For thousands of years humans have searched for the fountain of youth. This literal and metaphorical spring is said to restore the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Ponce de Leon went in search of this fountain in the 1500s, and the stories of Alexander the Great talk about a journey to find the fountain. It’s in our art, our books, and our films. While most of us understand this legend is just a myth, wouldn’t it be nice if we could do something to restore just a little bit of our youth? I look at my pictures from high school and think, “I totally still look like that!” Then when I see an actual high schooler, I realize, “no I don’t”. The reality is, even if I don’t feel older, I am getting older. And, sorry to break the news, but so are you.
The Dallas Medical Specimen Delivery team can transport a lot of restorative items from one place to another, but one thing they haven’t been able to master is the deliverance of youth. The good news, though, is there are some things that you can do for yourself to preserve just a little of your youth. We can’t transport you back to your high school days, but we can share a few ideas from medical professionals that really can make you look (and feel) younger.
Stress Less- It has been proven that the effects of stress on the body can lead to physical aging. High stress individuals are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes, and, of course, wrinkles! What can you do to help banish stress? Take a mini vacation. If you’re like our Dallas Medical Specimen Delivery drivers, on call 24/7 and if you can’t physically get away, do it mentally. Two times a day, go to a quiet place, close your eyes, and relax every muscle one by one. Focus on deep breathing and clearing your mind. Even if you have to return to the craziness of work as soon as you’re done, relaxing for those few minutes can help reduce stress.
Get Moving- Another way to reduce stress and keep your body looking and working like your younger days is exercise. 30 minutes on most days of the week will get the job done. Exercise improves your mood, helps you lose weight, and keeps your bones strong. Doctors have even founds links between physical activity and increased brain power.
Slather on the Sunscreen- Studies show that individuals who put on sunscreen every single day, even in the winter, have skin that is less affected by the aging process. UV light can damage the skin’s natural protectors such as collagen, which keeps our skin taut and wrinkle-free. Sunscreen keeps your skin protected from those rays, allowing your skin to stay younger looking.
Eat the Right Foods- Superfoods (avocados, grapefruit, spinach, quinoa, to name a few), red wine, vitamin D, Omega 3 fatty acids, and other foods your body naturally craves can actually keep you looking and feeling younger. That’s because these foods have the stuff that your body needs to maintain strong bones, functioning brain cells, and healthy eyes. Oh, and don’t forget the power of green tea. Some of our Dallas Medical Specimen Delivery employees swear by a cup a day.
Love and Be Loved- It sounds cliché, but the emotions that come with love can help the body stay young. Just touching your loved ones releases hormones in the body that combat stress (and remember what we said about stress…). Having loved ones also means we have partners to help us stay active, eat right, and live life to the fullest- each of these things has benefits on our body’s youthfulness.
Dallas Medical Specimen Delivery wants to remind you, though, that it’s not just what’s on the outside that makes you young (although, that is probably what most people will see), but keeping your insides youthful is what truly brings you the greatest benefits. Keeping your heart, brain, and bones in good shape will help you to not only live longer, but you’ll feel better doing it.