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6 Signs of Aging - How To Reverse Them

Updated on March 30, 2019
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Dancer, choreologist (movement notator), author on fitness and health, and Fellow of the Benesh Institute at the Royal Academy of Dance.

Sure, we change as we grow older but aging does not have to make us unattractive or weak. On the contrary, with a few dietary and lifestyle changes you can be strong, healthy and happy at any age. The first thing to do is to recognise and identify the first main 6 signs of aging:

What Are the First Signs of Aging?

  1. Poor Head Carriage
  2. Stoop
  3. Baggy Eyes
  4. Facial Wrinkles
  5. Hanging Jaw-line
  6. Thinner lips

The good news is that all these can, to a great extent, easily be corrected and avoided in a natural way without falling into the trap of the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. How? Read on...

1. Poor Head Carriage

Watch how small children carry their heads well centered above the spine. A child’s head is proportionately much bigger and heavier than an adult’s head and, therefore, much harder to carry with the child’s smaller neck muscles. Now if small children were to carry their heads in front of their bodies like so many adults do, they would simply fall over forwards.

Understanding Gravity

Pretend for a moment that your spine is a post and your head is a ball balancing on that post. If the ball is not placed exactly above the post, the force of gravity will make it fall off, right? Simply pull the head back and upwards to place it in its correct central position. It should feel like someone is pulling your head upwards and back by a high ponytail.

How to Carry the Head

Simple illustration to explain that unless the head is carried centrally above the spine, it is more likely to "fall down" forward. Carry the head up and back while keeping the chin down to combat poor posture and avoid  neck pain
Simple illustration to explain that unless the head is carried centrally above the spine, it is more likely to "fall down" forward. Carry the head up and back while keeping the chin down to combat poor posture and avoid neck pain | Source

2. A Stoop Leads to Chronic Neck and Back Pain

During a lifetime of doing things with the hands and eyes, concentrating all actions downwards and in front of the body, most adults’ heads are carried permanently in an unbalanced forward and down position. Carrying the head in front of the body requires a lot of unnecessary effort by the neck and upper back muscles, making you unnecessarily tired, bad tempered, and often causes chronic headache, migraine, and pain in the neck, upper back, and shoulder areas. Plus... when the head is carried in front of the body instead of above the spine, you are well on your way to looking old. If the condition is too severe, the use of a neck traction device in addition to remedial exercise can help speed up recovery.

Stretch up, hang upside down!
Stretch up, hang upside down! | Source

We Don't Really Shrink with Age

It’s just a question of how the spine and neck are aligned and carried. A "shrunk" person is merely over-curved, folded like an accordion by gravity. In this respect, it is imperative that a good posture is maintained throughout a lifetime. The easiest and most pleasant way of stretching one's entire body upward is the use of gentle traction on a Gravity Inversion Table. Watch the next short video to find out more.

You Really Want To Grow? Invert Gravity by Hanging Upside Down

A gravity inversion table helps you do just that. Gentle traction in the opposite direction to the norm stretches out the whole body towards the sky. Originally designed to prevent and cure backache, it also works wonders to re-align the skeleton, loosen the joints, perform fun and easy exercises, and make you feel strong and agile. Once you've bought a gravity inversion table and use it at least once a week, you can remain as fit and nimble as a child. And, because hanging upside down stretches and straightens out the whole body in an inverted position, yes, it will make you grow a little, and will certainly prevent shrinking.

3. Baggy Eyes

Baggy puffed up eyelids are full of water. Here is a trick to empty them out.

  1. Moisten a finger with plenty of saliva to lubricate the eye lids.
  2. Using the back of an electric toothbrush, gently massage the upper and lower eyelids from the outside inwards until the tear ducts empty themselves of excess water.
  3. Try and sleep on your back to avoid folding the upper jaw while sleeping.

4. Facial Wrinkles

The wrinkles of an aging face are a true map of a person’s life history and attitude. The bottom line is: don’t leave your baggage on your face. If your face reflects all the misery you have encountered during your life, it is not going to be very attractive. You have a choice.

You can look miserable or you can start doing facial exercises to control your facial movements towards a happier and more positive facial behaviour. The beauty is, it works both ways. When you exercise your face, you are going to feel happier and more positive in the bargain, so go for it, give it a try to see and feel the results.

5. A Hanging Jaw-line

In both men and women, one of the first sign of aging in the face manifests itself in a break (a sag) in the continuity of the jaw-line (like a bulldog). As usual, gravity doesn't help. All the more reason for hanging upside down. To understand the phenomenon of ugly sagging cheeks, ask the question:" What is the purpose of having cheeks in the first place? Are cheeks muscle groups to aid in the chewing of food, or are they food storage units (bags) as they are in a hamster or chipmunk?

If humans eat like chipmunks, their cheeks will sag like empty bags over time.
If humans eat like chipmunks, their cheeks will sag like empty bags over time.

How to Eat

The way we eat affects facial movements. If the amount of food put into a mouth is larger than the space provided for it (the cavity between the closed jaws), some of the food will remain stored in the cheeks, at the outside of the jaw. Many people happily eat like this. Like a chipmunk, they put as much food into their mouth as it can hold, forgetting that the tongue needs space to move the food around so it can be chewed. When two-thirds of a large mouthful is stored in the cheeks, it stretches the cheeks, causing them eventually to become hanging bags when they are empty. A better way of eating is to take a small bite, only as big as your teeth can immediately cope with. Chew, swallow and empty your mouth before putting the next bite in.

There are some easy to learn facial exercises you can do to tone up your face to prevent your jaw-line drooping. Other exercises for the chin and neck area can help you get rid of a short neck or double chin.

6. Thinner Lips

As usual, gravity is the culprit in as far as lips becoming thinner over time. The upper lip often sags so much it becomes almost invisible. But there are other reasons: using the lips entails kissing and older people tend not to kiss quite as much as younger ones. Yet in the same way that one can tone up weak stomach muscles by doing sit-ups, lips too are a muscle (a ring muscle) and can be toned with specific facial exercises to thicken the lips. Here is one of them.

Lip Toner Exercise

  1. Make an "O" shape with the mouth.
  2. Place four fingers of a hand up against the "O" shape.
  3. Contract the lips by putting pressure against the fingers by following the timing sequence shown below.

Do the 8 contractions and the holding of the last contraction strongly enough to "feel the burn". Then release and rest or lick your lips, moving them freely until the sensation is gone.

How Many Repetitions?

Repeat the sequence 3 or 4 times or until you don't want to do them anymore. The beauty of the lip toning exercise is that it can be done anywhere at any time like for example in the car or while waiting when ever no-one is looking.

Skin Care and Facial Toning

Skincare and facial toning can be achieved naturally with a good diet, staying out of the hot sun, spending more time outdoors than indoors, and using homemade natural cosmetic products if necessary.

Food as Medicine - A word About Diet

There is no need to count calories or to weigh oneself. Just eat real, living food. Food that is not packaged and processed for long shelf life. Real food consists mostly of vegetables, fruit, pulses, nuts and seeds. Some herbs have specific benefits that can cure certain conditions. As a rule I make sure to consume at least some of the following on a daily basis:

  • 1 large clove of finely chopped up raw garlic (a natural antibiotic)
  • 1 table spoon of a mixture of:
    • ground turmeric with pepper to help absorption (antioxidant, and brain protector)
    • ground cumin (promotes digestion, rich source of iron)
  • 1 table spoon of ground flax seeds (high in protein, good egg substitute)
  • 1 tea spoon of grated ginger (protection from flu, nausea and inflammation)

No Meat or Dairy

It is increasingly well known that the biggest killer of all (not just human killer but the planet as a whole) is the production and consumption of animal products as they are being manufactured today. So stay well clear of meat and dairy if your health is important to you.

No Vitamins or Supplements

Because the food industry has taken all the goodness out of food we are bombarded with artificial vitamins and supplements included in cereals and other products. In addition, just to make sure, many of us take a good dose of multivitamins. Decades of research has failed to find any substantial evidence that vitamins and supplements do any significant good. If our diet consists of real living healthy food, there is no need for pills of any kind whatsoever.


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What About Exercise?

Experts all agree that regular stretching and aerobic exercise is a "must-do" for anyone committed to slowing the aging process. Exercise combats the loss of stamina and improves muscle strength, balance, and bone density at any age. But why torture yourself on machines at the gym as punishment for aging? Functional training with body awareness is an interesting and pleasant journey towards physical and spiritual self-improvement.

No Time to Exercise? Create New Habits

I know there is no time to exercise all day in an endeavor to age gracefully. But once a particular feature has been identified as needing special attention, you can learn to correct the condition and, with enough attention and repetition new, better habits replace old, bad ones.

For example, as soon as you take notice of your posture and learn to carry yourself better, it becomes second nature, automatic, and you never have to think about that ever again. On the contrary, holding yourself badly then becomes uncomfortable.

Biological Versus Chronological Age

Your chronological age (how old your are) is a very poor summary of the age of your individual parts, your biological age.The skin renews itself entirely every five years. This process slows down with age, but still, the fact is: you are not now wearing the skin you were born with. The same applies to your organs, your hair and nails. Your big toenail is only about a year old. Every new muscle unit that you train while exercising is as new as when you started training for it. And what about the brain? Hopefully it is still making new connections by learning new things every day.

Beautiful at One Hundred

My mother Ata Kando celebrating her 100tth birthday
My mother Ata Kando celebrating her 100tth birthday | Source

Conclusion

Both the body and the face can be trained and looked after for optimum looks, feel, and performance at any age. A natural and sensible way to age gracefully is to identify the first signs of ugly, debilitating aging problems and do something about them with living food and targeted exercise. Are you ready to be transformed into a more positive, strong, alert and beautiful person at whatever age you are?

Sources

Is There Really Any Benefit to Multivitamins?

A Nutty Solution for Improving Brain Health

Human Aging: Usual and Successful

Biological Versus Chronological Age

Gravity Inversion

You are welcome to share your thoughts and ask questions below.

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    • BANKIMPANDEY profile image

      BANKIM PANDEY 

      9 months ago from INDIA

      So well explained each concept

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      12 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      I don't worry about age as I still feel young. However, the wrinkles

      really worry me. Pity I started using aloe vera so late. The African sun does not help one bit.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      12 months ago from Andalusia

      You are so right Harry it's all relative to how you feel. Animals don't worry about their age until they really suffer from body malfunctions. Humans approaching 40 think they're getting old. Well, if you live to be 90, you're gonna feel old for more than half your life! What a shame.

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      Larry W Fish 

      12 months ago from Raleigh

      Looking at things from a man's point of view I much rather see a person, man or woman age naturally. I have never liked a woman that uses to much makeup. I will be 70 years old in a few months and people tell me that I look like I am in my mid fifties. My wife will be 73 in May and people always tell he that she look like a fifty year old. I think people worry to much about age.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, your Mom at 100 is very inspiring. I am now 66 and I have not used supplements except for a year when the doctor told me to take B-12 but after a year even he stopped that. I think that head carriage is key. I see that aunts who have had ballet or dance have kept their posture well and look nice even at 90.

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Really enjoyed your article. So true.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      2 years ago from Andalusia

      Hi Michelle,

      If you read the paragraph just above the video of the "so called" 20 most beautiful women video, you will see that I entirely agree with you. That is exactly what I am saying, namely:

      "The 20 so called most beautiful women over 50 all have expensive hairstyles and hair extensions, face lifts, botox, lots of make-up, false eyelashes, false boobs, whitened teeth implants, lip implants, and, to make it all better... anti-depressant pills. "

      Please read before making false accusations.

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      Michelle Luck 

      2 years ago

      Just wanted to point out to you that your list of "20 beautiful women over 50" includes women very well known for having plastic surgery. If you are going to tout about aging naturally, you should only have women in that film who actually are not half (or more) plastic. Just sayin.....

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Super hub

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      4 years ago from Andalusia

      Sorry peachpurple,

      I don't know what you mean with:

      "No secret to ageing beautifully but gracefully"

      Can you elaborate?

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      No secret to aging beautifully but gracefully

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      4 years ago from Andalusia

      Thank you Jackie! For those of you who don't know famous photographer Ata Kando, she is my mum, turned 101 years old last September and still going strong. You can see her on the last picture.

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      Radha Jackie 

      4 years ago

      Congratulations to Ata, love the photo, she looks great!

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      4 years ago from Andalusia

      Hi Shades of Truth, thank you for your positive comment. Yes, we must spread the word to get rid of miss-conceptions about aging.

      B.t.w. we just celebrated my mom's 101st birthday and she is still going strong

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      Emily Tack 

      4 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed reading what you wrote, and couldn't help but think of all of the people I know, whose attitude ages them. We deal with the public every day, and have seen some "aged" young people, and some very youthful elderly people.

      Great, comprehensive article!

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      Evie Dawson 

      5 years ago

      Oh lovely..... I had a great time reading your article... Thanks for the amazing words.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      5 years ago from Andalusia

      You are welcome Mar, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mar Jakobi 

      5 years ago

      guauuu!!!!...thanks soooo much...brilliant reading...so exacited to start usig all those tricks!!!! muaccc

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      6 years ago from Andalusia

      Hello Maralexa,

      Thank you for your kind comment. I enjoyed reading your Hub "I Do Not Feel Old!". You are putting oldies into the right frame of mind.

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Hi Sue. What a gorgeous hub! It is just great to see so many beautiful older faces. To me it is so amazing how uplifting a smile can be. I will look further into inversion therapy and your natural facelift book.

      Many thanks, Up, awesome, interesting, beautiful and shared.

    • Sue Adams profile imageAUTHOR

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      6 years ago from Andalusia

      Hello Savvydating,

      Thank you for dropping by. Yes, posture is one of the main elements of beauty, comfort, and efficiency of movement.

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      Yves 

      6 years ago

      You've written a beautifully constructed hub. I read it from beginning to end. One thing I am thankful for is that my mother always insisted that I stand/sit up straight. This has done so much good for me in so many ways. I always tell women to watch their posture (to attract men and exude confidence) however, you've gone above and beyond why it is so important. Your entire hub is fabulous! Up and awesome.

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      Mike Elzner 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      Oh so true, there are no real secrets we are all ageing and nothing can change that. Simple self care is the best solution for graceful ageing.

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