Chef Ellen


Healthy Aging

What Factors Influence & Support Physical and Mental Health

Some aspects of one’s physiology, such as genetics, are not in our control. However, circumstances within our reach could be exercise, preventative care, diet, and emotional health. Are these manageable intentions feasible when the target is healthy aging?

Whatever age is gracing you now, it’s never too early or too late to support the benefits and independence associated with optimal health. Typically, we take our blessings and quality of life for granted until faced with adversity.
Currently, is your health an asset or a liability?
The decision to embrace your best health comes with goals, steps, action, and consistency. Sustaining that decision to back your best intentions comes with dedication and a healthy mindset.
Behaviors and attitudes are shaped in a brighter light when pieces come together in a healthful way that spotlights balance, awareness, and education. Knowing what works best for you requires trial and error, but these steps actively bring you down a road where you can bounce back and decrease exposure to chronic pain, health risks, and disabilities.
Get moving and become more active if that is a goal. Start small with a daily walk, yoga, or a bike ride. These activities do not require a gym membership and hold multiple benefits for any individual. Conversely, joining a club or gym could benefit those looking to engage in social activities with like-mind individuals. Making one new friend holds many perks, such as support, a sense of belonging, increased confidence, and a renewed purpose.
Making favorable food choices outshines a highly processed convenience selection any day of the week. Electing to cook more at home also has many perks supporting physical and mental health. With many dietary theories, catching up in a trend is less rewarding than lifestyle modifications geared to your wants and needs. Bear in mind that maintenance is not only about weight. Fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats positively impact well-being and reinforce a healthy digestive system and hormonal harmony.
Do not overrate the benefits of a good night’s sleep; consistent nighttime habits are imperative for immune health, alertness, and cognitive functions. Consistency with rest would involve a regular sleep schedule for quality Z’s.


We all like to let off some steam here and there, but if tobacco use, alcohol, or recreational drugs are a regular daily part of your life, consider the premature aging aspects, inflammation, and dependency concerns these activities present on a long-term basis. Finding alternative ways to lower stress and boost emotional stability depends on a mindset craving renewed change.

Self-care and overseeing attention to your mental health is a loving and brilliant way to support robust health. Regular interaction and social connections improve mood and relieve stress from loneliness and isolation. Physical activity, hobbies, journaling, social participation, and meditation are just a few ways to enhance serotonin and decrease cortisol in the body. Something as simple as tuning out from the news 24/7 can do wonders to improve mood. However, if signs of sadness and depression seem out of your control, it is critical to get evaluated by a healthcare professional.

Feeding your overall spirit, mind, and body as healthy aging is a decision and practical commitment to your long-term wellness. Stay positive, live intentionally, and reduce your risk of chronic illness and cognitive decline by actively engaging your best health and happiness and living life to its full potential.