Aging is a continuous process of change and change occurs from the time of conception. Aging comes from the eight forces of nature - time, matter, space, light, motion, mass, causation & effect. Aging happens when the universal tendency of orderliness breaks into dis-orderliness.

Healthy aging means living a longer and healthier life. Age does not count that much, but your lifestyle and the way you live matter.

Diseases and illnesses caused by lifestyle excesses, stress, environmental toxins and lowered immunity are a few of the major factors that cause our organs and systems to deteriorate. This accelerates the aging process whereby the body begins to experience dramatic biological, metabolic, hormonal and physiological changes. Reversal of this is possible when one accepts the inevitability of these changes and delays its onset by choosing a healthy lifestyle and by adapting to the natural changes that occur as one advance with age. “One never grows old, but when one stops growing one becomes old”. We as mortals are persistently subjected to motion, time, matter, causation and effect making us vulnerable to disintegration of our whole being as well as our biological system. This upsets the entire process of cell renewal, growth and repair of the tissues. And this can be countered with a multipronged approach towards life, as listed above, for complete physical, physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual transformation and wholesome wellness, and you begin to experience a different level of energy and vibrancy. So remember, power to slow down the aging process is in your hands.

Reasons for early onset of aging:

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Not leading a holistic health lifestyle

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Obesity

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Not exercising enough and lacking fitness

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Smoking

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Excess exposure to sunlight

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Excess alcohol intake

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Unmanaged stress

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Lack of sleep

 

Listed below is a 6 point self-care agenda to fight the aging process, to promote health, to stave off diseases and to heal your-self:

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Pranayam or breathing exercises revitalizes the body and brings clarity of the mind.

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Reduce stress and tensions with yoga:  Yoga stimulates, heals and rejuvenates all the systems of the body and can help prevent aging of the mind and body.

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Healthy and nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, sprouts, vegetable juices, whole grains, nuts, seeds etc are rich in vital nutrients and anti-oxidants to help reduce oxidative stress and act as a perfect guard against aging, weakness and diseases.

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Rest and relaxation: Two most important components that can help reverse your body clock. They help to relieve stress.

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Physical activity: Last, but, not the least, productive physical activity or exercises like walking, swimming, calisthenics, yoga etc help to tone muscles, energizes, stretches, builds immunity and boosts metabolism. Regular productive physical activity, secrete feel-good-hormones, and lack of exercises cause stress & stress-related problems, anxiety, and depression. Regular physical activities also delays dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Positive attitude: Think positive to reduce stress. Positive lifestyle and positive thoughts and actions impact holistic health in a big way- i.e. weight loss, proper diet plans, regular health fitness exercises, yoga, meditation, cessation of smoking, regular medical check-ups and prayers will surely have an positive effect on our physiology.

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Spiritual activity:  Mediation & prayers will help you control pains, illnesses, anxiety, and stress. It will help you have better focus, energy, and zest for life. Stay in touch with family, friends, and other members of your society. Volunteer in your community and share your wisdom, experiences and talents with others. Open your heart & mind to humour, friendship and love.

“Since the mind is timeless, the body can be made ageless as the spirit in us is eternal which is capable of renewing energy perpetually”. To be young is to have vigour, renewed energy, creativity, joy, power, freedom and peace of mind. Unfortunately, we get old, not because of passage of time but because of our beliefs that, time destroy everything. It is in our power to create the body we want by the thoughts we hold. The biochemistry of our physical being is a product of awareness, beliefs, thoughts, behaviour, emotions and the choices we make. 

 

Mickey Mehta

Mickey Mehta is a wellness & fitness guru as well as a TV and Radio presenter and columnist for various publications and websites. He preaches the concept of holistic health and equipment-free workouts, besides establishing a chain of Mickey Mehta Wellness Temples across Mumbai.



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