Hugh Hefner is the envy of anybody aging. Hugh is 80 something.
I like that “something part.” I learned that from an elderly patient of mine. When I asked her age she said “I am 80 something.” with a big grin, ”It’s not necessary to count the second digit.” LOL!
By the way, I am 40 something. I feel better saying my age that way especially since I’m only able to say that for a few more weeks.
I’m told I look good for my age. I’m lean, fit, and active. All my parts are still working well; just like Hugh. I’ll casually neglect to comment about my hair. LOL!
So how do some people maintain their youthful exuberance? God is ultimately in control of what happens to each of us, but he also gifted us with the ability to make choices.
Having been a holistic family doctor for over 25 years, working face to face with thousands of senior citizens, I have a few observations and suggestions about youthfulness.
1)Check Your Posture. It is an often overlooked component of beauty, health and youthfulness. Look closely at those who catch your eye and you’ll notice those people have good posture. From a side view you’ll notice that their head lies directly above their torso, and that an imaginary straight line can be drawn from their ear to their shoulder, to their hip, and then to their ankle. From a front or back view you’ll notice levelness of their ears, shoulders, and hips. It all has a lot to do with spinal balance.
Be sure and get the free report I offer on the right side of this web site called: How to Check Yourself and Your Family for Spinal Structural misalignment. Learn how to sit, lay and stand properly.
Good posture is important for health because of the structure/function relationship. I’m referring to the alignment of your bones and joints. I bet you haven’t heard about how structural balance has an effect on your health. This structure/function relationship is what I call “The missing link” in health care. This is true particularly of spinal alignment.
Stress and trauma cause the vertebrae to misalign and this in turn irritates or impinges the delicate spinal nerves and spinal chord (this is called subluxation). The nervous system controls and coordinates all body systems including immunity. Chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting subluxations. Find a chiropractor and get checked regularly. How often? Once per week optimally and once per month minimally. Yes, this is the best way to improve your posture and your health.
2) Think Young. Our minds are a lot like computers. Garbage in equals garbage out. If you keep exposing yourself to frequent negative media for example, you’ll think, talk, and act negative. In case you have not noticed, most of the information in the media is negative. So I suggest limiting your exposure. Listen to the news or read the newspaper once a day maximum. And be very selective with other things that influence your mind like television shows, magazines, books, the internet, and even some people. Seek out uplifting, educational, inspiring, and positive input.
3) Eat Young Food. Reminds me of the adage “You are what you eat.” So eat fresher produce and preferably organically or home grown. The vitamin and mineral content is superior not to mention the taste. Aim to eat a big salad every day. Another free report I offer is the recipe for The Healing Salad. Fantastic! Fresh vegetables contain high levels of anti-oxidants, compounds known to nullify a common destroyer of youth – free radicals.
4) Love more. Yes expressing love is a key component of youthfulness. This is much more than just sex. It’s about love for your spouse, children, neighbors, and even your enemies. Actions speak louder than words here. Sharing your God given talents to help your fellow man, besides being a higher calling for all of us, works wonders to strengthen your immunity, cardio-vascular system, and mental capacities.
So, if you envy Hugh Hefner and want to maintain a youthful exuberance, the above lifestyle choices can help you do that.
Oh yeah, one more thing: behave yourself!
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