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.

Unfortunately, there is no magic elixir that guarantees eternal health, happiness, and youthfulness. And what we often fail to understand is that the keys to feeling and staying young are very basic and immediately within our grasp if we truly want them.

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.

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

We must get moving

Daily exercise keeps us fit and strong, improves our ability to fight off disease, helps us to cleanse away toxins, and stabilizes our mood. And we don’t need an expensive gym membership to exercise—30 minutes of rigorous walking will do the trick.

We must reduce stress

This killer 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.

We must be vigilant in how we protect ourselves and support our health

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.

We must renew our connection with Nature and its basic elements

Too often we spend our days chained to our computers, disconnected from the earth that supports us. We must breathe air deeply into our lungs, welcome the sun on our faces, hydrate our cells with pure spring water, allow ourselves to drift into regular, deep and restful sleep.

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. But we have to be strong and healthy for those detoxification pathways to work well. 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.


At 65 years old, the mother of 3 and a grandmother, Donna Gates is often mistaken for a women in her 40s and has more energy than she’s ever had.  Now she shares her secrets of how to naturally confront fatigue, depression, digestive issues, wrinkles, low sex drive, hair loss, premature aging and more.  After years of research, Donna Gates 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 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.  

Author Donna Gates’ mission is 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.