3 Ways to Look & Feel Younger

Look and feel younger with these anti aging tips
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3 Ways to Look & Feel Younger - Baby Boomer Boogie

It's common knowledge that baby boomers now account for the largest segment of the population. Thanks to medical advances and a higher health consciousness, they are also more youthful than previous generations. Despite already having an advantage in this regards, boomers don't want to get or feel any older any faster than they have to. The following 3 ways to look & feel younger may help stave off the dreaded wrinkle faerie and put a spring in your step and mental capabilities, too.

Tip #1 - Work From the Inside Out - Eat your way to higher energy. Fresh fruits, especially strawberries, as well as fish and fortified yogurts and milk will help produce more DHEA, which will in turn boost a more youthful energy level.

As most everyone already knows, eating blueberries and other sources of natural anti-oxidants combat the damaging affects of free radicals. This will bolster your immune system and contribute to keeping disease at bay. Your body will maintain a younger level of health.

Tip #2 - An Active Body is a Happy Body - The fastest way to feel and appear old is to be inactive. In fact, your body will age faster without activity. Don't go nuts and hurt yourself by trying to do something far beyond what you've been doing. If you've been a couch potatoe for the last fifteen years, you would be ill advised to suddenly participate in a triathlon. Work your way up by gradually increasing your physical activity. Start with five minutes of morning stretches to get your body more flexible and increase the lubrication in your joints. Gradually increase as you feel ready for more. After a couple of months, you'll start to look and feel younger.

Tip #3 - Increase Your HGH Levels - This tip is so important if you want to turn back the clock. HGH (Human Growth Hormone) starts decreasing when we are in our thirties, and is responsible for making us look and feel older. It's natural decrease reportedly contributes to loss of energy and muscle mass, as well as leading to diabetes and depression. These things do not lend themselves to you feeling younger.

In order to increase your levels of HGH, you can take supplements, but there are mixed reviews regarding their effectiveness, and being synthetic there is the possibility of side affects. That being said, there is another school of thought that recommends taking a pure, concentrated, natural HGH supplement.

Another method is to find food sources. Since there are three different amino acids necessary to raise your HGH levels, you need foods from each group, as shown below, for the desired affects.

Amino Acid #1 - L-Arginine - highest levels found in plant and soy proteins. Believe it or not, chocolate is one source of L-Arginine, along with nuts, seeds, raisins, popcorn, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, yogurt and brown rice.

Amino Acid #2 - L-Ornithine - found in dairy products and eggs, meat and fish.

Amino Acid #3 - L-Lysine - protein sources found in red meat, pork and poultry, cheese, nuts, eggs, and some soy products

Something to note about eating your way to higher HGH levels is that you need to ingest large amounts of each amino acid group to see significant results.

3 Ways to Look & Feel Younger - Action Creates Reaction

If you've been concerned about aging, there are things you can do. It maybe won't stop Mother Nature dead in her tracks, but she will start moving with weighted feet if you take a conscious, proactive approach to keeping yourself young.

Now, to quote Mark Knowles, go outside and play.


3 Ways to Look & Feel Younger by Shirley Anderson, © 2008

© 2008 Shirley Anderson

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SirDent 8 years ago

Seems like you have everything covered. The exercise is probably the ebst advice for someone who isn't quite over the hill yet. Exercise keeps the metabolism raised also and helps to digest food and burn calories. Good Hub.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

Great hub Shirley. Now I know your secret ;) . Personally I prefer the first two tips but I agree HGH are an important piece in the puzzle.


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

Shirley, how is it that you can post these hubs and still keep posting replies on the forums at the same time? Way to exercise those fingers and keep your HGH levels high!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Sir Dent. You're right about it raising metabolism, I neglected to mention that - oops.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You flattery me, Funride - keep it up. The first 2 tips are the easiest, I think. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Wedding consultant - I have the energy of a 20 year old and I'm trying to keep it that way by remaining actively engaged. Are you buying this? Thx for stopping by!


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pateluday 8 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

Green tea also delivers lot of antioxidants. Indian gooseberry (aonla) is rich in vitamin c...yes green chillis also contain lot of this vitamin more than lemon..


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pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

Excellent information. In fact I have just been talking about this very subject with some friends. Having changed my diet radically because of my gluten allergy I am always looking for healthy options.

Take care

Paul


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pateluday, thank-you for that great addition to my hub, that's terrifc information!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pkmcr - how syncronistic, I hope there's something helpful for you here. Thx for coming by, and good luck with your new diet.


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

You have just increased my shopping list with some excellent foods and tips!!

I thought the number one way too look younger is lie about your age! lol

PS.I wish i could go out to play!!:( i will tommorow ;)


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rodney southern 8 years ago from Greensboro, NC

Wonderful list and ideas. Outstanding!


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great tempting ideas love strawberries, this should help us all if we listen. You have done the work now it is up to us to follow by example. Thanks for sharing this with us Shirley


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Very good info...we are what we eat and how we move.  You and my brother are on the same page.  He is a nutritionist and has diabetes.  He has spents years doing research about anti-inflammatories and how inflammation is killing us.  Sugar, the big enemy.  shhh don't tell constant walker as his extreme chocolate chip cookie recipe is scrumptious   -- you have to eat one bite of something like that and then walk 3 miles.  LOL   worth it tho if u love chocolate and I do.

Everytime I unwrap a bite of dark chocolate I tell myself it's good for me. 

I do prefer milk chocolate tho.  sigh.  can't win.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're right, Compu-Smart....lieing about your age is the easiest!

Rodney, thank-you, I appreciate it.

Eileen - you are very welcome, thx for coming by and reading.

Marisure - don't tell your brother, but a life without sugar and milk chocolate just isn't worth living....almost as bad as life without beer!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Very good advice! You should add a great big dose of laughter daily too. With other words don't take life too serious.

great hub regards Zsuzsy


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Aw, Suzy! That is so perfect!! I think that is the most effective suggestion of all. Thank-you.


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fibromyalgia cure 8 years ago from Los Angeles

Have you ever heard of 6 Tibetan exercises? I'm doing them every day for almost 4 years. Stunning results reallly.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Yes, I have heard of the 6 Tibetan exercises, have only done them once so far tho. I've read that the results are incredible. I'm looking forward to finding out for myself. Thanks!


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Thanks, especially for the HGH information. Excellent hub, as usual.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Susan! I learned a lot myself by doing this hub.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great information! You've got to have the right mind set about age too. Its just a number. :-) (I'm gonna keep telling myself that this year...)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Steph. Yes, I think that is extremely important and makes all the difference!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Shirley -

Thanks for this practical advice, which is tried and true. Too many out here are promoting wishes. No time to waste.... do what works:-)

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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marg07 8 years ago from Australia

Good hub thank you.

Do you have the secret to stopping chocolate cravings though???

I guess in moderation ok, but I always find it hard to stop!!


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Good job, Shirley. If there is a fountain of youth, it is exercise. It sure has helped me....And mental attitude is just as important. I would be careful re HGH--there are some potentially really dangerous side effects it seems. Like they say, getting old isn't so bad when you consider the alternative :-)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LDSNana - Actually, I think that's a very good to put it....do whatever works for you. Doesn't matter what it is. Thx for mentioning that.

Marg07 - if I knew how to stop chocolate cravings, I'd be rich! :) I'm particularily fond of milk and white chocolate, but I'm lucky because I only get about one craving every 5 years. But when I do, look out! If your cravings are only occassional, does it really matter?


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Robie. You're right about the mental attitude and its connection to youthfulness. I believe it to be very important.

Re the HGH supplements, I read both schools of thought - that it is bad and that it is good - what I came up with is that the pure, concentrated are much better and offer little in the way of side effects. The synthetics are the worst culprits. Personally, I feel safer trying it via food. Though they say that you have to eat large amounts from each of the 3 amino acid groups, I think any amount you eat is going to be beneficial, and totally without side effects. I'm not opposed to trying the pure supplement, but I'd like to try the safest method first. Not only that, I'm lazy and hate shopping....I'd have to go to a store to make the purchase of a supplement.

Thx for your comment!


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Nice hub! enjoyed the info. about HGH foods...I had always thought this "stuff" was only synthetic, didn't know about it's presence in food. Thanks!


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Great tips Shirley. Cheers.


oohdragon 8 years ago

nice practical info...very good. thanks


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Thanks for these great tips! I've been told that I'm in great shape for a 50 year old man. It's unfortunate that I'm only 42!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oohdragon, thank-you!

RMR....you don't look your age at all! Don't let anybody tell you differently.


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Passionatepurpose 8 years ago from T.X.

60% complex carbohydrates, 20% protein & 20% fats (preferably, healthy fats) exercise aerobically 4X wkly, weight bearing exercise 3X weekly, keep you fat % under 24% for females and 18% for males. Sleep 8 hrs a night and take a quality multi-vitamin. There you have it, the world's shortest book on longevity!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Passionatepurpose, thx for the short cut, abridged version...makes it sound so much simpler.


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pjdscott 8 years ago from Durham, UK

I like the chocolate tip! A very educational hub - I do try anad eat 5 pieces of fruit per day but had not realized the usefulness of strawberries, thanks!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Actually, PJDScott, I didn't know about strawberries being significant either, until I recently read an article that mentioned it. I think any fruit is good, but blueberries (my favourite :)) are especially good because of their anti-oxidant properties. Thx for commenting!


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BeatsMe 8 years ago

Uh. Baby boomers sound familiar to me, but I dont' know what that means. When were they born? And why are they called baby boomers? Which countries use that?


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi BeatsMe:

Baby boomers were born between 1946-64ish. After the end of the second world war, the soldiers came home after being gone a long time....you get the picture. Once the pill came along, the birth numbers started declining.

I'm afraid I don't know if any other continent besides North America uses the term.

You realize that these questions mark you as a youngster.....I'm going to have to start using this technique so no one will guess that I'm a boomer. :)


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BeatsMe 8 years ago

Hi Shirley, thanks for answering my questions. ;)


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BeatsMe 8 years ago

;) LOL ;)


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quiet tracer 8 years ago from South-Asia

Hey Shirley!

Very nice Hub, and thanx for information.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're very welcome, Quiet Tracer. Thx for coming by and reading.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Love your hub. I am a baby boomer and getting younger all the time, yes it's true!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Love that attitude, Dottie! Keep it up and you'll stay young a long time!


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

PS, Eureka!!

Lieing about your age can really work..

Use these tips and you will ALWAYS be complimented on how good you look for your age!!.

The secret!...If your 30 tell people your 40! if your 30 and LOOK 40, tell people your 50! lol it really works!!;)

I also have other genuine secrets that WILL keep you looking young but i am afraid to say and would not recommend but it REALLY works!;)

PS. did u get me mail?>:)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, Furry Pants. Yes, I've considered that, but I just can't bring myself to say that I'm older than I am.

You must tell me your other secrets! You should start a marketing program using that premise. I get mine free though, right?

Yes, I did get your email.....didn't you get my response?


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Ok, i understand lol!

I will tell you my secrets free of charge!!

I have about 30+ email addresses and always forget which ones i have used!!:( but i found your mail in my spam box lol!

will reply in a mo:)


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

ooops


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Shirley and Compu-smart. I didn't know you two spent time together!!!!! I love ya's both!!! You both make me silly!!!! That's why I look and feel younger!!!! Shirley, I promise not to tell Ringo!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oops

Dottie - we take pride in making people silly! It's our little way of giving back, and contributing to the emotional health of others. How're we doing?

Well, considering Ringo married someone else, I don't feel guilty in the slightest. Thank-you for keeping the secret, but if it should slip out while you're talking to him, it serves him right.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

I did the "Baby Boomer Boogie" at the Beatlejuice concert last night. That definitely made me look and feel younger.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL, Dottie....reminds me of that T-Rex song, I Love To Boogie.

Glad it helped you get your groove back! I gotta try that. I'm going out later this week, maybe I'll try it and see if it does the same for me.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Shirley, these are wonderful tips! Hmmm, I look young (grin) because I work with kids..and they are a joy to be around! :) And oh, having great wonderful friends like you doubles up the fun.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Michelle - you're up late again! Thank-you for coming by to read.

You do look young, I think the little ones will keep you that way for a long time, too. Hmm, maybe I should find myself a group of little kids to hang out with so I can turn back the clock and giggle a lot.

You are so sweet, my friend. Thanks again!


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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

You mean I have to get my ass up from the computer and exercise? Actually, I've been very good about walking daily. I still eat like a 15 year old, but I'm working on it. Thanks for the guilt trip.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome for the guilt trip! It's the least I can do after that wonderful, unending, scarcely incredibly annoying hex you put on me.

Glad you're getting up from the computer and walking. I think about doing that every day and end up never moving from the computer. Oh, I wish I could still eat like a 15 year old but I just can't anymore, I get full too fast.

Um, if that's your real picture you're only about 20 anyway. Still lots of time to keep any future wrinkling and energy loss at bay. Thanks for coming by!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I'm trying to do better. It is hard when you are on the go non-stop. I've got to really re-evaluate what I'm doing.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RGraf, you don't look a day over 18, what're you talking about! :)

Yes, it can be hard when you're scrambling to squeeze time in for yourself. You know, don't you, that being able to relax is important....and difficult for some people. It's a really good thing to master though, if you can.

Good luck!

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