Many, many people ask me about anti-aging. Anti-aging, I use the term often enough but when I really think about it, its an odd idea isn’t it? How can we be against aging? In reality, it futile because aging is an inevitable process that will keep marching on to the drum of time. What I advocate isn’t so much anti-aging but healthy aging; supporting our tissue health so that we age with resilience and vitality. And how do we do this? Anti-oxidants? Heavier creams? Peeling away our wrinkles? These things all help but the real key to anti-aging, ahem, healthy aging is blood circulation. Anti-aging and circulation are so correlated because of the bloods influence on collagen production, oxygen distribution and detoxification.
Where there is blood flow, there is collagen being made. This is why most anti-aging treatments including stimulating circulation. Trust me, from laser to the non-surgical face lift, they all have a component of revving up our bloodflow. To understand this, lets look at our skin in teh process of being damaged (aging is simply wear and tear). When we hurt or wound ourselves, our bodies bounce back by rushing resources to the area to mend our skin. These resources are brought to the site via the blood. The blood is a vehicle for nutrition and repair so when its impeded, we don’t rejuvenate quickly. Unfortunately our circulation slows as we age making us also prone to damage and putting a damper on our collagen production.
Our red blood cells carry oxygen, so our blood is the means for oxygenating our tissues. Oxygen is important for feeding and replenishing our tissues and without it they become damaged and start to degrade. This is why our blood content is very important for skin health. When we have lot iron, we get dull skin because iron keeps our hemoglobin in tact. A lack of iron means a lack of red blood matter (and less color in our complexion) and less oxygen feeding our skin tissue.
As we age everything slows down. Our metabolism, our cell turnover and our circulation. While he blood brings nourishment to our tissues but it also removes wastes from them, so detoxification also slows down. A build up toxins also wreak havoc in the body and cause aging. Toxic overload leads to inflammation that creates free radicals (scavenging molecules that can damage our tissues). So, movement is also important for breaking up stagnation in order to maintain a clean and healthy constitution.
As you can see, your blood flow can a powerful effect on the healthiness of your body and its tissues, making it key to real, holistic healthy aging.