My birthday is next month. That day will herald in the last year of my 30's. It's hard to believe I'm only a year away from being 40. That number seemed so unfathomable as child, yet now it's right around the corner.
The funny thing is that I don't fear my 40's. In fact, I look forward to them. I'm finally starting to know who I am and where I want to go. And I don't need the approval of others to follow that path.
However, I know it's time to really take a look at how I'm aging. Life in front of a computer blogging can lead to some bad lifestyle choices. Choices like skipping meals, too much caffeine, not enough exercise and not enough socializing.
This year I really want to take a hard look at my lifestyle and find some simple ways to help myself age more gracefully. That way I can walk into my 40's knowing that I have a healthy aging routine down pat.
I want to get back to yoga and exercise. I want to cut down on sugar, alcohol and caffeine. And I want to go back to a gluten and dairy free lifestyle. I gave it a break for a year and I don't think it did my body good.
Of course the best natural approaches to healthy aging include eating a diet that incorporates organic foods with low processed foods. This means finding the right combination of low sugar foods, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables with dietary supplements that provide adequate amounts of nutrients.
I have no desire to look at sporadic, short-term solutions like expensive skin care products or chemical treatments. I don't want to cover up or attempt to reverse the signs and effects of aging. I want to look at long-term lifestyle changes centered on feeling good from the inside out.
That's one of the reasons I want to look at what dietary supplements I can take to support my overall health and help me age more gracefully. I want to live a long, healthy life so I can see my girls grow up.
After doing a little research, here are some of the supplements I'm thinking of adding to my healthy aging routine.
QÜELL Fish Oil® – EPA/DHA Plus D
Omega-3 fatty acids are super important, so fish oil is one supplement all of us should be taking! Fish oil supports cardiovascular health, neurological health, vision health and joint health.*
You do need to be careful about the sourcing of fish oil though. You need to make sure you're buying from a super pure source that isn't contaminated with mercury or radiation (I avoid fish from the Pacific ocean when possible).
QÜELL Fish Oil is comprised of Supercritical CO2-extracted oils in triglyceride form, manufactured in Germany exclusively for Douglas Laboratories. It's unique compared to other fish oils for its supercritical extraction, purity, bioavailability and concentrations.
Ultra HNS (Hair, Nails, Skin)
As I have gotten older, my hair, nails and skin have gotten drier and more brittle. I thought it was just because we live in a dry mountain climate, but I'm learning that's just part of the aging process too!
Ultra HNS (Hair, Nails, Skin) is a nutritional supplement that supplies your body with a high dose biotin, methylfolate, vitamin C, zinc and Cynatine® HNS for healthy hair, nails and skin.*
If you haven't heard of Cynatine® HNS (I hadn't), it's a patented, solubilized keratin for the health of hair, nails and skin. It has been shown to improve the strength, brightness and appearance of hair, nails and skin, as well as reduce hair loss associated with washing. A few years ago my hair was falling out my the handful, so this point caught my attention!
Another supplement I'm planning to add to my healthy aging routine is Biotin. Also known as vitamin B7, Biotin supports a healthy glucose metabolism, nerve function and nail strength.*
This critical water-soluble vitamin is an essential co-factor for a number of metabolic carboxylation reactions, including carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.* Since I have so much trouble with my digestion, I thought it would be a good one to add!
Did you know that as we age, the synovial fluid of the joints decreases? That's what's responsible for shock absorption and lubrication for movement, so it's pretty important to aging with less pain!
Supplementing with Hyaluronic Acid supports joint and skin health.* It has been shown to help retain more synovial fluid and protect the joints.
You often find it in beauty products because it protects the skin by promoting healthy turnover and renewal of keratinocytes, moderating the appearance of fine lines and age spots.* You can get that benefit by taking a nutritional supplement too (with the added benefit of joint support).
Where to Find These Healthy Aging Supplements
All of these supplements are produced by Douglas Laboratories. They know that healthy living is about assessing your individual beauty from the inside out and unlocking the potential of living healthier longer.
That's why they produce high quality, science-based nutritional supplements that are safe, effective and designed to help healthcare practitioners and their patients in their drive to achieve healthy aging and maintain active lifestyles.
Douglas Laboratories provides research-based dietary supplements directly to healthcare professionals because they believe it's important to work with a qualified health professional when determining an appropriate supplementation regimen.
Talk with your healthcare provider about whether any of the supplements from Douglas Laboratories are right for your healthy aging needs.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
*Please consult your healthcare practitioner before introducing any new nutritional supplements into your daily routine — especially if you are pregnant or have a pre-existing medical condition.
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