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It Turns Out We CAN Turn Back Time
(Cher is going to be very happy about this.)
Hope you all like Cher because if you’re like me, you now have this song playing on repeat. Sorry for the cheap way of introducing the go-back-in-time theme.
This week, What I’d Rather Be Talking About is turning back time - only, not in a flux capacitor kind of way, but rather in the sense of Aging Backwards.
It’s a thing, folks.
You might wonder, “Just what is Aging Backwards, and will it require needles and injectables?”
Or perhaps you’re like, “Hey, I’m 22. This newsletter has nothing to do with me.”
Well, I’m here to tell both of you that Aging Backwards is something we all need to think about… and I promise, no needles will be mentioned.
But first, what does it mean to age in reverse?
Well, for one, please don't ask me for a scientific explanation of the concept (my last science class was in my junior year of chemistry - in high school). Let’s see what the experts at Harvard have to say about it in Resetting the Aging Clock: The Science of Age Reversal.
If you want a better understanding from the point of view of, “How can I hack my body to begin aging better today?” we can get some ideas here (thanks to Dave Asprey, who you can also listen to in the Podcasts section) or here (if you want a medical perspective).
The bottom line… if we’re lucky, we will all age. So, don’t we owe it to ourselves and our bodies to care for our bodies in the best way possible?
Makes sense, no?
Let’s start hacking,
MARCH 23: AGING BACKWARDS
Dave Asprey belongs in the Hacking Hall of Fame. (If there was one.) In this episode of the mindbodygreen podcast, Dave gives his opinion on how to live optimally. Anti-nutrients & exercises that waste your time | Dave Asprey .
The Doctor’s Pharmacy goes right into it with Advanced Longevity Innovations and the Future of Aging.
I love Kelly Leveque, and I love Dr. Mark Hyman. So you can imagine how happy I was to listen to The Be Well Podcast: Young Forever: The Latest Roadmap to Longevity with Dr. Mark Hyman.
At this point, you might be thinking, “Wow, it sure seems like everyone has a different prescription for health and longevity.” I hear you, and so does Rachel Hollis. In this episode of the Rachel Hollis Show, Rachel addresses the fact we’re all different, and different diets and life routines work differently for each of us. (And, I know- how many different ways can I use the word different?)
Dr. Mark Hyman has a lot to say about staying young… watch this YouTube to discover The TOP FOODS To Eat To Heal The Body & LIVE OVER 100+
If you’re in the mood for a Netflix night and want to choose a documentary about health, check these out.
I don’t know why I’m acting like a big expert on aging backwards or tips on staying healthy, let’s hear it from the people who really know how it’s done… like these three centenarians in Arkansas. Or across the globe in Japan, where living past 100 seems pretty normal. Check out their secrets.
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Next, I’m giving you some good stuff so you can save hours of scrolling. You can then find your own wormholes. 25 Foods to Keep You Young Forever, an anti-aging foods list that includes BEER, and regardless of age, fighting inflammation in the body will help you look and feel better.
PBS always saves the day with great content, and they sure did with this feature on centenarians.
If you think, “Geez, so many centenarians… is there any one thing they all have in common?” then you’ll want to hear what Mark Sisson says about the matter. Watch this to find the common denominator in most people who live to be 100 or more.
We all know that a PMA (positive mental attitude) helps us at any age. Here’s someone with one whose main goal is to help people smile. Oh, and did I mention this person is a 102-year-old fitness instructor? Yeah, you need to see her in action.
ON A SERIOUS NOTE
I will end with what sounds like a downer, but before you reach for the tissues, know I’m not after that.
Here’s the deal. Can we literally turn back time? Probably not. (Although I’m not ruling out Time Travel.)
So, for now, we’re stuck with the present and the future.
This means we leave a whole bunch of missed opportunities, wasted time, and behaviors that might have harmed our bodies, relationships, or bank accounts to think about at 2 a.m.
In other words, welcome to Regretsville, a place I think we all know very well.
But let’s not go there, okay?
Because really… we can’t change what’s been done. Or not done. (Repeat that.)
Further, drinking the Regretsville Kool-Aid does nothing for our physical, mental, or emotional health.
And I bet if I googled long enough, I’d find proof it also causes wrinkles.
So we’re left with the obvious, tangible, proven things we CAN do to extend our lives. That means taking a solid look at our diets and figuring out the best way to incorporate anti-aging routines into our lives. Staying up with doctor checkups. Getting out there and being social. Meditating. Being spiritual if you so choose.
Doing all the things, and keeping up with all the new things that doctors and scientists are discovering.
But don’t forget one important thing - we must also enjoy our lives.
And better yet, live them.
But what do I know? I’m not a scientist. I’m not a licensed biohacker. (And not sure that’s a thing, either.)
I’m just a girl standing in front of a bunch of newsletter readers, asking you to love yourselves enough to take good care of your lives.