Do you have a regular, anti-aging routine? Does it apply to every part of your body? When most people think about anti-aging, there are usually parts of the body that they forget about. Unfortunately, these neglected parts can then start to undermine your efforts to keep your body feeling and looking its best. To help you avoid this situation, here’s our expert guide to bodywork and anti-aging, with a focus on the parts of your body that you may be neglecting.
Bodywork is a type of complementary medicine that focuses on techniques and therapies that involve the entire body. So, when you put bodywork and anti-aging together, it means that you’re looking at ideas and strategies for making your entire body look and feel young over the long term.
If you want your whole body to look young and fresh, then you need to focus on more than your face. Your face obviously is the most prone to damage from the sun and toxins in the environment, but it isn’t the only place that takes damage. Here are some other parts of your body that you need to take care of as part of your bodywork and anti-aging efforts:
The skin over your chest is thin and delicate, so it’s no wonder that sun exposure, genetics, and collagen loss due to age cause wrinkling, creases, and freckling as you get older. The neck, too, is prone to droopy skin as gravity can make the muscle bands around the neck loosen and grow longer. Exposure to the sun further damages collagen and elastin, making the problem worse.
You can help fight these effects by:
Sunspots, bulging veins and tendons, and thin skin on your hands will make you look older than you want to be or feel. You can help fight these effects by:
As you age, sun damage, gravity, and genetics may cause the skin above your knees to become saggy and wrinkly. That’s why you need to take care of them by:
The food you eat fuels you, and it also helps ensure that every part of your body gets the nutrients it needs to function properly. It will also help to stave off health issues that can cause early aging, which is why the right diet can be an important part of your bodywork and anti-aging efforts.
There’s no point using creams to try to cover up a dull complexion and fine lines. This has to come from within, from a healthy diet that’s packed with water, healthy fats, nutrients, and antioxidants. This will help to give you healthy, glowing skin and combat fine lines.
If this sounds like what you’re looking for, then here are the foods you should be eating regularly for their anti-aging effects:
By now, you probably know that avocado is incredibly good for your health. It contains:
Red bell peppers have a high vitamin C content, making them antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory. They may also help protect your skin from the damage caused by the sun and environmental toxins.
Papaya contains lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help nourish the skin, fight free radical damage, and improve skin elasticity. These include:
Watercress is one of the best anti-aging foods around because it’s:
Spinach is hydrating and packed with nutrients that help fight the signs of aging such as:
Blueberries contain vitamins A and C, so they’re powerful antioxidants. They also contain anthocyanin, an antioxidant which is known for its anti-aging effects.
Broccoli contains lots of nutrients that are anti-aging as well as many that your body just needs to feel and function at its best. These include:
Nuts are particularly good for anti-aging. They contain fatty acids as well as vitamin E, which may help boost skin healing, protect skin from the sun, and help it retain its moisture. Nuts may also help fight certain health risks like heart disease, cognitive decline, and type 2 diabetes.
Some of the best nuts to eat are:
Sweet potatoes are not only tasty, but they’re also really good for your skin. They contain:
Pomegranate seeds are extremely good for your skin. They’re high in antioxidants like vitamin C, which helps reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage. Pomegranates also contain punicalagin, which help to protect skin collagen, so they’re a definite must in your bodywork and anti-aging efforts.
There are several health risks that can cause your body to age faster than it should including Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). This is caused by stress, which is already a major factor in premature aging.
Stress is usually handled by the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response. The NEM is a network of organs and systems, divided into six related circuits. During stressful periods, the NEM stress response prompts the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. Cortisol then affects the body’s organs and systems, helping you cope and preparing you to respond to the stress. Once the stressful period is over, the NEM stress response shuts down and cortisol levels return to normal, allowing your body to go back to its normal level of functioning.
However, chronic stress can disrupt this process. It causes the NEM stress response to remain active, which keeps cortisol levels high. This can be very dangerous to your overall health and to your Bioenergetics Circuit. Also, it speeds aging and worsens health problems associated with old age. That’s why it’s so important that stress reduction be part of your bodywork and anti-aging efforts.
The Bioenergetics Circuit consists of the liver, pancreas, and the thyroid, and it’s an important part of the NEM stress response. This circuit is responsible for producing energy for every cell in your body. As AFS progresses, these functions can start to break down. This can lead to low energy levels in the body as well as mitochondrial dysfunction.
Mitochondria are the part of your cells that provide the power for cells to function correctly. When they malfunction, it can lead to cell death. This affects not only your overall health, but also your skin, causing an overload of dead skin cells, resulting in a dull complexion and premature aging.
Malfunctions here also affect the liver. The liver is the primary location for the body’s detoxification efforts, so as liver health declines, toxins will start to build up in the body. This increases inflammation levels and free radical levels, both of which will damage your cells and advance the aging process.
Keeping this circuit healthy and reversing or eliminating the effects of AFS are therefore vital steps in your bodywork and anti-aging efforts.
Using anti-aging cream and staying out of the sun isn’t enough to keep you looking and feeling young. Instead, you need to focus on bodywork and anti-aging, with strategies to keep every part of your body looking and working properly, from the inside out. Here’s a quick guide for making this work part of your daily life:
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When you put bodywork and anti-aging together, you’re looking at complementary therapies and techniques that help your whole body look and feel younger than its age. If your anti-aging routine doesn’t seem to be helping as much as you hoped, then this may be exactly what you need.