HOW TO AGE THE BEST YOU CAN
How to Age the Best You Can
The moment we leave the womb we start aging, and if we play our cards right (and if luck is on our side) we will continue that aging process for a long time thereafter.
However, as we get older, what we really want to do is age well.
We want to age well so that we can enjoy our older years. We want to age well so that we can continue to be active and vibrant, and I don’t know about you, but I want to age well so when I tell people my age they look at me in disbelief and proclaim, “Wow, I thought you were 10–15 years younger.” As a woman in her mid-life, that’s equivalent to a slot machine hitting a jackpot.
So, how do we age well? Spencer Coppin of The Body Lab in Richmond has a few ideas for us.
Spencer works for The Body Lab, a unique clinic that specializes in anti-aging. Along with his father, Dr. James Coppin, they have created a cult-like following helping people get an edge in life and regain the energy and youth of their body.
In other words, these men know how to age and age well.
What to do in your 20s and 30s
You can start aging well as early as your 20s. Spencer has these five tips for those in their second and third decade:
- Start using a high-grade omega-3 supplement.
- Get a hormone snapshot. Get a blood test to measure all of your sex and adrenal hormones so that when you are 50 you can dial yourself right back to your younger years.
- Eat lots of fat. Contrary to popular belief, fat does not make you fat. Instead, the right kinds of fat will give you energy, reduce cravings, improve focus and concentration and turn up your metabolism. Try cold-pressed coconut or olive oil, wild salmon, eggs, butter from grass-fed cows, organic coconut milk, mixed raw nuts and avocados.
- Start using a high-potency multivitamin. While eating well is the first line of defense to aging well, you need to also take out an insurance plan to fill the nutritional gaps in your diet – and a good multivitamin will do just that.
- Remember what it feels like to be young, and continue to work hard to stay there.
What to do in your 40s and 50s and beyond
In addition to the tips above (yes, we can take the advice for a 20-year-old and apply it any time), Spencer also recommends the following:
- Find an expert in anti-aging and bio-identical hormone replacement.
- Begin to monitor your hormonal changes that have occurred.
- Correct any hormonal changes so that youthful levels are achieved. This will help prevent disease, as well as enhance our performance in sport and life. While we may be getting older, we sure as hell don’t have to feel old.
- Eliminate refined sugar and carbohydrates from your diet. The writing is on the wall, people. Research paper after research paper clearly links carbs to coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
- Stop the chronic cardio. Spending hours on a treadmill, or on an elliptical trainer, only increases our stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol, in turn, negatively affects our youth hormones (DHEA, testosterone, human growth hormone, etc.). Instead, opt for short bursts of high-intensity exercise and strength training (hmmm…something I may have said one or a trillion times before myself).
- Add strength training to your weekly workouts. Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass, is another sign of age and disease. To combat this you have to lift heavy things on a regular basis.
- Add melatonin to your diet. Melatonin is a hormone our body produces that helps control our sleep and wake cycles. Unfortunately, as we age, our production of it decreases. Spencer recommends adding a low-dose tablet, sublingual (under the tongue, for better absorption), every night after the age of 35.
But, be smart. Talk to a professional if you are unsure and before you start willy-nillying pills down your throat, or under your tongue.