Ana Theresa F. Basilio-Williams
It is certainly inevitable and a ve-ry com-mon sce-nario that once you marry and have a child and grow older as well, you start to develop some hormonal changes in your body, plus some factors surrounding your life that caused you to change, including the so-called pre-mature aging. However, there are still exceptions for this state-ment that still depends.
Last Friday, I wasn’t supposed to attend the grand reunion among my former nursing classmates at San Pedro College after 25 years of not seeing each other because of some con-flicts with my schedules when covering an event that day. But then, I just decided to drop by and say “hi” and “hello” like I’m not really part of the group.
But, lo and behold, one straightforward Dominican Sister greeted me and told me, “Ana, are you sure you’re part of this batch? Are you that old already?” She was surprised to see me there since she believed and thought that I belong to the younger batch of nurses.
Then, my former class-mates honestly gave their remarks to me that I didn’t change – I’m still slim and looks younger, according to them. Similar comments didn’t end until the time that we had our brief fellowship at my Alma Mater’s Lab-reque Hall where the first of three-day event was held right after the Thanks-giving Mass at the chapel.
As expected, some of my former classmates have changed either they changed from being slim before in college to being fat or overweight, or from being fat to very slim; or they just maintained being fat and chubby from college until present. I immediately noticed last week my former male classmate’s prominent baldness while other guys opted to have their hair shaved as skin head like that of Hollywood actor Vin Diesel to make their baldness even or balanced.
But the very first thing I really noticed during the gathering was the skin of my friends. Although a few of us have maintained that healthy, glowing skin with-out eye wrinkles (thanks to having oily skin and prone to pimples!), some of my male and female friends’ skin were dry that made them look like golden boys and girls already.
But I’m certainly thankful to my dermato-logist Miriam Emily Piansay Soriano,MD of MediSkin, who has her clinic at Davao Doctors Hospital Medical Towers building. It’s because she has been treating my pimples since college and she’s been prescribing to me some potent treatment for my skin.
To get a younger looking skin or become “forever young,” here are some of my vital tips for you:
* Life may not be a bed of roses that you sometimes, or always, experience persecutions, injustices, false accusa-tions, or bad treatment from people you didn’t expect. Just don’t mind these people. Let God take care of them and always forgive and forget those people who hurt your feelings since God has seen those who treat you wrongly. Remem-ber, if you love to keep grudges or rebel against authorities and have ill feelings or always express anger towards another person, you’re only putting your health at risk most especially your cardiovas-cular system and your skin! Besides, that’s not what a Christ-like character looks like.
* Always take time to share good jokes and laughter, and not that hard laugh like a psycho, since non-insulting jokes and non-malicious laughter will help in the proper circulation of your skin.
* Take care of your health because health is wealth. It’s been scientifi-cally proven that if you have some underlying conditions like diabetes mellitus, high blood pres-sure, cancer, heart prob-lems, stroke and other degenerative and lifestyle-related diseases, you tend to increase your age ten-fold.
* As much as possible, avoid eating at any fast-food chains or restaurants, including bars for some alcoholic drinks, because it will only gradually destroy your kidneys and liver and skin as well! Instead, eat healthy so you’ll live right!
* Drink more clean, cold water. Avoid too much sugary foods or drinks, or sweet drinks and even carbonated drinks.
* Exercise regularly. Whether you like it or not, it will make you look younger, physically and mentally fit and sexy as well!
* Finally, be at peace with everybody even if the person is a warmonger or a belligerent person. Don’t be a source of scuttlebutt. God abhors these wicked behaviors; remember that God is the God of peace and order and righteous-ness.
HEALTHWATCHING: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10