Not surprisingly how we feel about ourselves and how much joy we have in our lives makes a huge difference to our health and to how old we look. For example, women who feel good about getting older experience less negative menopause symptoms.
So, feeling positive about ageing is important and thankfully numerous recent studies have suggested that our happiest days are in fact still ahead of us! Apparently 85-year olds are more satisfied with themselves and their lives than 18-year olds! So, genuinely there is much to feel positive about.
However, you may still wonder, will my body sustain me into my bright future? Cutting down on the amount of toxins that we consume and supporting our bodies to clear out what is already there is a great place to start.
And if you join my Age-Defying, Detox events this October/November, you will learn how to go about cleaning up your diet and super -charging your natural detox abilities.
For the purposes of this blog I’m going to focus on two other aspects of healthy ageing. Protecting your skin and your DNA.
Protecting your Skin
Age related changes in skin quality are associated with two vital substances, collagen and elastin. These proteins are responsible for the structure and elasticity of your skin, and decrease as we age. What to do?!
- Make sure you eat one or two servings of protein each day e.g. fish, nuts/seeds, pulses or a protein powder – again, collagen building blocks. Ideally eat protein with every meal
- Eat vitamin C rich foods such as kiwi, red pepper, parsley, oranges and kale and top up with a quality Vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of collagen, decreases photodamage and increases the creation of fibroblasts (cells that secret collagen). Take 500mgs to 3 grams per day
- Consider supplementing with collagen hydrolysate which has been shown to increase collagen in the skin and reduce signs of facial ageing. Take approx. 20mcg per day
- My favourite supplement for the skin is Astaxanthin. 6-8mg oral supplementation a day has been shown to decrease oxidation in the body, increase blood flow, decrease blood pressure and increase superoxide dismutase (affectionately known as SOD, an important enzyme defending against oxidative stress – a major cause of ageing skin)
- Invest in a good sun screen, preferably a Zinc Oxide product and avoid skin care products with high levels of chemical nasties
Note: See a naturopathic nutritionist for suggestions about the correct dose of supplements in your individual case
Ever heard of telomeres? Well, they are crucial to the defence of your DNA. They are tiny structures found at the tip of chromosomes, like the end of a shoelace. They protect your DNA from degrading each time a cell multiplies (which some do every few days!) Telomeres are often called a cell’s timekeeper. No telomeres = cell death, which eventually means loss of organ function. In studies, women with highest stress levels had the shortest telomeres. Regular endurance exercise, vitamins B12, B9 and C, Zinc, and Omega 3 are associated with longer telomeres and Vitamin D levels can help to regenerate enzyme telomerase.
To find out how else you can protect your body from premature ageing sign up for:
1 Day: Age Well Detox and Fitness: 8th October 2017: 1- day retreat in the very beautiful Ashton Court Mansion. 10.30-4. £85. How to clean up your diet, bring in some functional exercise & make changes to support yourself through the ageing process (includes light lunch, exercise and nutrition talks). To book email: [email protected]
28 Day: Age-Well, Detox Programme for Women: Tuesdays, November 2017: 7.00-9.00pm: £145. (The Studio. Cotham, Bristol). Come together as a group of women to learn the secrets of healthy ageing and be supported to make dietary and lifestyle changes.
Join us every Tuesday throughout November for information about what foods to try and reduce/cut out (e.g. gluten, sugar and more), what foods to add in and find inspiration for new ways of cooking and eating, support for age-related challenges such as menopause and cognitive decline and meditation. Book here
Price: £145 for 8 hours of nutritional support that would normally cost £310 in a one to one setting. Early Bird: Book by September 30th and pay only £125. Book here
And/or join me for an intro talk at the College of Naturopathic Medicine’s Open Day
Saturday 30th September 2017 10:00am – 5:30pm
Caroline is a CNM trained Nutritional Therapist, a yoga teacher and founder of Bristol Health and Nutrition. After years employing DIY natural health solutions, Caroline began to train more formally in complementary therapies. Eventually, quitting her Job as C.E.O of the international charity, Transform, she decided to focus solely on Nutritional Therapy. She is passionate about sharing her exploration of how the human body works and the food, herbs and lifestyle changes that can help our bodies bring us back to health. As a mother of a 12-year-old she is well versed in inventive ways of getting lots of the good stuff in and keeping most of the bad stuff out and as 47 year old working parent she knows all about quick and easy recipes to maintain her own good health during the ageing process. All of this whilst trying to remember the wise words of the great chocolatier Mr Booja Booja “Relax, nothing is under control!”
Photo credits: Flickr Creative commons
Old people dancing in the street – Connie Ma https://www.flickr.com/photos/ironypoisoning/
Lemon and mint juice– Doriano Jaroudi – https://www.flickr.com/photos/dorianojaroudi/
Picture of Caroline: Deasy Bamford