Young people grow up and live in a pressurised world, and it's showing.
Neurodevelopmental specialist and founder of the BabyGym Institute, Dr Melodie de Jager says the medical profession first alerted the world to the phenomenon of youthful ageing, recording an increase in young people presenting with 'old people' illnesses.
She says the key to staying youthful is a natural, or positive, lifestyle.
When we age there are certain conditions that actually sap life-force out of you, irrespective of age.— Dr Melodie de Jager, Neurodevelopmental specialist and founder of BabyGym Institute
If you tend to live a positive life, it creates a completely different response in your physical body - the cells respond differently and they open up...— Dr Melodie de Jager, Neurodevelopmental specialist and founder of BabyGym Institute
That vibrancy creates a dynamic chemical process in the body that gives you the life force and the energy to take on life, irrespective of age.— Dr Melodie de Jager, Neurodevelopmental specialist and founder of BabyGym Institute
Dr de Jager says young people often make bad choices to deal with pressure, for example cramming for exams or binge drinking. This has a physical impact on the body, which goes into fight or flight mode.
All the energy in your body goes away from your organs, towards your arms and your legs - and your mouth to a certain extent - to enable you to execute what you've just decided to do.— Dr Melodie de Jager, Neurodevelopmental specialist
She says the youth need to find their true power by finding out who they are and living their life accordingly.
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