Let me ask you something pretty personal – do you look and feel older than you are?
Believe it or not, most people can’t answer this question.
We all know someone who is 80 but looks 60 – and we all know folks who look MUCH older than they are.
But we don’t always spend a lot of time thinking about how we’re aging.
And that’s a big problem. Because even small symptoms of premature aging can be BIG warning signs of future health problems.
Let me give you four questions that will give you a pretty good idea of how quickly you’re aging.
Then I’ll show you how easy it can be to practically slow your aging process to a crawl.
There are many tell-tale signs that you are aging too fast. Start by answering these four questions:
Question #1: Do you have problems with your hair?
Your hair actually tells you a lot about your health. Premature graying, for example, can be a sign that you are missing essential nutrients. Hair loss is another cardinal sign of early aging, but not just the hair on your head – if your body hair is thinning and falling out, you may be aging too fast.
Question #2: Are you quickly losing your strength?
Most 80-year-olds can’t lift as much or run as fast as they did when they were 18. But that doesn’t mean that an 80-year-old can’t lift anything at all.
Loss of muscle mass is one of the key signs of early aging. In fact, the amount of muscle mass you have on your body is a good predictor of your longevity.
Question #3: How fast do you heal?
If it takes you a long time to heal from cuts or bruises – or other injuries – that can be a sign that you are aging too quickly. Your body’s repair mechanisms are beginning to fail, which can put you at risk for degenerative diseases.
Question #4: How many wrinkles do you have?
We all get wrinkles – I know I have my share. But if you look in the mirror and can count more wrinkles than other folks your age, then you are aging too fast. Our skin is the outward projection of our health and is very sensitive to poor nutrition or unhealthy lifestyles (drinking, smoking, lack of nutrients, etc.).
Now, we’ve always been told that aging is a matter of genetics.
But the fact is, many signs of early aging are preventable or arise from a lack of nutrients your body needs to function or repair itself. Your best bet for slowing the aging process is to:
- Take a daily multi-vitamin to address any nutritional shortfalls.
- Add antioxidant supplements to your regimen to protect yourself from oxidative stress.
- Build muscle mass with a regular exercise routine. It doesn’t have to be crazy – just something you can do every day.
- Keep your blood sugar under control. The Paleo diet that I recommend is great for supporting healthy blood sugar levels – and you should consider supplements like berberine if you need more help.