The Fountain of Youth

I was dropping my boys off at their respective schools this morning when I heard a radio personality say that this could be the last generation to have gray hair! He said a group of scientists at Radford University had discovered a way to prevent hair from turning gray by creating a topical solution. When this solution is applied to the hair, it actually repairs the hair follicle, thus allowing the user to maintain their natural hair color.  The announcer was sure when this solution would be available in the marketplace, but he was sure the creators of this scientific breakthrough were probably anxious to “cash in” on their discovery. 

I wonder how many people will be standing in line to buy this product. As a nation, we spend millions and millions of dollars each year on products and services claiming they can stop/alter/reverse the aging process, and we buy (literally) into their claims. We are obsessed, and in some cases, willing to take unnecessary health risks to obtain a youthful appearance.

People are paying to be cut, tightened, cleansed, detoxified, sandblasted, and plumped, but what are the long-term effects of these choices, and what are they doing for their bodies?  After these procedures, patients may have a younger-looking appearance, but they can’t walk from the parking lot to the front door of a store without being out of breath. They have altered their outward appearance, but what about the total package?

What if there were a way to maintain vitality, a youthful appearance, gain strength, improve health, and have copious amounts of energy, at little to no cost, would you be interested? What if I told you that eating clean, unprocessed foods—foods as close to their natural state as possible—in appropriate portions for your body, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, and participating in some sort of physical exercise at least three times a week will put you on your way to the fountain of youth.

It is a proven fact that eating right and drinking plenty of fluids keeps your skin, nails, and hair looking youthful and healthy. Exercise benefits every body! Physical exercise has been proven to reduce and maintain body weight. It has been shown to reduce the risk of developing stress, heart disease, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, certain cancers, and premature death. It improves and maintains healthy bones, joints, and muscles, and it has been shown to improve stamina and overall well being.

You can get all of these benefits and you don’t have to go under the knife or purchase any special products! Sounds like the way to go. Cleaning up our eating habits, and adding exercise to our daily lives is nothing new, but if you want long-lasting results, there seems to be no better answer in this writer’s mind. As the saying goes, “Take care of your body and it will take care of you.”
 Perhaps Ponce de Leon was looking in all the wrong places in his search for the Fountain of Youth. Where will your search take you?

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Merlinda Swearingen

Merlinda Swearingen is a Navy wife and mother of two growing boys (12 and 10). She teaches group fitness classes at ODU's student recreation center and is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, pilates instructor, personal fitness chef, and business owner with over 15 years experience in the fitness industry. She enjoys spending time with her family, church family, cooking, camping, and finding new information and ideas that are trending in the area of fitness and health. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is a passion she enjoys sharing with anyone and everyone she meets.  

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