Top Five habits that will keep you looking younger and feeling energetic

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You can become healthy at any age

I believe most of us are governed by our bad habits and may not know they are causing us harm. We hide behind the many excuses for why we don’t feel energetic, happy or filled with a life purpose. One aspect of growing older is that perhaps how we ate during our youth no longer suits us or has made us sick over the years. If only one would pay attention to this earlier on. On many occasions, I, too, have said this to myself. The truth is, you are never too old or too young to change your habits. All we have to do is give ourselves enough reason why we have to change now — for the better. The body is a beautiful mechanism working through many complex processes that we don’t yet understand  — but it manages to cope and adapt to whatever we throw at it. Sometimes we don’t treat it as well as we could, and later on down the track, health challenges and perhaps disease might surface. So it pains me when I see people taking harmful risks to their health, like overeating processed foods and drinking a lot of alcohol. It may be annoying to make a change, perhaps even uncomfortable in the short term. But in a long time, it will pay dividends for your health and well being. I don’t know about you, but I want to live life fully. There is no time to be plagued with ongoing health issues. Do you want to see a doctor every week or spend your precious time in a hospital? I certainly don’t! Here are a few things you can do which will alter your health, making you an extremely healthy, fit and energetic person. 

Six easy habits that will keep you younger and more energetic

One: Intermittent fasting

This works well for people who have a lot of body fat and weight to lose. It also works for anyone with a few stubborn KGs to lose. Alternating feeding windows allows you to practice self-discipline and gives your body time to regenerate and heal. This one technique increases your growth hormone, which is the key to longevity and puts a bit of a halt on ageing. Fasting can make you younger internally and externally since it triggers many reactions. It increases the body’s ability to flush out free radicals that naturally occur within the environment. It has been known to increase strength and hypertrophy for weight training. Overall, intermittent fasting is for anyone, but I would speak to your doctor first before diving head-on if you suffer from any diseases. 

Two: Eating more fatty fish

Fish is an excellent source of protein, is lean, light, and packed full of omega-three fats. Omega 3 is linked to lowering inflammation markers in heart disease and can contribute to overall weight loss. The best types of seafood to consume are; Salmon, sardines, rainbow trout and tuna (in moderation, of course, due to its mercury content). 

Three: Fish also contains DHEA

An omega-three fatty acid is required to keep your brain functioning efficiently. The brain and nervous system are partly made up of fat and prefer DHEA fat. Long term consumption of DHEA is linked to improved memory, learning ability and a reduction in cognitive decline. A perfect addition to your already healthy diet for optimal brain health. 

Four: Weight training

Weight training has many benefits, no matter what fitness level you are currently at or your age bracket. Lifting weights help you lose body fat, strengthen your bones, and build lean muscle, leading to a more healthy and disease-free life. The beauty of weight training is it builds inner strength and can increase our mental health and wellbeing. Weights burn body fat faster than steady-state cardio, making it a more efficient way to spend your time at the gym — plus, you build an excellent athletic shape that looks great both with and without clothes! 

Five: Eating less red meats & poultry protein

I am now on the cusp of vegetarian and vegan. I gave up eating meats during the start of 2022 for both ethical and health reasons. For years I had become a slave to the notion that we needed high levels of “protein” to build muscle and stay lean. But, over the years, through my research and self-experimentation, I have discovered we don’t need that much. For example, I don’t want to be a bodybuilder, and I’m sure most of the population these days lift weights for aesthetic and fat burning purposes. Dr Grundy highlights a lot of research backing his theory for a lower protein diet that increases longevity. Lifting weight builds your muscle — regardless of how much protein you eat. Sure, a small amount is necessary, but not the high amount that most people have been throwing up at us. So, go easy on your protein, and don’t get too stressed about the ideal number. We all need very different amounts based on our health and lifestyle goals. 

Six: Eating more vegetables

The key to weight loss is to feel full and satisfied with every meal, and the vegetables you eat have the power to help you with this goal. We feel more full when eating vegetables because of their fibrous content. Fill your plate with broccoli, spinach, kale or cauliflower. Whatever happens to be in season for you. Add a big salad and dress it with olive oil and protein sources. This makes a delicious, light and nutritious meal. You will be guaranteed to feel satisfied and have a constant energy flow during the day. Do this religiously, and watch your body shape change; your health and longevity increase! 

Some of the best veggies that make you look younger are:-

  • Kale contains; vitamin K fibre and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Blackberries are filled with antioxidants.
  • Brussels Sprouts help control rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation.

Key takeaways

As you can see, everything I have mentioned is so simple you can tackle them every day. Everything else falls into place when you begin feeding your body the right way. Not a day goes by when I don’t live by these principles — and they work so well it’s now a massive part of my life. It doesn’t matter how much you spend externally to look and feel better- it’s what goes into your body counts. That will directly reflect your skin quality, energy levels, and how you age every year of your life. 

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