10 Experts Reveal Top Anti-Aging Secrets for Women

By on May 9, 2017

What do real women in their 50s and beyond do to stay naturally beautiful? To find out, we asked top health, fitness, and skincare experts to share their best tips for staying lean and looking gorgeous at any age.

Dr. Mark Miller: The Power of Pink in Your Diet

Superfood salmon’s health benefits go beyond brain-boosting fatty acids. Astaxanthin, the pink carotenoid that gives the ray-finned fish their color, protects our skin and muscles from the aging process by repairing cellular damage caused by UV radiation, oxidative stress and inflammation. The antioxidant is a powerhouse for fighting skin damage and improving endurance and heart health.

“Astaxanthin is the most effective free radical scavenger,” says biomedical researcher Dr. Miller.

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Dr. Shirley Piccarreto: Skip the Pre-Workout Snack

It’s no secret that most women find it harder to stay lean after they turn 50. Instead of fueling up before you hit the gym, try a fasted workout so your body burns the maximum amount of fat possible.

“When we start to exercise, our body releases stored glycogen (sugars) to provide the energy that’s needed to keep us going,” says Dr. Shirley Piccarreto, ND, and author of Healthy, Lean & Sexy at Any Age: Transform Your Life With the Secrets of Natural Healing. “The glycogen continues to be released until about 30 minutes into a sustained activity. Then, body fat starts getting released from the fat cells and is used as fuel to keep us going- thus reducing overall body fat.”

Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour: Get Glowing Skin with Hyaluronic Acid

Boost your skin’s elasticity and moisture with an anti-aging serum that contains hyaluronic acid, a molecule known for its strong water-binding potential.

“Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a key player in the fight against wrinkles,” say Beverly Hills cosmetic and plastic surgeons Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour. “Using a moisturizer with HA could mean the difference between dewy skin or dry skin- especially since our natural production of HA decreases with age.”

Dr. Carolyn Dean: Take a Magnesium Supplement

Magnesium boost memory, according to MIT researchers. The problem? We’re not getting enough of it, due to depleted soils thanks to modern farming methods. Supplementation is necessary, according to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, a brain health expert and author of Menopause Naturally, Hormone Balance, and 365 Ways to Boost Brain Power: Tips, Exercise, Advice.

“Particular brain receptors important for learning and memory depend on magnesium for their regulation,” says Dr. Dean. “Researchers describe magnesium as absolutely necessary in the cerebrospinal fluid in order to keep these learning and memory receptors alive. The term they use for this activity, interactivity, and changeability is ‘plasticity,’ and plasticity decreases with age.”

Dr. Dean says liquid forms of supplementation are best, such as magnesium citrate powder mixed in water, which can be sipped throughout the day.

Dr. Svetlana Kogan: Stay Young in the Mind and Body

Maintaining a feeling of youth, even as we age, starts in the mind. That’s why Svetlana Kogan, MD, tells patients going through menopause who may be experiencing depression or anxiety to write the following mantra three times before bed each night in a notebook and place it under her pillow:

I am calm and balanced.

I am here for a reason- my life has a purpose.

I am excited about what tomorrow will bring me.

I radiate health, kindness, and wisdom.

I am feeling wonderful and comfortable all over.

“The visual, vocal, and tactile faculties used to carry out this task feed a strong message to the patient’s brain,” says Dr. Kogan. “It will be recored and accepted unconditional as she is already in a trance-like state.”

Dr. Gordon Crozier: Get Genetic Testing

Because genetics play a major role in the aging process, knowing your genetic makeup can help you manage your weight, exercise more effectively, and determine the best treatment plan to prevent and manage heart-related conditions and other diseases and disorders.

“Genetic variations can literally make a person appear younger and healthier,” says Gordon Crozier, MD, and a pioneer in genetics-based medicine. “Have your genetics tested so you can develop an anti-aging plan that is tailored to your specific genetic makeup and cellular needs.”

Dr. Bosch and Dr. Robinson: Have More Sex

Testosterone is the key to graceful aging, say Dr. Bosch and Dr. Robinson aka “The Sex Docs,” Longevity and Sexual Experts and owners of The Hormone Zone in Scottsdale, Arizona. And studies show that sex has a cumulative effect on testosterone levels.

“Testosterone is responsible for restoring and maintaining a healthy libido, memory and focus, mood stability, energy, healthy fat loss, improved muscle and bone health, and glowing skin,” say The Sex Docs. “What most people don’t know is that women actually have more testosterone in their bodies than estrogen, making this hormone vital for healthy aging.”

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, LCSW-C: Don’t Go it Alone

There’s no substitute for quality nutrition, sleep, and exercise when it comes to aging well. Unfortunately, most female caregivers neglect all three.

“The average age of women caring for an older or disabled family member is approximately 50, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance,” says Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, LCSW-C, author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One, and gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. “Women should refuse to be a solo caregiver- seek help from friends, family, and community organizations. Women who build a caregiving team will look and feel better as they age.”

Dr. Darius Russin: Double Down on Your Diet

If you’re over 50, you need vitamin-rich vegetables and proteins now more than ever. To protect your memory, stay lean, and keep hormone levels balanced, make sure you’re eating a whole foods diet that includes plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, and quality protein from wild fish, organic meats, and free range eggs.

“Eating foods like friend chicken or sausage will have you in the hospital if not this decade, the next,” says Darius Russin, MD.

Liam Champion, Physical Therapist: Move Your Body

Strength training can reverse the aging process, according to researchers at the University of New Mexico. Bodyweight exercises including yoga, pilates, and kettlebell workouts can help prevent sarcopenia, the natural age-related loss of muscle mass, strength, and function.

“People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3 to 5 percent of their muscle mass per decade after age 30,” says physical therapist Liam Champion. “Exercise is the single greatest anti-aging pill women over 50 can take.”

About Vanessa Sheets

Vanessa Sheets is a freelance journalist who specializes in fitness, health, and nutrition. She has written for True North, Natural Child, Newport Health, and Greenmaple Wellness and worked in public health as a community educator for a non-profit. She lives in Bend, Oregon.

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10 Experts Reveal Top Anti-Aging Secrets for Women