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By Donna Gates.

We all have a tendency to look for shortcuts – easy solutions. We think life will be perfect if we lose 20 pounds, have a face lift, get a better job, find the person of our dreams . . . (fill in the blank). We put too much faith in passing fads that offer unrealistic guarantees—we will feel better, look younger, and have more than what we have right now.

While there is no magic elixir that guarantees eternal health, happiness, and youthfulness, there are many important tools that can radically change our entire concept of aging.

Fact is, aging is not about chronology; it’s about biology.

YogaYou can start growing younger tomorrow. The keys to feeling and staying young are within our grasp.

We need to be vigilant in how we protect ourselves and support our health. Environmental toxins alter our DNA. They damage our immune systems. They increase our predisposition to illness and disease. This means to avoid the foods, toxins, and even the people who sap our strength and distract us from our true potential and purpose in life.

Nature has provided us with a bounty of nutrient-rich foods that give us the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants we need to be beautiful, strong, and living longer. By adding probiotics and fermented foods to our diets, we can ensure that these wonderful nutrients do not just end up as waste, but are assimilated and used by our bodies in the best possible way. There are cutting-edge supplements that turn the table on the aging process and will one day be mainstream.

And there are other choices that we can make right away to positively impact the quality of our lives.

We must get the RIGHT type of exercise. The right type of exercise keeps us fit and strong, improves our ability to fight off disease, helps us to cleanse away toxins, stabilizes our mood, and builds bone density and lean muscle. The problem is most people are not doing the right type of exercising. That’s one thing we need to change in the culture. People are actually aging their bodies with much of the exercise they are doing.

We must reduce stress and balance our hormones. Stress has been linked to nearly every disease we know and it cuts years off our lives. We need to slow down, worry less, relax more. We need to simplify, and that means not just getting rid of stuff, but de-cluttering our lives so that we focus on the things that really matter. There are so many techniques to actually open the doors to better brain wave optimization and energy flow in the body.

In fact, Nature has always been on our side, giving us the unique ability to self-cleanse—to get rid of the waste, impurities and toxins that compromise our health and cause disease. We have to change our approach, focus on the right foods and simple techniques to build energy, cleanse toxins, correct digestion, and conquer infection.

At 65, I look and feel better than I did in my 40s. People always assume the worst if you look and feel young. That is something we have to change as a culture.

We all make choices every day whether to build or deplete our energy, whether to treasure or wound the bodies that have been entrusted to us. Let’s start making those good choices today.

After years of research, Donna has compiled the most cutting-edge anti-aging knowledge that will change your life. The Baby Boomer Diet: Anti-Aging Wisdom For Every Generation and the companion Growing Younger audio/video series is a fascinating blend of break-through medical information, practical health advice, and spiritual wisdom relevant for people of any age. It juxtapositions today’s stress filled lifestyle with practical guidelines rooted in ancient principles. Change your life now!

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Donna Gates has a mission to change the way the world eats. Over the past 25 years, she has become one of the most beloved and respected authorities in the field of digestive health, diet and nutrition, enjoying a worldwide reputation as an expert in candida, adrenal fatigue, autism, autoimmune diseases, weight loss and anti-aging.  As a nutritional consultant, author, and lecturer, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people overcome candidiasis and other immune-system disorders.

Drawing on the best of modern medical science, ancient Chinese medicine, and naturopathy-combined with first-hand experience counseling clients, she created Body Ecology™, her own proven system of health and healing. Gates has also been a key figure in revolutionizing the natural health industry by introducing and popularizing stevia, coconut oil, kefir and probiotic nutrition.

Her groundbreaking book The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies and a newly revised edition is now available through Hay House. Donna regularly appears in the media and conducts workshops to educate the public on medicinal foods. In October 2011, Donna released The Baby Boomer Diet (Hay House) focusing on the Body Ecology philosophy for anti-aging and longevity.

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