5 Ways Start Aging Gracefully

5 Ways Start Aging Gracefully

What It Means

to age gracefully

As we age, we are constantly bombarded by friends, the media and society with all the things we can do to slow or hide the evidence of age. Age, or simply time, is a natural part of life and happens to everyone, and there is no way to change that – however, you can change how you age and the way you respond to it. 

Keeping a positive mindset is key; as our bodies slow down we can take it as an opportunity to focus inwards and improve our health from the inside out.

Prioritize Your Physical Health

1. Exercise To Maintain Muscle Mass

As we age, the adage “use it or lose it” becomes more relevant. Muscle mass shrinks, bones can become more brittle, and joints can become arthritic. It’s important to maintain muscle to support your bones and joints, and gentle daily resistance-based exercise is a great way to do just that. Here are a couple ideas to get you started:

Yoga is a perfect way to not only build muscle but improve flexibility. Join a local studio or play one of the countless free videos on Youtube. It is our recommendation that you seek a class with a yogi (teacher) that has certification in ‘medical’ yoga or similar. Having a knowledgeable instructor is priceless for this activity. Start slowly with beginner’s classes and work your way up as your stamina improves. Yoga will improve your strength and flexibility over time; this is a great adjunct to aging!

Walking and Swimming are great, low-impact ways to maintain your health. Walk around the block or join a local fitness center to use their treadmills. Swimming is an especially great way to ease into exercise, as floating in the water lifts weight from typical problem areas like your hips and back. Walking in waist or chest high water in a pool achieves both resistance and aerobic work for you. So put on your waterproof headphones, select a good podcast and go!

2. Maintain A Healthy Diet

It becomes more important than ever to make sure you’re getting the daily recommended amounts of all vitamins and minerals as you age. The recommended daily amounts from the government is the bare minimum often; sometimes you need more. This is a great conversation to have with your favorite healthcare provider. Vitamins and minerals can be important both for your immune system and to promote proper function of your musculoskeletal system - promoting bone and muscle health. These systems are related of course as the immune system is involved in all aspects of inflammation and healing.

It can sometimes be difficult to know which foods to eat, which foods not to eat, and how they work together to benefit your well-being. Pairing Calcium with Vitamin D, for example, helps the Calcium absorb better. Here are a few guidelines and tips you can use as you assess your dietary choices:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables by pairing at least one serving with every meal.
  • Choose more lean protein instead of red meat; choose fish, beans, or chicken. Tofu is a great protein source.
  • Eat healthy fats and avoid processed foods, refined sugars, and unhealthy fats. Generally, it is recommended to use oils instead of solid fats. Unsaturated fats like olive oil have amazing health benefits overall.

Start a supplement routine. The best way to absorb nutrients is through a balanced diet, but if you find that you are lacking in a few essential vitamins and minerals, taking a supplement is still a great way to make sure you’re getting everything you need for your body to stay healthy. Dr. Meredith Warner’s Multivitamin is designed to promote immune + orthopedic function by providing essential nutrients we commonly miss each day. She also added hemp with CBD for a powerful, safe, and natural anti-inflammatory component – to help you stay active without harmful joint or muscle inflammation. SHOP NOW

Take Care Of Your Mental Health

3. Get Enough Sleep

Getting quality sleep is essential for maintaining both your physical and mental health. During sleep is when your body repairs itself, stores away memories, and it also plays a role in your skin’s health as well. The brain can detox best during sleep. You should aim for about seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Here are some things that quality sleep gives you:

  • Lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduces stress and fights depression + anxiety
  • Reduces inflammation
    improves focus and concentration
  • Helps with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight

4. Prioritize Your Mental Health

Often, mental health goes unnoticed until there is an issue. Don’t wait for stress, depression, or anxiety to strike before taking steps to improve your mental health. Maintaining your emotional well-being is essential for aging gracefully. There is a deep and strong connection between mind and body that is only now being recognized fully in western medicine.

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Stress can physically impact your body in many ways – promoting premature aging and wrinkles, to causing higher risk of heart disease. Stress and anxiety are directly linked to pain as well. Here are a few steps you can take to relieve stress:

  • Getting adequate sleep, as mentioned previously, can do wonders for both your physical and emotional health. Prioritize your sleep and your well-being will improve!
  • Use relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises. Mindfulness definitely reduces anxiety and stress.
  • Regular exercise is also a great way to both relieve stress and improve your physical health. New data has shown specifically that short bursts of highly intense exercise can do wonders for the brain’s health.

Change Your Perspective

& age with grace!

“My goal is to help people age better, age fitter, and enjoy their old age. We’re all going to get old. You can’t stop that.

Meredith Warner, MD

5. Change Your Mindset

Above all, you should do your best to embrace aging as a natural part of life. It is inevitable, so try your best to not make aging a source of stress. Only you can embrace the gifts aging has given you. 

Appreciate your friends, the things you’ve learned, the hobbies you’ve cultivated – and be thankful for the process. Age with joy, and wellness will follow!

Everyone ages. At Well Theory, we’re in the business of helping you learn how to do so with grace and poise – through our wellness products designed to revamp your well-being from the inside out, our Herbal Kitchen recipes curated to give your body the nutrients it needs to thrive, and the expert advice written here on our blog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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For Your Peace of Mind

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100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
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How Diet Affects Your Skin

How Diet Affects Your Skin

How Does Your Overall Diet

affect your skin?

What we eat everyday affects your skin in more ways than one! Additionally, many people do not realize that your overall health and your skin are closely related.

Eating bad foods such as items with too much sugar or even fast food can really wreak havoc on your skin. For example, sugar has been proven to cause inflammation. This in return produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.

Check out these easy and delicious 3 ways to alter your diet to heal you achieve healthier skin:

1. Eat "clean" with fish, fruit, & veggies.

Eating more fish, leafy greens, and fruit can play a major role in the health of your skin. People who eat diets like this have more omega-3 fatty acids from fish that keep skin cells strong an elastic.

Reduction of skin elasticity is a fact of aging for most people. Skin elasticity is the skin’s need to stretch and then go back to normal. Preserving the elasticity in your skin allows for it to look more youthful.

Aging is a natural process - but instead of addressing negative symptoms as they appear, wouldn’t you rather maintain your standard of health as you get older? If you start taking care of your body now, it will age with grace and you will lose less function over time.

2. Cut back on bread and pasta.

Lowering the intake of carb-heavy foods actually lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Lowering your cortisol levels helps to minimize pesky breakouts.

Breakouts can eventually lead to long-term blemishes that can really ruin your overall completion and can may require extra work to try to clear up. Swap these foods for better choices such as zucchini pasta instead of traditional pasta to lower your carb intake.

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3. Introduce olive oil into your diet.

Not only is olive oil a good way to help you skin within your diet, but it also can be applied directly to skin to reap the benefits. Olive oil also contains monounsaturated fat, unsaturated fats that are known to increase your overall cardiovascular health.

Increasing your intake of these foods can help you to achieve and maintain healthier, more attractive looking skin. Your diet has the ability to directly affect your skin and making healthier food choices can help you to fight against elasticity loss and premature skin aging. You diet can also affect many other parts of your body as well – read our blog on the immune system and learn how the dietary choices you make can help or harm your body’s immune function.

Choosing a beneficial multivitamin is a fantastic way of ensuring you’re getting the daily recommended amounts of all your essential vitamins and minerals. Our multivitamin was designed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, who selected each ingredient according to what vitamins she recommends to her patients.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL