Whether you’re 20, 60, or even older, it’s certain that you want to feel good. Do you want to enjoy your life? However, many people experience a lack of energy, motivation, and enthusiasm to fully enjoy their lives every day, free from obstacles on both physical and mental levels. These obstacles can be described in one word: pains, which means various forms of suffering in different aspects of our existence. A great way to manage these pains is to have a strong and healthy body. And let’s not forget that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. You have every reason to take care of your strength and vitality. We know that we possess more strength and vitality at a young age and less as we grow older. However, there is a way to change that, and if you don’t do anything to change this physical, otherwise, you’ll be subject to decline. That’s the truth. But there is a solution to this, and in this article, I will present my approach to help you learn how to maintain a fresh, youthful, and energetic body, mind, and organism.
Time passes, but vitality can be preserved. Life is the greatest gift, and it’s wonderful to grow older. It’s a blessing. Therefore, we have an obligation to ourselves to take care of our well-being. The body you have is the manifestation of consciousness, wisdom, and nature’s creation. Show respect for your body, love it, honor it, and treat it with respect. The basic criterion by which you choose your behavior, food, activities, and habits. Nothing less, nothing more. Honoring your body, and your existence through the ways I will present is enough to change many things for the better. Our internal state shapes our external conditions. One tendency we humans have is to neglect, not care for, and not respect our bodies and organisms as we should, especially when things don’t go as we would like. Wrong behavior toward our bodies regarding their care creates significant challenges that we will eventually face, such as pain, discomfort, and even diseases. We all grow old and change, but we can choose to grow while maintaining ourselves in the best possible condition. It’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself. I will share something about myself. My chronological age is 53 years, but my biological age, which is the age of my organism based on a recent check-up and examination, is 35 years. That’s great news. However, the good thing is not just that 35 is a number. It aligns with how I feel. It definitely has an impact on how I move, how I feel, and what I can do. And this is not a matter of vanity. It’s a matter of functionality and enjoying life. With this in mind, I want to encourage you today about something very important. We cannot change our chronological age, nor do we need to. I consider it a privilege to grow older. Maturity brings many gifts. However, you can influence your biological age.
You can influence it either upwards or downwards through the way you live and the way you think. Through this article, I will help you, regardless of your age, to slow down the rate at which your biological age progresses. If you follow the recipe and have a strong reason to want to slow down your biological age, the reason is that biological age affects how your body’s cells respond to the conditions they encounter. With a younger biological age, you will have greater resilience, and this will improve the quality of your life. Therefore, I suggest that while reading this article, take breaks and make notes. I will present ways to positively influence the four factors that promote biological youthfulness and vitality. By the way, subscribe to my channel because it helps the channel to exist and continue. When we see a person who appears significantly younger than their actual age, we tend to say, “They have inherited good genes,” and indeed, genetics plays a role in how organisms age. However, it is just one of the many factors that influence the preservation of our youthfulness.
With the advancement of science, particularly in the field of genetics called epigenetics, we know for certain that the environment and behavior cause changes in the functioning of our genes and cells. These changes are reversible, meaning they do not alter our DNA but can change the way our body reads a sequence of it. Interventions in our environment and behavior are what we can truly do to influence the way we age, thus maintaining our body and mind in a youthful state. Personally, I find it very important to actively engage with what preserving our youthfulness truly means. I find it significant because there is often a misunderstanding and perhaps confusion nowadays. I observe a tendency to want to remain untouched as time passes. A Resistance to changes in our appearance as we grow older, especially after the age of 40. And I am not here to talk to you about how we can stay unchanged. Firstly, it is impossible to freeze time and not change.
Secondly, it is one thing to be chronologically a young person of 25 years old, and it is another thing to be biologically and mentally an organism brimming with youthfulness. Chronological age is about the years we have lived, while biological age is about our physical condition and internal health. Knowing what our biological age is has the power to awaken us. As an example, if you are 40 years old with a biological age of 50 years, it is likely to raise some strong concerns. Moreover, the most important thing is that by having this knowledge and the methods I will share with you, you will understand that each one of us can actively slow down the degenerative process of aging and live healthier lives. Think about it, what concepts come to your mind when you hear the word “youthfulness”? Youthfulness is associated with concepts such as energy, freshness, playfulness, optimism, expansion, movement, and so on. Now, think about what concepts come to your mind when you hear the word “aging.” Aging is usually associated with concepts such as limitation, rigidity, slowness, fatigue, deterioration, inertia, and so on.
I’m sure that, like me, you have also encountered someone who is older but radiates youthfulness. I’m also sure that you have met someone who is young but lacks youthfulness. We are responsible for maintaining our youthfulness. So let’s stop blaming time and how we evolve over time. It doesn’t make sense. Change is inevitable. However, you can change in many different ways and play an active role in it. You can reverse your biological age by changing habits, behavior, and, above all, mindset. Youthfulness is not about appearances. Youthfulness is mainly a result of mindset. Pay attention. The four factors for biological youthfulness that you can influence are as follows. The first factor is the behavior and attitude we maintain in different situations. The second factor is diet. The third factor is movement and the posture of the physical body. Anatomically. The fourth factor is the routine we have in our daily lives. Let’s start with the most fundamental factor for biological youthfulness, which is our mindset.
Behavior has to do with how you think and the perspective through which you understand your life and yourself. What fundamentally ages you is your way of thinking. Behaviors such as complaining, misery, and pessimism literally age our bodies and minds. They can make the face harden and the skin dull. They can create inflammation in the body and musculoskeletal pain. In short, what happens is that the thoughts you have activate your brain. Your brain constantly communicates with every part of your body, sending signals to the endocrine system to release the appropriate chemical substance at that moment. These chemical substances are called hormones. When the quality of your thoughts has a negative sign, hormones like cortisol are released, which is very useful when you are in danger because it signals the body to start working in “fight or flight” mode. However, the brain cannot distinguish between real danger, for example, seeing a lion coming towards me, and imaginary danger. I imagine a lion coming towards me, and that’s why it will release cortisol in any case.
So imagine how you allow your body to be uncontrolled when you complain, what are you doing? Thoughts that are not beneficial. Improving your thoughts and behavior is literally vital. The purpose of me saying all this is to shake you up. My purpose until the end of the article is for you to make the decision to make changes.
What behaviors currently characterize what you believe, negatively affect your biological age?
Below are the 4 behaviors that if you can change, you will take control of your aging process. Write them on a piece of paper. This way you will know exactly where it is necessary to target.
No 4. Humor & communication skills
Always keep a playful way of communication. Laughter is important. Laughter is life-giving. Also seek to interact frequently with young-minded people of all ages, from children to older ones.
Creating conversations with them. To learn from them.
Sometimes as we grow up, we confine ourselves to what we already know. We distance ourselves from the realities of the time and struggle to keep up. However, this doesn’t have to happen to us. It’s our choice for it to happen. Pay attention to such details, as they shape the way.
And perhaps the pace at which we grow.
No 3. The Food Quality.
The third factor for biological youth which is in your hands to influence, is Food. The quality but also the.
The quantity of your food may affect either positively or negatively your biological age.
Foods that primarily accelerate the aging of the organism are sugar, processed flour, and standardized foods, such as soft drinks, potato chips ready-made, etc.
Saturated fats, excessive dairy products, fried foods, heavy meals in general, and excessive salt. Of course, we can consume some of the foods I mentioned, but in moderation.
For example, dairy products, when made from goat’s and sheep’s milk, are healthy if consumed in moderation. Some other foods, however, don’t really have anything good to offer us and simply burden our organisms.
I won’t provide today here in this article a recommended diet.
Individual needs differ from person to person, and only through an individual questionary can figure out a personalized diet plan. Nevertheless If you follow some general principles of good nutrition with the examples I mentioned, you will only benefit.
As an example, regarding what I mentioned, sugar, gluten, and saturated fat are Ingredients that promote the development of inflammation, and they are ingredients that do not help our organism to be at its Best. Cut them out periodically or at least limit them.
If you do that, you will see that you will regain your vitality inside and out. The irritations will disappear, and your digestion will improve. The appearance of your skin will greatly improve.
Above all, however, the most important thing is that you will feel more energetic, lighter, and more functional. If there is an elixir of youth, it is food. The more qualitative, fresh, and well-cooked it is, the greater the benefits. To repeat the words of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, let food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.
There is a very interesting piece of information that is really worth knowing. The ends of our chromosomes, called telomeres, suffer damage over time. The length of telomeres inevitably decreases, making our bodies more vulnerable to damage that leads to diseases such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, dementia, and many others. The length of telomeres is directly related to our biological age. Make this analogy to understand: telomeres are at the ends of chromosomes, like the tips of our shoelaces. The closer our telomeres are, over time, the more our biological age increases. One of the most important ways to influence the length of telomeres is a balanced diet and maintaining healthy body weight.
Do you agree that it is fantastic that we can have access to these small structures of our existence through means such as our diet? I find it inspiring, motivating, and highly dynamic, reminding me that every choice I make has meaning. This encourages me to think carefully about my choices, especially in terms of nutrition. Choose food and dietary behaviors that strengthen you and fill you with energy.
Ayurveda distinguishes that there are foods that are stimulating and are called “Raja.” Similarly, there are foods that induce lethargy and are called “Tamasic” or magical. There are also foods that nourish the body with fresh and balanced energy and are called “Sattvic.” Let’s not focus on the names but rather understand what they represent: stimulation, lethargy, and balance.
I’ll give an example to make it more understandable. If you drink a lot of coffee, the result will be overstimulation. If you have a large plate of pasta with minced meat and plenty of cheese for lunch, you will soon feel lethargic. However, if you have a balanced and nutritious meal made with seasonal and fresh ingredients, you will feel full of energy and vitality.
The proposition is to start observing the effects that foods have on your body, as well as the quantities you consume. I suggest taking notes to record your observations. For example, one cup of coffee may have pleasant results, but the same may not be true for the second or third cup. Notice how food affects your body and choose to maintain what helps you feel lighter and more functional.
An important practice for maintaining youthfulness and vitality is detoxification. It is a true gift for your well-being and health. I recommend doing this seasonal dietary detoxification twice a year, in autumn and spring. I have been doing it for many years.
For those interested, I have prepared an online program that includes everything you need to learn and do for deep detoxification, with my guidance. It consists of a recipe guide for physical and mental detoxification, as well as videos with yoga and breathing practices. It is suitable for everyone, whether you have similar experience or not.
No 2 Body Movement
All the things I suggest are not just from a position where everything in my life and health has gone smoothly and perfectly. I have gone through many pushbacks in many different phases of my life. I have experienced serious injuries from surgeries, sorrows, and many different situations. So, life has its ups and downs. The point is that despite the challenges and times when my body suffered, I didn’t give up. On the contrary. In fact, these experiences made me evaluate more focused on what I need to do and what I need to stop doing in order to take better care of myself and to be as healthy and functional as possible for me and my family, and for my children. I aim to enjoy each day as much as possible. That is the meaning of life according to me, and that’s what I’m sharing with you.
The 2nd factor for biological youthfulness, which is within your control, is to influence the movement and posture of your body. Our body is made to move. We have a wide range of movements that the majority of people, unfortunately, use a small percentage of. It’s a big problem that we need to address in the modern era, which is that we sit too much and moreover, in the wrong position. This is not normal for our bodies. There is a very wide range of movements that our body is made to do, which, as I said, the majority of people don’t use, at least not as much as they should, and they don’t use it. The range of motion is limited, and damages and restrictions are caused. Joints, the musculoskeletal system, and in some cases, even the respiratory or digestive system can be affected.
The range of movement that a body has is directly related to a qualitative everyday life. Start exercising at any age. Regardless of your physical condition, there are suitable exercises for you.
Walking, cycling, and swimming offer quality of life. Also, choose exercise methods that will make your joints and muscles strong, flexible, and functional. Yoga, for example, is one of the most integrated systems to awaken and rejuvenate your joints and muscles at any age and regardless of who you are.
It is necessary also to focus on muscular strengthening. Exercise with resistance such as weights and bands. Work on your core muscles every day. Perform squats, planks, and other exercises that target your abdominal muscles.
Muscular weakness accelerates biological aging because we age; it pulls us toward gravity. Keep your body strong and alive. Body posture is very important. Imagine standing in front of a shadow theater. An example on the canvas: you see the shadow of two people. You cannot see their features, only their shadow. In one shadow, the body is upright and straight with the shoulders back and the chest open. In the other shadow, the body is slightly curved, and the shoulders are rounded, with the chest sunk inwards. If someone asked you to guess which person of the two is the elderly and which one is the young, you can be sure. You would say that the upright body belongs to the young and the curved one to the elderly.
However, if you observe around you, you will see people of all ages, even very young individuals, with incorrect body postures. Incorrect posture, on the one hand, creates skeletal problems, and on the other hand, it contributes to premature aging, causing neurological problems. This is because nerve bundles pass through the spinal column, and the spinal cord itself. Therefore, it is crucial to pay attention to your body posture.
No 1 Daily Routine
The First and most underestimated factor that you can influence for biological youthfulness is your daily routine. I suggest specifically examining and reviewing two things. Firstly, your sleep program. Your sleep targets many phases. It is trendy these days, and rightfully so because it is very important. The hours we sleep are the hours our bodies have the opportunity for repair and regeneration. If we consistently deprive ourselves of this opportunity, the aging process accelerates. Take care of your sleep. If you need help, seek assistance immediately.
The second thing you need to examine is to what extent your daily routine includes habits that maintain youthfulness in your body and spirit, and to what extent it includes habits that accelerate aging. I propose creating two columns on a sheet of paper. In one column, label it “Youthfulness Habits,” and in the other column, label it “Aging Habits.” After contemplating your habits, sit down and think about which habits you have identified that contribute to the aging of your body. Set a goal to eliminate them. Choose one habit and start from there. It will be much easier to achieve than trying to change them altogether. Also, write down one youthfulness habit, one that is not currently included in your routine, and decide to incorporate it into your life, starting now. Do not question it for the next month, but rather focus on establishing this new habit.
Before I bid you farewell, I have a question for you, as always. If you find it helpful, please answer by leaving a comment below the article. The question is, “What is the first thing you need to stop doing because you recognize that it accelerates the wear and tear on your body?” I am eager to read your responses because they will reveal where we need to focus in future articles. Life is the greatest gift, and it is wonderful to grow older. It is a blessing. Therefore, we have an obligation to take care of ourselves to the best of our ability. When you begin to operate in this way, you are essentially sowing seeds of care and love that will support you throughout your life’s journey. I wish you all the best of luck in embarking on the process of positive change. Take care and honor your body.