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How to Make Aging Unseeable and Even Reversible

How to Make Aging Unseeable and Even Reversible

Look at your hands. They’re one of the best predictors to tell you that you’ve been aging. Forget the wrinkles in the face, your hands tell a better story.

They’ve onced looked young and tense, am I right? Right now the skin may feel a little bit loose. Your bones might be popping out stronger than they have popped out just two years ago. The point is: Aging is everywhere and it happens rapidly. But there’s a way we might be able to slow down the process of it.

    The True Cause Of Aging

    ‘Not dying’, is on the bucket list of Bill Gates. According to a Reddit response of him, this billionaire truly wants to rewrite the rules of nature. But aging is a very complex topic.

    What differentiates living organisms from dead things, is that living organism are able to adapt to stresses. Your muscles will get stronger if you exercise with a dumbbell. Your muscles are getting damaged, repaired and then improved. Throw a dumbbell at a rock and the rock will be shattered. Permanently.

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    But here’s the thing: To adapt to certain stresses, your cells in your body need to divide. But: Your cells in your body can only divide a certain amount of time. Once your cells have divided themselves one time too often, they automatically go into programmed cell death. This is a defense mechanism of your body, the more times your cells are copying themselves, the more likely an error will occur. If an error occurs in cell division, it can lead to cancer.

    The accumulation of dead cells in a certain tissue results in aging.

    How to Prevent Aging

    There’s a way that you can minimize the accumulation of the dead cells in your body though. With lifestyle changes you can slow down the division of your cells and minimize the probability of errors occuring in the process.

    Pay Attention To Your Nutrition

    Have you ever heard of antioxidants? These components of a food can help reduce the stresses that your cells face.

    Plants contain 64 times more antioxidants than animal products. The plant group that has the most antioxidants are berries. But also beverages like green tea and coffee can give you a temporary spike in your cell defense system.

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      Start To Exercise

      Exercising makes you look younger. There’s no science needed here, it’s what we realize on a daily basis.

      Doing a workout is a short term stress situation for your body, but it makes him stronger in the long run. Especially beneficial in living a healthy life is cardiovascular training. Cardio, such as running, reduces the likelihood of heart disease, our leading cause of death.

      Meditate Daily

      This one might be a tip that you’re not aware of. Our life is busy. Often we forget to live in the moment and worry about the future or feel guilty about the past. This creates stress and leads to cell death.

      Take some time out of your day where you simply focus on your breath, it could only be 5 minutes. In fact I used a checklist and started with 2 minutes each day and afterwards slowly increased the time.

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      Improve Your Sleep Quality

      Last week I slept an average of 5 hours. There was a little bit more stress in my life than I’m used to deal with. This forced me to go to sleep later and wake up earlier, plus completely neglecting my sleep quality. I feel ten years older just after surviving this one, crazy week.

      Sleep is a way your body can shut down and repair itself. The shutting of process is crucial for your immune system, which is responsible or your health and beauty.

        Where To Start

        I often talk about being in an upward and downward spiral in your life. Good actions often bring other good actions with them and vice versa. If you’re eating healthier your sleep quality and exercise level will also improve. If you sleep poorly your exercise level and nutrition will also likely plummet. Your habits are interconnected with each other.

        What you need to do now is have a close look at your habits. Which one of these four pillars to prevent aging you could start with:

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        1. Nutrition
        2. Exercising
        3. Meditation
        4. Sleep

        Pick the one you have the most improvement potential and then start from there. Do everything to get better at that one pillar, without neglecting the other ones. Shortly after improving that one pillar you will notice, that all the other three will also be improved. Congratulations, you’re in an upward spiral now.

        To see me further elaborate about this topic, in animated video format, click here: Youtube HD – How Not To Age

        Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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        Last Updated on September 10, 2019

        7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

        7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

        Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

        Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

        This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

        One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

        Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

        Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

        1. Gratitude

        Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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        The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

        Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

        So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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          2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

          This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

          For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

          What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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          Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

          3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

          This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

          Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

          An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

          Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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            4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

            According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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            There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

            5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

            Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

            Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

            6. Rise Earlier

            The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

            For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

            So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

            Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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            7. Listen to Uplifting Music

            Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

            Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

            It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

            Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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            Reference

            [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
            [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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