When you think of anti-aging and longevity, your mind probably immediately goes to healthy practices such as diet and exercise. There are indeed many ways to get your body in shape and eat right to stave off the symptoms of aging. It’s not uncommon nowadays to see many elderly people in their sixties and seventies who seem to have beat the clock. Many foods contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that will keep you looking younger longer.
Eastern cultures have known about the healing benefits of herbs for millennia. Study Chinese medicine, for instance, and you can learn all about herbal remedies and how they work with the healing powers of both our bodies and nature. Many herbs are easily obtained today. Often, they contain chemicals that promote health, reduce pain, are anti-inflammatory, balance homeostasis, and promote healthy cell regeneration.
In Indian cuisine, you find a lot of these. Herbs such as turmeric, cumin, and coriander tend to be the spices that go in a lot of Indian curries, and they all have anti-inflammatory properties. Some believe that these spices have anti-aging properties, can heal cells, and protect against cancer and other diseases as well.
From China, you have herbs such as Gingko and ginseng, both of which are said to help improve vitality, reduce stress, and encourage healing in the body. As with the Indian herbs, Gingko and ginseng are believed to have anti-aging properties. Because they promote the health of the body, it’s no wonder they have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Cannabidiol or CBD has been receiving a lot of press lately, especially since hemp was legalized in the U.S. in 2018. Hemp has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and CBD comes from hemp, the same plant as marijuana. Most CBD that is sold does not contain the psychoactive substance in marijuana known as THC. This means that CBD won’t get you high, but it does have healing properties that may also promote longevity.
CBD is a cannabinoid that works to positively stimulate the endocannabinoid system. This system regulates mood, pain sensation, stress levels, and appetite. Using it in the form of CBD oil salves, edibles, or tinctures may reduce stress and anxiety, lower incidents of depression and elevate mood, help manage pain, and even curb appetite. All of this can positively affect health and in turn, keep us healthy and more youthful longer.
The practice of drinking tea has been around for about five thousand years. While your typical southern sweet tea may not have a whole lot of health benefits, there are plenty of teas that contain anti-aging properties.
Green tea and oolong tea are both from China, and they are both loaded with anti-oxidants and even said to improve bone health and lower blood pressure. Flavored teas such as cinnamon, peppermint, and ginger are believed to boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.
There are many ways you can improve your health and promote longevity. As it turns out, many of these ways come from ancient cultures that have known about these healthy habits for millennia.