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What do you think about "anti-aging?" I'm not so keen on it.

Anti-aging advertising seems to be everywhere.

Unfortunately, it sends the message that aging is a bad thing. And, it scares the bejeezus out of most folks.

In ancient and indigenous cultures, growing older meant that you were accumulating life experiences and gaining wisdom. Elders were revered for their knowledge and they were expected to pass down their teachings to the younger generations.

It was also the duty of the more youthful members of the family, and the community, to care for the elders as they age. This, in turn, helped the elders feel loved, supported, and valued.

That’s not necessarily the case in modern times.

It’s the exact opposite, actually.

Today, youth is revered mostly for beauty and strength, but aging is regarded as distasteful or shameful (anti-aging).

This, in turn, makes elders feel worthless, discarded, and useless.

It’s no wonder Alzheimer’s and dementia are on the rise. Why would elders need to retain their knowledge if it’s not worth anything to anyone?

But, I digress. That is a much deeper conversation about the degeneration of our human condition.

In many cultures, a wide variety of foods and herbs were used to support the aging process and promote vitality and longevity.

I’m going to suggest that instead of going against aging, we promote healthful longevity by using traditional restorative herbs to enhance the continued functioning of our organs, bodily systems, and mind.

Below are three popular herbs that have been used for centuries to help us age healthfully and happily.

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera)

This classic herb has been used in India and Africa for thousands of years to improve sleep, decrease anxiety, alleviate fatigue, improve energy, support fertility, enhance memory, and promote longevity.[1]

This herb has longterm effects. That means you need to take it for at least 90 days to experience some it’s amazing benefits to health and vitality.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Used in China for several thousand years, this herb is a powerful adaptogen and immune tonic.

Eleuthero normalizes adrenal activity, reduces stress, heightens mental alertness, improves concentration, and boosts the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain.[2]

Whoah! That’s a pretty awesome herb. And, it’s got thousands of years of practical application being used on actual human beings – not monkeys or mice in a lab – but real live humans. And, the beauty is, it works.

You can purchase it in powder, cut and sifted, or the whole root. But, unless you have the means to break down the whole root yourself, I wouldn’t suggest that. I like to purchase it in powder form and use it in this recipe: Restorative Herb Balls.

He Shou Wu – Fo ti (Polygonum multiflorum)

Yep, I know. It looks kinda like flat pieces of tree bark. But, don’t let that scare you away.

This herb is legendary in traditional Chinese medicine.

“Scientific studies have shown He Shou Wu stimulates the body to produce longevity-promoting substances including superoxide dismutase, which is the most powerful antioxidant in the human body; and it has been credited with reversing many diseases, DNA protection and repair, and extending lifespan.”[3]

Have you tried any of the above longevity-promoting restorative herbs?

If you want to age more healthfully, I suggest giving them a try. They’ve been around for thousands of years, and are making a resurgence for a reason; they work to help us live a long healthy life so we can pass our knowledge onto future generations.

Here’s my delicious recipe to help you incorporate ALL of these herbs into your diet so you can continue sharing your wisdom with all of the young whippersnappers: Restorative Herb Balls

And, if you want to learn how to prepare delicious recipes for longevity and healthy aging check out my fun and engaging online cooking class – Cooking for Healthy Aging.

[1] Alchemy of Herbs, by Rosalee De La Foret, 2017 Hay House, pgs. 299-301

[2] Healing Lyme, Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2005 Raven Press, pgs. 135-136

[3] https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/he-shou-wu-fo-ti-benefits-spiritual/