Have you ever wondered how you would like to age? If we could choose (and mind you, we can!), I’d imagine that it would be gracefully and painlessly, staying vigorously energetic, and looking forever youthful and radiant. We all want to defy our biological age! Anti-aging in recent years has become one of the biggest industries the world has to offer!
Technology today has offered us a variety of options and solutions to maintain our youthfulness. We can choose from supplements to new age treatments, facials, surgery and many more. However, if we maintain these 5 key fundamentals of wellness, we can keep aging at bay for many years to come.
1. Drinking Sufficient Water
Our body is made up of 50-70% of water, varying according to age and gender. Water is an important component for our internal bodily functions. Our digestive system, circulation, saliva production, maintenance of optimum body temperature and transportation of nutrients is highly dependent on water. Drinking insufficient water long term would cause our kidneys to not function properly.
How much water should we be drinking? National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia recommends at least 3 litre of water (that’s just 2 big bottles of 1500ml drinking water) a day of preferably non-sugared and non-caffeinated water for optimum health.
2. Getting Quality Sleep
Regardless of age, getting quality sleep is essential to our overall wellbeing. When we sleep, our gall bladder and liver gets to do their job properly. By not getting at least 6-8 hours of quality sleep, we put our internal organs into dire stress. While many of us would experience sleep deprivation at many times of our lives (think baby, deadlines, partying), prolonged sleep deprivation in some extreme cases could even cause death!
Let our body get the rest it deserves. Your liver would love you for it. Get away to your favourite relaxing destination or even a 20 minute pampering would do your body a lot of good!
3. Eating Proper Nutrients
Food, glorious food! Especially in our part of the world, Malaysia is a melting pot of cuisine heaven! You can find food here 24-hours a day, and take your pick from Malay, Chinese, Indian, Western and other delicious goodies, savoury or sweet! Traditional Chinese Medicine advises that we should eat like a king during breakfast, a prince during lunch and very lightly during dinner. And for good reasons too!
When our body has proper nutrients, preferably a diet high in lean protein and low in carbohydrates, we are able to keep our body functioning at its optimum and looking vibrantly youthful at the same time.
4. Staying Active, both Physically and Mentally
Tony Robbins once stated that one of the six human needs is to have growth. By staying active physically we are able to keep our body and mind well-oiled. Physically staying active allows us to keep the inches at bay, and mentally staying active allows us to keep being motivated for a ripe old age! Hence the term, use it before you lose it!
Having growth allows us something to look forward to. It keeps us moving forward. Find a dream, pick a sport, fall in love, challenge yourself to be better; and keep staying active as it would keep us young for many years to come.
5. Managing Energy – Keeping an influx of Positivity
The fastest way to age is to be stuck in negativity. Disappointments, anger, resentment, hatred, sadness and self pity are emotions that many of us go through on many occasions throughout the day, if not weeks or months. Feeling this way is natural. Getting stuck in negativity for prolonged periods of time affects our mental, spiritual, emotional and eventually physical wellness. It is important to catch ourselves in negative environments, and seek out positive or more empowering energies instead.
We can choose who and what we spend our time with. If you are caught in a situation that is draining, and not producing your desired required results, take some time to reevaluate your position. If we cannot change our circumstances, then the only thing we can change is how we choose to think and what we want to do about it.