We start aging the moment we’re born, but things really start to accelerate in our late 20s and early 30s. This is when we begin to see aging-related changes in our levels of many key hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen and growth hormones. If you’re a Millennial or a Gen Xer (ranging in age from your late 20s to late 50s), it’s time to rethink how you eat, how you exercise and how you take supplements if you want to look and feel your best in every decade of life.
From Millennial to Gen X: Taking Care of Your Wellness and Your Immune System in Your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s
As we wrap up 2020, we’ll be spending the month of December laying the foundation for better health in 2021. Last week, our focus was on senior health and how to feel your healthiest and strongest as you age. Today, we’re going a bit broader for those who are a Millennial or a member of Generation X. It’s the perfect way to ensure you’re ending this current year strong, and are ready to embrace any and all of the opportunities and adventures of the new year. Let’s get started!
1. Make Fitness a Habit
Exercise continues to be one of the most well-researched and well-established health recommendations in almost every area of life, and this is especially true for the aging process. Researchers point out that a regular habit of working out can not only slow down the aging process — it can actually turn back the hands of time and rejuvenate several markers of aging, such as your hormone levels.
Even more, a systematic review of nearly two dozen different studies found that exercise boosted healthy aging by nearly 40 percent!
If you haven’t made fitness a regular part of your daily life, now is the time to start. Instead of thinking of it as something you need to put on your to-do list, make it a habit so that physical activity becomes an effortless daily ritual that you hardly even think about.
Find ways to make movement part of your regular activities instead of something that you only do in the gym. For example, playtime with your kids can include sports. Going to work or shopping could involve biking, walking, etc. Wearing a fitness tracking device or using a fitness app can gamify the experience and engage your inner competitive spirit.
Now is the time to establish the habits, routines and subconscious practices that will set you up for decades of healthy living.
2. Go Plant-Based
Thanks to growing media attention and blockbuster documentaries, the vegan or plant-based diet was one of 2020’s most popular health trends. Even Olympic athletes are jumping on board the vegetarian train.
Experts say that a plant-based diet promotes healthy aging in every decade of life. And numerous studies have found that eating a vegetarian or vegan diet is linked with reduced signs of aging on the cellular level (specifically the telomere length of your chromosomes).
Give peas a chance, and don’t be intimidated by the idea of making the switch. A gradual process can open your eyes to the delicious foods and variety found when you think beyond meat:
- Try Meatless Mondays once a week.
- Cut out the big “culprits” of animal-based foods that contribute to aging, such as red meat, pork, saturated fat and dairy.
- Experiment with being a pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish) or even a flexitarian (someone who mostly eats a vegan diet, but occasionally eats more “flexibly”).
- Go fully plant-based thanks to the many options now available in restaurants and grocery stores, including faux meats and faux eggs.
3. Address Changing Nutritional Needs With Smart Supplements
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) helps to “power” your cells, but your levels of CoQ10 start to drop every year as you get older.
Dietary sources of this important anti-aging nutrient include pistachios, sesame seeds, strawberries, lentils and cauliflower.
Vitamin D is also key for general health, immune health, mood and emotion regulation, and more.
Unfortunately, as you get older, your body has a harder and harder time absorbing vitamin D from sunlight.
Finally, with every new decade that you celebrate from Millennial to Gen X, your immune system starts to decline.
One major cause of this may be your thymus, which produces thymic proteins.
Your immune system needs thymic proteins to “train” your immune cells and ensure a quick and effective immune response to bacteria, viruses and other health problems.
However, your thymus gland starts to atrophy and stop working as you age.
BioProPlus-500 contains five bioidentical thymic proteins to help support your immunity in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond!