Sleep as Anti-Aging Medicine
Most of us want to stay as youthful as we possibly can for as long as we can. The longer we reside on the planet, the more free radical damage we experience. As we age, our bodies have a tougher time keeping up with the repair and regenerative processes that came easily to us when we were 30 or younger. We begin to experience less energy, low libido, saggy skin, fat deposition and gray hair. These are signs of aging that no one wants to experience. Depending on how we have lived the first few decades of our life determines what our bodies look like at age 40 and beyond.
What if a simple part of our daily routine actually slowed down the progression of aging? Getting decent sleep can go a long way toward the anti-aging process since sleep gives our body a chance to heal and rejuvenate. Growth hormone, the hormone that keeps us young, is released while we sleep and repairs any deficiencies we may have on a cellular level. And, many of us know that growth hormone is hugely important in slowing down the aging process. By giving your body what it needs…. enough hours of restful sleep every night, your body will begin to look fresher, more youthful and you will have more energy and vitality. Our outward appearance is just an extension of what is happening on the inside of our bodies. This means we must make sleep a top priority. I promise….. your skin will begin to look better almost immediately.
So, what can we do to naturally promote the production of growth hormone? Any foods or supplements that are high in anti-oxidants do a good job at supporting your body’s own production of growth hormone while you sleep. Foods like green tea, berries, red wine, dark chocolate, pecans, kidney beans, cilantro, and artichokes are some good choices with powerful health benefits. These foods high in anti-oxidants are, not only great at quenching inflammation, they also slow down aging, support detoxification processes in the body, lower cancer risk, and promote gorgeous skin. By eating these foods on a regular basis, you will encourage your body to increase the levels of growth hormone while you sleep and stay younger longer.
What if you are one of those unlucky people who has a more difficult time sleeping due to stress, anxiety, or just not setting enough time aside for sleep? There are so many natural supplements that can help promote better sleep so your body produces more growth hormone. Magnesium, Melatonin, Phosphatidylserine, Valerian, Passionflower, Lemon Balm, Hops, and Chamomile are all great choices for supporting healthier snoozing.
The goal of slowing down the aging process by getting good sleep every night so we can produce growth hormone to keep us looking and feeling youthful and amazing is easier than some may think. Fortunately, there are many things we can do nutritionally to assist our bodies in getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Make getting ZZZZZZZZ’s a top priority in your life, and everyone around you will start to notice positive changes in how you look and feel.
Call 855-377-3782 for a consultation with Dr. Collins today. She will help you find ways to promote anti-aging on the inside and outside of your beautiful body.