Do you really want only to look younger?
Hmm, before you read any further, answer this for yourself: are you reading this because of vanity or an actual desire to be younger?
- If you just accidentally stumbled upon this page looking for yet another way to add some new makeup, or a miracle cream on your face, or a smart garment to cover that bulging belly – run away!
- If you happened to be on my mailing list, brace yourself: you may have already suspected that I am a health freak.
Today I am going to talk about the boring stuff – how to become younger instead of only how to look younger. And sorry, I cannot offer you an access to a free of effort fountain of youth.
That was a warning and a full disclosure. Proceed at your own risk.
An advice you may not like but may badly need
Everybody is very fond of shortcuts – we want to eat all the cakes we desire and have a fountain of youth nearby to bathe in after each indulgence. We are also looking for allies, for somebody who can tell us: “it’s OK to indulge once in a while, don’t feel guilty, you can do anything you want, enjoy life while you can” (preferably heavily sprinkled with 4-letter-words thrown in for freedom of expression). If this is what you want, read: Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace.
What I want to give you is a slightly different inspiration. I want to convince you that you already have a fountain of youth. You just need to unclog it. No plumbing skills required.
Your Body Is a Temple That Needs Repair
We all know this expression of a body being our temple. We start neglecting and abusing it as bad tenants from very early on. It is not exactly our fault. We live in a culture where ignorance, indulgence, advertizing, and greed start ruining our health even before we are born. From unhealthy habits of many pregnant women to unnecessary C-sections often promoted to accommodate doctors’ vacation schedules.
Then we are introduced to the wonders of modern civilization:
- from soft drinks loaded with high fructose corn syrup and caffeine to sugar added to every food item we consume;
- from fast foods to carcinogenic fats we cannot digest, to salt and wonderful MSG to make our food enticing , while raising our blood pressure and damaging our kidneys in the process;
- from packaged foods that have the unlimited shelf live to genetically modified produce that looks good but has no smell or taste of a real fruit or vegetable.
Somewhat similar to our desire to look younger without trying to be younger :-).
- from convenience of electronic games and TV to occupy an overly active kid to lack of physical educations and high level of ADHD in schools.
Everything on this quite incomplete list, combined with high stress and environmental pollution, makes us sick while keeping pharmaceutical companies rich.
No wonder our body-temple becomes a building that is in a dire need of repair.
Maybe it will be easier to live in it (and to look younger) if we take better care of:
- Structure – our postural alignment.
- Plumbing – circulatory, digestive, elimination, and other fluid moving systems.
- Electricity – nervous system.
- Ventilation – respiratory system.
- Aesthetics – skin, hair, and nails.
What Makes a Temple?
Every building starts with structural balance.
The falling tower of Pisa may be a fascinating travel destination but
this is NOT what we want for our body to resemble.
How can you look younger when your body is crooked?
Healthy “plumbing” needs all the “pipes” clean and “pumps” working properly.
This can only be achieved by:
- adding only the stuff that our body was designed to handle – it means healthy and minimally processed foods;
- daily and varied physical activity. A good example – circulatory and digestive system. If you stop moving – they will eventually stop functioning.
You cannot possibly look younger while constantly constipated. This is a cold hard truth.
A healthy nervous system can be only supported by the ability to handle stress, adequate sleep, and active lifestyle. It is hard to stay positive after only 4-5 hours of sleep and to look younger on 8 cups of coffee a day.
A respiratory system needs fresh air and exercise. Fresh air is also essential for a healthy skin. Our skin is a direct reflection of our liver and elimination system working properly. Our hair and nails speak plainly about the amount of minerals and vitamins we consume. No brainer to look younger with clear skin and shiny hair.
A temple is not just a building, it is a place to meet a god. If gods enter your temple, will they discover an Animal House?
How to Look Younger? It Is All About Choices
By now, you already figured out that this post is really not about how to look younger. It is about staying younger at any age. The good news is that our body has an incredible ability to self-restoration.
The bad news is that you need to make difficult choices. Let’s listen in to a conversation inside the temple:
- [Higher Self] Is that donut or a cheeseburger really worth clogging our “plumbing” and shortening our lives? Or, maybe you could try a fruit? Maybe a baked fish or a chicken with a salad can be just as satisfying?
[Lower Self] I know, who wants to eat rabbit food?
- [Higher Self] Is that TV show really worth watching? Or, maybe you can try stepping out for a walk with a friend or a spouse?
[Lower Self] I know, you may actually find your walking partner boring or have a meaningful conversation for a change. Risky either way.
- [Higher Self] Is that Facebook or Twitter is really better than getting together with your friends once in a while? Or, maybe even venturing further into something like hiking with them or taking a dance class?
[Lower Self] I know, hiking could be dangerous and dancing is scary. Besides, nobody can feel comfortable dancing without a drink or two.
- [Higher Self] Is that alcohol really going to make you happy or create an illusion of happiness?
[Lower Self] I know, how one can relax and unwind without an alcohol? Besides, even doctors say red wine is healthy, beer has all those B vitamins, and many hard drinks are made from whole grain. Here, alcohol cannot be that bad.
Those are not easy decisions and healthy choices are even harder to incorporate. You may need to remind yourself that your body is the only temple you have. The only place where you can tap into a fountain of youth. At least in your current incarnation. Then again, if you do believe in reincarnation, you may want to postpone the healthier way of living until the next time.
It is an interesting alternative – you will look younger when you come here again. Babies are so cute!
Be Healthy. Be Active. Stay Young.