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Chinese Medicine explains that our Yin (which represents our body fluids, hormonal regulation, immune system and so on), naturally declines as we age. However, we can speed this process up with poor health and dietary and lifestyle choices we make.

Any illness consumes your Yin, even a cold but you will usually bounce back pretty quickly. More serious illnesses that require medications especially for a long period of time will more dramatically accelerate ageing.

Dietary choices such as alcohol, stimulants such as caffeine, spicy/hot food, greasy/fatty foods and processed foods lead to poor digestive health which then creates nutrient deficiencies in the body. The result is that the body struggles to manufacture blood, body fluids and Yin.

Lifestyle choices such as late nights, smoking, recreational drugs, stressful situations all create inflammation in the body which leads to the consumption of your body’s Yin.

So does that mean you should live in a bubble and limit life’s experiences?

Absolutely not, as the theory of Yin and Yang suggests it’s all about having balance in your life. Obviously, there are some situations you can avoid such as taking recreational drugs or over medicating yourself for minor health complaints. But taking life’s challenges as a way of learning more about yourself and the choices you make is what makes life rich and fruitful. Respecting your body with a healthy diet and creating a lifestyle that enhances positivity, creativity and personal growth will aid in slowing down the ageing process.

Here’s 5 things you can start doing today to slow down the ageing process:

  1. Detox your fridge, your pantry and yourself.

A great way to start cleansing your body is by cleansing your kitchen first. Grab a garbage bag and throw away anything processed, fatty, greasy, and foods that are low in nutrient value and high in calories.

  1. Fill up your kitchen with Yin fuelling foods.

Go to your local farmer’s market and fill up your fridge with fresh produce and meats. Also go to your health food store and look at purchasing cook books that contain recipes for delicious and nutritious cakes, muffins, bread, ice cream etc. Having variety in your diet is essential and these foods shouldn’t be omitted; just replaced with healthier options.

  1. Enrol into a meditation class.

Life’s stresses are here to stay; its all essential to help us learn more about ourselves and others. How you deal with these challengers is what is important. Incorporating meditation into your day will dramatically reduce stress levels and encourage better heath.

  1. Reflect on whether your relationships are feeding your soul or slowly killing your spirit.

This can be a tough one as sometimes we get used to having people around us that may not be a positive influence. If you take a step back, and listen to the conversations you have ask yourself, is this feeding my soul? Once you start to listen more you will know whether this friendship is right for you. Remember we all experience personal growth at different rates and spending time with those that help us learn and understand from life’s obstacles will create a life more towards feeling grateful rather than victimised.

  1. Address health concerns with Chinese Medicine.

If you are struggling with your health, try acupuncture or herbal medicine. These both work very well with other modalities especially western medicine. In fact, Chinese Medicine can make your treatment work more effectively. More so, if you have depleted Yin stores in your body and you need to be re-balanced, there are many treatments that can target your specific condition to get the desired outcome.

This may appear harder than what it actually is. Take it one step at a time as these type of transformations won’t happen over night. Ageing is a natural part of life and we should slow it down using nature as our pharmacy.

Irene Prantalos

Irene Prantalos knows what it is like to overcome a debilitating illness, and turn her life around. She was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was just 11 years old and battled her way through adolescence and into early adulthood, suffering from the skin disease… until she found a way to live free from psoriasis with the help of her mother. She is now a healthy skin educator and pioneer. www.ireneprantalos.com

  1. Chinese medicine – rhino tusks – a good thing to promote ??????

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    • Sharyn Chinese Medicine incorporates herbal medicine as one it’s methods to address a variety of health concerns. Part of the Matera Medica comes from animals however there are hundreds of herbal sources that are extremely beneficial that are sourced from trees, roots, leaves, flowers, fruits etc. For instance, you may have heard of Goji Berries as being a super food, well that has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and is a great anti-ageing herb as it nourishes yin and blood. In fact, in my dispensary there are no animal products and that is my choice as a practitioner to run my clinic this way which is a sentiment carried by many of my colleagues. In China, however these animals products are available and used more readily by their doctors compared to practitioners here in Australia.

  2. No intention of growing old gracefully – I want to be a discraceful as possible – outrageous in fact 😀 <3

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    • I can only agree I am I suppose to others, “Elderly” myself inside I am 35 yrs old.. I have just been very unlucky & picked up a great deal of rubbish as I am passing through life. It is irritating it causes me problems. Slows me down at times I will carry on enjoying life as much as I can. My Carers think I am very young for my age in appearance & spirit. They find it very pleasant visiting me & enjoy the time we have together.
      That to me is a “Feather in my Hat”.

  3. Good advice here, I practice these five things in accordance with my own principles, I don’t practice traditional meditation, and I don’t use traditional Chinese medicines. Doing the things you love are the best forms of meditation. And Chinese medicines are known to be very good, they are also very expensive.

  4. Leone I once went to Yoga and could not empty my mind!! Like you said, it was jumping around like a flea. So much for meditation! Then someone broke wind and that was that. Into hysterics I went and my ribs were killing me with laughter. I didn’t dare go back again! I am such a giggler, even when things get serious I want to giggle. 😀😄😂😂🤗🤗🤗

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    • I did the beginners course in Tai Chi. The moves were mostly beyond me but there was one set of moves named “The Emperor greets the day” or something like that and the movements and the Chinese music would have the tears rolling down my face. I did the beginners course year after year. It was useless to try to move on when I couldn’t even get the moves of the beginners class. I could feel the energy in the moves.

    • Leone, think I will give Tai Chi a miss. I would hate to offend the Chinese by killing myself laughing! Top marks to you for giving it a go. 😀😂👯

  5. I find meditation difficult too so I started learning tai chi. It’s walking meditation and it works bfully. I’m able to get into a place if meditation while practising tai chi. I need to be moving!

  6. A couple of weeks ago I tried Gong Meditation for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

  7. A reasonable list, except for the usual claptrap about eliminating fatty foods from the diet! Do some research – fat is not the enemy here!

  8. Don’t worry if your mind jumps around during meditation. The more often you do it, the calmer your mind will become. Some days your mind will be more active while other days more at peace. It’s all beneficial to calm the nervous system. Just remember it doesn’t have to be formal, it can simply be sitting in a quiet space for 10 minutes and listening to the sounds around you.

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