazing at adapting. So train your taste buds and body to get used to the whole food. Once adjusted, you won’t even find junk food appealing; your body will start to crave healthier foods.
- Be mindful of your portions. Eating in smaller portions keeps you full without making you sleepy.
We do not recommend that you quit junk food entirely; simply reduce the frequency of processed foods. Quitting something altogether can result in heavier and stronger cravings. Do not ditch processed foods; only reduce their intake.
When it comes to natural ways to reverse aging, a calm mind can do more wonders than an anti-aging cream. Negative feelings are more dangerous than smoking cigarettes or drinking. Grudge/regret/guilt are negative emotions that can seriously impact your central nervous system leading to anxiety, frustration, and depression. There’s a reason why we are advised to ‘forget about it’, ‘forgive and forget’, and ‘live in the moment’. If you have grudges against someone, have regrets about the past, or are feeling guilty about something, you need to acknowledge these emotions and figure out a way to let them go. If someone did you wrong, forgive them. It’s for your good. When you forgive someone, you release those negative emotions that are dwelling in your brain, resulting in negative feelings that can increase cortisol production. Cortisol can potentially harm everything from your eyesight to your heart.
Similarly, if you are guilty of something you did in the past, confront it; find a way to get past it. Ditch regrets as they won’t let you move on. Think about the future and the way forward. Only use memories to make sure you don’t repeat the bad stuff that caused suffering.
Research shows that people who have strong social links are much more likely to stay healthy and stress-free. We are social animals. It is ridiculous to think that we can live alone, or do things alone. Nothing in this world happens in isolation. Mend your weak relationships both at home and office to promote health. Understand that this is for your own good. Weak relationships can cause environmental toxicity that can impact your mood and therefore your health. Next time, you feel angry or frustrated towards your colleague or your family member, take a moment, and remind yourself that these negative emotions are only harming your health. So smile and let things slide.
Reverse aging with exercise
Early researches on exercise called it a preventative strategy for a number of degenerative diseases including cognitive decline and physical inabilities. Recent researches, however, are beginning to see the age-reversing benefits of exercise. Some researchers are even calling exercise to have the benjamin button effect.
How exercise impacts your health?
Exercise regardless of its type impacts both your physical and mental health in a number of ways.
Regular exercise ensures that you don’t put on excess pounds that can cause obesity and lead to future health problems. It essentially keeps your blood flowing smoothly which reduces the risk of high blood pressure. If you work out every day, you will boost your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and eliminate dangerous triglycerides that can increase the risk of other health conditions. Aerobic exercise done regularly can reduce the risk of:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Cognitive decline
- Depression and anxiety
In addition, exercise keeps your cardiovascular system working efficiently, reducing the risks of heart and lung disease.
Previously research only suggested the benefits of exercise for preventing chronic disease. Recent studies show that exercise can even reverse age by keeping the telomeres long and hence preventing age-related changes including wrinkles.
Exercise is known to benefit every aspect of your health. Regular physical activity can increase the production of certain chemicals in the brain that boosts mood and eliminate the risk of chronic depression and anxiety.
Exercise has also been linked to deep sleep which improves your mental health.
What type of exercise can reverse age?
Aerobic exercise is known to lengthen the telomeres. Exercise like swimming, running, cycling, and walking has been shown to reduce the risk of a number of age-related diseases including cognitive decline and stroke.
However, there is one key thing to note here: aerobic exercise should be done in a specific way to reap the full anti-aging benefits. Researchers recommend high-intensity interval training, HIIT, for age-reversing effects.
How to perform HIIT?
Do not feel intimidated by the term high-intensity interval training. It’s not just for athletes. High-intensity interval training includes intervals of high and low-intensity workouts that jumpstart your heart and then bring it to relax. It’s a 20-30 minute workout that increases and lowers your heart rate. For example, if you jog every morning, start slow, and then reach your peak, go slow and then start again. One good way could be to jog-walk-jog-walk for 30 minutes every day. You can take any aerobic exercise and turn it into a high-intensity interval workout.
Reverse age with foods and supplements
How food impacts your health?
You are what you eat. What you eat literally becomes a part of your body as molecules. Eating the right foods is also one of the easiest ways to reverse age.
Food plays a critical role in our mental and physical growth. Lack of proper nutrients can deprive our body and lead to potential harms that can render us incapable of performing certain tasks.
When it comes to anti-aging, food can play a key role in reversing the adverse effects that intrinsic and extrinsic factors can have on our health. Here we are going to discuss both natural foods and supplements that can help you rebuild yourself and reduce the effects of aging for a healthier tomorrow.
Natural foods to reverse age
You should ditch all or any processed foods in your diet.
Switch to whole grains and avoid any vegetable oils. Cook in butter, olive oil, or other natural substitutes. Add the following foods to your diet:
Eggs are a great source of protein, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These ingredients are crucial for both mental and physical health.
Kiwi is a great source of vitamin C, E, and folate.
- Leafy greens
Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and cilantro are known to increase mental sharpness and improves eye health.
Garlic is one of the most commonly known anti-aging foods. Additionally, garlic contains a little bit of everything your body needs: it contains, sulfur, manganese, vitamin b6, vitamin c, selenium, fiber, calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin b1, and various other nutrients.
- Bell peppers
These vegetables are rich in vitamin C and other several antioxidants.
If you are a vegan, opt for an omega 3 supplement or nuts such as walnuts to fulfill your body’s omega 3 needs. Sushi is a great source of this nutrient for people who love seafood. Omega 3 rich foods increasingly reduce the risk of cognitive decline in older people.
There is a wide variety of beans that you can choose from. Beans are rich in folate and protein. Research suggests that you increase plant-based protein and reduce meat. Beans are also a great substitute for for those looking to add vegan protein to their diet.
Although you should add a variety of fruits to your diet, some have precedence over others due to their anti-aging compounds. Avocado has been known to improve cognitive health and reduce the risks of cognitive decline in older age.
Choose foods that are rich in antioxidants. Make sure to have at least one serving of antioxidants throughout the day. Foods rich in antioxidants balance out the free radicals, which are produced naturally in the body but can also come from extrinsic factors such as pollution. When free radicals are out of balance they can lead to oxidative stress, which can (as a result) lead to health issues like diabetes, vascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and other health conditions that significantly impact your overall health.
Reverse aging with supplements
It is important to remember here that supplements are only designed to “supplement” your diet. They should not be treated as a primary source of nutrition. After you have ensured that your diet includes all the key nutrients and that you have a balanced diet, you can talk to your health care provider and see if you need to add supplements to your diet. Your health care provider will perform the necessary blood work to find out if key nutrients are missing from your diet and advise accordingly. Following supplements are known to have anti-aging and age-reversing compounds.
- Curcumin: Found in turmeric, this compound has proven to eradicate several health issues that may arise due to aging. It activates certain proteins that fight cell damage and postpone age-related diseases like cognitive decline and skin damage.
- EGCG: Epigallocatechin gallate is an anti-aging compound found in green tea. It is known to prevent cancer, heart disease, skin aging, and other age-related diseases.
- CoQ10: Our body naturally produces this antioxidant. With age, its production declines leading to a number of health conditions. When taken as a supplement, it reduces oxidative stress hence repairing the body and reducing the risk of physical and cognitive deterioration.
- NR + NMN: Nicotinamide riboside and Nicotinamide mononucleotide are also anti-aging compounds that our body naturally produces, such as CoQ10, but they too decline with age. These compounds are found in every cell of the body and are involved in several important processes including DNA repair, metabolism, and gene expression. Takin NR + NMN supplement can help you restore NAD + levels. These are precursors to NAD + which is naturally found in the body.
- Crocin: It is also an anti-aging compound found in saffron, an expensive herb. It is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer with properties that protect against UV light and mental decline.
- Other important supplements that you can add to your overall diet to reverse age include theanine, astragalus, fisetin, resveratrol, selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin A.
Current studies on reversing age with foods and supplements
Several types of research are currently studying the effects of certain drugs and their impact on reversing or preventing age-related changes in the body. Some of these drugs include:
Currently, this drug is used to control certain types of cancers. In studies, it has been shown to increase the lifespan in mice. More studies are being done to see if it can ward off aging and the changes that come with it.
This drug is generally used to control diabetes, but research shows that it may have anti-aging benefits that aren’t fully understood yet. In a research study, the drug improved lifespan in male mice by 20%. However, the same results may not be derived for humans.
17 alpha estradiol
This is another drug that is currently being studied for its age-reversing properties. In a study, it improved the lifespan of male rats by 15-18% with no effect on female mice. So, more studies are needed to fully understand its use.
Metformin is another drug that is currently used for diabetes, but researchers are studying its impact on age-related diseases.
Ways to reverse aging with meditation
What is meditation?
Meditation is a practice where an individual seeks to achieve a state of calm and cool through mindfulness or by focusing on a certain object or thought. Meditation is usually pursued to find mental peace.
How does meditation impact health?
By now, you would notice that we mention telomeres more than once. And that’s because they are the essential structures responsible for age-related changes in our bodies. Telomeres are protein caps at the end of each chromosome. What happens is that during cell division, the chromosomes replicate. This process reduces the length of the telomeres. Now when the telomeres become too short, the cells can no longer replicate or divide. This, as a result, increases age-related changes in the body. If we can slow this process of telomere shortening, we can slow the aging.
So where does meditation play its part in this process?
The thing is that more than one factor can impact the length of telomeres. Stress, pollution, chronic diseases, and lack of physical activity can shorten telomeres. Meditation helps release the stress that could impact your telomeres’ length.
According to one study, Telomerase production increases after a meditation session, which helps in rebuilding the telomeres in the body.
When we are stressed, our body goes out of balance. Different hormones impact the various functions of the body halting the normal processes that not only impact the telomeres but also significantly harm other organs. In scientific research, stress has been shown to cause aging at a cellular level. Meditation can combat stress and therefore prevent age-related changes.
How to meditate so you can reverse your age
Stress is a normal part of our life. It would be unrealistic to think that we can live our lives without any stress. What we need to do is to control it and combat its effects so the damage is minimal.
There are several ways to meditate. Here are some different forms of meditative practices you can adopt to destress.
Types of meditation
This is the most common type of meditation performed by millions around the world. It requires you to sit down somewhere comfortable and just let your thoughts go by in your mind. Don’t interrupt their flow; let them come and go as they please. Observe your thoughts as an outsider. Thirty minutes of mindfulness meditation can help you rearrange your thoughts, declutter your brain, and see the solutions to everyday problems. The key here is to not try to control any thoughts during the meditation.
B) Spiritual meditation
Spiritual meditation is all about silence. If you are looking to connect with nature or the creator, or simply want to let your mind clear, spiritual meditation is for you. While in other forms of meditation, you focus on something, in spiritual meditation you reflect the silence. No thoughts. Just stare ahead at the trees, or up at the clouds, quietly watching nature unfold around you.
C) Focus meditation
Focus meditation is exactly what the name suggests; if done right, it will help you build immense focus for daily chores or long term goals. For this type of meditation, you need to use your five senses. Pick a sound or a thing to look at and observe it with diligence. For example, you can look at a candle flame and observe it for 20 minutes. The key is to focus on the attributes of the thing with your five senses. Another example would be bird watching. Watch the birds in the sky, hear their sounds, notice their movements, etc. Make sure that your mind is completely focused on the object of your attention. No foreign thoughts. Just focus on the object.
D) Movement meditation
This is an active form of meditation that allows you to clear your head. This is also one of the easiest and most widely performed meditation techniques in the world. All you have to do is take a walk in the woods, park, or your street. Watch the world around you; observe nature around you and try to avoid overthinking.
E) Visualization meditation
This type of meditation can be performed in two ways: by visualizing a calm scene to find peace of mind or by visualizing some future goal.
For the first type of visualization, the goal is to clear your mind and induce feelings of calm and cool so you can relax. Sit down in a comfortable chair or mat, and imagine a calming scene with your eyes closed. It could be anything from surf crashing on the sand to tree branches swinging with the wind. The key is to imagine as many details as possible.
For the second type of visualization meditation, close your eyes or just stare ahead at the distance and visualize a future goal that you want to achieve. Let your mind imagine the solutions for this goal. For example, if you want to write a book, imagine its cover design, the title, the contents, etc.
F) Transcendental meditation
Transcendental meditation involves a mantra that can be recited quietly for 15-20 minutes in a comfortable position twice a day. The mantra can be any word or phrase that can help you focus. Also known as Mantra meditation, this form of meditation differs from other types as it focuses on repeating a mantra (a word or phrase) to release tension and gain calmness.
How to meditate
You don’t need to take classes to fully understand how to meditate. However, classes won’t hurt. If you have extra bucks to spare, it would be great to learn it from a teacher who fully understands the objective and implementation of each meditative technique. The right teacher would be able to help you guide about what meditative techniques are best for you based on your problems.
If you don’t have the extra bucks, do not worry. You don’t need to learn from a professional. Meditation is simple, regardless of its type. All you need is a comfortable spot and a mindset.
We recommend that you sit somewhere outdoors where you can be with nature and then try any meditation technique for 15 minutes. Gradually increase this time to an hour and then two hours.
Ways to reverse aging with skincare: retinoids, moisturizers, and sunscreen
There is so much that goes into enhancing your mind, body, and soul. It can be exhausting. But if you just eat right, sleep right, meditate, and exercise, you can easily dispel the adverse effects of age-related symptoms. Apart from changing your lifestyle, there are a couple more things you can do to look younger. The lifestyle changes will make you feel young from the inside; the skincare will help you look young on the outside. You don’t need to invest in expensive products, just add sunscreen, a good moisturizer, and a retinol-based cream to your routine.
Retinoids can shave years off your face and body. Available as retinol in over-the-counter products, retinoids work at a DNA level where they increase the collagen production, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and cells. They speed up the cell turnover process so new cells can rise to the surface.
Retinoids are best used at night as they increase the skin’s sensitivity to light. If you are new to retinoids, make sure to start with a weekly and then biweekly application, gradually increasing it to a nightly application. Remember to wear sunscreen every morning to make sure your skin doesn’t absorb extra UV due to heightened skin sensitivity.
When looking for retinoids, you will find products tailored for the daytime. But experts do not recommend retinoids for the day. Day retinoids creams usually come with SPF, which is not a good combination. Wear your retinol cream at night, and put on your sunscreen during the day.
Sunscreen is another important anti-aging miracle that can not only reverse the signs of UV damage, but also prevent further damage. In a study, sunscreen showed reduced signs of aging in participants who applied it with a moisturizer for a year. Choose a product that contains 30 or higher SPF. These days, you can find SPF in everything, from foundations to lip balms. So choose SPF and actively reduce the signs of aging.
Moisturizers paired with sunscreen are the best possible combination to fight skin aging.
Use moisturizers for both face and body, ideally with sunscreen. Hyaluronic acid-based moisturizers are gaining popularity in the beauty industry for their excellent hydration. Studies shows that hyaluronic acid-based moisturizers can not only reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles but prevent them over time.
Regardless of what type of moisturizer you use, make sure that you make a daily habit to apply it. Consistency is key here.
How to choose the right skincare product to fight skin aging
Now you know the three most important ingredients to fight skin aging (retinoids, sunscreen, and moisturizer). The next big step is to learn how to choose the right product.
When shopping for these three ingredients consider your skin type. Remember that regardless of your age or gender, you can use these three ingredients regularly to reduce skin aging. As a rule of thumb, choose a daily moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and night cream with at least 0.1% retinol.
Ways to reverse aging with a purpose-driven life
Research shows that people who have a positive outlook on life and are goal-driven tend to live longer. Positive people aren’t always happy; they just have an optimistic approach towards life and the many hurdles it entails.
Stay positive at all times
We have a simple daily affirmation that all of our staff members use to stay optimistic. It goes like this:
“I am going to live for over 80 years of age. Today is just another day. It too shall pass.”
At bootindie, we believe that we are going to live a long and healthy life. We repeat this affirmation every day. When you remind yourself that you are going to live a long life, you redirect your brain’s focus on the long term goals and think less of the troublesome worries of the day. Today’s worries will seem trivial as you think of the future.
So, every time you are faced with a challenge that may lower your spirits or cause you unhappiness or dissatisfaction about life, remind yourself:
“We can get through this. We have a long life to live. This is just another rock I need to put aside so I can move forward.”
Look at the bright side of everything
Our lives are extremely complicated. You simply have to learn to live with these complications. Remember that the pyramids weren’t built in a day. It took years to build the magnificent pyramids. Some things take time but they last forever. So stay positive when you set out to achieve your goals.
Scientific ways to reverse aging
Scientific techniques combine what we know with technology to reduce age-related changes. Let’s look at some of the most popular and tried & tested techniques below.
Biohacking or do-it-yourself biology is a way to control your biology to increase longevity. Biohackers are people, communities, and small organizations that seek to improve biological health regardless of chronological age. So by using biohacking ways that work, you could be able to be 20 years of age biologically while being 45 chronologically.
Biohacking applies to the mind, body, and soul. So we are going to look at each aspect of human health from a biohacking perspective.
Types of biohacking (biohackers)
DIY biohackers conduct various experiments on themselves to cure or improve a certain health condition. These experiments are conducted outside of conventional environments such as a lab.
Nutrigenomics measures the impact of food on our mental and physical health by understanding its interaction with the genes.
Grinders are biohackers who use their bodies for experiments. They see every part of the body as hackable and utilize numerous gadgets, implants, and other devices to make their body function the way they want.
Benefits of biohacking
Biohacking allows individuals to experiment with biology to understand it and develop solutions that modern medicine does not offer. It’s a revolutionary and evolutionary movement that could lead to profound medical and technological advancements not possible otherwise.
Currently, everything has to be approved by the FDA or other governing bodies in different countries. Most biohackers see it as a hindrance in their pursuit to achieve better health and longevity through biohacking experiments. Biohackers want to create and experiment faster so they can find the solutions to most health problems faster.
Although biohacking is a new field, it offers massive promises. It can achieve what modern science would take years to complete and deliver to the public.
Is biohacking safe?
There’s always a certain risk when it comes to developing new medicine or creating ways to optimize mental and physical health. Nothing is without risk. So, biohacking does have its risks. But biohackers are willing to take them. The risks would outweigh the benefits. And frankly, where would we all be without risks?
Biohacking your mind, body, and soul
Following are some of the hacks you can try to rewire your mind for longevity and growth.
Control your thoughts
Thoughts are more than a fleeting occurrence in your brain. In your mind, they may be just thoughts, but they have a physical presence inside your brain.
Every time a thought crosses your mind, there is a firework within the neurons. Each thought carries the energy that can manifest reality. Ever heard “be careful what you wish for”? Well, wishing is thinking. this is why we have quotes like “If you can think it, you can do it.”
Once you understand the power of your thoughts, you would be equipped to manifest your dreams and desires the way you want. But the problem is, it will take some time before you can have complete control over what you think. You essentially need to learn how to think; what thoughts to allow and what thoughts to dismiss.
Each thought carries energy. Good or bad depending on what you choose it to be. So if you think you are not good enough or you can’t do anything, you will attract negative energy or you will manifest negativity that would show in your personality. Similarly, people who think good thoughts exude confidence and that can help you stay motivated to finish your goals.
Therefore, one of the great ways to biohack your mind is to control your thoughts so you can control the energy that flows in you. Start a daily practice of eliminating all negative thoughts; focus on the positive aspect of everything. This will not only keep you motivated and energized but will also help you stay healthy.
Balance your neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters are messengers that transfer messages from one cell to another. They can send messages to other nerve cells, a gland cell, or muscle cells. This neurochemical balance regulates the flow of neurotransmitters throughout the day to ensure mental sharpness during the day and relaxation at night. N Neurochemical balance can be disrupted by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors such as chronic depression and stressful situations throughout the day.
Lack of proper neurochemical balance can cause mood and behavioral changes. Sometimes this imbalance is transient and can correct itself with little intervention. In severe cases, the neurochemical imbalance can lead to serious health concerns. For example, too little serotonin has been linked to depression. Neurotransmitters can impact a wide array of behaviors including your sleep pattern, focus, and memory.
And since these behavioral changes can further impact your life and your health in the long run, you must understand how to balance these chemicals.
Watch what you eat
Diet impacts every part of our body including the neurochemical balance. A healthy, balanced diet gives our brain the neurochemical nutrients to maintain proper neurochemical balance so we can enjoy mental clarity and focus.
Neurotransmitters can be affected by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. That includes stress, diet, certain medications and drugs, and excessive alcohol or caffeine. To function properly and maintain the neurochemical balance, each brain cell must have proper nutrients, oxygen, and minerals. When the cells lack these ingredients, the cells don’t have the right supply to maintain the neurochemical balance which can result in several problems including memory loss, brain fog, cognition problems, and behavioral issues.
Balance your sugar levels
Eat at intervals to maintain a consistent supply of nutrients in your body. Check your sugar levels once a month and avoid foods that can cause an imbalance.
Lack of proper nutrition can lead to irritability, mood problems, and even bad decisions. Meditate outdoors to clear your mind and de-stress. Stress is one of the key factors that can wreak havoc on neurochemical balance. Manage stress by spending more time outdoors with pets, friends, and family or by simply taking a walk in the park.
Engage in meaningful activities
Avoid creating meaningless experiences to get transient pleasure. Understand the difference between pleasure and happiness. Obsessive shopping, overeating, using recreational drugs, and playing video games will simply grant you short-lived pleasure. Focus on long term goals and at times when you feel less motivated, try relaxation and other techniques.
Do something about the leaky gut
Your gut is like a second brain. It contains millions of neurons and affects our mood and behavior. Do you know how they say trust your gut feeling? Well, it’s because your gut truly can tell you things. Poor gut health has been associated with some mental disorders including autism. It is also a major factor in neurochemical imbalance.
Most neurotransmitters are produced in the gut. If the gut health isn’t optimum, your body isn’t fully capable of converting amino acids into neurotransmitters.
Another important thing to remember is that gut inflammation can lead to brain information. Leaky gut syndrome can also lead to a leaky brain. What happens is due to diet issues, our intestine wall can proliferate leaking molecules into the bloodstream. This mostly occurs due to inflammatory foods and environmental factors. Leaky gut has been linked to leaky brain, a condition that arises when the blood-brain barrier is compromised. Our brains reside inside a membrane that separates the brain from the inflammatory molecules present in the blood. This can lead to several brain problems by disrupting the neurotransmitter balance. According to research, Glyphosate, a chemical found in pesticides, is one of the key factors for both leaky gut and leaky brain as it is present in many foods.
How to fix leaky gut
The culprit for leaky gut is diet. When treating a leaky gut, you have to look at your diet very carefully. You need to eliminate foods that cause allergies. It’s better to know if you have any food allergies. Leaky gut can be hard to detect as it has many symptoms. So you must discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If leaky gut is the problem, your doctor will advise dietary changes. If done right, over time, the intestinal lining will rebuild itself.
How to fix leaky brain
Leaky brains can have more than one cause. The most common causes include:
A) Leaky gut
B) Autoimmune diseases
C) Mental health conditions
E) Gut dysbiosis
The symptoms of a leaky brain
Before you can do something about it, you must recognize it. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a leaky brain:
A) Autism disorders
B) Brain fog
D) Migraines that become worse while standing
E) Memory loss
F) Mood disorders
G) Peripheral neuropathy
If left untreated, a leaky brain can cause several mental problems. Watch out for the symptoms and talk to your health care provider. Here’s what you can do to help with this condition:
1: Try to avoid gluten for a while and see how that helps.
2: Heal your gut (see leaky gut above) Fecal transplants are a biohack technique that increases gut bacteria to promote quicker gut healing. However, we recommend that you try to heal your gut with food first.
3: Drink coffee. Caffeine is known to support the blood-brain barrier. Caffeine is also known to prevent several mental disorders. Increase intake of sulforaphane. It has been shown to reduce the risk of blood-brain barrier disruption. It is found in broccoli and cabbages.
- Reduce your alcohol intake. If you can, avoid it at all costs. But you can try and reduce its intake and see how that impacts the symptoms. Try Resveratrol. Found in grapes, red wine, and dark chocolate, this anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant compound can help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disease. It defends and protects the blood-brain barrier.
- Reduce stress. Chronic stress can increase inflammation in the body and can cause destructive damages including damage to the blood-brain barrier. Try relaxation techniques including acupuncture and massage.
- Increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids. Our body cannot generate these fatty acids by itself, which is why you must get them from food and supplements. Research has found that omega 3 fatty acids can significantly reduce the risk of damage to the blood-brain barrier. Fish, nuts and seeds, and fish oil are great sources of omega 3 fatty acids.
- Sleep as deep as you can. Lack of quality sleep can pose a risk to the blood-brain barrier. Prioritize sleep to maintain the neurochemical balance.
With a balanced biochemical system, you can enhance your cognitive ability and prevent the risk of age-related brain changes that can impact your life.
Practice intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting is one of the most recommended and highly practiced biohack in the world. Backed by research, this one biohack has the power to regenerate and enhance the body’s mental and physical functions. Intermittent fasting done right can help you prevent serious diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, and arthritis.
What exactly is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting involves periods of fasting and eating throughout the day or a certain time frame to reduce calorie intake. There are several ways to practice intermittent fasting. But we’ll get into that later. First, understand how it can impact your mind and body.
- It impacts the chemicals in the brain and body. When you fast, certain processes are triggered in the body. Your body changes hormones, the cells initiate repair mode, genes go through changes that translate to longevity. During fasting, insulin levels decrease, and the human growth hormone spikes while the cells repair and process gene expression. This results in a holistic repair at a cellular level that allows for better health in the long run.
- It helps with weight loss. Research shows that intermittent fasting can restrict your calorie intake, helping you eat less and therefore gain less. It boosts metabolism so you burn fat between meals.
- It reduces insulin resistance. In one study, intermittent fasting blood sugar and inulin are reduced significantly in men. It may also protect against kidney damage, which is one of the severest complications of diabetes.
- It reduces oxidative stress and inflammation. Studies show that intermittent fasting can increase the body’s resistance to oxidative stress and inflammation that can cause age-related changes. Additionally, intermittent fasting induces cellular repair called autophagy. Increased and regular autophagy can offer various health benefits including cognitive sharpness and physical fitness.
Regulate your bowel movement
According to research, gastrointestinal health is crucial for the digestion of important nutrients that play a key role in physical and mental health. Digestive issues such as constipation can increase oxidative stress in the body. Increased oxidative stress can cause other serious issues including cardiovascular disease. Research shows that bowel movement regularity is linked with cardiovascular health. Optimal intestinal health can significantly reduce the risk of other diseases and dysfunctions in the body that may reduce your quality of life.
How do you regulate bowel movement to ensure optimal intestinal health?
Colon cleansing is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Do not take your colon health for granted. Remember how we talked about the leaky gut? Well, keeping your colon healthy can also prevent a leaky gut. It offers several benefits for your overall health. So you must try a natural or medical colon cleanse (if needed) regularly to avoid any digestion problems. You can choose to use colon cleansing products or colonic irrigation.
Here are some of the ways you can cleanse your colon:
- Drink enough water. By simply drinking 7-8 glasses of water, you can boost your colon health.
- Drink saltwater in the morning. Another great way to clean your colon completely is to drink a glass of saltwater on an empty stomach. Do this every morning to clean your colon. But it’s not necessary to try this 365 days a year. Do this once or twice a week.
- Eat more fiber. High fiber is great for gut bacteria and allows for complete colon cleanse regularly. Add fruits, and vegetables (a Mediterranean diet) to your life and enjoy a happy healthy colon.
- Add fermented foods to your diet. Fermented foods like yogurt and pickles can add healthy bacteria that can curb inflammation and promote bowel movements.
Remove vegetable oil from your diet
Vegetable oils are commonly used in processed foods that we consume daily. This includes mayonnaise, salad dressings, and restaurant food. We are probably consuming more vegetable oil than we should, but we barely even know it. While most researchers consider vegetable oils to be a healthy alternative for saturated fats like butter, new studies show that it may not be a healthy choice after all.
Vegetable oils are considered a health risk due to their high omega 6 content.
Too much omega 6 is known to cause chronic inflammation, which can cause other health problems. So reducing your vegetable oil intake will drastically improve your omega 6 levels in the body, keeping inflammation and its associated risks at bay.
However, you should note that not all vegetable oils are bad. For example, coconut oil and olive are harmless choices when it comes to preventing health issues related to avoiding vegetable oils like soybean oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil, and sesame oil. Both omega 3, and omega 6 are healthy fatty acids that our body cannot produce but needs.
If possible choose olive oil or coconut oil for cooking. We recommend that you use less oil regardless of what type of oil you choose.
Consider red light therapy
Red light therapy is a therapeutic technique that can reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and other skin conditions. Researchers are still studying the effects of red light on different body conditions, but it has proven to help with wounds and skin conditions.
Red light therapy effects the body by producing a biochemical effect in the cells that empower the mitochondria. The cell’s energy is created inside the mitochondria, so it is the powerhouse for the cells. Inside the cells
Within the cells lie energy-carrying molecules known as ATPs. With red light therapy, mitochondria are stimulated which allows the cells to create more ATPs that increase the rejuvenation and healing of the body.
Red light therapy can help with:
A) Wound healing especially one resulting from diabetes
B) Tissue repair
C) Hair growth
D) Pain arising from arthritis
E) Reduce the side effects of cancer treatment
F) Improve and repair skin
G) Sun damage
RLT is still in its experimental stage for a lot of conditions, but it has been shown to improve skin conditions and wound healing. Researchers are looking into how it may promote age-reversing benefits and reduce the symptoms of age-related diseases.
Biohack your mind with music
When you are listening to music you are not just “listening to music”. Be guilt-free knowing that you are not wasting any time when you indulge in your favorite music. Research shows that listening to music can activate and stimulate motivation and creativity. This makes music a very actionable biohack for your brain.
Certain genres can pump up your energy while other types of music can help you relax.
So if you don’t find time to listen to music, now you have a reason to do so.
Correct your posture
It’s very easy to neglect your posture, especially if you are working a 9-5 job where you can barely focus on anything else but work. Bad posture can lead to a number of joint and nerve-related problems that can become lifelong health problems. Look at the people who are older than you. You know that they can’t walk or jog as they used to in their early days. That’s because their bone and joint health isn’t what it used to be. Your bones and joints are already going through age-related changes, don’t put more pressure on them with bad posture.
As a rule of thumb, take a break after 20-30 minutes of activity and move around.
Once a day, hang from a bar for a minute or two.
A good posture is a part of a healthy body. Start looking at the way you sit today to introduce changes that will save your neck and back in the future.
Chew your food
Digestion begins in your mouth. When you don’t chew your food enough, the body doesn’t produce enough enzymes to break down the food, which can lead to a number of problems. Generally, 32 times is considered a magic number for chewing your food. However, some foods may require longer chew than others. For example, soft foods like bananas may require fewer chews than hard foods like bread.
Additionally, avoid drinking anything before or after your meals; wait for 30 minutes. Drinking water or other beverages after food can inhibit proper digestion.
Try to go for a light walk after meals and avoid reclining.
Coffee has been associated with slower aging in terms of cardiovascular disease. If used habitually but not frequently throughout the day, coffee can have positive effects on mental health, i.e. it can reduce cognitive decline in older age. You can consume both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. Both show similar results in research studies. However, you mustn’t consume it too much or near your bedtime.
You don’t need to go to a medical facility to get a good cryotherapy session. This technique involves changing body temperature drastically to stimulate healing. You can reap the benefits of this technique by simply taking cold showers in the morning. Cold showers are known to increase metabolism and stimulate an energized effect that can increase focus.
Consider osteogenic training
Osteogenic training is geared towards strengthening bones with weight-bearing exercise. It allows you to build bone strength for increased physical performance.
These are natural and synthetic substances that can be consumed as dietary supplements, synthetic compounds, and prescription drugs. These drugs, also known as smart drugs, can enhance cognitive function and help you perform better.
Other scientific ways to reverse aging
Remember vampire facials? Well, this is a step up from that.
Young-blood transfusion involves transfusing blood from a young person into an older person to improve cell rejuvenation. Our cells age and die, unable to bounce back from frailty. Young-blood transfusions are meant to increase the cell’s ability to repair and rejuvenate and therefore improve and delay the onset of age-related changes.
In studies, this technique improved longevity and tissue repair in older mice. However, it is unknown how beneficial it may prove for humans. FDA has warned against it based on lack of evidence.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment
Unlike young-blood transfusion, this technique has proved to be beneficial for a number of treatments.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment?
The treatment involves breathing 100% oxygen in a pressurized environment, usually a chamber.
The treatment was first used for decompression sickness that is a risk factor for scuba diving.
Other treatments treated using this treatment include:
B) Wounds resulting in slow healing due to diabetes
C) Bubbles of air in blood vessels
During the procedure, the air pressure is increased 2-3 times higher so the lungs can gather more oxygen. When the increased oxygen goes through the body, it stimulates the release of stem cells and other growth factors that promote quick healing. The treatment essentially improves oxygen flow to the tissue where it is needed for the repairs.
Scientists have recently discovered that it can do more than promote healing; it can reverse age. In studies, it increased the length of telomeres and reduced senescent cells that improved the participants’ longevity by 20%.
Telomerase gene therapy
This is considered one of the most viable options for reversing age as it directly impacts the length of telomeres. Telomerase is an enzyme that maintains a healthy length of telomeres. It ensures that the telomeres do not become too short and henceforth do not lead to age-related changes. The research shows that this treatment could reverse age by up to 20 years, but there isn’t enough evidence. The image shows the results of the therapy in rats.
During the treatment, defective genes are replaced by normal genes To activate the enzyme that repairs telomeres.
The bottom line
There is no simple formula on how to reverse age. So far, we know that diet and exercise make a huge impact on the length of our telomeres. If we can introduce healthy changes in our lifestyle, there is a significant chance that we can reduce age-related health risks or delay their onset. So if you can’t access smart drugs, get a blood transfusion, or modify your genes, don’t worry; there is so much more you can do to help your health. Start eliminating the destructive habits today so you can last longer. And who knows what the future holds. Be excited about the future and build your health.
Read more about how to prevent chronic ailments and live a healthier life here.