19 May 2015
Spring Clean Yourself: Quick Tips for Looking and Feeling Younger
There’s no better time than now to start spring cleaning—and we’re not talking about throwing away the cardigans you don’t wear anymore. It’s time start maintenance on yourself. We’re offering some quick-hitters on how to look and feel younger.
Commit to a Healthy Diet
We could fill up the rest of this page—and then some—with every fad diet that’s inundating Hollywood right now. But we prefer to stick to the basics which, after all, are the basis of a healthy diet. You’ve heard it all before, but it’s worth repeating—and often. Get enough fiber from a healthy mix of whole grains and vegetables. Eat a good balance of animal and plant proteins. Eat leafy green vegetables every day (as well as raw fruits and vegetables). Stay away from unhealthy fats, and eat the good ones. And go easy on the added sugar and salt.
Stay Physically Active
Staying active makes your brain and body feel more alert, which in turn helps you to feel younger. It also increases your energy and sex drive, keeps your skin soft and radiant (more on skin care below), improves posture and flexibility, and can greatly improve your overall mood and sleep (which we all know often go hand-in-hand). So get moving, and for at least 20 minutes a day.
Take Care of Your Skin
If you’re trying to look young, it’s crucial to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you know you’re going to be outdoors for longer than 15 minutes at a time, be sure to use sunscreen. Don’t smoke. And treat your skin gently. You can do this by limiting bath time, sticking to a diet that’s high in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats, not shaving against the grain, and regularly moisturizing.
Keep Your Brain Active
One of the best ways to feel young is to keep learning. With a whole wide world of information, you can always find something to stimulate your mind. Read a book, learn a new language, practice a skill, play a game (even video games!), practice or learn how to play an instrument, or do a crossword puzzle. The two keys to keeping your brain active are 1) repetition and 2) spacing out activities so you don’t over-stimulate your mind and burn out.
Consider Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been proven to relieve menopause symptoms. Studies have also shown that certain hormone therapies can lower mortality in younger postmenopausal women. BHRT can also improve muscle function, which will help to keep you moving. Some hormone therapies can even protect against heart disease and brain aneurysms—talk about feeling young! We know all about hormone replacement therapies and how they can help you look and feel young. Spring into action and give us a call to chat.