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"It's Not The Age, It's The Mileage..."

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How many times have we heard of someone young who was seemingly healthy one minute, and drops dead of a heart attack the next.  It is sad and unfortunate, but in many situations there was far more to the story than how they looked on the outside, as they were extremely unhealthy on the inside. For a lot of people, determining whether you are aging well is solely determined by what you see in the mirror.  This can be a starting point, but what matters most is what is really going on inside of you.  In order to age well on the outside, it is vitally important that you age well on the inside.

How are you aging on the inside?

Age is very relative.  Being around people of all ages at the office, I see prime examples on both sides of the equation.  I have some extremely healthy and active people in their 70's and 80's, and I have patient's in their 30's and 40's that are aging at a clip much faster than their age in years.  Why is that?  Well, as a patient of mine so perfectly stated the other day at the office, "It's not about the age, it's the mileage."  Wow, I could not have said it better myself!  Health is all about the quality of the lifestyle decisions you have made to still point in your life, and not just about your birth date.

Here Are 4 Tips That Can Help You Age Gracefully...On The Inside

1. Manage Stress Well:  Stress is extremely damaging to your internal health.  We all have stress in our lives. What is important is finding ways to manage it.  Take part in meditation daily, start a regular yoga routine, exercise consistently, and think about unplugging from technology at set times every day.  These are just a few tips, but find a routine that can work for you. 

2. Kick The Processed Food Habit:  A poor diet can speed up the aging process. The chemicals and sugar that are in most processed food can age the health of your internal organs at a fast pace.  Stick to eating mostly whole foods, and really limit your overall sugar intake.

3. Practice Moderation:  There is nothing wrong with a cold beer or a nice glass of wine at times.  What isn't ok is when it becomes routinely excessive.  Whatever your vice may be, be sure and keep close tabs on it so it doesn't get out of control.

4. Keep Your Nervous System Healthy:  This is vital. Your nervous system controls the function of every organ and cell in your body.  Making the health of your nervous system a priority is a key to overall health.  Stay regular with your chiropractic check-ups throughout your life to help your nervous system function at it's maximum potential.

In closing, as I have mentioned many times, taking care of your health is not a sometimes thing, but rather an all the time thing.  The key is coming up with a consistent strategy that you can maintain throughout your life.  Develop good habits around taking care of your health, and you will be on your way to living the life of your dreams.

LIVE well. BE well.