The human obsession with defying age can be traced back thousands of years. Dating back to Cleopatra of Egypt who took milk baths in hopes of maintaining her youthfulness, we have come a long way in the pursuit of the “fountain of youth.”
Over millennia, the techniques that humans have tried in order to stall the effects of aging have ranged from the bizarre to the stuff of science fiction. But today, science has made numerous breakthroughs in the advancement of anti-aging creams and supplements.
Our obsession with a youthful appearance is one that comes from basic human psychology. We relate youthfulness to desirability, innocence, fertility, and goodness. All of these are qualities that we long to possess. And when we find ourselves finally growing old, we long for our youthfulness to return.
In 2021, we have a few ways that can be beneficial to the aging process and help you to keep your youthful glow long into the future.
Many mammals, especially primates and human beings, all have cannabinoid receptors in the brain. This is evolutionary proof that the cannabis plant has been used for hundreds of thousands of years. And theories suggest that our ancient ancestors sought out this plant for its healing and medicinal properties.
Though many might associate the cannabis plant with its psychotropic properties and its ability to produce a state of euphoria, CBD is a concentrate of the cannabis plant that does not produce the same intoxicating effects of marijuana.
CBD has been shown to calm the mind and body, reduce blemishes, alleviate headaches, nausea, and cramps. Studies have also shown that it can have an effect on our skin and is being studied as to its beneficial effects in the war against the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms, and though many (if not all) of these products aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this doesn’t mean that they aren’t backed by scientific research and study.
One compound that has shown promise when it comes to the fight against the appearance of old age is NMN or nicotinamide mononucleotide. This molecule is found in all organic life forms, and in proper chemical composition, this has been shown to reduce the effects of aging and keep the skin looking youthful even in old age.
In addition to NMN, other supplements such as D3, B12, Vitamin C, and many others, if taken regularly, can have an age-defying effect.
Believe it or not, many holistic therapies have shown signs of reducing the effects on the aging process. And the good news is that many of these practices you can perform on your own, or under the guidance of a licensed practitioner.
One of the top holistic approaches to reducing the effects of aging comes from reducing the stress that you are exposed to on a daily basis. Everything from work to family life, stressors from the two daily experiences can weigh heavily on your physical and mental health.
Meditation has an uncanny ability to reduce the stress caused by a variety of internal and external factors. And though to most Americans meditation is a foreign concept, its benefits have been proven time and time again by science.
Holistic practices such as meditation, acupuncture, and even chiropractic care have been shown to reduce stress, and stress ultimately causes damage to our DNA. Without the ability for DNA to repair itself, we begin to start looking older.
So, if you’re after a holistic approach, begin by quieting the mind and get ready to feel youthful again.
Even when we humans figure out how to travel to distant stars and galaxies, chances are that we’ll still be trying to unlock the secrets of remaining youthful throughout life. And even if this pursuit is all in vain, the desire to hold on to our youth will always remain.