Tip 1:  Drink Water

Every cell in your body functions only as well as the fluid that surrounds it.  Therefore, the more hydrated your body is, the healthier you are likely to be.

 The body eliminates waste through liquids in four ways: respiration, urination, perspiration or defecation.  Each of these processes dehydrates you, making the replenishment of fluid essential.  As we age, the amount of water persistently in our bodies decreases, making the elimination of waste more difficult.  The older we get, the more water we need to drink.  The same goes for hot days when we perspire more and dry days when we lose more water through respiration.

 You should not wait until your mouth and throat are dry to drink water.  In fact, people often believe they are hungry when they are thirsty.

 

Tip 2:  Address Nutritional Deficiencies

One of the biggest yet often overlooked reasons for aging is some form of deficiency.  Deficiencies occur when we age because the body absorbs vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients less efficiently.  One major example of this is vitamin B-12.  After your mid-thirties, the loss of the intrinsic factor makes it more difficult for the body to absorb B12.

 Tip 3:  Diet   

Contrary to popular belief, the key to weight loss is not exercise, but diet.  Changing your diet to lose weight and gain valuable nutrients can significantly increase your life span.  Eat more of these foods: leafy greens and veggies; fruits (especially citrus ); polyunsaturated fats like those in seed oils, fatty fish (sea bass, tuna, mackerel, trout, salmon), coconut milk, avocado, and VitaMist Omega Spray; proteins from lean white meat, tofu, beans, and seeds.  As important as what you do eat is what you don't, which includes large portions of fatty red meats, hydrogenated oils, white bread, and especially sugar.

 

Tip 4:  Exercise

Exercise may not put much of a dent in your waistline, but it will help you live longer!   To ensure that you continue to be active, you should choose something FUN.  Whether you love the gym, can't get enough yoga, enjoy pickup games of basketball, soak in the sights on long hikes or take that dancing class you have been dreaming about, you should enjoy your activities!

 

Tip 5:  Stop Smoking!

Smoking kills in many ways.  It destroys the alveoli, the small sacks in your lungs that allow you to breathe, and fills your lungs with tar.  It increases the carbon monoxide in your blood, rendering red blood cells useless.  It overrides your body's ability to monitor CO2 levels, causing you to inhale less frequently than you should.  Smoking increases stomach acidity, causing ulcers and indigestion.  The chemicals in cigarettes can destroy DNA, causing the mutations that lead to cancer.  It can cause hardening of the arteries and it eats holes in your teeth, potentially leading to plaque in your arteries, causing heart disease and strokes.  You CAN quit smoking.  VitaMist's Habit Free can help, and there are many other resources such as  smokefree.gov or state-run programs like Arizona's ASHLine.

 

Tip 6:  Use Sun Block

The sun's radiation can destroy skin cells.  Like smoking, it damages DNA, leading to wrinkles, discoloration, and even skin cancer.  Getting a "healthy" tan is decidedly unhealthy, as each time you tan you are prematurely aging your skin.

 

Tip 7:  Don’t Stress Out

Stress, negativity, anger and hostility increase stomach acidity and blood pressure, while dehydrating you and sapping your B vitamins.  Relax.  Stressing out will not solve any of your problems, it will only give you more of them.

  • An excellent way to help you body handle more stress is to give it more water and B vitamins. Check out our VitaMist D-Stress Spray, which was formulated just for such an occasion.

 

Tip 8:  Sleep Well

A good, healthy night's sleep is one of the biggest keys to a long life.  Taking a sleep study will help determine if sleep apnea or another condition is preventing you from getting a restful night's sleep.  Regulating your sleep patterns with a melatonin supplement can also contribute to ensuring you get the sleep you need, but on the schedule that you want.