The Art of Ageing ~ gracefully, with energy and vibrancy ~ I believe, comes mainly from the inside out. Positive attitude, joy, and zest, sparkle fourth from some people like an effervescent fountain, regardless of their age. Others can be young in years, but seem aged because of a rigid disposition married to an inflexible body. So for me, the Art of Ageing is all about sparkle ~ in skin, eyes, energy, attitude, smile and vibration.
How to get your sparkle on…
Your body is biologically programmed to repair and replenish itself with what you ingest ~ i.e. food, water, sunshine and oxygen. Between them, these provide your body with all the energy and nutrients you need for cell regeneration. Allow me to explain cell regeneration 101…
Your body is made up of cells; cells that, for the duration of your life, will die off and be replaced. Proper nutrition ensures that the replacement cells are strong and healthy, maybe even stronger than your old cells. Lack of proper nutrition means your replacement cells are weak and unhealthy; i.e. what you put into and onto your body determines the degree to which you regenerate (read: sparkle) or degenerate.
What helps your cells regenerate?
There are volumes of books written on this subject, but some of the best bang for your buck foods at a glance, that give you maximum nutrition, alkalise your body (disease needs an acidic environment to survive), and make for optimum cell regeneration are:
- Sprouts ~ i.e. sprouted grains and seeds(1)
- Fermented foods ~ e.g. sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, kombucha
- Leafy greens ~ e.g. kale, spinach, romaine lettuce
- Bitter greens ~ e.g. chicory, mustard greens, endive, dandelion greens
- Nuts ~ soak them first, for easy digestion and most effective nutrient absorption(2)
- Herbs and spices ~ Mother Nature’s little medicine chest(3)
- Green Tea ~ organic(4)
- Berries ~ they’re all good
- Beans and legumes ~ soak them first(5)
- Antioxidants ~ e.g. vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 (another blog)
- Omega 3 fatty acids ~ such as flaxseed oil, chia, hempseed, mustard oil
- Healthy oils ~ e.g. coconut, olive, avocado
- Clean, fresh water ~ i.e. non- fluoridated and non-chlorinated
- Sunlight ~ 20-30 minutes daily on a large amount of skin before 10am or after 3pm (every single hormone in your body needs vitamin D to perform healthily)
Also brilliant for cell regeneration are…
- Balanced exercise ~ not so much high impact, but rather walking, hiking, weight bearing movements (sit ups, push ups, squats), yoga, Pilates, dancing and Tai Chi
- Breathe deeply ~ as opposed to shallowly, and be around trees and large bodies of water as often as you can to breathe in the negative ions
- Meditation ~ which is simply about clearing the clutter from your mind and being totally present; which means if you don’t want to do ‘classic’ meditation immerse yourself in playing a musical instrument, gardening, or wandering in nature
- A good night’s sleep ~ i.e. 7-8 hours ~ totally essential for cell repair and replenishment
So for The Art of Ageing with sparkle, embrace as many of the above as you care to, and ~ smile often, share kindness, laugh, love who you are, hug, never lose your sense of wonder, and rejoice in the magick of each new day… all of these make you ageless and beautiful from both inside and out. ~ GreenWitch Tea
In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence? ~ Gabrielle Roth
(1) Sprouting (2) Soaking nuts (3) Hebs and Spices (4) Green Tea (5) Soaking beans and legumes
Another great photo of P and T. !!
It’s a fun one isn’t it… They’re such a magick example of ~ never stop letting your little light shine )o( Blessings to you WolfTalker