Pro-Active Anti-Aging Tips

Pro-Active Anti-Aging Tips
The River of Life

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Stairs in Front of You -Proactive Anti-Aging

I’m so busy that I hardly have time to focus on my aches and pains. Perhaps that is one of the secrets of proactive anti-aging? Staying busy, social and active keeps the body and the mind focused on what needs to get done instead of what can’t be done. Change your perspective and everything around you changes. Of course there are those days when my arthritis kicks up and my bunion aches. But I remind myself that life is full of aches and pains. Focus on them and life becomes a pain in the butt. Focus on moving beyond them and life moves with a sense of joy.

 Every day after I teach my Spin class I climb three flights of stairs. Some days it seems like a long climb after teaching such a rigorous class and some days I simply run up the stairs with a sense of pride that I can, still at my age, run flights of stairs.

How do I do it? I’ve been doing it for over thirty years. Exercise and moment is what keeps my spirits up, my body strong and my focus on what I can do and not what I can’t do. Aging by anyone’s’ standard is no fun. But with the right attitude, a healthy diet, exercise and some fun the stairs in front of you will seem like an easy climb.

Doctor Lynn

Friday, December 11, 2015

Feed Your Face – Proactive Anti-Aging

There is a wonderful fruit that ripens this time of year. Its name in Latin means “food of the gods.” It’s called the persimmon! What two vitamins are essential for healthy skin? Vitamin A and Vitamin C and guess what?  One Persimmons supply 55% of our daily vitamin A and 21% of our vitamin C. Persimmons are also an excellent source of manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, for healthy mucous membranes and skin, as well as a known protectant against lung and mouth cancers.

Both vitamin A and vitamin C are excellent vitamins for protecting the skin from wrinkles, age spots and loss of collagen.

Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system regular. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize the metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus which both serve to support cell functioning and tissue repair.

Low in calories and fats, persimmons contain all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as protecting small blood vessels from bleeding) and  gallocatechins and betulinic acid, a tumor inhibitor. Other powerful antioxidants found in persimmons include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. The zeaxanthin content absorbs into the eyes and helps filter light, protecting against night blindness.

Healthy skin, good digestion, antioxidants and cancer protection; I’d say persimmons are a good source of proactive ant-aging!

Every December I look forward to the persimmon harvest. My face glows with delight as I feed my face the food of the Gods!


Doctor Lynn

Friday, December 4, 2015

A La Natural’

The other day I saw a young black woman with beautiful braids. I remarked to her about how thick and beautiful her braids looked. She thanked me and then proceeded to tell me that her braids were extensions. Her hair actually was thin and unruly. She knew the braids were destroying her hair, but she just wasn’t ready to go a la natural’.

Later that day I saw an older woman with beautiful white hair pulled back into a ponytail. She looked elegant, refined and definitely older. Although her hair was its natural color she definitely had done a little “work” to her face. She was nicely dressed and of course her make-up was applied with care. I noted her hair and by the look of her face I knew she too was not ready to go completely a la natural’.

There are days when I think I would like to let my hair grow out, forget about the Botox, pack away the make-up. This would seem to me to be such a great sense of freedom.  It takes a lot of work to uphold a youthful image; especially in the face of aging. My hair is not a pretty combination of silver and white. It’s a mousy dark blond with a few strands of grey. It’s not that it’s getting thinner, but as we age our hair loses its volume due to shrinkage of the width of the shaft. Extensions might help, but they are expensive and I know they do more damage than help.

When you are young natural is so easy to do. As a young hippie I didn’t wear make-up, color my hair or worry about the lines on my face. At middle age I began to worry about all the fading, sagging and wrinkling my body was undertaking. I struggled to keep myself youthful. Now as I ‘m sliding down hill towards becoming a full-fledged senior I wonder when the day will come when I will succumb to a la natural’?  I’m not sure when that day will arrive, but for now I know I’m not ready.  So I’ll color, eat healthy and workout every day to keep the appearance of a slow progression towards maturity. That’s Proactive Anti-Aging!

Doctor Lynn