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This week I turned 38 years old. I had joked for years about my resistance to getting older but in truth I am excited for what each years unfolds and things to come.

The stories of each life event thus far are written on my face, shown in lines the path taken. I would prefer in the written expression but they’re not.

Aging is inevitable. In some cultures, it is the older that are proclaimed wiser and not defined by their looks but their wisdom and storytelling abilities.

We live in a culture that celebrates youth and beauty; however none of us are immune to the answer of time.

Age should be a marker of achievement. To reflect on what events have shaped the person we are today. Each time we celebrate a birthday, think about how blessed we are and what gifts, challenges and discoveries we have made. What new layers of ourselves were discovered, developed or unearthed?

Rather than fearing 40, 50, 60 or whatever the number is for you, let’s own it. Celebrate it by taking care of yourself body, mind and spirit.

The longevity secret is no secret at all. To live a long, healthy life we need to take care of our body, mind and spirit.

Good Nutrition is the foundation of a healthy, functioning body and mind, able to work at full capacity. The right foods will slow the aging process, importantly at a cellular level and improve the quality of your life.

Food alone can’t fight for longevity, it requires a holistic approach. Whilst we can fuel our bodies with optimal nutrition, if we aren’t mindful of our thoughts, stress and lifestyle choices we are ultimately self-sabotaging. Every part of our body is continually being replaced and stress, diet, exercise, computers/phones, pollution and overexposure to sunlight all play their part in depleting nutrients and damaging cells.

The holistic approach takes into consideration Nutrition, Mental aptitude and lifestyle choices. We can eat well but if we don’t move our bodies through physical exercise reduce our mental stress and get sufficient sleep, the balance is thrown.

Some of my favourite food to support longevity are as below:

Avocados; packed with Vitamin A & E, these are essential for the skin, eyes, heart, brain and liver.

Berries: Packed with anti-oxidants and vitamin c, and fibre – the fibre in berries help remove toxins from our bodies which supports healthy body & mind.

Garlic- contains prebiotic fibre inulin which feeds beneficial gut bacteria, aiding in digestions and detoxification.

Radish – Used in Chinese medicine to aid kidney, digestion and liver function. The bitterness encourages bile flow helping to digest fats and maintain healthy weight.

Beans; green beans, peas and pulses are all high in protein which assist with revitalization of skin, bones and muscles also contain choline which assists in removing fatty deposits from our liver and protects us from the ageing effects of alcohol.

Kefir; The fermented cousin of yoghurt support immunity. Aids digestive tract by balancing good bacteria that supports the ability to fight fungal infection and overgrowth such as candida.

Coriander; Liver detoxifier, reduce blood sugar levels and anti-microbial oils within the leaf helps aid immunity. Vitamin C & A along with the plethora of plant chemicals assist in the renewal of skin, brain and bone.

Over the coming weeks ill break down more ways we can support longevity through supporting immune system with sleep, meditation and lifestyle choices.

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Amanda x

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