How To Be “Ageless” Like Suzanne SomersPosted: Mar 16 in Getting Active, Hormone Therapy by Staff
Most people know who Suzanne Somers is. What you may not know is she is almost 70 years old. Amazingly, she looks years younger than her actual age. How does she do it? Here are four simple ways you can achieve “the look.”
Check And Monitor Hormone Levels
Suzanne Somers is famous for her controversial stance on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. As you get older, estrogen levels drop, and you enter menopause (as a woman). Men suffer a similar fate in that their testosterone levels decrease with age.
Both men and women benefit from hormone replacement therapy, according to Somers. By restoring hormone levels to youthful levels, you can slow down, and potentially reverse, the aging process. Have your doctor check your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol levels. Also, have the doctor run a full hormone panel for your thyroid. If anything is out of range, you may need replacement therapy.
You may need to visit a specialist for any hormone injections you want.
Get More Sleep
If hormone replacement therapy seems a little too scary for you, you can start with the simple stuff. Get more sleep. Most people don’t get enough of it. Your body naturally wants to sleep for at least 8 hours every night. If you’re only getting 5 to 6 hours of sleep, you’re shortchanging yourself. Increase the amount of sleep you get by going to bed earlier.
This will help you balance out your hormone levels and restore youthful vigor. It may take time though. The secret lies in something called your “circadian rhythm.” It’s your sleep/wake cycle. At night, your body decreases cortisol levels and increases melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone responsible for triggering various restorative processes in the body. If this hormone is suppressed, you’ll never fully recover from the stresses of the day.
Melatonin is suppressed by artificial light at night, with blue light having the strongest effect. According to research out of Harvard University, blue light interrupts the normal sleep/wake cycle in humans. By decreasing your exposure, you can improve the quality of your sleep. Sources of blue light at night include electronics (e.g. T.V.s, mobile phones, tablets, and other electronics) and some types of light bulbs.
Eliminating blue light completely means you must eliminate the use of electronics or wear blue-blocking glasses at night if you choose to continue using them.
Fix Your Diet
If you live on junk food, stop. You need to clean up your diet. Strive for 8 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. Eat more nuts and seeds. Eat more lean meats, and focus on getting iron-rich meats. Don’t forget to include offal (organ meats) in your diet as they contain high levels of iron and preformed vitamin A. Avoid highly inflammatory fats and oils like processed industrial seed oils. These include cottonseed, canola, corn, and soybean oil.
Get out and walk at least once per day. Consider lifting weights or engaging in some type of resistance training at the gym. You only need a solid 2 hours per week to make a difference in how you feel and age. Weightlifting is especially beneficial because it helps your body create new mitochondria. Mitochondria are the “powerhouses” of your cells, providing you with energy. It also increases muscle mass and strength, helping you to cope with the effects of aging.
Even if you’re feeling your age right now, you don’t have to grow old gracefully. You can fight back. You can look and feel as young as Suzanne Somers.