Jackie Silver is Aging Backwards and she shares her secrets, tips and shortcuts in her book, Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, on her website, on TV, on radio, in print and in person. She founded Aging Backwards, LLC in 2006 to bring the most accurate, current information and cutting-edge innovations in the anti-aging and beauty industries to women and men and to help motivate individuals to stay young and healthy.We went behind the scenes and asked Jackie to share her tips for Aging Backwards.
What inspired you to create Aging Backwards?
I was inspired to create Aging Backwards in 2006 because all of my friends and relatives – and THEIR friends and relatives – would come to me for anti-aging and beauty advice and I realized I wanted to help women on a much larger scale than one at a time.
What are some dietary changes women can make to improve their appearance?
I like to make Aging Backwards easy for everyone, so I’ve come up with my Easiest Eating Plan: super-size your veggies and half-size everything else. Once that becomes a habit, cutting down on refined sugar and carbs is the next step.
How does exercise decelerate the aging process?
Many studies have been done that prove that exercise is conducive to Aging Backwards, including one such study that concluded that exercise was as effective as medicine at improving depression. In the study, James Blumenthal, a psychologist at the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, also found that exercise had beneficial effects on functions controlled by specific areas of the brain, including memory, planning, organizing and juggling a number of task. Experts think one reason exercise is so beneficial is because it improves circulation and oxygenation of the blood. I’ve concluded that exercise keeps me thin, toned and healthy and that’s what I call Aging Backwards!
How can one’s well-being and mental health affect his or her appearance?
According to WebMD.com
, 75 to 90 percent of doctors’ visits are due to stress-related ailments and complaints, so you can see that stress shows up in our bodies as well as on our faces. On the face, take those tiny “elevens” between the eyes, for example. They can add years to one’s appearance and that’s only the beginning. A University of California study found that stress leads to premature aging by shortening the body’s telomeres – the section of DNA on the ends of chromosomes. My favorite stress relievers are yoga, meditation and ear plugs. Yes, inexpensive, little earplugs can go a long way to helping alleviate stress. I use them to not only block out the “chaos” around me, but also to magnify my breathing. Focusing on the breath is a meditative relaxation technique. Just don’t use them while driving, wink.
Do the lifestyle changes you promote work best as a preventive measure?
Lifestyle changes always work well as a preventive measure, but I believe that some lifestyle changes can also lead to age “reversal.” According to one study, a group of 25 elderly volunteers aged 65 and older (average age 77) did one-hour sessions of strength training in a gym twice a week for six months using standard gym equipment and doing three sets of ten reps for each muscle group. The researchers then compared cells from the thighs of the elderly group to thigh-muscle cells from a group of young people whose average age was 22. The researchers were expecting the workouts to improve strength, but what they were not expecting were dramatic changes they saw at the genetic level. Simon Melov, director of genomics at the Buck Institute in Novato, California and co-author of the study said, “The genetic fingerprint was reversed to that of younger people – not entirely, but enough to say that their genetic profile was more like that of young people than old people.” See you at the gym!