12 Ways to Supercharge Your Health and Help Save Your Brain

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12 Ways to Supercharge Your Health That Don’t Cost a Thing and will Help Save Your Brain (and your Body)

SENESCENCE or biological aging is the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics. The word senescence can refer either to cellular aging or to deterioration of the whole organism.

It’s really just a fancy term for “aging”.

The fact is...we all get older every single day and each person’s aging process will look different - and that’s ok. So, don’t you think it’s about time that we should embrace ourselves at whatever age, especially the wisdom we’ve gained through the years?  This rather than fearing it and spending pots of money trying to pretend we are still much younger?

That said, we don’t want to simply give up and do nothing, as that will increase the rate at which senescence occurs.  Rather, if you’re motivated to live a full and healthy life as you age, then you might have to make some adjustments to your personal aging process, so you can spend more quality time doing the things you love.

Here are 12 incredibly simple “hacks” that you can take action on right now to give yourself an edge over your senescence!  Oh, and did I mention that all of them are FREE?

Try as many of them as you can on a daily basis.

BONUS...I’ve got a yummy way to add even more health optimization into your day with my Superfoods Buddha Bowl recipe!

12 Supercharging Health Hacks...for free

#12. Laugh more. 

Laughter truly IS the best medicine.

#11. Do NOT smoke. Ever. 

This includes Vaping and other recently “legal” substances.  It’s still inhaling toxic substances into your body.  Why would you do that?

If your health care practitioner recommends cannabis for medical reasons, there are other forms that don’t involve inhaling it.

#10. Drink less alcohol - or none at all :)

Sorry …

#9. Get outside and take in nature. 

The outdoors and being in natural surroundings can be their own kind of therapy and should be part of any healthy routine.  Breath in the fresh air and scents of nature.  Enjoy some healthy rays from the sun.  Connect with friends and family for shared activities.  The list of ideas is endless!

#8. But also avoid excessive sun exposure

A little natural sun exposure each day is fine (hellooo Vitamin D!), but excessive exposure is detrimental and undoubtedly ages the skin. 

Did you know? Vitamin D plays a critical role in several biological processes - skin health included, promoting a youthful skin appearance. Higher Vitamin D levels are associated with healthy aging.

Check out more info HERE.

#7. Move your body, and break a sweat daily.

Did you know? Regular exercise has quite a potent anti-aging effect - and best of all, to help slow down the aging process, it doesn’t matter how much you exercise or what type you choose - just so long as you move your body regularly!
On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle speeds up the aging process and makes you more susceptible to age-related health issues, both brain and body, down the road.

#6. Engage Your Brain

Well, you may not have caught the Wordle craze yet, but look for something that can make you think, use the logical side of your brain, or to simply educate yourself.  This can mean everything from puzzles and reading, to socializing/connecting  with others through Book Clubs, Bridge or other activities.

#5. Rest more, and get adequate restorative sleep.

Lack of sleep can really take a toll on your entire body. We’re not just talking dark circles either - although those are still a good reason to catch enough zzz’s!
Shut the laptop (and other devices) and get into bed, preferably by 10pm every night.

Check out more info HERE.

#4. Manage your stress.

Too much stress can have significant negative effects on your body, and accelerate the aging process. Be sure to find more ways to manage your stress on a daily basis so it doesn’t take over!  

Check out more info HERE.

#3. Drink more water and stay hydrated

Increasing water intake and being adequately hydrated is a no-brainer for both inner and outer beauty - from your cells to your skin! This includes consuming foods that have a naturally high water content.
Did you know? Each bite of watermelon contains 92% water!

#2. Eat more whole, nutrient-dense foods rich in vitamins, minerals & Omega 3’s

OK, yes, food isn’t free … but challenge yourself to leave all the junk food behind and use those savings to purchase food that is high quality, fresh, and organic, without much change to your grocery budget.  Shop at least once a week for fruits and veggies like cucumber, watermelon, tomato, avocados, ginger, berries (especially blueberries), pomegranate, dark green leafy veggies, garlic and Omega 3 fatty acid-rich foods like cold water fatty fish, walnuts and hemp seeds.  Check out your local Farmers Market – summer’s coming!

I’ve written lots about these ideas, check them out HERE.

#1. Take time each day to assess your life and habits

Whether this is part of your meditation practice, or other practices such as journaling or gratitude, it pays off to stop for even just a moment, take a breath, and ask yourself where you are in this movement in time, where you want to be, and what else you might do to get there?  What habits and ways of being are serving you?  Which ones may belong in the past, and it’s time to let them go?  How can you recreate yourself in each moment to be your best self, aligned with who you truly are?  No judgement here, simply an opportunity to assess and move forward into the next moment in your life!

Bottom line

There’s nothing that completely halts senescence or the biological aging process, but these simple anti-aging hacks may help you slow it down - even if it’s just a little bit.

More importantly, they may help you look and feel better RIGHT NOW, while promoting an overall healthier, and more energetic lifestyle!

And yes, I know that you KNOW that all of these are important … but how can you really bring some, or all of them, into your life in a sustainable way?

JOIN ME for LOVE YOUR BRAIN, a 12-week program where I will coach you and provide strategies for HOW to incorporate sustainable changes – the ones you want – into your life!  More info HERE.  

And if you want even more info and to discuss whether this is the right program for YOU, then book a 30-minute consultation with me and we will see if it’s the right match for you!

CLICK HERE to book your time - and if none of the times work for you, message me and we will find one that does.  

Hope to hear from you soon!

RECIPE:  Superfoods Buddha Bowl

Makes about 2 cups = 4 side portions.

RecipeSuperfoods Buddha Bowl

Makes about 6 cups = 2 meals or 4 side portions.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of mixed greens
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 avocado, peeled and mashed
  • ½ english cucumber, washed and chopped (with skin)
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa 
  • 2-3 Tbsp hemp seeds/hearts
  • 2-3 Tbsp goat feta, crumbled (optional - can substitute a “vegan” cheese)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh herbs, finely chopped (basil, mint, cilantro or oregano)
  • 1 Tbsp walnut or hemp oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Add mixed greens to a medium bowl.
  2. Layer all the veggies and grains on top.
  3. Sprinkle with hemp seeds and goat/vegan cheese, if using.
  4. Mix oil and lemon juice, fresh herbs, and salt & pepper (if using), and pour over the other ingredients.

 

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