Keeping Young and Healthy in Body and MindIt doesn’t matter if you’re not a model size and shape, what matters is that you are happy with the way you are but in order to do that you have to be completely honest with yourself. Telling everyone else that you don’t care about your weight, skin or emotions is pointless if you’re really unhappy with one area or another. If you want to lose weight, improve your skin and be happier all round, you will need to work at it, lying to others doesn’t make it go away.

As you get older, your metabolism slows down and the body changes shape – areas that were never a problem suddenly become one! This is why regular exercise is important, apart from toning the muscles and keeping you in shape, it has a surprisingly good effect on your state of mind as well.

The old saying “you are what you eat” is very true so it stands to reason that if you eat junk food you will look and feel like junk! Ideally you need to eat lean meat to provide the required protein for the body, fresh vegetables and fruit to help with burning fat and the vitamins for their antioxidant benefits to protect against free radicals and have anti-aging properties to help slow down the aging process and onset of wrinkles. Obviously that doesn’t mean you can’t have occasional treats, it is quite important not to deny yourself all of the “nice” things as this makes you crave them all the more, just remember moderation.

You may also find that your diet isn’t providing you with the necessary nutrients so it is sometimes a good idea to add a diet supplement. Omega 3 is a very popular supplement because the western diet often doesn’t provide enough of docosahexaenoic acid, DPA and eicosapentaenoic acid EPA which the body needs in order to be able to function properly. Another popular supplement is Resveratrol which is an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory which the body cannot make, but it needs to contain trans-resveratrol in order for it to be absorbed into the body.

Getting enough sleep can make a huge difference in the way you feel and look. Ideally the body needs between seven and eight hours of sleep a night. This will help you maintain a healthy weight and good complexion. If you can develop a regular sleeping routine, waking up and going to bed at more or less the same time every day this will help to regulate your metabolism which will help to lessen weight gain as you get older. Lack of sleep also prevents the body from burning off excess fat so weight creeps up, so make sure you are getting enough sleep.

The sun can cause dry skin, wrinkles and at its worst, burnt skin. Whilst it is essential to get out in the sun for the vitamin D it is also important to be careful and use sun cream to prevent damage. A tan can look lovely but too much sun can age you prematurely.

On a similar note, drink plenty of water, particularly when the weather is hot. Water helps to keep the skin as well as the body hydrated and moisturised. It also helps to remove toxins and waste from the body and can increase blood sugar volume which in turn increases metabolism which can help with weight issues.

One of the most important ways of feeling and looking healthy is to keep a happy disposition. Avoid negativity and stress as much as possible as this will speed up the aging process faster than anything else. Keep yourself busy and active, look for the positive things in your life but also find the time to relax, maybe meditate or just sit quietly somewhere. Most of all, listen to your body – you’ll be surprised how much you already know about your body needs to be happy, healthy and look good.

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